Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Cleveland Man Shot Over $10 Yard Work Dispute

Posted By on Tue, Jul 25, 2017 at 11:01 AM

PHOTO VIA P_ANDERTON.GARDEN.MAINTENANCE/INSTAGRAM
  • Photo via p_anderton.garden.maintenance/Instagram
It began simply enough when a Cleveland resident told two men he'd give them $20 to cut his grass last Thursday. But the lawn owner only had $10 on him, so he said he'd pay the other half if they returned on Saturday. However, after a dispute over the money, the man ended up with a bullet wound in his hip and a potential leg fracture.

According to a police report, the shooting occurred in the South Broadway area on East 71st Street. The resident later said that the two men (along with a third man who hadn't worked on the lawn) damaged his door when they arrived at about 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.

The man who lived in the home told them he'd put the $10 he owed them toward fixing the door instead. In response, according to the report, one of the men fired a shot that went through the door and into his hip (at the urging of the third man.)

Medics transported the injured man to MetroHealth following the incident.
  • Favorite

Tags: , , ,

Pere Ubu to Deliver Hour-Long Set of New Songs on Just-Announced Tour

Posted By on Tue, Jul 25, 2017 at 8:49 AM

unnamed-1.jpg
We consider Pere Ubu/Rocket from the Tombs singer David Thomas to be one of the more creative people to ever have his name in the Scene masthead. Thomas worked here at the paper in the early ’70s before he would launch Rocket from the Tombs and then Pere Ubu.

Thomas continues to tirelessly record and tour with Pere Ubu and has just announced tour dates in support of the band's new album, 20 Years in a Montana Missile Silo, which is due out on Sept. 29.

Dubbed the MonkeyNet Tour, the jaunt will include an hour-long set of new songs as well as tracks from previous albums and Thomas' "infamous narratives."

Continue reading »

  • Favorite

Tags: , , ,

Monday, July 24, 2017

Xinji Noodle Bar in Ohio City Set to Open July 26

Posted By on Mon, Jul 24, 2017 at 8:44 PM

xinji-noodle-bar-logo_v3_rgb-white-on-red.jpg
Back in January we shared the news about Shuxin Liu’s plans to open Xinji Noodle Bar, a Japanese-style ramen shop at 4211 Lorain Ave. Following a quiet soft opening, the Ohio City eatery will open to the public on July 26.

Liu, a cook of two years at Momocho, has created an attractive space on Lorain Avenue that complements nearby businesses like Platfom, The Grocery, Herb'n Twine, the Plum, Jack Flaps, Forest City Shuffleboard and Ohio City Provisions. Blonde wood countertops, open shelving and contemporary lighting combine to create a peaceful, elegant room.

MICHAEL KILLIK
  • Michael Killik
The concise menu features Korean fried chicken, steamed buns filled with pork belly, braised pork or fried chicken, rice bowls topped with smoked eel or pork chops, and a half-dozen noodle bowls such as pork miso, dan dan noodle in chicken broth, and a vegan mushroom broth with nori.

“Noodles are my favorite thing,” Liu told Scene. “I’ve wanted to do a noodle bar for six years. In the beginning, we will be highly focused on ramen, but will branch out to Southeast Asian style noodle and Northern Chinese style noodle.”

MICHAEL KILLIK
  • Michael Killik
Also, he intends to expand the menu from just ramen, Korean-style fried chicken and steamed buns to include small entrée dishes as he grows the business.

The 100-seat restaurant features an open kitchen and seating in a small dining room, at the bar, and at window seats facing Lorain.

Xinji, Liu explains, means “new opportunity.”

The restaurant will be dinner-only Tuesday through Saturday, but will offer an Asian-inspired Sunday brunch.
  • Favorite

Tags: ,

Space: ROCK Gallery to Open Burlesque Photo Exhibit in August

Posted By on Mon, Jul 24, 2017 at 4:30 PM

EMANUEL WALLACE
  • Emanuel Wallace
Six years ago, Bella Sin, founder of the locally based burlesque troupe Le Femme Mystique, began hosting the Ohio Burlesque Festival, a three-day event featuring regional, national and international talent.

Next month, Space: ROCK Gallery, the gallery located next to the Beachland, the site of this year's event, will host All That Glitters: Burlesque at the Beachland, an exhibit featuring photos of the event taken by Eric Paul Owens, Anastasia Pantsios, Bob Perkoski and Scene staff photographer ad Emanuel Wallace.

Continue reading »

  • Favorite

Tags: , ,

Former MetroHealth Employee Indicted For Stealing $300K From Case Western Reserve Research Grants

Posted By on Mon, Jul 24, 2017 at 4:10 PM

PHOTO VIA CASE WESTERN RESERVE/FACEBOOK
  • photo via Case Western Reserve/Facebook
Cleveland resident and former MetroHealth grant specialist Carol Lott is charged with stealing almost $300,000 worth of grant money from Case Western Reserve.

