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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Man Who Yelled "Go Back to Your Own Country" Before Punching a Middle Eastern Man Last Year Sentenced to Supervised Probation

Posted By on Tue, Mar 13, 2018 at 3:18 PM

  • CPD
Update: Gregory Brzoza, the man who yelled "go back to your own country" at a Middle Eastern man before knocking him unconscious last year in the Flats, was sentenced to supervised probation this week after pleading guilty last month to aggravated assault and ethnic intimidation.

Broza blamed alcohol for the incident saying it was not reflective of who he really is but "reflective of the amount of alcohol I drank."

He'll have to pay $1,600 to the victim, who couldn't be in court because he was having surgery at MetroHealth hospital due to complications arising from a previous surgery to repair his jaw after the attack. He had asked in a letter to the court for a maximum sentence. ""No person of color should feel like they don't belong in this country and no person should be assaulted because of it," he said in his letter.

Broza must attend four Alcoholics Anonymous meetings a week and submit to alcohol and drug testing. He lives in Pennsylvania but will have to report to Cuyahoga County probation officers weekly.


(Updated 8/28/17): Gregory Brzoza was arrested on Monday, Cleveland police announced, though details on his apprehension were not known.

Brzoza was indicted last week for felonious assault after allegedly hurling racial slurs at a man in the Flats before assaulting him.

The victim, a 22-year-old male, was left knocked unconscious and suffered a broken jaw in addition to losing some teeth.

A court date has not yet been scheduled.


(Original story 8/25/17): Gregory Brzoza, 24, has been charged with felonious assault in an apparent hate crime that took place early Sunday morning in the Flats. He is accused of brutally beating a food cart customer and yelling racial and homophobic slurs, according to police.

After yelling at the man — "You don't belong, go back to your own country" — Brzoza knocked him unconscious. The victim, 22, suffered a broken jaw and a lost tooth as he was beaten against the sidewalk's concrete.

Brzoza has not yet been arrested; Cleveland police issued a warrant yesterday. His image and a description of the attack have been shared on social media since Tuesday.

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Ohio State Fair's Ride Malfunction Victims Settle With State

Posted By on Fri, Feb 16, 2018 at 11:29 AM

An example of the carnival ride that malfunctioned at the Ohio State Fair. - PHOTO VIA JUSTINJBUCHANAN/INSTAGRAM
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  • An example of the carnival ride that malfunctioned at the Ohio State Fair.
Update: State officials announced yesterday that a settlement agreement has been reached with those injured in last summer's harrowing Ohio State Fair's ride malfunction.

We don't know much about the agreement except that none of the money used will come out of the state treasury and the victims have agreed to release the state fully.

The state Court of Claims must next approve the settlement for the whole lawsuit to be over.

Read up on the trajectory of the deadly Fire Ball ride event and subsequent investigations below.

(Update post 8/31/2017): Ohio State Highway Patrol announced today it won't continue a criminal investigation into the Ohio State Fair's ride malfunction that killed an 18-year-old and injured seven others.

After interviewing more than 80 witnesses and thoroughly inspecting the offending ride, investigators say there isn't enough evidence to proceed with the case.

For now, the Fire Ball ride remains in secure storage.

(Update post 8/7/2017): Those tasked with investigating the Ohio State Fair incident have deemed "excessive corrosion" as the cause of the ride's malfunctioning.

The manufacturers of the Fire Ball, Dutch company KMG, wrote in a Facebook post yesterday that, after reviewing footage of the accident and inspecting the ride, "excessive corrosion on the interior of the gondola support beam dangerously reduced the beam's wall thickness over the years," ultimately causing the "catastrophic" crash on July 26.

(Original Post 8/5/2017): As the Ohio State Fair draws to a close this weekend, the repercussions of the deadly accident on one of its rides that killed 18-year-old Tyler Jerrell has been felt across the country as several fairs outside Ohio have removed similar rides.

New Jersey is the latest location to see such action as officials at the Sussex County Fair, which opened on Friday, have removed from the Wild Claw ride because of its similarity to the Fire Ball ride that malfunctioned at the Ohio State Fair on July 26 in Columbus.

The Wild Claw ride was removed from another New Jersey county fair last week in the immediate aftermath of the Ohio accident.

Other locations that have removed similar rides are:

- The Arapahoe County Fair in Colorado, which removed the similar Freak Out ride.

- The Wisconsin State fair, which also removed the Freak Out ride.

- The Greater Gulf State Fair in Mobile, Alabama, which doesn’t take place until the fall, which removed both the Freak Out ride and the same Fire Ball ride that was at Ohio State Fair.

- And the California State Fair in Sacramento, California, which removed its version of the Fire Ball ride.

Meanwhile, the other victims of the Ohio accident continue their recovery. Of the seven riders who were hurt, four remain hospitalized. Two of those victims, Tamica Dunlap and Keziah Lewis (Jerrell’s girlfriend) remain in serious condition while Russell Franks remains in critical condition.

Another victim, 18-year-old Jennifer Lambert, remains in a coma.

