Monday, September 24, 2018

City of Cleveland "No Longer Desires" Cleveland.com's Building at 1801 Superior for Police HQ

Posted By on Mon, Sep 24, 2018 at 5:39 PM

  • Straight from City Hall.
In a surprising and context-free press release, the city of Cleveland has announced that it is no longer interested in purchasing the Cleveland.com building at 1801 Superior Avenue for its new police headquarters.

Dear Mr. Geis:

At this time the City of Cleveland no longer desires to pursue the purchase of 1801 Superior Avenue property for the Cleveland Division of Police Headquarters with GLP Superior LTD. Thank you for working with the City on this important project.

That's the letter in full to developer Fred Geis from Matthew Spronz, the Mayor's director of capital projects.

Who knows what's up. 1801 Superior had been one of 24 potential sites when the city announced its intent to purchase it in June. The project was slated to cost $60 million and was scheduled for completion in 2019.

“The new police headquarters in the downtown neighborhood is one of the many ways we are moving the division into the future,” Mayor Jackson said at the time. “We are systematically creating the necessary technological and logistical infrastructure to reduce crime while being more open and accessible to the community.”

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Armond Budish Has Nominated Justin Bibb and Terence P. Joyce for RTA Board

Posted By on Mon, Sep 24, 2018 at 5:19 PM

Activist Satinder Puri at the CPT rally (7/23/2018). - SAM ALLARD / SCENE
  • Sam Allard / Scene
  • Activist Satinder Puri at the CPT rally (7/23/2018).
County Executive Armond Budish has made his recommendations for two Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) Board seats, one that was vacated by Sonny Nardi, who resigned in frustration last month, and the other that has been kept warm by former East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton. His term officially expired in March.

Barring any unforeseen objections, Justin Bibb and Terence P. Joyce will be given the green light at the regularly scheduled County Council meeting officially appointed in a couple weeks. Letters recommending Bibb and Joyce appeared in the legislative agenda

Bibb, a senior consultant for Gallup, is a board member of Destination Cleveland, Teach for America Greater Cleveland, LAND Studio and the Harvard Community School. He is a graduate of the Case Western Reserve University School of Law and received his Bachelors in Urban Studies from American University.

Terence P. Joyce is a local labor leader. He serves as president of the Cleveland Building Trades Council and business manager of Building Laborers Local 310, with whom he's been a member since 1987.

Budish likely appointed Joyce to Nardi's seat. Nardi is a labor leader as well, (president of Teamsters Local 416), and likely wanted to retain a voice for labor on the board.

Budish is responsible for three total appointments. Attorney Karen Gabriel Moss is the other county appointee. Bibb and Joyce, if confirmed, will serve three-year terms that expire in March, 2020.

In a letter to council, Budish said that both Joyce and Moss live in the city of Cleveland, and that there are "no known conflicts of interest" for which an advisory opinion has been requested.

Frank Jackson appointee Kelley Britt resigned this summer after the Ohio Ethics Commission ruled that she could not sit on the RTA board while also serving as a planner for the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency.  

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Cleveland-Centric Thriller by Local Author is Cross Between John Grisham and Stephen King

Posted By on Mon, Sep 24, 2018 at 4:57 PM

  • Courtesy: Roop & Co.
The very first week Michael Jordan arrived in Cleveland more than 30 years ago, the attorney traveled to a local law office for a deposition and saw some interesting photographs on the wall.

"They were of Kingsbury Run," Jordan told Scene in a recent phone conversation about his new book, The Company of Demons. "A lawyer said to me, 'You know, Kingsbury Run? Where the Torso Murderer used to dump his victims.' And I said, 'Who?'"

Jordan had never heard of Cleveland's infamous torso murders of the 1930s, but he grew fascinated by them, gripped by lawman Eliot Ness's failed attempts to track down the killer.

Jordan's new novel, his first, is a modern-day take on the torso murders. It's a thriller that he says might be described (and has been, on Goodreads) as a cross between John Grisham and Stephen King.

"It's a gritty tale that involves conflicted, complex characters," Jordan said. "These are not knights in shining armor. Part of the joy of the book, I hope, is seeing how they resolve their personal conflicts in the backdrop of these terrible killings."

  • MichaelJordanBooks.com
The novel begins with a grisly murder, one that bears an eerie resemblance to the torso murderer's techniques decades ago. Lawyer John Coleman is hired to handle the estate of the victim, a personal friend, and finds himself hopelessly entangled in the case. 

Jordan said he stopped actively practicing law about eight years ago to devote himself more fully to his writing. He said he traveled to New York to take classes and author seminars to hone his chops. And he says his work has paid off. The local reception to the novel, which was published earlier in 2018 by Greenleaf Books, has been terrific.

