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Monday, April 18, 2016

Ohio Supreme Court Will Hear Tyrone Noling's Death Row Appeal: UPDATE

Posted By on Mon, Apr 18, 2016 at 12:18 PM


The Ohio Supreme Court announced today that oral arguments in Tyrone Noling's ongoing appellate review case are scheduled for May 31. 

The oral arguments will address Noling's request that the Ohio Supreme Court grant him the "same appellate review for his DNA application as non-capital defendants." Routinely, death row inmates' requests for post-convicion DNA testing are denied. Noling has remained on death row for 20 years; convicted of murder, he has maintained his innocence and regularly cited the lack of physical evidence against him in this case and the recantations of state witness testimony.

(See our earlier coverage below, and read Scene's 2003 feature here.)

Noling is specifically asking for all results of post-conviction DNA testing in his case. He also wants the shell casings from the murder weapon to be run through the federal database — particularly in order to see if the murder weapon is linked to other crimes or a specific perpetrator. Lastly, Noling seeks "an appropriately selected lab to make the scientific determinations listed in Ohio’s DNA testing statute based on scientific testing."

Originally published Sept. 30, 2015

The Ohio Supreme Court today accepted jurisdiction in the appeal of Tyrone Noling, a death row inmate convicted of murder almost 20 years ago. 

Scene published a feature on the case in 2003. 

"We are grateful that the Ohio Supreme Court will hear Tyrone Noling's case. Mr. Noling is an innocent man who has been on death row for almost 20 years," Carrie Wood, assistant state public defender, wrote today. "As the Ohio Supreme Court determined in accepting jurisdiction, Mr. Noling's case is one of great public importance and involves a substantial constitutional question."

Wood was referring to the appeals process for death row inmates in Ohio whose post-conviction DNA testing requests are denied. Noling has repeatedly requested that shell casings and ring boxes found at the crime scene be tested for DNA — a use of technology that was not as advanced as it is today when Noling was first convicted.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Update: Akron Zoo Allowed Liquor License for After-Hours Events

Posted By on Wed, Nov 4, 2015 at 5:06 PM

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Update:  Voters raised their glasses to alcohol sales at the Akron Zoo, passing both issues 23 and 24. With the two issues in effect, the zoo will now be allowed to serve wine and liquor daily, as well as Sundays from 10 a.m. to midnight, reports. They'll be using the permit for special events like Brew at the Zoo and for private rentals. Cheers!

Originally posted: September 24, 2015 at 9:51 a.m.

Lions, and tigers and beers, oh my! The Akron Zoo is seeking to serve beer, wine and liquor after regular public hours and for special events.

Sadly, there’s the “after regular hours” part, meaning daytime guests won't be playing drinking games within the park anytime soon. The plan is to only let the liquor flow during suit-and-tie events like weddings and corporate picnics.

“We felt it was a good time in keeping the zoo moving forward and generating extra revenue,” an Akron Zoo spokesman  told Currently, the Akron Zoo is the only zoo in the state of Ohio without a liquor permit for special events.

Akron townies can vote on Nov. 3 on two liquor options that will allow the zoo to serve alcoholic beverages. Some are opposed to the sale because of the children. What do you think?

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Councilman Jeff Johnson Maintains Pressure Via Outburst on Airport Issues

Posted By on Wed, Sep 30, 2015 at 4:48 PM

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If you’ve missed all the recent Cleveland Hopkins hullabaloo, you may have at least tuned in for another Jeff Johnson blow-up at City Council on Monday night. The NEOMG’s Mark Naymik criticized the feckless Transportation Committee after that committee, chaired by Marty Keane, didn’t press interim airport director Fred Szabo about prior staffing levels and hefty Federal Aviation Administration fines.

(This is all, by the way, in the aftermath of revelations by a former Hopkins employee who alleged to the NEOMG that the airport would be hugely understaffed again this winter, and that there simply wouldn’t be time to train required personnel.)

