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Monday, October 7, 2019

Were You at Rocky River Reservation on June 4 Between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m.?

Posted By on Mon, Oct 7, 2019 at 12:40 PM

The bench where Carnell Sledge and Kate Brown were shot and killed June 4th.
  • The bench where Carnell Sledge and Kate Brown were shot and killed June 4th.

Update: Months after the double homicide of Carnell Sledge and Kate Brown at the Rocky River Reservation in June, the FBI and Crime Stoppers are now offering a potential reward of $30,000 to anyone offering valuable information in the case. 

This is a jump from the original reward of $20,000. The murders remain unsolved.

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(Original story June 25, 2019): Cleveland Metroparks police chief Katherine Dolan and FBI Special Agent in Charge of the Cleveland Office Eric Smith updated the press Monday afternoon on the double homicide at Rocky River Reservation earlier this month. The goal of the press conference, held at the FBI's Cleveland field office, was principally to publicize the need for more information. 

While they have received numerous tips, Dolan and Smith said that there are likely witnesses who might not know they saw something important. They have asked anyone who was in Rocky River Reservation between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. June 4, especially near the area described below, to contact the tip line: (440) 331-5219.

Carnell Sledge and Kate Brown were shot and killed in broad daylight on what was a warm, sunny evening. They arrived in separate vehicles at the pulloff parking lot just north of the Lorain Bridge on Valley Parkway shortly after 5 p.m. The two friends sat together on a bench overlooking the river when they were killed (between 5:08 and 5:15 p.m.)

Smith said that this is among the busiest times of the day for the Reservation. There likely would have been joggers, cyclists and motorists nearby. Kayakers came upon the bodies at 5:18 p.m. and called the police.

"You may have seen something that will give us a critical piece of information," said Smith, "even if you don't think it's important."  

Dolan reiterated that the killing was an isolated incident — she would not say that the killing was "targeted," but neither was it "totally random" — and that folks should still make use of the Metroparks.

"Just be vigilant," she said. "And if you see something, say something."

No additional information regarding the evidence investigators have collected or potential motives in the slayings were released. Cleveland Metroparks detectives are continuing to work the case in coordination with BCI, the Medical Examiner's office and the FBI.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Tickets Now on Sale for Pop-Up Pokemon Bar in Cleveland This October

Posted By on Wed, Jul 17, 2019 at 9:37 AM

COURTESY POKEBAR
  • Courtesy PokeBar

Update: Tickets for the pop-up Pokémon bar landing in Cleveland at Goldhorn Brewery on Oct. 5 and 6 are now on sale.

Your $45 ticket gets you themed-burgers and a themed drink at the event which will feature trivia, a DJ, costume contests and more.

Get your tickets and more info here.

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(Original story 6/27/19): Cleveland has now officially reached peak pop-up-bar-aimed-at-nostalgic-Millennials. Just last week, we announced a temporary ball-pit bar is coming to our city this fall. Also headed down the pike are a pop-up Lego Bar and a Mario Kart race. 

Today, we got the dates for Cleveland's upcoming Pokemon-themed pop-up PokeBar.

From Oct. 5 to 6 and 12 to 13, Pokemon fans can indulge in Pokemon-inspired burgers, adult beverages (or mocktails) and games. For those in the know of appropriate Pokemon lingo, the still-to-be-announced pop-up space will be divided into "7 regions" and include plenty of time to hunt, battle and catch ... 'em all.

The event is open to fans of all ages, but anyone under 21 must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are $45 and come with your choice of burger and beverage. There will also be prizes awarded for the best dressed so come wearing the appropriate attire.

Find out more about the Cleveland pop-up at Eventbrite.

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Saturday, June 29, 2019

11 Ohio Tubing Spots You Should be Hitting Up This Summer

Posted on Sat, Jun 29, 2019 at 11:01 AM

Where to Watch Boomin' Fourth of July Fireworks in the Cleveland Area

Posted By on Sat, Jun 29, 2019 at 9:48 AM

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  • Photo via ErikDrost/FlickrCreativeCommons
With the Fourth of July well on its way, we've put together a list of 13 locations in and around Cleveland where you can catch fireworks and more this Independence Day.

