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Friday, December 4, 2015

Update: Akron Man Involved In Terrible Cat Kicking Video Allegedly Shot Somebody

Posted By on Fri, Dec 4, 2015 at 9:00 AM

  • Roy Hill
Update II: Looks like 21-year-old Roy Hill is averse to friends of both the feline and human variety. reports this week that Hill has been charged with felonious assault for allegedly shooting a man twice after an argument on Thursday.

"Hill and a 44-year-old man argued Thursday morning. The nature of the argument is unknown. Hill pulled out a handgun and shot the man in the right leg and hand. Hill ran off. The man was taken to Akron General Medical Center. His injuries are not life threatening, Akron police said," writes.

Hill and 19-year-old Trevonte Mitchell were both involved in the cat kicking incident last year.

Originally posted: October 15, 2015 at 10:03 a.m.

Update: The Akron man who admitted to kicking a cat more than three feet in the air last year just for fun was arrested this week, more than a year after skipping his Aug. 2014 sentencing hearing, reports.

19-year-old Trevonte Mitchell was scheduled to appear in court on August 29, 2014 for his sentence after pleading guilty to a second degree misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty, but he never showed. Yesterday, a police officer spotted Mitchell near South Arlington Street in Akron. "He also faces a new charge of carrying a concealed weapon after an Akron police officer found him with a loaded handgun, according to court records,"'s Adam Ferrise writes.

After last year's hearing, Mitchell reported receiving death threats and unwanted attention. He also told those in attendance at his hearing "I don't like cats now." 

Mitchell has been booked at the Summit County Jail.

Originally posted: August 11, 2014 at 10:17 a.m.

An Akron man has been identified by authorities after he allegedly uploaded a video to Facebook last week in which he kicks a cat three feet into the air just for fun.

The video shows the man standing next to a cat before turning and punting the poor creature. The cat lands, then runs away, as another man laughs, "Ohhh shit, ohhh, ohhh, shit," off-screen. 

Understandably, the video has sparked outrage from thousands of internet users including the Ohio Animal Abuser List who shared the video on their own page to raise awareness about this particular incident and animal cruelty as a whole.

Akron police have confirmed the man, who is identified on Facebook as Roy Hill, is from Akron, but they are still trying to determine where the incident took place and whether or not criminal charges can be filed. 

"We are working on it. We take animal cruelty cases like this very seriously," Akron Police Capt. Daniel Zampelli told Channel 5. "Our first steps are to ID the man, find out where he is at and confront him. From there we will work with the prosecutor's office to figure out if charges should be filed."

The video has since been removed from Hill's Facebook page, but can still be found on other social sharing sites. Here's the copy from the Ohio Animal Abuser List's page, but do note, this video may be disturbing to some viewers.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Local Restaurateur Sean Heineman Found Guilty of Rape: UPDATE

Posted By on Tue, Jun 16, 2015 at 12:11 PM

Today, local restaurateur Sean Heineman was found guilty of the rape of a minor. The charges involved one victim — a 25-year-old woman who had been sexually abused by Heineman beginning at age 6, according to the indictment, and who had been raped by Heineman from age 11 to 16. 

The jury trial, held in Cuyahoga County, involved a massive indictment (see below) and a small bit of media presence.

Originally published Aug. 18, 2014

Sean Heineman was arrested earlier this month in Cleveland Heights on charges relating to the rape of a young girl. [6/16/15 UPDATE: Heineman was formerly connected through investment and ownership to a number of Northeast Ohio restaurants.]

WEWS first reported today that Heineman was indicted on 34 felony counts, including 18 counts of rape. The victim was listed as having been born in 1990. The charges span from 2001 to 2009. 

Heineman posted bond ($500,000) on Aug. 14, the day of his arraignment. 

A pretrial conference has been set for Aug. 25 at the Justice Center.

