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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Chad Zumock Acquitted of OVI Charge

Posted By on Thu, Oct 17, 2013 at 9:59 AM

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Update: Chad Zumock is back on the radio over at 87.7 — good for him — and back in trouble with the law. He was picked up by Streetsboro police on Oct. 6 for driving with a suspended license. He's due in court Nov. 5.


Chad Zumock, former WMMS on-air personality and former Adventures in Argyle columnist, was acquitted of his OVI charge in Lakewood Municipal Court May 2.

A plea bargain that resulted in no more than a "reckless operation" charge for Zumock was reached.

Last November, Zumock was arrested and charged with drunken driving when he was found passed out at the wheel of a Tim Lally Chevrolet-owned car. He was subsequently fired from his gig at Clear Channel, as the incident essentially voided his contract with the company.

As Zumock explained via his podcast, a bad set at the Funny Stop in Cuyahoga Falls led to a late night of drinking in Lakewood's West End neighborhood. He did not consent to a breath test, thereby garnering him an OVI charge.

Following the incident, Zumock widely denounced the widespread local news media coverage.

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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Goldfish Saga Continues at Perry Plant: UPDATE

Posted By on Thu, Jun 6, 2013 at 6:36 PM

For the three people following this story, the Mystery of the Perry Nuclear Plant Goldfish has been SOLVED!

Basically, two workers admitted to smuggling five goldfish into the plant earlier this year (though only two were found). Four other workers admitted to knowing about the "prank," as The PD's John Funk writes.

A quick suggestion to these jokesters: Mayhaps they'd like to take advice from middle school students in terms of pranks and humor. Come on, goldfish in a nuclear plant?

Management promises swift punishment and likely expulsion from their union. - Eric Sandy

From May 15:

Security investigators are having a hell of a hard time tracking down the criminal or prankster or moron who left a pair of radioactive goldfish in a steam tunnel at the Perry Nuclear Power Plant earlier this month. The PD reports that the plant's surveillance footage is inconclusive because everyone's wearing yellow radioactive suits, including hoods. (So....dead end?)

To be clear, the goldfish presented no immediate safety threat. But the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is watching Perry's investigation closely, especially in light of a series of snafus and worker performance issues over the past few years. Right now, they're most concerned about what the goldfish say about the "culture" of the power plant, and questions surrounding unauthorized access.

"Goldfish are not authorized to be inside the tunnel, yet they were there," a representative from the Union of Concerned Scientists told the PD. "And Perry cannot determine how they got there or who put them there. What if it hadn't have been goldfish but a bomb? What might be an amusing account of misplaced goldfish today could become tomorrow's nightmare story."

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Friday, May 31, 2013

Director to attend tomorrow's screening of Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan

Posted By on Fri, May 31, 2013 at 3:26 PM


When director Gary Jones was growing up, he always loved the old campy horror movies.

“I grew up in front of the television watching King Kong and Frankenstein,” he says. “I had an artistic background and used to draw and paint and did comic books as a kid. I ventured into sculpting and painting and started creating special effects. I got the Super 8 camera and shot a bunch of shorts. I always did a lot of stuff with special effects. That was my way in. I figured I could get on the set if provided a miniature or spaceship. I did special effects and props throughout the ‘80s and that was my entrance into the business.”

He then started making low-budget horror movies (the first was 1995’s Mosquito) and hasn’t let up. His latest movie, Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan screens at 9:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Capitol Theatre and Jones will drive up from his Crestline, Ohio home to attend the screening and answer questions afterward. The film centers on the legend of Paul Bunyan and depicts a “big guy with an axe,” as Jones puts it, who sets about dismember the people who live in a small Minnesota town. Essentially an old school slasher flick, the film benefits from its primitive use of lo-fi special effects.

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Concert Review: Bloc Party at House of Blues

Posted By on Fri, May 31, 2013 at 2:01 PM


While the British rock act Bloc Party hasn’t entirely lived up to expectations after coming out of the gates so strong with its acclaimed 2005 debut Silent Alarm, that apparently hasn’t stopped it from putting on a killer live show. With an arsenal of blinding lights that could have filled an arena, Bloc Party played some 20 songs in an engaging 90-minute set last night at House of Blues that showed its music is still relevant and vibrant.

