Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Learning How to Breathe: The Endless and Fruitless Search for Chuck Standberry

Posted By on Tue, Dec 17, 2013 at 9:38 AM

Willie Stanberry prepares for the Celebration of Life planned for the seventh anniversary of his father's disappearance. - ERIC SANDY/SCENE
  • Willie Stanberry prepares for the Celebration of Life planned for the seventh anniversary of his father's disappearance.
The clank of traffic shuffles along West 25th Street. It is a Sunday morning, which means everybody’s out for the day. Just off the main drag, Willie and Carla Stanberry are walking up the icy stairs in front of Franklin Circle Church. They’re dressed impeccably because today is, after all, a celebration.

Inside, yawning wooden beams cross over a quiet sanctuary. The Virgin Mary embraces an infant Jesus Christ and looks down across towering organ pipes. The pulpit, from which the Rev. Allen Harris leads formal services, is empty. Dangling ceremoniously from the ceiling are dimly lit chandeliers. The Stanberrys are here a bit early to get everything ready. They’re in from Erie, Pa., for the weekend, and the whole family’s going to be here soon.

Willie says that today is a Celebration of Life, and the slight rasp of his voice curls richly around those capitalized letters. “I don’t want my family to be sad. He wouldn’t want us to be sad,” he says. “He knows I’m gonna keep going, keep pushing, keep doing everything I can - fighting - whether I find him dead or alive.”

He’s talking about his father, Chuck Standberry Sr., who disappeared on Dec. 7, 2006, in Cleveland. Since then, Willie, whose own last name drops the “d,” hasn’t chanced upon a single clue as to what happened that night. The police sure haven’t helped. And the streets aren’t coughing up answers. Willie, the kind of son who takes up the mantle of family when times get difficult, says he hasn’t exhaled in seven years.

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Monday, December 16, 2013

Erica Blinn plays Scene Session

Posted By on Mon, Dec 16, 2013 at 5:55 PM

Earlier today, alt-country singer-songwriter Erica Blinn stopped by our office to perform a few songs. Her terrific new album, Lovers in the Dust, is due out early next year. She performs tonight at 8 at Wilbert's with her band the Handsome Machine.

Check out previous Scene Sessions with the Promise Hero, Zach, Stephanie Trivison, Diana Chittester, One Day's Notice, Taylor Lamborn, Unsaid Fate, Hey Monea!, Joshua Jesty, Hazard Adams, Dan Bankhurst and Joe Moorhead.

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The Owners of Grafton's Twilight Boutique Were Busted for Selling Synthetic Marijuana

Posted By on Mon, Dec 16, 2013 at 5:04 PM


The owners of the Twilight Boutique chain of head shops have been indicted on charges of federal conspiracy, drug and money laundering. Sean and Sherry Lightner of Grafton Township allegedly used their boutique chain to sell synthetic marijuana.

Despite the whole illegal thing, the crime itself isn't exactly original. A head shop selling something that can get you high? While it's certainly wrong, finding an illicit substance among the bongs, pipes, rolling papers and exotic tobacco products typical of a head shop - not too shocking. 

The Lightners did take steps to cover up their scheme, including selling the synthetic marijuana as potpourri and slapping on a "not for human consumption" label. Extra sly measures were also taken, including telling employees to keep the price list out of public view, and forbidding the sale of the drugs and paraphernalia in the same transaction. The Lightners also marked the drugs up by about 300 percent, ensuring a profit worthy of the risk. 

The couple used their dirty money to live the high life, purchasing a house, multiple cars and a boat. Prosectors are pushing for the forfeit of the house and cars, as well as over $225,000 in cash that was seized during the investigation. 

The Twilight Boutique in Elyria was shut down on Thursday, but the ten other locations, including one in Lakewood, are still open. 


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All Good Festival Taking Hiatus in 2014, Will Return in 2015

Posted By on Mon, Dec 16, 2013 at 4:18 PM

All Good Festival 2013 in Ohio
All Good Festival, which has sown its seeds at Legend Valley in Thornville, Ohio, the past two years, will not take place in 2014.

