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Monday, February 6, 2012

Dad Gives Kids Oxycodone And Collects Their Urine To Pass Drug Test (Updated)

Posted By on Mon, Feb 6, 2012 at 4:03 PM


Update: It was awhile ago, so we'll forgive you if you forget the lovely Conneaut parents who dosed their kids with Oxycodone so that their dad, who was taking Oxy like prescribed, but also weed, which was not prescribed, could pass a piss test.

Well, the mom in the case was just sentenced to two years in prison on child endangerment charges. Pops is still waiting sentencing. The kids have been permanently removed from their custody. (Star Beacon)


Here's a dilemma: You've scored a prescription for Oxycodone to nullify some ongoing pain. The problem is that you have to take urine tests to show doctors that you're either using the drug correctly and/or not supplementing the Oxycodone with illegal drugs as well, and you really like to use some recreational drugs.

How do you procure urine that has Oxycodone in it but not, say, marijuana? If you're this father from Conneaut, you take some of your Oxycodone pills, crush them up, feed them to your four young children — ages 6 through 10 — and collect their urine for your tests.

The Ashtabula Star Beacon reports on this sorta ingenious but seriously disturbing story:

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

James and Gabrielle Bracken Had an Insane September (Updated)

Posted By on Wed, Oct 19, 2011 at 10:41 AM

Love birds against society.
  • Love birds against society.

Update: You probably want to familiarize yourselves with the details on this one, but basically James and Gabrielle Bracken steered their wild crazytrain all over Northeast Ohio last year, leaving strewn in their wake a series of odd situations including stolen hospital equipment, a bomb scare, and finally, capping the show, a false rape allegation.

Luckily, a courtroom has stepped in and smacked this situation upside the head with some common sense by compensating the poor guy who bore the brunt of the Bracken's insanity, Clevelander Joseph Melendez. The couple accused Melendez of trying to rape Gabrielle, a charge that police found eventually to be complete fantasy.

This week, Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Christopher Rothgery awarded Melendez a $1.5 million judgment after the wrongly accused brought a civil action against the couple, according to his attorney Larry Zukerman. James Bracken is currently in jail waiting to criminal charges for the false accusation. His wife is MIA.

For more details on the Brackens and their scheme involving Melendez, check out the original story below


Everybody has a bad month here and there, but your average 30 days of rough luck have got nothing on one young Sheffield couple’s last September. Stolen medical equipment, fake explosive devices, rape schemes — all in a month’s work.

James and Gabrielle Bracken, 27 and 18, are by far the most badshit crazy pair of lovebirds since celebrity trainwreck Randy and Evi Quaid. Without TMZ screen time and Vanity Fair spreads, however, it’s just sad. The Chronicle-Telegram has an article up following the insane footsteps of this hometown Sid and Nancy. Props to the paper for uncovering this strange, strange story.

First, we lay our scene in Mayfield Heights, at Hillcrest Hospital last September. The couple were on site to see James’ mother, who was in the intensive care unit. The paper reports James, a Sheffield firefighter and EMS, was being a pain, telling the staff how to do their jobs. He got upset, went outside, and the staff alerted police.

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Friday, April 15, 2011

Snowplow Chases Purse Snatcher, Purse Snatcher Calls 911 (Updated)

Posted By on Fri, Apr 15, 2011 at 12:35 PM


Cody Bragg, a purse snatcher who called 911 on himself, was sentenced to nine years in prison for one count of felonious assault and three counts of robbery. (Fox 8)


Vigilante justice, a dumb criminal, a snow plow, a bizarre 911 call — this story has it all.

Here's how it went down in Alliance: John Shuman was at Wal-Mart minding his own business when he saw 18-year-old Cody Bragg allegedly grab a woman's purse and take off. Shuman, not willing to stand idle while the thief got away, hopped in his snowplow, called 911, and chased the suspect. For 30 minutes.