After opening with the herky jerky “Helicopter,” singer Kele Okereke encouraged the audience by saying, “Let’s get this party started.” Dressed casually in a pair of gym shorts, running shoes and a black T-shirt emblazoned with the logo of the British version of the musical Cats, Okereke looked to be dressed for a work out. While the music didn’t exactly demand a physical performance, Okereke was certainly animated for the entire show and he occasionally dropped the guitar so he could move across the stage a bit more freely. The band effectively evoked The Cure on the dark and brooding “Team A,” a song Okereke introduced by saying it was based on a true story. He then introduced “Storm and Stress,” a track from a 2004 EP, by saying that it wasn’t everyday the band was in Cleveland so it was time to play a rare track to mark the occasion. “So He Begins to Lie,” a tune from the band’s new album Four, had a real gritty sound to it as did the sneering “We Are Not Good People,” which closed the set.

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Great Lakes Brewing Co. Will Actually Sell "Shoreway Shutdown Sandy"

Posted By on Fri, May 31, 2013 at 1:34 PM


Extra! Extra! Today only, Great Lakes Brewing Company will offer "Shoreway Shutdown Sandy" in direct response to the Twitter hullabaloo over Cleveland's traffic fiasco this morning.

Via GLCB Communications Assistant Marissa DeSantis:

This cocktail is mixed with equal parts of Great Lakes Brewing Company’s The Wright Pils and lemonade. $5, today only. Like you, we were amazed by Cleveland’s overwhelming number of traffic-themed Tweets this morning. Hopefully people will find a break in traffic and make it to our patio to enjoy this beer cocktail today!

We're delighted to say that our coverage of the Social Media ire inspired GLBC's drink special. Don't ever tell us that journalism can't make a difference!

Here's the Tweet that changed the world:

Now get to the patio and start your weekend properly.

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'Will & Grace' Actress Megan Mullally Describes Harrowing Night in Cleveland

Posted By on Fri, May 31, 2013 at 12:56 PM

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Megan Mullally, best known for her work as Karen Walker on TV's Will & Grace, had a weird night in Cleveland recently.

She told the story to BuzzFeed, using some pretty evocative prose.

Mullally was hanging out at the Beachwood Hilton's nightclub with some fellow thespians following a day of filming. Her husband, Nick Offerman, was still shooting material elsewhere. “We entered and soon realized that we would have to find another spot to sit and talk because it was packed to the rafters, and the music was decibel 8 million," she explains.

Things got weird really quickly, though.

In the lobby of the hotel, she and her crew were nursing some wine and chatting up a woman in town from Nairobi. But amid the pleasant conversation, police and EMS responders dashed into the hotel's nightclub. Patrons were being escorted out, and the situation was generally turning into chaos. She continues:

"Apparently, a rather large woman wearing a horizontally striped mini-dress had been dancing in front of the mirrored wall on the disco dance floor, so provocatively that she had driven two different men into some kind of sexual frenzy, and provoked them to fight one another.”

And that fight went on to involve tasers - just two guys straight-up shocking each other in a bout of hormonal rage.

The two men were quickly cuffed and held outside. As Mullally passed them, she noted their "swollen and bloody" faces. Evocative prose, to be sure. But she concludes with this haunting vision:

"I felt like I should say, ‘I hope you feel better’ to him, which I did. ...Which was met with, I would say, nothing less than a murderous glare.”

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Lakewood Police Respond to False Urination Report

Posted By on Fri, May 31, 2013 at 11:58 AM

Lakewood police leapt into action May 29 after receiving a report of several men straight-up urinating out of the windows of an Alameda Avenue home.

The cops spoke with the woman who owns the home and stepped inside to investigate the scene.

It soon became clear that the homeowner's 20-year-old daughter has a morning ritual that had become a cause for suspicion in the neighborhood. When she wakes up each day, she throws a bunch of water out her window if, of course, there's still water in her glass from the night before.

For now, it tentatively appears, Lakewood is relatively safe from the scourge of window pissers.

Cleveland Heights, on the other hand...

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