The jam-friendly music fest will return in 2015 to an unspecified location, organizers say. The idea is to develop a long-term approach for the festival and bring it back to the mid-Atlantic region. In previous years, the festival had been set up in Masontown, W.V., and in Maryland and Virginia.

Organizers offer this statement:

“We want all of our fans to know that we are extremely grateful for all of their support, dedication and the cherished experiences we've had on the mountaintop and elsewhere, and to rest easy knowing that the All Good Festival that we’ve all built together and loved for so long will return in the summer of 2015. Meanwhile, we will continue to present live music events in the Baltimore/Washington DC area.”

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Hipster Robs Bank in Lake County

Posted By on Mon, Dec 16, 2013 at 4:12 PM


Ironic mustache. Thick (and probably fake) black-rimmed glasses. Knit hat.

The guy disguised as a hipster stereotype just robbed a Huntington Bank in Concord Twp., per the pictures and descriptions of the suspect via the Lake County Sheriff's Office Facebook page. He walked into the bank around 2:15 this afternoon, handed a teller a note and made out with some money: "The suspect is described as a white male, around 30 years of age, approximately 5'6" tall, thin build, wearing a brown sweater, with dark brown hair under a striped stocking hat. Appears to have fake mustache and glasses."

Call 9-1-1 if you have any information. Authorities don't believe he had any weapons, presumably because guns are too mainstream.

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20 Reasons Why We Love Winter in Cleveland

Posted on Mon, Dec 16, 2013 at 3:30 PM

The below freezing temperatures and annual whompings of lake effect snow that fall well into April and May have long given winters in Cleveland a bad rap, but this six-month season is actually one of the most wonderful times of the year, and not just because of the holidays. Don't believe us? We've got 20 reasons to prove it to you.

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A Founding Member of Prison Band DryveTrayne Shares His Story

Posted By on Mon, Dec 16, 2013 at 1:50 PM

Vincent plays guitar as a member of DryveTrayne
  • Vincent plays guitar as a member of DryveTrayne
After Scene published a feature story on the bands forming at Trumbull Correctional Institution, one of the founding members of one band contacted us to reflect on his time in prison and his life after incarceration.

Scene did not obtain state approval to use current inmates' full names, so last names have been edited out of this letter:

My name is Chuck and I truly enjoyed your recent article on the Music with a Purpose Program at Trumbull Correctional. I can certainly relate to the emotional outpouring from these very talented men. You see I was one of them. Not just a prisoner that could identify with what these men endure day in and day out. Not just an offender who sang in programs like this one. I was the original lead singer for the awesome rock band DRYVETRAYNE!

I cannot remember the exact start date for us. I will say 2006-2007. When Starter (Vincent) wanted to devote serious time to his craft, he and I were introduced and the rest is history. We first started as a classic rock cover band but as we grew as men and friends we decided to venture off into writing original material. This was at the time TCI (Trumbull Correctional Institution) was forming the Music with a Purpose program. I would say that the most significant lineup of DRYVETRAYNE, the core that stayed throughout some minor personnel changes, was Vincent, Joe, Mike, and myself.

With collaboration comes cohesion. Starter was the music man and I was the primary lyricist. Vincent did write lyrics from time to time and I composed some of my own songs. Not to mention that both Joe and Mike contributed in this effort too. That said our signature song was one written by Starter and arranged by the group: it is called "Experience". As the guys shared with you, the family concert was the pinnacle. Another year had passed plus it was another season of new songs and new experiences for us to share. I sang our songs as a member of DRYVETRAYNE for nearly half of my time spent behind those walls. I performed my last show as a member of the group in July of 2011.

I have vivid memories of those days. I listen to the cds from time to time recalling to memory where I was mentally, physically, and spiritually. The design of these types of programs from an administrative stand point is to reward yes ,but also to build confidence in the individual to say if you are productive in this environment you can be as well once you re enter society. I am proof that rehabilitation does work but the burden of this proof is on the individual.

So what have I done with my musical talents since my release? Well since June of this year I am the worship leader for the contemporary services at my local church. I would be remiss in omitting this all important truth that my success, my reward, my joy comes in singing for the Lord. This was the catalyst during my incarceration and He was the inspiration for the words that I put to paper and Starter put to music as members of DRYVETRAYNE.

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