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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Crop Adding All-You-Can-Eat Saturday Brunch In Addition to Sunday

Posted By on Wed, Jun 14, 2017 at 6:31 PM

[image-1]Update: It seems as if the groundswell of eager brunchers that awaited the arrival of Crop's all-you-can-eat Sunday brunch have provided impetus for the Ohio City restaurant, now run by Tony George and Marcelo Fadul, to expand the popular service.

Beginning June 24, Crop will offer its smorgasbord on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in addition to Sundays. The menu will be the same. For more details on that, see below.


(Original story 1/6/2017): In a little over a week, Crop Bistro will be rolling out an all-you-can-eat Sunday brunch. The high-end spread will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and feature all the things we love about these waistband-expanding endeavors. Did we mention that it was all-you-can-eat?

A carving station will be, well, carving house-roasted prime rib and ham. Omelets will be stuffed and folded to order at an omelet station, with choices including crab, shrimp, lobster, meat and a variety of veggies and cheeses. A chilled seafood section will be festooned with shrimp cocktail, snow crab, mussels, crawfish salad, and lobster salad.

A dozen different hot dishes will satisfy all the major food groups, including egg dishes, bacon, maple sausage, waffles, pancakes and more. A cold antipasto section will be outfitted with domestic and imported cheeses, charcuterie, smoked fish, fresh fruit and vegetables, and salads.

A bread station will be stocked with breads, pastries and accompaniments.

There will be a dessert station, too, folks.

For the first three months, guests will receive a complimentary mimosa or bloody Mary. Soon, mimosa and bloody Mary stations will be added to the buffet.

The fun starts on Sunday, January 15.

Adults are $39, children ages 5-12 are $20, kids aged four and under eat for free.

For reservations call 216-696-2767.

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Update: Snoop Dogg to Appear at 2017 Rock Hall Inductions

Posted By on Mon, Mar 27, 2017 at 1:30 PM

Update: Rapper Snoop Dogg will appear at the upcoming Rock Hall Inductions to pay tribute to the late Tupac Shakur, one of this year's inductees.

While the gossip website TMZ reports that Dr. Dre has also been invited to the festivities, the Rock Hall can't confirm his appearance.

As the event nears, expect the Rock Hall to announce more details regarding presenters and performers.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Mentor Man Works Out Plea Deal, Drops Excessive Force Lawsuit Against Kirtland Hills Police: UPDATE

Posted By on Wed, Mar 1, 2017 at 12:45 PM

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After landing on a plea deal in Willoughby Municipal Court, Thomas Adams dropped his excessive force lawsuit against the Kirtland Hills Police Department (see original story below.)

He pleaded guilty to physical control of a motor vehicle and disorderly conduct, lesser charges than what initially brought him into court. Adams had been pulled over on suspicion of drunken driving. During the traffic stop, a physical altercation led to Adams sustaining head injuries on the roadway.

Dash cam footage is available below.

Originally published Jan. 11

Officer Clyde Null Jr. used excessive force when he slammed Thomas Adams' head onto the asphalt of a Kirtland Hills roadway on Aug. 19, 2016, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court. Watch dash cam video of the incident below.

The lawsuit, first reported on by Eric Heisig at, alleges that Null repeatedly slammed Adams' head on the street, which rendered him "nearly unconscious." His booking photo shows injuries surrounding his left eye.

Adams was reportedly driving erratically when Null pulled him over, according to Kirtland Hills police. He was charged with resisting arrest and OVI. (Adams did not provide a breath sample for BAC measurement.)

Scene has requested the contents of Null's personnel file. We will update this story upon receipt.

As far as the lawsuit, Adams is seeking a trial. No specific amount in damages sought was cited in the civil complaint.

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Police Make Arrest in Case of Murdered 14-Year-Old Alianna Defreeze

Posted By on Thu, Feb 2, 2017 at 9:26 PM

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Update: Cleveland police announced in a press conference this evening that 44-year-old Christopher Whitaker of South Euclid has been arrested in connection with the death of 14-year-old Alianna DeFreeze. The teen's body was found in an abandoned building on Fuller Ave. on Sunday; she'd been missing since Jan. 26.

Whitaker was taken into custody and arrested around 7:15 this evening in Mayfield Heights.

Whitaker previously served four years in prison in 2005 for sexual battery and felonious assault, according to Fox 8.

We'll update this post as more information becomes available.


Updated 2/1/17: Everyone's worst fears were officially confirmed early last evening when Cleveland police announced that the body found in an abandoned house on Fuller Ave. was that of missing 14-year-old Alianna DeFreeze.

