Friday, August 30, 2013

Search for Christina Adkins, Missing Since 1995, Under Way in Cleveland

Posted By on Fri, Aug 30, 2013 at 3:03 PM

2610 Vega Ave.
  • 2610 Vega Ave.
Cleveland police and FBI officers converged at 2610 Vega Ave. Friday afternoon, following up on a lead in the case of Christina Adkins. Missing since January 1995, Adkins' case remains one of the oldest active missing person cases in Northeast Ohio.

Cadaver dogs are on site, prowling the property and sniffing out every inch of the home, inside and out. Vickie Anderson, speaking on behalf of the FBI, could not comment in detail on the search. She added that the lead is "credible" and that it has no immediate connection to the Ariel Castro case, which unfolded mere blocks away.


On a warm Thursday night recently, the Adkins family posted fliers along Prame and Kinkel avenues - the area where Christina was last seen. Before they went out that night, they told Scene that the fliers would surely be torn down by the morning. Later that night, three people hit the street and ripped the fliers from telephone poles.

This is what happens every time the family plasters the neighborhood with signs of Christina.

This is the tone of the family's efforts since Christina walked out of her parents' Prame Avenue home on Jan. 10, 1995.

That evening so long ago, emblazoned in the memories of her sister and mother, started with the side door swinging shut as Christina walked into the twilit backyard. She walked north to a friend’s house just beyond the property line of her parents’ place. It was about 7 p.m.

Christina Adkins at age 15
  • Christina Adkins at age 15
She stayed at her friend’s house for a few hours. The winter sun was setting early. The details grow hazy as the narrative reaches this endpoint, though Christina likely left her friend’s place shortly after midnight. She walked about 90 feet to the east, back to the Kinkel Avenue house she lived in with boyfriend Jose Rivera.

And that’s it.

That’s the story of the last known whereabouts of Christina, who was 17 years old and five months pregnant at the time. That’s the route - a frighteningly succinct pathway from her parents’ kitchen - that her mother, Mary, her sister, Tonia, have walked since the disappearance of Christina. When her father, Roger, was still alive, he fought fiercely for any and all information. But police didn't act. Christina's friends were not interviewed about the young woman.

But people have very slowly begun to talk, the family says. And a set of leads has galvanized an investigation first demanded in early 1995. Scene is awaiting details on the information that brought police to Vega Avenue this afternoon.

As one friend of the family recently described it, the pieces of the puzzle have likely been in plain sight all this time, strewn about the neighborhoods jutting off of West 25th Street. All that's needed is an enterprising police force willing to put them together.

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Scene Podcast No.5: Talking Bikes in Cleveland

Posted By on Fri, Aug 30, 2013 at 2:24 PM


This week's feature is on bicycles — bicycles! — and how if Cleveland's such a bike-friendly city, why many bike-friendly plans are stuck in granny gear.

This week's podcast dovetails on the topic. Host Craig Lyndall talked to Bike Cleveland director Andy VanSickle about bike lanes, Complete and Green Streets laws, and more.

Do take a listen, preferably while on two wheels.

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An Ohio Woman is Livid at a Funeral Home for Putting her Son's Ashes in a Walmart Bag

Posted By on Fri, Aug 30, 2013 at 11:51 AM


An Ohio woman is livid after a Kentucky funeral home used a plastic Walmart bag to hold her son's ashes.

Nancy Bronner of Amelia, OH recently opened up the urn containing her son's ashes and was shocked to find her teenager's remains nestled among an iconic plastic shopping bag, WCPO-TV reports.

Bob McDaniel of McDaniel Funeral Home in Dry Ridge, Ky., said the family requested that he divide the ashes, but that the containers they provided didn't seal and had no bags.

Instead, McDaniel used materials he had at his disposal- i.e. the Walmart bag.

The deceased boy's father, Thomas Mitchell, says that although McDaniel may have used poor judgement, his actions were not malicious.

Bronner, however, may be filing a complaint.

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Indians Adding Jason Kubel, a Slightly Fatter Mark Reynolds

Posted By on Fri, Aug 30, 2013 at 11:05 AM


The Cleveland Indians have added Arizona Diamondabcks' outfielder Jason Kubel, according to multiple reports, with the hopes of injecting some power hitting into a lineup which currently features no player with more than 16 home runs.

Meantime, Mark Reynolds, the low-average power hitter whom the Tribe cut in the midst of a devastating slump, has now hit two home runs in 11 games with his new ball club, the New York Yankees. Hurrah!

Though Kubel isn't as singularly oriented toward the long ball as Reynolds is, he historically bats for a higher average, (though he's currently battling "cranky" knees and struggling to emerge from a historic slump of his own (.139 since July 1!)) Additionally, he's fatter than Reynolds and much worse defensively.

So pretty even, all things considered.

Terry Pluto has this to say: "The Indians view Kubel as better than anyone in Class AAA. If he gets hot, great. If not, the price was minimal."

After getting swept by the Atlanta Braves, the weekend series against the Detroit Tigers is — without exaggerating — the Tribe's last chance to keep their wildcard hopes alive.

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12 Bearable Summer Movies!

Posted on Fri, Aug 30, 2013 at 10:05 AM


Summer movie season certainly had its highs and lows. And though we endured a few consummate failures — lookin' at you R.I.P.D. — there were quite a few gems hidden among the garbage. Here are 12 of our favorites:

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The 10 Best Greasy Spoon Diners in Cleveland

Posted By on Fri, Aug 30, 2013 at 9:56 AM

This week for Q104, our food critic talks greasy spoon diners.

Greasy spoons are the next generation of Happy Days style diners of the 50's. They traditionally serve all three meal periods and most stay open late into the wee-hours of the night.

Other traits of the greasy spoon include being reasonably priced, predominantly designed with booths or a counter, and a ton a great people watching.


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Here's What You Missed at TNA Impact Wrestling Last Night

Posted on Fri, Aug 30, 2013 at 8:09 AM

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