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Friday, March 18, 2011

Quicken Loans Says It Doesn't Owe Employees Overtime (Updated)

Posted By on Fri, Mar 18, 2011 at 9:45 AM


Update: A federal jury sided with Quicken Loans, saying the company does not owe over 300 employees overtime pay because "sales" were not their primary job responsibility. (AP)


Quicken Loans is embroiled in a federal trial up in Detroit right now. Former employees are claiming they are owed overtime for working upwards of 60 hours a week. Quicken bosses disagree, saying that the rank-and-file that work the phones are not sales people, but rather "mortgage bankers" who advise homeowners.

Allegations include being made to watch cold-call sales movies like Boiler Room and insistence that working the phones, hawking loans and urging people to fork over $500 to get the process started, was key to doing the job well. Always be closing, as it were.

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Thursday, March 3, 2011

County Employee Dead After Possible Assault (Updated)

Posted By on Thu, Mar 3, 2011 at 12:25 PM


The coroner says Tashia Burch-York died of natural causes and not from injuries stemming from an assault by a youth she was working with at the county's Department of Children and Family services. (


Special credit is due to those who toil in the ranks of the county’s Department of Children and Family Services. Saying the job is tough is about the single greatest public service understatement out there. Not only do they face down society's difficulties on the day-to-day, they deal with the kids who have to shoulder all this shit — poverty, abuse, broken homes, missing meals — all the stomach-turning stuff. Want to cry, go check it out.

Heavy as these gigs are, it’s not the type of work people usually lay down their lives in the service of. But that may be what happened to one Cuyahoga County employee.

42-year-old Tashia Burch-York died yesterday, a week after the county adoption services supervisor was reportedly assaulted by a youth. The incident went down at the Jane Edna Hunter building on Euclid Ave. According to WKYC, the teen has not yet been arrested.

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Monday, February 28, 2011

Progressive Think Tank Designed to Blast Republican Think Tank

Posted By on Mon, Feb 28, 2011 at 5:12 PM


Now that conservative Republicans control all of state government, Ohio progressives are fighting back. Janetta King, former policy aide to Governor Ted Strickland, has launched a think tank called Innovation Ohio to be a public voice for progressives in state policy debates. The group was announced at a press conference in Columbus today.

Like the conservative Buckeye Institute for Public Policy Solutions, Innovation Ohio will commission reports from experts to shore up their positions on issues like education, the economy, health care, and the environment. While the Buckeye Institute, formed in 1994, describes itself as “Ohio’s premier free market think tank,” Innovation Ohio will be “sort of the obverse side of the Buckeye Institute,” says Innovation Ohio spokesman Dale Butland, a former press secretary for Senator John Glenn.

“We are nonpartisan, but we will take a progressive point of view,” he says. “Our primary constituency is the middle class and the disadvantaged. If economic hard times require sacrifice, we believe the sacrifice has to be equally shared. As far as we can tell, the wealthy have not sacrificed.”

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Raw Sewage Diverted Into the Cuyahoga River

Posted By on Mon, Feb 28, 2011 at 4:12 PM


Massive flooding at at the Southerly Wastewater Treatment Plant has forced the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District to pour raw sewage into the Cuyahoga River, so they're asking you to limit the amount of water you use today.

The Southerly location just off E. 49th St. usually handles 125 million gallons a day; its capacity is 360 million gallons a day. Today, however, it was struck by the "perfect storm," according to the PD. Rain and melting snow caused flooding at the building, causing damage and preventing crews from treating the water, which was coming in at a flow much faster than normal.

The EPA has been notified that crews are diverting raw sewage into local waterways — not an uncommon thing during torrential rains and floods. How uncommon is it? The PD's recap has this scary line of the day: "About 4.5 billion gallons of raw sewage are discharged annually into the environment by the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District." Super. NORSD says that the $3 billion in improvements required by the EPA should put a dent in that amount but not bring it down to zero.

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