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Avon Lake Councilman Wants to Allow Residents to Shoot Deer With Paintball Guns to Scare Them Away

Posted By on Fri, Sep 5, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Update: It seems Kos is receiving backlash for the idea (surprise!) and has tabled the idea for the time being. Via

"I'm not talking about it again until November and then I will consider whether to introduce it to council or not," he said. "The culling ordinance just went through and we need to concentrate on that. The paintball idea has become a distraction."

“I really don’t want to deal with phone calls of a polka-dot deer running around town because it’s gotten hit with 17 different colors of paint balls.”

That quote is from Geoff Westerfield, Ohio Division of Wildlife assistant wildlife management supervisor, responding to queries on whether or not he'd endorse the use of paintball guns to scare away deer for cities or suburbs dealing with deer control problems. Let that image sink into your brain for a second.

Specifically, Avon Lake councilman David Kos is proposing changes to the law that would allow residents to go all Dwight Schrute on Bambi.

“It’s been discussed with ODNR that shooting a deer near the hoof with a paintball gun will get them to scatter,” Kos told the Chronicle Telegram. But of course, the ODW isn't exactly in lock step with that idea, as the esteemed Mr. Westerfield notes above.

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

This Indians Beat Writer Went Full Troll Mode Last Night

Posted By on Sun, Aug 31, 2014 at 1:46 PM

Last night, the Cleveland Indians pulled out a 3-2 extra-inning win over the (as of right now) tied-for-first-place Royals to bring the Tribe within 3.5 games of the top of the division and 3.5 games out of the Wild Card spot. There's really nothing to complain about with the Indians as of late, coming on strong with a month full of division games ahead of them.

Except if you're Chris Assenheimer, Tribe beat writer for the Chronicle-Telegram, who seemed to go full troll mode on Twitter last night just before the Indians put the game in the win column. Who knows why. Maybe it was a bad hot dog. Maybe he really wanted to watch his DVR of Naked Dating and the extra-inning affair was delaying that sweet gratification.

It started with this curt statement about Josh Tomlin, who pitched some relief last night and got the W.

Step one.

Then the Tribe's media relations account on Twitter chimed in.

+1 Bart Swain.

And then the fans started chiming in, and that's when Chris went after them, calling them clowns, nobodies, losers and more. Enjoy.

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Video: Garfield Heights vs. Collinwood High School Football Game Erupts Into Brawl, Game Canceled

Posted By on Sun, Aug 31, 2014 at 1:29 PM

With the score 26-6 in the third quarter, a fight in the stands at the Bulldogs' stadium on Friday night led to a bench-clearing fight on the field between the players, according to NEOMG and TV reports, and the game was called. Video of the incident, captured on amateur video from the stands, below. 

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Friday, August 29, 2014

House of Blues to Host Benefit for Documentary Film About Famed Rock Writer Jane Scott

Posted By on Fri, Aug 29, 2014 at 3:35 PM

Rock reporter Jane Scott. - JANET MACOSKA
  • Janet Macoska
  • Rock reporter Jane Scott.

Friends of Jane, an Ohio company put together by locals Thomas Kelly, Michael Heaton, David Spero and Michael Stanley, has launched a campaign to finance a documentary film about the late Jane Scott, the Plain Dealer reporter who covered rock n’ roll for many years. To help raise money and launch their Kickstarter campaign, Friends of Jane have organized Jane Scott & the Beatles 50th Anniversary Celebration, a benefit at House of Blues on Sept. 15. The event marks the anniversary of the Beatles arrival in Cleveland and also pays tribute to Scott, who got her start as a rock critic by covering that Beatles gig.

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Guided by Voices to Play Grog Shop in October

Posted By on Fri, Aug 29, 2014 at 2:43 PM

Even though they played what they said would be their last show ever in 2004, Guided by Voices have been steadily touring and releasing records since reforming in 2010. Singer Bob Pollard and whatever assortment of players he can put together deliver a helluva live show — they've got hundreds of songs to choose from. Their set lists will often include more than 40 tunes. They return to the Grog Shop at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 4. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at the club or via Ticketweb. 

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