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Friday, July 15, 2016

Family of Cory Barron, Man Who Fell to Death at Progressive Field Concert, Files Suit Against Indians, Live Nation

Posted By on Fri, Jul 15, 2016 at 2:18 PM

Update: The family of Cory Barron has filed suit against the Cleveland Indians, Live Nation and Minute Men Staffing. They contend that the door to the chute down which Barron fell to his death during a Jason Aldean concert should have been locked. Previously, all parties involved passed the buck on security issues that night. An inquiry by International Research Group on behalf of the family concluded Barron's death might have involved foul play.

Via Fox 8, who first reported the suit:

“During the evening decedent, Cory Barrron, entered a room in the upper deck of Progressive Field, which had a 5-story garbage chute which led directly to the basement level of the stadium,” the suit stated. “ The aforementioned room was supposed to be locked to prevent unintended access to the room by patrons attending events at the facility as as a basic security precaution.”

The suit further stated the defendants knew the door had been broken, but had failed to repair or replace it.

The suit also said the defendants created “unsafe and dangerous conditions at the facility,” and also failed to provide proper security at the event. 

Update (9/23/2014) : The Lorain County Coroner has ruled the cause of Cory Barron's death as "undetermined" but noted multiple blunt force impacts from his fall down a garbage chute at Progressive Field. Toxicology results showed alcohol in his system could not be "accurately measured due to the state of the body." No drugs were found in his system. No evidence of foul play was discovered.


More than five weeks after 22-year-old Cory Barron's body was found at an Oberlin landfill, the Lorain County Coroner's Office says the toxicology report has still not come back and doesn't have a current estimate on when it will arrive. It had previously told the Telegraph-Forum on Aug. 19 the results would be arriving "any day now" on the Fremont man.

Cleveland police are working the investigation into the dead body and are awaiting the autopsy and final toxicology reports from Lorain.

Barron, police had theorized back in July, might have fallen down a garbage chute some five stories. Witnesses had described Barron as heavily intoxicated. All parties involved have previously deflected questions about security at the venue the night of the concert.


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

'Early Morning Rapist' Trial Stalled for Months Now: UPDATE

Lakewood, Cleveland Police Discuss Investigation

Posted By on Wed, Apr 15, 2015 at 2:03 PM

Lakewood Police Chief Timothy Malley announces James Daniel's connection to a Lakewood crime. - ERIC SANDY / SCENE
  • Lakewood Police Chief Timothy Malley announces James Daniel's connection to a Lakewood crime.
Last fall, we reported the story of James Daniel III, dubbed the "Early Morning Rapist," whose Sept. 2 attack and rape of a woman once again landed him firmly in the sight-lines of Lakewood and Cleveland law enforcement.

He has been charged in connection with four robberies and two rapes on the city's westside.

Daniel's trial was stalled this week after the court found out that defense attorney Frank Cavallo had an infected abscessed tooth.

In February, Daniel's trial was stalled for the first time after he smeared poop on himself, glared at female jurors, faked a suicide attempt and tried to smuggle a paper clip into his holding cell.

The trial has been reset for April 20.

Originally published Sept. 25, 2014

Following through on an investigation that combined a great deal of modern technology and traditional gumshoe police work, Cleveland and Lakewood police today announced that James Daniel, the man arrested for the Sept. 2 attack and rape on West 104th Street, has been connected via DNA to an Aug. 30 attack and rape on Warren Road in Lakewood. Investigators also connected him to a 2000 rape on Cleveland's eastside. Lakewood Police Chief Timothy Malley added that Daniel is being investigated for an aggravated robbery from 2010 in that city.

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Sunday, December 28, 2014

UPDATE: Bruce Springsteen to Officially Release 1978 Agora Show

Posted By on Sun, Dec 28, 2014 at 2:16 PM

We like to feature vintage concert audio from Cleveland 'round these parts (see below). Bruce Springsteen is kind of a big hit around here. A few months back, we showcased this legendary show from the Agora, and now we have some fine news to share with you.

Bruce will be releasing the 8/9/78 Agora show CDs next month. (UPDATE: Digital downloads are available now, a fact which was not shared when this story was first published.)

From producer Toby Scott:
I found the seven Agora tape reels in a box that had been returned from the Rock'n Roll Hall Of Fame. The tapes were part of an exclusive Springsteen exhibit “Asbury Park to the Promised Land”. It wasn’t until the request to release this show came up that the tapes needed to be found. Not at Sony, not at Thrill Hill Archives, not at the archiving company. Last known location was the Rock'n Roll Hall of Fame. They informed me what box to look in and there they were, marked with the original indication of speed, tracks and show date. 

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

(Updated) Bay Village Teens Dump Urine and Feces on Autistic Boy in Twisted Ice Bucket Challenge 'Prank'

Posted By on Tue, Oct 14, 2014 at 4:32 PM

Update II: Five teens have been charged in connection with the case. Two face disorderly conduct-like charges for a juvenile — all the teens are between the ages of 14 and 16 — and three others faces misdemeanor assault charges. Assistant County Prosecutor Duane Deskins, who notes that the teens are friends with the victim, said that while there were often pranks amongst the friends, "this incident is clearly different. It crossed a moral and legal line, and even the five alleged perpetrators understand that and have expressed regret." (

Update: Police in Bay Village have identified the teens they believe are responsible for the deplorable ice bucket prank from last week. 