Authorities said her death is being investigated as a homicide but no details about what specifically led to her death have been announced.

DeFreeze went missing on Jan. 26. She was last seen getting on a bus near the 3400 block of East 149th St. She'd usually take that bus to a transfer at East 93rd and Kinsman where she'd then head to school. She never made it. Her body was found on Sunday night.

A $22,500 reward is offered for any information that leads to the arrest of the responsible parties. You can call homicide detectives at 216-623-5464, dial 911, call the anonymous Crime Stoppers tip line at 216-252-7463, or text TIP657 to CRIMES (274637).


(Original story 1/30/17): Cleveland police report that they've found a female body in an abandoned home on the city's east side while searching for missing 14-year-old Alianna Defreeze. This story is developing, and details remain scarce.

Defreeze did not make it to school (E Prep ) on Jan. 26, and she was reported missing that day. She was last seen getting onto an RTA bus somewhere in the 3400 block of East 149th Street. That bus takes her to 93rd and Kinsman, where she boards a second bus to East Prep, according to her mother.

"She's never done this ever before," her aunt told WOIO. "She's not known to run away. She's never run away, she's never been in any type of trouble. There’s no reason for her to run away from home so this is very unlike her.”

Investigators are continuing to seek additional information; they can be reached at 216-623-5418. Scene will keep this story updated as more information becomes public.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Iranian Kent State Student is in Canada, Barred from Returning Home to Northeast Ohio

Posted By on Tue, Jan 31, 2017 at 2:09 PM

Mansoureh Shasti, a Kent State doctoral student from Iran, is currently stuck in Canada with her 1-year -old daughter. Her husband, Morteza Shakeri, hasn't seen either of them in two months.

The seven countries from which travelers to the U.S. are temporarily banned. - BBC
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  • The seven countries from which travelers to the U.S. are temporarily banned.
Shasti had traveled to Iran to visit relatives, and she was passing through Canada to pick up her approved visa paperwork last weekend. The timing was terrible for her family; President Donald Trump had issued a sweeping and immediate travel ban on seven countries with Muslim populations.

The Akron Beacon Journal reported on the Stow couple's troubles. They've been living in the U.S. since 2011.

"We have never been separated — not even for one day in six years," Shakeri told the paper. "I just want to have my family back together as soon as possible."

The article, written by Marilyn Miller, underscores the many and multifaceted ripple effects of the president's order. Shakeri explains the pain of having his family torn apart and being left with no recourse to reunited with his wife and child.

Nine International Patients Awaiting Care at Cleveland Clinic Can't Get Into the U.S. Now

Posted By on Tue, Jan 31, 2017 at 1:54 PM

The ongoing fallout over President Donald Trump's executive order barring travel into the U.S. for citizens of seven countries continues. The Cleveland Clinic, something of an international beacon of health care, has been hit rather hard by the effects. First-year medical resident Suha Abushamma, a Sudanese citizen working in the U.S. with a proper visa, is presently stranded in Saudi Arabia. Her experience crystallizes the recent chaos.

Furthermore, the Clinic has reported that nine international patients who'd planned on being treated at Clinic facilities in the U.S. have been sidelined during this travel ban. STAT reports that the Cleveland Clinic is in fact not alone in that problem.

Johns Hopkins Medicine has found at least 11 patients who live in the Muslim-majority nations targeted by the immigration ban — Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Sudan, and Yemen — and who were set to travel to the United States in the next 90 days for medical care. Another major health system, Cleveland Clinic, told STAT that it had nine patients scheduled to come to the United States for care from the affected countries.

“These are very, very ill patients,” Pamela Paulk, president of Johns Hopkins Medicine International, told STAT. “In most cases, these are not cases to be postponed.”

Frontier Airlines to Add Non-Stop Flights from Hopkins to Four New Cities

Posted By on Tue, Jan 31, 2017 at 1:54 PM

[image-1]Big-wigs from Frontier Airlines are out at Hopkins this afternoon, not to protest President Trump's travel ban, but to announce four new nonstop destinations for the low-cost carrier.

This spring, Frontier will begin offering non-stop flights to San Diego, Charlotte, Minneapolis and Houston. Discount fares, as low as $29, will be offered for a limited time.

The flights will not be daily. Here are there schedules:
  • Hopkins to CHARLOTTE: Begins April 21, with flights on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
  • Hopkins to MINNEAPOLIS: Begins April 23, with flights on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.
  • Hopkins to HOUSTON: Begins May 22, with flights on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
  • Hopkins to SAN DIEGO: Begins May 22, with flights on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.      
Frontier has added eight new destinations in the past year, via, and now has 17 total destinations serviced by Hopkins.

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