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Friday, July 28, 2017

Donald Nemeth, Brother of WWE's Dolph Ziggler, Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter and Other Charges in Deadly Robbery From Last Year

Posted By on Fri, Jul 28, 2017 at 3:08 PM

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Update: Donald Nemeth, brother of WWE superstar Dolph Ziggler, was arrested about a year ago along with Jack King in connection with the January 2106 murder of Joshua Mascol at the University Hotel and Suites on Euclid. It was a drug deal gone wrong — Nemeth and King attempted to rob Mascol, who ended up dead, shot three times in a hallway.

Surveillance video and stills helped Cleveland police identify the suspects, though it took months to arrest the duo.

Nemeth and King were slated to head to trial next week. Nemeth had previously pleaded not guilty. That changed today as prosecutors announced he pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, aggravated robbery and kidnapping.

He'll be sentenced on August 28. 

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(Updated 5/12/16): Donald Nemeth, brother of WWE's Dolph Ziggler, entered a not guilty plea Wednesday in Cuyahoga County common pleas court to charges of aggravated murder, murder, kidnapping and felonious assault.

Police say Nemeth shot and killed Joshua Mascol on January 23 during a drug deal robbery. A warrant was issued in late April and Nemeth was arrested shortly after. He's in jail on a $1 million bond.

Cops are still looking for a second man, as of yet identified, who was with Nemeth that day during the crime.

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(Original story 4/28/16): Cleveland police issued a warrant on Tuesday for the arrest of 29-year-old Donald Nemeth, brother of WWE's Dolph Ziggler, whose real name is Nicholas Nemeth. (Public records show the same Cleveland address for both men in years past; that same address is referenced on the Cleveland Municipal Court docket for this case. We were told — and various social media posts, including from Dolph's brother Ryan, say — Donald is Dolph's brother.)

Donald Nemeth is charged with aggravated murder in connection with the shooting death of 34-year-old Joshua Mascol on January 23 at the University Hotel and Suites.

Authorities had released pictures of the suspects back in February as weeks went by with no arrests. It wasn't until this week that traction had gathered enough for a warrant.

Police now say Nemeth attempted to rob Mascol before shooting him. Not much is publicly known about Mascol other than that he was a Marine vet.

Nemeth wasn't in custody as of Wednesday. 

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call Cleveland homicide detectives at 216-623-5464.

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Monday, November 7, 2016

Former 92.3 The Fan Producer J.G. Spooner Pleads Guilty to Money Laundering, Theft Charges

Posted By on Mon, Nov 7, 2016 at 11:47 AM

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Update: J.G. Spooner pleaded guilty this morning to charges stemming from his previous efforts to scam money from GoFundMe campaigns. He created the fundraisers for a variety of causes, including for one woman with cystic fibrosis, and then skimmed money from the donations.

This morning, Spooner copped a guilty plea for felony money laundering charge and for a misdemeanor theft charge, Scott Taylor reported.

Sentencing will be held December 6.

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(Updated 9/29/16): J.G. Spooner is still awaiting trial on charges of money laundering for allegedly setting up fake GoFundMe accounts and pocketing the cash. (We assume he will be wearing a shirt if and when he appears in a courtroom). The former 92.3 The Fan producer was indicted back in April and since then he's been out on a $10,000 bond.

Prosecutors are now seeking to have that bond revoked or to have J.G. Spooner placed under house arrest after some additional alleged shadiness he's pulled since then.

Scott Taylor, formerly of Channel 19 and now working his investigative shoe leather in D.C., tweeted the news yesterday. 

It seems Spooner allegedly offered up his house as a rental. The problem here is twofold: First, Spooner doesn't own the property. He rents. Second, when a woman gave him a $900 deposit, he refused to return the money and stopped responding to her when questions arose.

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We'll let you know what the judge ends up deciding.

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(Original story 4/6/16): That there is J.G. Spooner, he of a Superman tattoo that we didn't know about until today and formerly a producer for the Ken Carman show on 92.3 The Fan until earlier this week.

