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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Cleveland Man Murdered at Put-In-Bay (Updated)

Posted By on Wed, May 23, 2012 at 3:49 PM


Update VI: Brody was sentenced to 16 years in prison today for the death of Phil Masterson. (NewsNet5)


Update V: Zachary Brody entered a plea agreement with prosecutors yesterday in the death of Phil Masterson. He pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, as well as two counts of evidence tampering. In exchange, prosecutors dropped the murder charges.

Brody is looking at 16 years in prison when sentencing begins. (Via WTAM)


Update: IV: The Sandusky Register, via an affidavit filed in the murder case against Zachary Brody, has some more details about what might have happened. A man named Clifton Knote who was friends with Brody told police that Masterson and another man allegedly showed up at their cabin around 4 or 5 a.m. on Monday beating on the doors and windows. Brody, who other witnesses say was seen fighting and arguing with Masterson earlier in the evening, went outside.

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Friday, January 13, 2012

Thousands of Panties Dumped Along Ohio Road (Updated)

Posted By on Fri, Jan 13, 2012 at 10:22 AM


Update: The August 2011 mystery of thousands of panties dumped along an Ohio road was never solved by the local authorities. Folks were interviewed, but nothing definitive was ever nailed down. Fairfield County, meanwhile, has held on to the garments. For, um, police reasons. Yeah.

Anyway, the undies will go to good use: they'll be donated to a group that hangs underwear on a bridge every year to raise awareness for cervical cancer. (NewsNet5)


A mystery of delicate and cotton-y origins is brewing in Lancaster, OH. 10TV reports that on Wednesday, residents and authorities discovered nearly 3,000 pairs of women's underwear dumped along the side of a road. While everyone agrees that most of the undies were new, there are conflicting reports on whether any of the underwear was actually used.

As you can imagine, this panty-littering created the perfect storm of local TV news coverage. A sleepy town, a Concerned Citizen ("I don't know who did this, but they have to be brought to justice), and a reporter picking up a pair of underwear with a stick. We offer congratulations on the Emmy she is sure to win, and to you, we simply say: enjoy.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

New Information in Frank Dienes-Joe Kopp Murder (Updated)

Posted By on Tue, Nov 8, 2011 at 10:00 AM


Update: Last week, Frank Dienes pleaded guilty to killing Joe Kopp. This morning, he was sentenced to life in prison for the crime.

Dienes will be eligible for parole in 16 years. (NewsNet5)

As James Renner points out, there's a little more:

One bit of good news to take away from this ordeal: the state now gets Dienes' DNA. When he's processed into prison, authorities will take his DNA, as they do now with all people convicted of felonies in the state of Ohio.

This means Bay Village police will have a sample to test against DNA found at a crime scene in Amy Mihaljevic's case.

Maybe we'll soon get an answer as to whether Joe Kopp was right when he accused Frank Dienes of killing Amy.


In April, down in the sleepy postage stamp of Seven Hills, strange news brewed when the body of a local eccentric, Joe Kopp, was discovered buried behind the house of Frank Dienes.

The homeowner was eventually arrested and charged with the crime. Now a month away from the trial date, 19ActionNews has a report today with new information coming from the previously-unidentified woman who tipped police off to the murder.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

New Poll Shows More SB 5, Kasich Support (Updated)

Posted By on Tue, Oct 25, 2011 at 11:00 AM


Update: Less than one month after there was a slight uptick in support of SB5, there's been a significant downturn with the November 8 elections and Issue 2 referendum just a few weeks away. In fact, the story is now the exact opposite.

The latest polls from Quinnipiac
have SB5 going down and going down hard, like a jobber being slammed through the Spanish announcer's table by Hulk Hogan. Opponents of SB5 now have a sizable lead — 57 to 32 — in what is shaping up to be a contest whose final outcome will be known well in advance. A 25-point lead is surely insurmountable at this point. Kasich and company have about as good a chance coming back from that deficit as the Browns would, which is to say: zero.

Kasich's numbers, which seem to ebb and flow with the Issue 2 numbers, have taken a similar dive from their previous high mark of 40 (approval) just a month ago. The Ohio gov's approval rating now stands at just 36 percent; disapproval numbers are up to 52.

Unfortunately, we'll still have to endure the avalanche of ads from both sides of Issue 2 over the next two weeks. Sorry.


In the most recent Quinnipiac Poll, Ohio Governor John Kasich saw the first positive news since he took office: his approval rating jumped from 35% this summer to 40%. Still not great digits for the Gov — his disapproval rating hasn't changed much from the 50% mark — but it's something.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Sabra Pierce Scott, Former Cleveland Councilwoman, Charged in Cuyahoga County Corruption Probe (Updated)

Posted By on Wed, Oct 19, 2011 at 3:00 PM


Update: The PD reports Sabra Pierce Scott pleaded guilty today, admitting she accepted a $2,000 bribe and asked a developer whose description matches Michael Forlani for a job for her son. In exchange she took his VA project under her wing and did everything in her power on council to help get the project completed. She is cooperating with prosecutors.


Cleveland City Hall had been largely unscathed by the Cuyahoga County corruption mess until now.

That changed today when former councilwoman Sabra Pierce Scott was charged with conspiracy to commit bribery by the Feds for allegedly soliciting a $2,000 sum from a businessman to use on her daughter's tuition and soliciting a job for her son at Michael Forlani's companies. (Read the charges here.) All incidents happened from 2005-2007.

Pierce Scott abruptly resigned in 2009, the same year she managed Mayor Frank Jackson's re-election campaign.

The charges surround Pierce Scott's relationship with Forlani, president of Doan Pyramid and an executive of Veteran's Development LLC, the company that in 2006 built the $120 million office tower complex at Louis Stokes Veterans Affairs Medical Center at University Circle that is leased to the Veterans Administration. That project matches the description in the Information as the description of Forlani, who is not named.

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Friday, September 30, 2011

Friday Morning Music Swag Giveaway

Posted By on Fri, Sep 30, 2011 at 9:10 AM


In honor of the Red Hot Chili Peppers' recent nomination for the shortlist of artists eligible to get in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year, we have a whole bunch of their albums to giveaway — their entire Warner Bros. catalog plus a DVD, in fact. That's nine items in all!

If you want this motherlode of Chili Peppers CDs, all you have to do is leave a comment about what cover song the band should play at the induction ceremony if they can make it in next year. We'll pick a winner by the end of the day.

Be sure that you're registered with a valid e-mail address. We need that to tell you if you've won. Also, you have to come to our office in beautiful downtown Cleveland to claim your prize.

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Afternoon Brew: Inventor of Fake Pot Says Smoke Real Pot, A Creepy Facebook Event, An Historic Night in Baseball, and a Fishy Cop Case

Posted By on Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 3:30 PM


Good afternoon, Cleveland. Here's some stuff to read while you taunt all those Red Sox fans. Especially those Boston die-hards born in Medina, Strongsville, Westlake, Willoughby, Avon...

— The guy who invented those synthetic weed products is actually a chemist and he says you shouldn't smoke any of them. Just smoke real pot instead, please. (Gawker)

— Some middle school kids in Ohio made a Facebook event for groping female students at school. Yes, it actually involved real "poking." (10TV)

— Nothing about this story of a Cleveland police woman losing her ID sounds fishy at all. (WOIO)

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