The Ohio State Fair comes to a close on Sunday night but the cloud of shock and sadness that continues to radiate from the accident will continue to be felt long after the lights go off for the year.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

CHA Spirits and Pizza Will Reopen in New Ohio City Location on Dec. 18

Posted By on Tue, Dec 12, 2017 at 2:25 PM

  • Emanuel Wallace
CHA Spirits and Kitchen will debut in its new home in Ohio City, at 3800 Whitman Ave. in the space most recently occupied by the shuttered Pasta and Pastries, on Dec. 18. The move comes after an announcement this summer that CHA would close up shop in Battery Park and relocate a few miles down the road.

Fans of CHA who loved their pizzas and more can look forward to more of the same, albeit with a menu that will include more pastas and a more seasonally focused roster of small plates.

"We have a huge base is Ohio City and Hingetown, so it makes sense to move back home," owner Susan Walters, a longtime resident of the neighborhood who once ran a Spanish restaurant called KeKe there, told "Everything's going to be much more creative and much more local. We're just really excited to see everyone again."


(Original story 8/21/2017): Three years ago CHA Spirits & Pizza Kitchen took over the space previously occupied by the Battery Park Wine Bar. The pizza joint and bar run by Susan Walters, whose nickname (Cha-Cha) gave birth to the restaurant's moniker, will now itself give way to something else as it closes up shop in Battery Park this Sunday, August 27. That gives CHA fans a few more days to grab a pie but if you can't make it by this weekend rest assured you're not totally out of luck: CHA announced Saturday on Facebook that it will be reopening in a brand new but as of yet undisclosed location in Ohio City, where Walters once ran KeKe, in October. We'll keep you updated when a firm location is announced.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Update: Original Members of the Cleveland Metal Band Breaker to Reunite for Metal Holiday Food Drive

Posted By on Wed, Nov 22, 2017 at 11:41 AM

  • Bill Peters
Update: In addition to featuring a performance by the Ventura, Calif.-based hard rock band Night Demon, this year’s ninth annual Cleveland Metal Holiday Food Drive will also feature a special appearance by the veteran local metal act Breaker. The original members will reunite for the first time in more than 25 years.

Local metal acts such as Shok Paris, Olathia and Gluttons will perform along with Resistance, Lady Beast, Granicus and RadiatriX  The burlesque troupe the Red Hot Heathens will be on hand, and comedians Cyndi Rice, Brad Bishop and John Hensler will perform.

German-based rock writer Iron Ingo Sthührenberg and Olathia's Chris Emig will serve as the hosts.

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Stunning Marble Room Steaks and Raw Bar Now Open

Posted By on Tue, Sep 5, 2017 at 10:55 AM

Update: Just a quick note to mention that the opening day for Marble Room, the glitzy steak and seafood restaurant situated in the old National City Bank is here and you should absolutely go. They'll be open for dinner today and begin lunch service tomorrow. More details in our original preview below.


(Original story 8/23/17): We’ve been following the progress of Marble Room, the high-end steak and seafood restaurant from the owners of Lockkeepers, since we first walked through the incredible space. The dramatic restaurant has been quietly taking shape since last fall inside the historic bank lobby of the Garfield Building at E. Sixth and Euclid, which most recently was home to National City Bank.

When it opens on September 5th, Marble Room Steak and Raw Bar (623 Euclid Ave., 216) 523-7000) will immediately jump to the front of the line in terms of Cleveland’s most impressive dining rooms. The immaculately preserved interior boasts 40-foot ceilings, weighty columns, ornate chandeliers and storybook staircases.

"We want Clevelanders and visitors to our city to enjoy the magnificent space we have restored and indulge in a one-of-a-kind dining concept marrying history and modern cuisine with professional, gracious service,” explains Malisse Sinito, Marble Room owner and President of Millennia Hospitality Group, which owns the property. “It was a remarkable undertaking, but a labor of love as my family is from Cleveland and we want to give the city another reason to be proud.”

The menu will blend traditional steakhouse fare like prime steaks and seafood with a raw bar and sushi menu. Chefs Brandon Veres, Kyle Anderson and Jango Enkhtaivan will oversee the expansive savory offerings while pastry chef Dwight Penney will be in charge of the housemade ice cream, pastries and breads.

The restaurant will open for dinner service on Tuesday September 5, and lunch service will begin the following day.

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

What You Need to Know About Cleveland Oktoberfest

Posted By on Thu, Aug 31, 2017 at 4:21 PM

  • Emanuel Wallace
It's a tradition in these parts to celebrate Oktoberfest over Labor Day weekend. The annual event, which takes place at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds, features German food, beer and music over the course of the long weekend. The event begins tomorrow.

You can chow down on pierogis, cabbage, noodles and potato pancakes.

A variety of musical acts will perform too. In addition to the acts playing traditional music, a Journey tribute band will perform as will a Bob Seger tribute act. The popular local country act Post Road will play and Ted Vigil will pay tribute to the late John Denver.

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6 Concerts to Catch in Cleveland This Weekend

Posted By on Thu, Aug 31, 2017 at 3:56 PM


George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic

“Ain’t no party like a p-funk party because a p-funk party don’t stop.” So goes the rhyme that you’ll hear ad nauseam tonight when funkmeister George Clinton performs tonight at House of Blues. Wild affairs that feature outlandish costumes, Clinton concerts are true spectacles. Clinton serves more as master of ceremonies, often barking out the lyrics with little regard for rhythm, but he still knows how to keep the party going. Inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1997, the seventysomething-year-old regularly comes through town — with or without a new album to promote. (Jeff Niesel), 8 p.m. House of Blues.

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