Lott, 53, worked alongside East Cleveland resident Andrea Mittman-Thomas, to manipulate the grant process and funnel the university's money into a shell corporation. The pair is facing dozens of felony charges, including aggravated theft and money laundering.

Case Western pours millions of dollars in grants per year to various organizations for research and other purposes. Therefore, grants under $5,000 are not usually investigated, Assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Jim Gutierrez told cleveland.com.  

Lott and Mittman-Thomas worked carefully, submitting invoices under $5,000 to the university for a period of three years. By April 2016, their shell company accumulated close to $150,000.

In addition to invoice money, the duo requested gift cards from Case Western Reserve, which grew to about $140,000.

In April 2016, under the watch of a new supervisor, Case Western's grant department noticed the irregular transactions and contacted MetroHealth.

Lott and Mittman-Thomas are expected in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Aug. 3.


  • Favorite

Tags: , , , , ,

Rick's Cafe to Close July 25; New Eatery to Open in 60 to 90 Days

Posted By on Mon, Jul 24, 2017 at 4:00 PM

rick_s_cafe.jpg
Partners Michael Schwartz and Shawn Monday had every intention of keeping Rick’s Café alive and open through the end of summer at least. The team, which also operates the restaurants One Red Door, Flip Side and 3 Palms, purchased the iconic 40-year-old Chagrin Falls eatery last month with plans to eventually install a new concept.

“This is the first time we ever purchased an existing restaurant,” says Schwartz. “We wanted to keep it going because summer, financially, is great. Plus, we wanted to introduce ourselves to the community, talk to guests, learn what items people would never want to see leave the menu, and evaluate the staff.”

Management and staff all agreed on a late-summer closing, adds Schwartz, but a rash of walk outs and no-shows from employees forced his hand.

“We don’t want to give bad service, that’s not who we are, so we made the decision to close now,” he explains.

Schwartz says that it will take him 60 to 90 days to make all of the necessary improvements to the old building before launching his and Monday’s new concept, which he intends to keep under wraps for the time being.

“I have a very clear vision of what I plan to do,” he says. “It will remain a neighborhood gathering place that will incorporate some of the flavors found at the places that we currently have in our other facilities like One Red Door, 3 Palms as well as a couple of Rick’s classics like the ribs and coleslaw."

The crew will transform the dining room with a lot of natural, reclaimed materials like wide-plank floors, live-edge timber bar tops, and exposed brick. Crews will also update the bathrooms, expand and improve the kitchen, and jettison the six or seven microwave ovens that did much of the “cooking.”

“It will have an earthy always-been-there feel,” Schwartz says of the new restaurant.
  • Favorite

Tags: , , ,

Ohio's Medical Marijuana Program Will Likely Expand to $11 Million

Posted By on Mon, Jul 24, 2017 at 3:28 PM

screen_shot_2015-02-17_at_2.38.03_pm.png
The Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program was allotted $5 million last month in the state budget, and today the Ohio Department of Commerce and State Board of Pharmacy intend on requesting $5.6 million more.

The nearly $11 million total, Ohio regulators say, is necessary to cover a medical marijuana tracking database, a toll-free help line and legal costs expected to stem from issues about Ohio's licensing laws.

Currently, Ohio legally lets people with medical conditions such as HIV/AIDS, cancer, Crohn's disease and 18 others purchase and use marijuana, if advised by a physician (many of whom are not keen on getting licenses that allow them to prescribe the drug.)

Ohio legalized medical marijuana last year, making it the 28th state to do so. In a speech back in May, Ohio Supreme Court Justice (and likely 2018 candidate for governor) William O'Neill endorsed marijuana legalization in the state, as well as the removal of "all non-violent marijuana offenders" from prison.

“The time has come for new thinking,” O'Neill said in a speech. “We regulate and tax alcohol and tobacco and imprison people for smoking grass."

Since the legislation is relatively new, the state is still figuring out how it can be fully implemented. Last month, 185 people applied for licenses to grow marijuana, which meant $2.3 million in fees contributed to the state. Ohio is expected to grant 24 licenses total, half for large growing spaces ($200,000 to renew each year) and half for smaller ones ($20,000.)

State agencies have laid out a plan for spending the $11 million they'll request today; the Department of Commerce estimates they'll put almost $7 million toward payroll, supplies and other services, plus legal expenses. The Board of Pharmacy expects to spend around $4 million total, primarily on payroll and establishing dispensary locations.

If all goes according to the state's current plan, these dispensaries will be available by September 2018.
  • Favorite

Tags: , , ,

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Calendar

© 2017 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 241-7550
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.


Website powered by Foundation