Spooner tweeted the news the other day that he was no longer employed by the station. It was a bit of a mystery as to why he was let go, but that mystery appears to be solved.

Scott Taylor reports that Spooner was arrested and charged with money laundering and is currently out on a $10,000 bond. Taylor also reports the allegedly shady deals that landed Spooner in jail. Turns out he was (allegedly) setting up GoFundMe accounts, including one to benefit two women with cystic fibrosis, and depositing some of those proceeds into his personal bank account. What a guy.

Feel free to make your own joke about his shirt being laundered in the comment section below.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Mother, Grandmother Sentenced in Heroin Overdose Death of Akron Teen

Posted By on Wed, Oct 12, 2016 at 2:44 PM

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Update: Heather Frye, Andrew Frye's mother, and Brenda Frye, his grandmother, were each sentenced to nine years in prison Wednesday afternoon in connection to his death from a heroin overdose in April.

Brenda Frye previously pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and trafficking heroin, and his mother pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, tampering with evidence and endangering children.

Another woman, Brenda Irons, faces four years in prison in connection to the death. Irons pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and tampering with evidence.

A fourth person, Donald Callahan, will be sentenced October 26 on a possession of heroin charge.

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Heather Frye, 32, pleaded guilty this week to charges of involuntary manslaughter, endangering children and evidence tampering in the death of her 16-year-old son, Andrew Frye, who overdosed and died on heroin in a Green motel room in April of this year.

Frye, who did not have custody of her son, had previously told cops that she wanted to be a "fun weekend mom," faces up to 11 years in prison.

Andrew Frye's grandmother, 52-year-old Brenda Frye, also pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and heroin trafficking. She faces eight years in prison. Brenda was the one who supplied the drugs that her daughter and her grandson used that night.

Both are expected to be sentenced on October 12, according to the ABJ.

Jessica Irons, Heather Frye's friend, also pleaded guilty and will serve four years.

Yet to be dealt with is Brenda Frye's boyfriend, 59-year-old Donald Callaghan. He'll go on trial on September 12.

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(Updated 5/3/16): A total of four people have been indicted in the death of Andrew Frey, 16, who was found unresponsive in a hotel room in Green last month.

The teen's grandmother, Brenda Frye, mother, Heather Frye, mother's friend, Jessica Irons, and Donald Callaghan, 58, of Akron are all facing charges.

Callaghan, Brenda Frye's boyfriend, is being charged with heroin possession. It is believed the heroin Andrew used came from Callaghan.

All four are in court Tuesday, May 3.

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The mother, her friend and the grandmother of the teenage boy found dead at a Super 8 hotel in Green are facing charges related to his death. 

Andrew Frye, 16, was found unresponsive early Wednesday morning in the room he shared with his mother, Heather Frye, and Jessica Irons, his mother's friend. Frye faces involuntary manslaughter, tampering with evidence and child endangering charges. Irons is facing tampering with evidence and possession of drugs charges, and his grandmother, Brenda Frye, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, corruption and trafficking in drugs. 

Investigators say syringes, drug paraphernalia and illicit drugs were found inside the room where Frye was found. They also say he has a history of drug abuse.

While Frye admitted she, Irons and Andrew used heroin the same day the teenager died, official toxicology results from the Summit County Medical Examiner concluding whether or not he died from an overdose could take up to eight weeks to process.

(Hat Tip newsnet5.com)

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Monday, September 12, 2016

'Big Basket' Roadside Attraction/Office Building Remains on Market: Update

Posted By on Mon, Sep 12, 2016 at 11:19 AM

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The former Longaberger office building — that giant basket in the photo here — is still on the market. No one wants to buy it, quite possibly because it's a giant basket. 

“There’s nothing baskety inside,” the listing agent told Bloomberg. “Nothing makes you feel like it’s in a basket. You feel like you’re in a nice, high-rise office building.”

Meantime, some advice: Don't go staffing the joint with "deplorables" if you plan on moving your company HQ to the giant basket. 