Police chief Mark Spaetzel, while not releasing their names, did say this in a statement last night:

"We are being very thorough in gathering all the necessary facts before presenting to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office. We are not sure when that will happen because we have additional interviews to conduct and further investigative avenues to pursue."***

Fox 8 is running the story of a 15-year-old autistic Bay Village boy who fell victim to a mean-spirited and fairly sociopathic ice bucket challenge outing.

Here's the video and story. And the note from Fox producers: "The family asked that we show the video to make other parents aware of bullying."

The gist is that the boy, seen at right in his underwear, was prepping for another one of those ice bucket challenge videos. What is seen being poured from on top of the roof of the garage is a mixture of urine, feces, cigarette butts and whoknowswhatelse. The video was on the boy's cell phone. Police are now investigating the matter.
“Once we found out about it, we were just horrified,” said Diane, the mother of the Bay High School student. She claimed her youngest son was videotaped as feces, urine, spit and cigarette butts were dumped on his head by a group of juveniles.

“I want these kids held accountable for what they did to him and they targeted somebody who just didn’t really understand what was going on,” she said.

FOX 8 News is not identifying the family by last name to help protect their son.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Here's the Downtown Dog Park, Slated to Open Oct. 13

Posted By on Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Apologies for the overcast weather, and the Downtown Cleveland Alliance says there's still a little left to do, but here's what the downtown dog park looks like right now. Not bad at all, if you ask us. The park, nestled between the Cuyahoga River and the Setter's Landing rapid stop, was paid for with $10,000 from donations and the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District and $10,000 that was matched by the DCA. It's slated to open Oct. 13.

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Cleveland West Art League's "Tall Walls" Returns This Friday

Posted By on Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 4:25 PM

For the third consecutive year, the Cleveland West Art League (CWAL) is hosting Tall Walls, its annual unjuried, uncensored exhibition. Although the premise is the same, this year’s show is going to be a little different than previous years.

Tall Walls started as a collaboration between CWAL and local artist and gallery owner, Loren Naji. “The exhibition first started about 3 years ago when we were attempting to branch out and do a membership exhibition off site,” explains CWAL Vice President and Chair of Off-Site Programming, Jeannie Oakar. “Loren really wanted to do a salon-style show and luckily, he wanted to also support the Cleveland West Art League so he invited us to collaborate and it went from there.”

“As a new board member of CWAL,” explains Naji. “I invited this organization to share this show in my gallery. The name ‘Tall Walls’ was created by Mona Gazala of CWAL referring to the high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling hanging area in my space. It has evolved into an exciting community show.”

Due to Naji’s well-documented, ongoing legal trouble, he has stepped back from this year’s exhibition. With Naji still unable to host events, CWAL was forced to seek a new venue for this year’s show. Luckily, the Detroit Shoreway Development Corporation graciously donated a large, vacant storefront for the one-night-only event (6706 Detroit Ave. – next to Sweet Moses).

With nearly 200 current members (and hopefully many new ones) submitting up to two works each, this show is sure to be one of the biggest yet. Additionally, for the first time, CWAL has removed size limitations for submitted work.

CWAL started four years ago, when founding director Mona Gazala was curating an exhibition at IngenuityFest. The 20 participating artists became the first CWAL members. In early 2011, they established a board of directors, and secured their gallery space at 78th Street Studios. Later that year, CWAL added an educational program, and earned their nonprofit status.

CWAL’s gallery at 78th Street Studios maintains a regular exhibition schedule featuring work by many of their members. October’s Third Friday open house will include an opening reception for the works of local painters Justin Brennan and Deb Lawrence at CWAL (through Friday, November 21st, 6 to 9 p.m.). The week before Christmas, the gallery will host a one-night-only Holiday Show – featuring unique gifts and art made by their members (Friday, December 19th, 6 to 9 p.m.).

The reception is Friday, October 3rd from 6 to 11 p.m. 

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It's Official. Peet's Is Giving Away Free Drip Coffee From 1-3 p.m. ALL OCTOBER LONG

Posted By on Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Intrepid Scene owner and president Andrew Zelman was strolling through Tower City when he was told by an employee at Peet's Coffee and Tea that all Ohio locations would be offering free drip coffee from 1-3 p.m. all October long.

Excuse moi, we inquired? That sounded too good to be true, but we've checked with six of the seven Ohio locations (listed below) and they've confirmed: Free drip coffee, 1-3 p.m., all month. Come and get it while it's hot!

The North Olmsted location will also be offering free sample bags of coffee to brew at home and $1 off all handcrafted drinks.

"Yesterday was national coffee day," said a barista at the Beachwood location. "We're trying to make it last, trying to make our regulars happy, make all our customers happy. Because our coffee's amazing."

A barista at the Columbus North High Street location agreed. "It's just customer appreciation, you know? It's fall time, getting chillier. This is just our way of saying thank you."

(We weren't able to verify with the Hudson location, but representatives at the other stores confirmed that this is a statewide promotion).


2101 Richmond Road

Cleveland, OH 44122

(216) 342-7632

Cleveland—Public Square

230 W Huron Road

Cleveland, OH 44113

(216) 539-9500

Columbus—No. High St.

3645 North High Street

Columbus, OH 43214

(614) 441-9360


34 Park Lane

Hudson, OH 44236

(330) 653-5832


15105 Detroit Avenue

Lakewood, OH 44107

(216) 586-5166

North Olmsted

23420 Lorain Road

North Olmsted, OH 44070

(440) 249-4395

Upper Arlington

2468 Northwest Blvd.

Upper Arlington, OH 43221

(614) 678-5719

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