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Friday, August 24, 2018

Former City of Cleveland Chief of Demolition Department Federally Charged for Bribery

Posted By on Fri, Aug 24, 2018 at 3:13 PM

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Rufus Taylor, the ex-Chief of the City of Cleveland's Demolition Bureau, was today charged in federal court with soliciting and accepting a series of bribes from 2013 through 2016 from two contractors.

Taylor, as the Feds laid out in today's information filing, engaged in a pretty straight up illegal scheme whereby he'd ask contractors for bribes — as low as $300 and as high as $8,000 — to get them to the top of the city's bid list for work boarding up or demolishing properties. An information filing suggests the defendant is entering a plea agreement with authorities on the charges, which in this case include one count of bribery of a federally funded program and one count of extortion.

The contractors aren't identified in the filing — simply listed as Contractor 1 and Contractor 2.

Taylor, after 30 years with the City of Cleveland, retired in January.

The case was investigated by FBI, IRS and the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Inspector General.

“Public contracts should go to the most qualified bidder, not the best connected," U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman said in a statement. "We will remain vigilant and public employees who take bribes will be brought to justice.”

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Six Internationally Renowned Artists to Participate in the Cleveland Museum of Art's Creative Fusion: Composers Series

Posted By on Fri, Aug 24, 2018 at 2:25 PM

Composer Henry Threadgill. - COURTESY OF THE CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF ART
  • Courtesy of the Cleveland Museum of Art
  • Composer Henry Threadgill.
The Cleveland Museum of Art has just announced the details regarding Creative Fusion: Composers, a new Cleveland Foundation-sponsored series that will feature original works from a group of international composers who'll “draw inspiration for original compositions to be performed in Cleveland over the next two years.”

“The Cleveland Museum of Art presents a year-round performing arts series, notable for its international reach, critical acclaim and adventurous spirit,” says William Griswold, director of the CMA, in a press release. “The Cleveland Foundation’s Creative Fusion program offers the opportunity for exceptional composers to generate important new work. This initiative will advance the mission of the museum, reinforcing its stature as a leader among global arts institutions.”

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New Podcast Released Today Surrounding the Unsolved Murder of Bay Village's Amy Mihaljevic

Posted By on Fri, Aug 24, 2018 at 2:03 PM

MISSING PERSON'S PHOTO OF AMY MIHALJEVIC
  • Missing Person's Photo of Amy Mihaljevic

On Oct. 27, 1989, 10-year-old Amy Mihaljevic was kidnapped from the Bay Square Shopping Center in Bay Village. After an extensive missing persons search, Mihaljevic's body was found on Feb. 8, 1990 in a field off County Road 1181 in Ashland County.

Her kidnapping and subsequent murder was one of the first cases presented by John Walsh on the TV show America's Most Wanted during its first year. Nearly 30 years later, the mystery of who killed Mihaljevic remains unsolved.

Today, the first episode of a new podcast titled "Who Killed Amy Mihaljevic?" was released, documenting the crime in an attempt to educate the masses on her unsolved murder, and to possibly bring new information forward to bring her family peace and justice.

Independent Ohio reporter Bill Huffman serves as producer and host of the series. Huffman grew in Bay Village and was about Amy's age when she was kidnapped. The podcast promises to take a deep dive into the details of the case by speaking with the investigators, the reporters and those who haven't given up hope that one day we will find out who killed Amy Mihaljevic

'Who Killed Amy Mihaljevic?' is available as part of the Slo Burn Media true crime podcast network, and can be heard by clicking here

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Detroit Shoreway Businesses Experience Rash of Break-Ins Over Four Days

Posted By on Fri, Aug 24, 2018 at 1:22 PM

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  • Courtesy of Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization Facebook

Over the past few weeks, at least nine businesses in the Gordon Square/Detroit Shoreway neighborhood have been burglarized, with five businesses experiencing break-ins in the last four days.

The Big Egg was broken into on Aug. 7, Frank's Falafel House on Aug. 8, and Gordon Square Market on Aug. 18. After a two day hiatus, the burglaries continued on Aug. 20 at Stockyard Meats and Georgio's Oven Fresh Pizza Co., Blazing Saddle Cycle on Aug. 21 (they also reported as burglarized on Aug. 6), Banter Beer and Wine on Aug. 22 (with the robbers also attempting to hit The Deli at 74th and Franklin), concluding with a break-in at Spice Kitchen + Bar last night on Aug. 23.

The Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization is working closely with the Second District Community Relations Committee to identify the perpetrators and ensure businesses are secure.

All of the crimes have followed similar patterns with break-ins occurring usually between the hours of midnight and 4 a.m. by either breaking glass or forcing open a door. The perpetrators have been identified as two males, but sometimes only one male, wearing hoods tightly around the face and ransacking the place. Cash boxes, liquor, iPads and cameras are the most commonly targeted item.

Granular images from security cameras can be seen below. If you or others have any information that may lead us to their capture, please contact 2nd District Detective Bureau at 216-623-5218.
COURTESY OF DETROIT SHOREWAY COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATION FACEBOOK
  • Courtesy of Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization Facebook

COURTESY OF DETROIT SHOREWAY COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATION FACEBOOK
  • Courtesy of Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization Facebook

COURTESY OF DETROIT SHOREWAY COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATION FACEBOOK
  • Courtesy of Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization Facebook

There are other photos available on the DSCDO Facebook page, but we've chosen to showcase the image with the most identifiable features present.

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Sauced Taproom and Kitchen Coming Soon to Lakewood

Posted By on Fri, Aug 24, 2018 at 12:37 PM

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Partners Brent Pease and Geoff Mathias are putting the finishing touches on Sauced Taproom and Kitchen (14701 Detroit Ave., 216-303-9213) in Lakewood. The casual pub is going into the space that was very briefly occupied by Ivory Keys, which was preceded by the Detroiter, which was preceded by World of Beer.

Before the conversation turns to “cursed” locations, remember that World of Beer served no food and followed the fate of numerous locations around the country. Ivory Keys’ one-month lifespan can be pinned on any number of issues that have nothing to do with its address. And the Detroiter was well liked until things began to drift.

“It’s funny when people say it’s not a good location,” Pease says. “Melt is right across the street and Deagan’s is right around here. I think once people come in and see the changes and the prices, they’ll like it.”

Years in management at large national chains like Max & Erma’s, Bar Louie and Yard House have given the partners a deep understanding of the business. They’ll use what they’ve learned to create a system of short ticket times, affordable prices, and excellent service, promises Pease.

One of the first things they did in the space was reinstall the original 50 draft lines that World of Beer had. Local, regional and national craft beers will be available by the flight and pint, and at prices that hover in the $5 range.

The restaurant will serve lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. The star of the menu is the pizza, which will be sold by the slice and completely customizable. Diners can build their own slice by selecting from various doughs, sauces, cheeses and proteins. In addition to traditional toppings like pepperoni and anchovies, there will be options like sloppy joe and pulled pork. Diners can also choose from a number of pre-designed creations.

Those pies will be joined by salads, wings, sliders, empanadas and loaded fries.

Other cosmetic changes to the space include removing the small elevated stage area up front to create a more seamless space.

The partners are estimating an opening day in the first week of September.

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Capitol Theatre to Host a Night of Short Films to Mark the Halfway Point to Next Year's CIFF

Posted By on Fri, Aug 24, 2018 at 12:20 PM

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To mark the halfway point to the 2019 iteration of the Cleveland International Film Festival, the Capitol Theatre will host a special screening of shorts at 9 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27.

Sacred Hair [pictured], a film about a chance meeting between a young ill boy and a Muslim woman in a Montreal park, will screen. It won the 2018 CIFF’s award for Best Live Action Short. Other winnners such as The Driver is Red, Spice Sisters, Zion, Bagheera and Stag will screen as well.

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The CleCast With Special Guests Dwayne Duke of the Midwest Queer Comedy Festival and Scene's Own Sam Allard

Posted By on Fri, Aug 24, 2018 at 11:49 AM

Dan & Brian had the chance to sit down with two distinct guests this week. First up is Dwayne Duke promoting his Midwest Queer Comedy Festival in Columbus. It's this weekend, running through Aug. 26, all over our state's capital. Check it out!

Then we sit down with  Scene's own Sam Allard. If you've picked up a copy or two of the weekly magazine, you've probably read some of his investigative stories. Sam covers all things Cleveland and Cuyahoga politics. We talk about his history, what he covers, and what he sees as the way forward for Cleveland.

129 – Sam Allard – Scene Magazine

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