Light Up the Lake  
Flats East Bank
Celebrate Fourth of July in downtown Cleveland with Cleveland Alliance's free firework display over Lake Erie. Shot off from Dock 20, you can view these works from locations across the East and West Banks. Viewing locations include: Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica Boardwalk, Music Box Supper Club, Shooters on the Water, Superior Viaduct, Wendy Park, Whiskey Island, Flats East Bank Boardwalk, Settlers Landing, Margaritaville, Punch Bowl Social Rooftop patio, Lago Veranda Viewing, Flats East Bank Restaurant Venues, North Coast Harbor, Voinovich Bicentennial Park, Edgewater Beach, Kirtland Park.

Rock n' Boom
601 Erieside Ave
Watch fireworks like a sailor from the deck of steamship William G. Mather at the Great Lakes Science Center's Rock n' Boom event. Feel free to bring chairs and blankets to sit on while you watch the explosions. You might also want to pack some snacks or BYOB, as food and drinks are available at an additional cost. Tickets are $16 for general admission and $13 for members. (Members can call 216-621-2400 for discounted pricing.) Fireworks start at 8 p.m.

Goodtime III 4th of July Fireworks Cruise
825 E 9th St North Coast Harbor
Dinner, fireworks, dancing. If this sounds good pretty good to you, step aboard the Goodtime III for an evening cruise featuring music from Fank & Dean, DJ entertainment, an eight-course meal, dancing and, of course, plenty of fireworks. Prices range from $35 to $91 depending on inclusion of dinner and  deck-level viewing. Boarding begins at 6:00 p.m. with dinner or 8:30 p.m. without dinner. The cruise runs until 11:30 p.m. Reservations are required.

Lakewood 4th of July Parade and Fireworks 
Lakewood Park
This three-part Independence Day celebration includes a morning parade (10 a.m.), followed by a 7 p.m. performance by Lakewood High School’s Youth Rock Orchestra and ending with a fireworks display at approximately 9:45 p.m. Admission is free.

Light Up the Point 
Cedar Point Beach, 1 Cedar Point Dr, Sandusky
Enjoy a VIP firework viewing experience at Cedar Point's Light Up the Point part. Featuring fireworks, unlimited food and beverages, a reserved beachfront seat, free 3D glasses, pie eating contests and more, this three-day celebration is sure to be one for the books. It kicks off Thursday July 4 and repeats Friday and Saturday from 9 to 11 p.m. Tickets are $35 for ages 13 and older and $25 for ages 12 and under. $5 off if purchased online.

Akron's Rib, White and Blue Festival 
200 South Main St., Akron
Celebrate Independence Day with four straight days of festivities at Akron's 42nd annual Rib, White and Blue Festival from July 3-6. Events go daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. with live music every night, including a fireworks display at 9:45 p.m. following the show on July 4. Admission is free.

Berea's Grindstone Festival 
85 South Rocky River Dr., Berea
Featuring fireworks, a parade, live music, paddleboat rides, games, a movie screening, inflatables, food venders and more, this three-day festival makes for a classic fourth of July celebration. Evens run from July 4-6 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m, with a fireworks display taking place over Coe Lake on Thursday July 4 at 10 p.m. Admission is free.

July 4th Cleveland POPS Concert & Fireworks
2475, 8600 Munson Rd., Mentor
This evening celebration begins at 7:30 p.m. with a concert at the Mentor Civic Amphitheater and ends at 9:50 p.m. with with a fantastic 25-minute fireworks display. Thursday's celebration will also include food trucks, but outside food and beverages are permitted (with the exception of alcohol or glass containers). Bring blankets and lawn chairs but leave your pets at home. Both admission and parking are free.

Lago July 4th Party 
1091 West 10th St.
Stop by The Veranda at the Aloft hotel in downtown Cleveland for the 6th annual fireworks party by Lago Custom Events. Running from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. on the fourth, this Independence day celebration features top-notch views of Cleveland's fireworks show along with classic backyard BBQ selections for dinner. Admission $5 at the door or a a cereal box donation to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.

July 4th Parade, Fun Run and Festival
109 West Pioneer Trail, Aurora
All day festivities kick off with a 1-mile/5K run at Bicentennial Park at 8 a.m. Next a parade will depart from the Heinen's in Barrington Town Square at 11 a.m. Following this there will be a festival from noon to 3 p.m. at Kiwanis-Moore Park. Post Road will then perform at the Kiwanis-Moore Pavillion from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. A fireworks display, including food trucks, will cap off the evening at the West Pioneer Trail baseball fields at 9:45 p.m. Free admission for everything except the morning race, which costs $23.