“Keane's lack of investigation is not surprising,” Naymik wrote after the Transportation meeting. “It's another example of council leaders who — metaphorically speaking – seat the public in coach when they are supposed to place them in first class by failing to press the administration with vigor and skepticism.”

Jeff Johnson tried. He was working himself into his usual lather — this time, fully justified — when Keane interjected. Keane had called members of the committee before the meeting, instructing them not to ask about prior staffing levels. Frank Jackson’s administration is appealing the fine and Keane evidently wants to wait until the appeal is filed.

In which case, why even bring Szabo into the meeting?

But Johnson kept shouting, even as Keane adjourned the meeting — this is getting all too familiar — until Kevin Kelley, overhearing the ruckus, stepped in and escorted Keane out, advising him quietly (according to Naymik) “not to go down that rabbit hole.”

Singer-Guitarist Max Cavalera Gets Biblical with Soulfly’s New Album ‘Archangel’

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Posted By on Wed, Sep 30, 2015 at 4:46 PM

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Way back in the 1980s, Brazilian-born singer-guitarist Max Cavalera started Sepultura when he and his brother Igor were still teenagers. That band left an incredible legacy (and the group still exists but without the Cavaleras). Cavalera explored his heritage with Sepultura and then with Soulfly. He also explores straight-up metal on Cavalera Conspiracy’s recent album, the aptly titled Pandemonium. It features blistering guitar riffs and parched vocals. It’s heavy stuff, even by heavy metal standards.

Cavalera came through Cleveland earlier this year with Cavalera Conspiracy. Now, he’s set to return with Soulfly on the We Sold Our Souls to Metal Tour. On tour in support of its new album, Archangel, the band plays the Agora at 6 p.m. on Oct. 13.

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Major Chicken Producer Faces $1.4 Million in OSHA Fines for Violations at Canton Facility

Posted By on Wed, Sep 30, 2015 at 3:42 PM

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North Carolina-based Case Farms Processing Inc. has been slapped with a total of $1.4 million in fines from the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration for 16 violations at its Canton facility.

A 17-year-old employee of a Case Farms subcontractor lost half of his left leg as he cleaned a liver-giblet chiller machine, according to OSHA reports. He was fired by the company when he explained that he was unable to return to work. 

A 24-year-old employee was cleaning a fat sucker machine several weeks prior in March 2015, when a plunger attached to the machine cut off the tips of his middle and ring fingers on his right hand. He was later fired, as well.

“Our employees are our most important resource and we continue to focus on providing a safe and healthy work environment," Case Farms said in a written statement. "The citations are being reviewed, and we will work with OSHA, as we have in the past, to address the concerns outlined in the citations."

The company has until Oct. 13 to contest the fines. 

Just last year, Case Farms was given an Achievement Award from the Stark County Safety Council and the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Division of Safety. The company's Canton facility had apparently cut its "incident rate" by 51 percent from 2012 to 2013. 

‘Addicted to Fresno’ Director to Make Appearance at the Cedar Lee Theatre for Film’s Opening

Posted By on Wed, Sep 30, 2015 at 12:56 PM

Originally, director Jamie Babbit intended to film Addicted to Fresno in Cleveland. But because of the costs associated with transporting a cast and crew from L.A. to Cleveland, Babbit decided to shoot in Fresno, a nondescript central California town. The film opens on Friday at the Cedar Lee Theatre, and Babbit will attend the 7:10 p.m. on Friday and participate in a Q&A session after the screening. She’ll then stick around to introduce the 9:40 p.m. screening.

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Trapped! Brings First Escape Room to Cleveland

Posted By on Wed, Sep 30, 2015 at 12:31 PM

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Being trapped in a room may not sound like a hoot, but it’s the new fad in town. Trapped! Escape Room (1796 Coventry Rd., 216-309-1796) in Cleveland Heights will “lock” visitors in a room for 60 minutes, challenging folks to team up and make a getaway. Corral friends, family or work buds and pick between themed rooms including The Cell, the Pirate Tavern and the Chainsaw, which is coming out just in time for Halloween.

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