In addition to a committed researcher, Jordan is a local resident and a lawyer. As such, he managed to incorporate not only his knowledge of criminal proceedings — he promises the courtroom scenes are gripping — but also many of his favorite local restaurants and bars into the story. He says he has fallen in love with Cleveland and relished the opportunity to describe it in his fiction.

"I was able to give the novel a lot of regional color," he said. (The main character, for example, lives in Lakewood.) "I did my best to bring the city to life." 

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Update: In Wake of Tragedy, Gary Numan Cancels Tonight’s House of Blues Show

Posted By on Mon, Sep 24, 2018 at 4:12 PM

  • BB Gun Press
Update: Gary Numan has canceled tonight’s House of Blues concert after his tour bus reportedly hit and killed a pedestrian walking in downtown Cleveland.

The tragic accident occurred at 12:40 this afternoon, and Theblast.com reports that it's unclear if Numan, a New Wave pioneer who was on tour to support his most recent album, Savage Songs From a Broken Heart, was on the bus at the time.

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Carmen Electra is Suing the Diamond Men's Club in Cleveland For Using Her Photos as False Advertising

Posted By on Mon, Sep 24, 2018 at 4:11 PM

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The Diamond Men's Clubs in Cleveland, Canton and Rootstown are all being sued by models Carmen Electra, Lusy Pinder, Khloe Terae and Irina Voronina for using photos of them to promote their clubs on social media without their consent.

Hoping to drum up business, the women say the photos were shown on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Yelp, according to the lawsuit filed on Friday in Akron and first reported by Cleveland.com. The photos were used multiple times between 2013 until now.

"Reputation is critical" in the modeling industry, the suit says, and endorsing or promoting a bad product can adversely impact a model's career. The use of the images "falsely implies that Plaintiffs have worked for, endorsed, sponsored, approved of, or were otherwise associated or affiliated with the Defendants, their clubs, and their activities," the lawsuit says.

Given the quality of the piss-poor photoshop massacres the Diamond Men's Club tries to call "show flyers" on top of the false advertising, it's totally understandable why the models would be taking legal action. Sorry, y'all. None of these women have ever worked for the Diamond Men's Club.

U.S. District Judge Sara Lioi has been assigned to the case, with the models claiming an invasion of privacy by appropriation, unjust enrichment and other state and federal claims. They seeking an unnamed amount in damages.

This isn't the first time Electra has sued over her image's usage in advertisements for clubs. Among previous suits she's brought against other gentleman's clubs, she's also currently suing a Denver area club using almost identical language in that lawsuit as the lawsuit for Diamond Men's Club Cleveland.

An email sent to the Diamond Men's Clubs on Monday morning was not immediately returned.

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Cleveland Heights is Issuing Refunds on Overpaid Parking Tickets From the Last Five Years

Posted By on Mon, Sep 24, 2018 at 4:09 PM

  • Courtesy of Right On Crime
Good news for anyone that's ever gotten nailed by the Cleveland Heights police for a parking violation between 2013 and now. As it turns out, the city owes some parking violators a refund of $5 plus interest after a clerical error caused additional fines.

Those who are eligible for the parking fee refund will be sent a postcard in the mail with instructions on how to be reimbursed. City officials are emphasizing that parking meter tickets have not been part of the clerical error and are not eligible for any refunds.

The number of incorrectly charged tickets is under investigation, but they include tickets issued for parking in prohibited zones, vehicles without a permit, overnight parking, fire hydrant/fire lane parking, traffic hazards, abandoned vehicles and parking on a sidewalk/curb/tree lawn.

The overcharge appears to have been caused after new tickets were ordered for implementation in January 2013 after fines increased for the city's parking violations at the end of 2012.

Since January of 2013, many parking ticket recipients were instructed to pay a $20 fine, although the actual penalty approved by City Council was only $15.

City officials pointed out that the police officers writing the tickets were unaware of the discrepancy, and after learning of the error, immediate action was taken. "We regret this error occurred and will make every effort to make it right for our residents and visitors," City Manager, Tanisha Briley, was quoted in a press release.

For more information, the City of Cleveland Heights has set up a new page on their website, in addition to a voicemail account at (216) 291-3012 for anyone else seeking an eligible refund.

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Cypress Hill to Perform at the Masonic Auditorium in 2019

Posted By on Mon, Sep 24, 2018 at 3:35 PM

  • Courtesy of Primary Wave Entertainment
Earlier today, the hip-hop group Cypress Hill announced the dates of a
U.S. tour in support of its upcoming release, Elephants on Acid. The West Coast High tour will pair the band with Hollywood Undead. It hits the road in February and comes to the Masonic Auditorium on March 9.

A VIP pre-sale will kick off at 10 a.m. tomorrow. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. on Friday.

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