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July 13 update:

This is it, everybody. Employees at The Longaberger Co.'s basket-shaped headquarters will have all moved on to a new location by the end of the week. The company owes $577,660 in back taxes on the giant basket, and Longaberger top brass has decided to consolidate its staff in Muskingum County.

But what of the basket?

No one knows, but minimum bids for the joint could clock in around a cool $600,000, according to Licking County Auditor Mike Smith (see below).

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Original story published April 1:

The iconic giant basket in Newark, Ohio — home to The Longaberger Co. headquarters — is up against an uncertain fate as all remaining staff are being sent to the company's nearby manufacturing plant. (It probably goes without saying, but the Longaberger Co. makes baskets.)

With distressing tax issues confronting the company's books and a top-down desire to get everyone "under one roof," the Big Basket is about to be very empty. The building faces a potential foreclosure. 

From the Columbus Dispatch:

The company is behind on its taxes, and if delinquent taxes aren't paid, the county has the power to foreclose on the property and offer it at a sheriff's sale, Licking County Auditor Mike Smith said.

"At this point, the minimum bid would be $570,000 plus court costs," Smith said. "So you could own the Big Basket for less than $600,000."

If no one wants it at the sheriff's sale price, the property would go to Licking County's recently established land bank.

The iconic seven-story, 180,000-square-foot headquarters building opened in 1997, when the Newark basketmaker was approaching its glory days. Sales peaked at $1 billion in 2000, and in the same year, the company had its largest workforce, more than 8,000.
"So you could own the Big Basket for less than $600,000."

Friday, August 19, 2016

The Flats Festival of the Arts Debuts This Weekend

Posted By on Fri, Aug 19, 2016 at 12:17 PM

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The Flats East Bank will be busier than ever this summer, and no, it's not because something else is under construction.

The Flats Festival of the Arts is set to debut this August — a three-day affair featuring musical acts, dancers and fine artists from all around Cleveland.

The plan is to make the fest an annual event and draw crowds upwards of 100,000.


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Friday, May 13, 2016

Video: LeBron James' Charity Raises $73,000 From First Rides on Valravn at Cedar Point

Posted By on Fri, May 13, 2016 at 12:23 PM

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UPDATE:

Eager Valravn riders have raised $73,000 to be the first to ride Cedar Point's newest coaster.

All of the money will be given to the LeBron James Family Foundation, which keeps kids from James' hometown of Akron in school. The park and the foundation also teamed up last year at the Rougarou's debut which netted $126,000 to benefit the kids.

Tickets for the first riders ranged from $500 to $75.


(Hat Tip ohio.com)

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There's a way to be the first to ride the Valravn at Cedar Point a full two days before the park opens for the season.

Cedar Point and the LeBron James Family Foundation are hosting their First Rider Benefit on Thursday, May 5. Tickets to the benefit are $75 each, but there's a $500 option for those who want to ride in the front row.

All proceeds from the benefit will go to the foundation, which helps keep kids in school. Last year's First Rider Benefit for the Rougarou raised $126,000 for the charity.

The Valravn will be the world's tallest, longest and fastest dive coaster in the world when it officially opens May 7 for Valravn World Premiere weekend.

(Hat Tip cleveland.com)


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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Towpath Trail Bridge Reopened After Arson Damage

Posted By on Tue, May 3, 2016 at 11:58 AM

UPDATE:

The case remains unsolved, but a temporary fix is now in place after a bridge on the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail was damaged by arson on April 19.

Since the bridge wasn't insured there's no timeline for when the fix will be completed. It will cost between $75,000 and $90,000 to replace, Summit Metro Parks has pledged $10,000 and a fundraiser netted $2,200 toward the replacement.

The fire is believed to have been set in the early hours of the morning near the Wilbeth Road Trailhead. Anyone with info about the fire can call (330) 867-5511 to contact the park.

(Hat Tip NewsNet5)

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Summit Metro Parks is looking for help in solving the mystery of who destroyed a bridge on the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail. 

The fire started this morning and the cause was later determined to be arson.

Here's the aftermath:
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Anyone with info on who this asshole(s) is/are should call 330-867-5511.

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