Strongsville Fireworks Set 
16109 Foltz Parkway, Strongsville
Come out to the athletic fields near the Strongsville Municipal Office for the city's annual Fourth of July fireworks display. Bring a lawn chair or blankets to lounge on while you watch the show. Fireworks will shoot off at dusk, around 10 p.m. Admission is free.

Salute to America
1145 West Steels Corners Rd., Cuyahoga Falls
Come for the music, stay for the fireworks. On July 3 and 4, Cleveland Orchestra's Blossom Festival Band is performing back-to-back shows featuring Broadway favorites, patriotic Sousa marches and more. If weather permits, both evenings will conclude with fireworks. Tickets range from $25 to $55.

Put-in-Bay Independence Day Fireworks 
148 Delaware Ave., Put-in-Bay
Watch from the lawn of Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial as fireworks are shot off of a barge in the downtown Put-in-Bay harbor. The sparks are set to fly at 9 p.m. Admission is free.

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Friday, June 28, 2019

Fount Sidewalk Sale Kicks Off Tomorrow in Detroit Shoreway, With Prices Just Slightly Lower Than Usual

Posted By on Fri, Jun 28, 2019 at 4:08 PM

PHOTO VIA FOUNTLEATHERGOODS /INSTAGRAM
  • Photo via fountleathergoods /Instagram
We probably shouldn't be telling you this, as Fount aficionados have been planning tactics for weeks and would prefer lines were shorter, but Detroit Shoreway's favorite leather goods store is hosting a sidewalk sale tomorrow starting at 11 a.m. 

While sale prices on the "slightly imperfect studio seconds" or one-off handbags won't be mind-blowing — we're talking up to maybe 15 percent here — a deal is, well, still a deal. However, it's important to understand all of this merchandise is still expensive (no matter how much dough you make, a $500 bag or $100 clutch/wallet is pricey).

As in years past, store operators are only allowing a certain amount of shoppers in at a time to check out the sale items. Once capacity has lessened, more people waiting patiently in line can enter. No phone calls to hold merchandise will be allowed. All this to say that arriving early is key.

Since owners Jackie and Phillip Wachter started the company back in 2013, Fount has opened a location in Cleveland and Columbus, along with continuing to be a staple at Cleveland Flea.

The sale runs until 3 p.m. Find more details at Fountleather.com.

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The Midnight's Growing Cult Following Embraces Its House of Blues Performance

Posted By on Fri, Jun 28, 2019 at 3:38 PM

JULIA CHARVAT
  • Julia Charvat
The House of Blues stage glowed with hazmat-green airport runway lights as the Midnight — duo Jamison Tyler Lyle and Tim Daniel McEwan — began its set last night with its latest single “America Online,” a song that features a robotic hollow pulse that asks, “Are we all one beating heart?” Lyle stood at the mic with tousled blonde hair, singing “Lost Boy,” looking like he was fresh from a trip to the beach. McEwan was the smiley all-American boy, living out his drum machine fantasies, his enthusiasm making him the default hype man.

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'Elusive' Chick-fil-A Restaurant Could Finally Be Coming to Parma

Posted By on Fri, Jun 28, 2019 at 2:21 PM

PHOTO VIA WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
  • Photo via Wikimedia Commons
For years the residents of Parma have waited for the chicken sandwiches they knew in their hearts they deserved to come to their fair suburban city.

Wednesday night, the Parma Planning Commission approved the construction of a brand new Chick-fil-A building at 6688 Ridge Road, which currently houses medical offices. Although the fast-food chain higherups haven't officially confirmed the location, Parma is at least one step closer to realizing its chicken-loving dreams.

“Getting a Chick-fil-A to open in the city has been elusive,” Mayor Tim DeGeeter told Cleveland.com, while also explaining that the restaurant was approved to move into a former YMCA property in 2016, but never came to fruition.

While Chick-fil-A, which has several locations dotting Northeast Ohio, is known for its ridiculous, bad-spelling cow mascot and deep-fried chicken options, the company has also taken rightful heat for its stance against LGBTQ matters in recent years.

Parma city planners predict that construction should begin as early as next year.

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