Monday, June 26, 2017

Is This the Worst Road in the Cleveland Area?

Posted By on Mon, Jun 26, 2017 at 4:58 PM

  • Colton Faull Photos
  • Terrace Road
You already know Cleveland's reputation for having some the worst roads in the United States. In 2015, TRIP, a national transportation research group, even released a study saying "Cleveland and Akron area roads are among the most deteriorated in the nation, costing area drivers $845 each year in additional vehicle operating costs." But of all the afflicted area streets, East Cleveland's Terrace Road could be the worst.

Your Side Investigators from News 5 Cleveland recently took a look at the road, following up on a three-year investigation. (Watch the whole report here, paying special attention to those TV monitors they sloshed into the potholes for effect).

"It's like a maze trying to get through it," said one of the driver's News 5 interviewed.

In order to get through this "maze" some drivers maneuver around the edges of the pothole-laced street. Others take an even less traditional route, driving on the sidewalk.

The specific piece of Terrace Road in dire need of repair is located in front of the abandoned Huron Place Apts, a slowly decaying 13-story vacant building.
The abandoned Huron Apartments on Terrace Road
  • The abandoned Huron Apartments on Terrace Road
Unfortunately, the stretch of asphalt does not seem to be a concern for East Cleveland's City Hall, as News 5 discovered.

In its current state, check out Scene's own video below, it's probably best to avoid Terrace Road altogether. Unless you're excited about driving on the sidewalk.

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Watch Ohio Highway Patrol Stop Rogue Horse and Buggy

Posted By on Mon, Jun 26, 2017 at 3:48 PM

  • Courtesy of Wooster Police Department
Every Ohioan knows to watch for deer while driving, but what about an escaped horse and buggy?

State Highway Patrol Sergeant C. Otis Smith and his officers had to deal with that exact situation yesterday in Wayne County, after being made aware that a riderless, buggy-pulling horse was galloping westbound down U.S. Route 250, in the wrong lane.

Before the horse could make its way further down the highway and cause a serious traffic accident, Smith took action.

“You have that second when it goes by you and you grab hold [of the buggy] and jump on,” Smith told the Akron Beacon Journal today. “I had to be quick.”

Smith made it safely onto the buggy and promptly stopped the horse by taking hold of its reins. After slowing from 20 to 25 mph, the animal settled onto the ground (see below).

A veterinarian confirmed that all is well with the horse, though it is, in Smith's words, "exhausted." The animal has since been returned to its owner.

“I’m just glad it turned out okay,” Smith told the Wooster Daily Record. “That could have been a bigger incident with a 2,000-pound animal running in the wrong lane.”

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Akron-area Charter School Founder Allegedly Stole Millions to Fund Lavish Vacations, Plastic Surgery

Posted By on Mon, Jun 26, 2017 at 2:44 PM

  • photo via Cambridge Education/Facebook
Charter school founder Marcus May is accused of using millions of dollars from parents and Ohio and Florida taxpayers for personal items and lavish vacations. He is also suspected of using public and private funds designated for students' education to expand his business in Akron, Cleveland, Columbus and Dayton.

As the founder of Newpoint Education Partners and Cambridge Education, which manages about 20 public charter schools in Ohio and 15 more in Florida, May is responsible for supplying schools with necessary services and supplies. He abused this power by more than doubling the cost of school uniforms, desks, computers and website design, the Akron Beacon-Journal reports.

"My co-owners and I asked for and today accepted Mr. May's resignation as managing member of Cambridge. We are now in discussions to remove him completely from ownership in the company because we feel it's in the best interest of our schools," Cambridge Executive Director John Stack told the Beacon.

Topping it all off, May's business partner, Cincinnati businessman Steven Kunkemoeller, was arrested Wednesday in Florida for racketeering and fraud.

A Florida prosecutor claims the two men embellished enrollment, misappropriated public funds, fabricated invoices and created a network of limited liability companies. Reports show millions of dollars unaccounted for, clearly not used for educational purposes.

So where did the money go?

Bank and property records indicate excessive spending, including $11,000 for plastic surgery and a $10,000 jet ski. Both May and Kunkemoeller made hefty mortgage payments, and travel records show trips to Cancun, Iceland and several other countries.

However, state auditor Dave Yost has not confirmed an Ohio investigation into the theft and fraud committed by the business partners.

"Our office is aware of the situation in Florida and it's been on our radar for six months," Yosts' public information officer, Dominic Binkley, told the Beacon. "I can say we are monitoring it but I can't comment that we are taking any actions on it."
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Cleveland Mayoral Forum This Evening in Clark-Fulton

Posted By on Mon, Jun 26, 2017 at 1:21 PM

  • Wikipedia
At 6 p.m. Monday, the Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus and the Ward 14 Democratic Club will co-host a Cleveland Mayoral Candidate Forum at the VFW on W. 61st Street in Clark-Fulton.

(Post 2850: 3296 W 61st St, Cleveland, Ohio 44102)

"This is not a debate," the event description clarifies. "It is a discussion and an opportunity for residents to ask questions openly or express their concerns."

Each of the candidates in attendance will give brief remarks, followed by an audience Q&A. The event is free and open to the public. has been upping its mayoral coverage as well, as the summer campaign season is officially upon us. The filing deadline is June 29.

City Hall reporter Robert Higgs published a piece on Mayor Jackson's youth violence prevention program, complete with criticism from Jackson's opponents, last week. It appeared on the front page of the Sunday Metro section.

Today, launched a series that purports to examine key issues in the mayoral race. Six of the mayoral challengers — including perennial challenger Bill Patmon and Ohio City Republican Robert Kilo, neither of whom have done any visible campaigning — responded to the city's current street maintenance approach. It'll be an interesting series to follow.
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Paint Primer Has Been Leaking Into Lake Erie Since Saturday at Avon Lake Ford Plant

Posted By on Mon, Jun 26, 2017 at 12:19 PM

Avon Lake city officials and local Ford Motor Co. leaders met Monday morning on the shore of Lake Erie to hash out the latest details in an ongoing chemical spill at the auto company's Ohio Assembly Plant. As the Chronicle Telegram first reported, a stream of "e-coat" paint primer has been leaking into the lake since Saturday.

The leak intersects with the lake at Miller Road Park, just north of the auto plant.

Ford workers began trying to contain and collect the spill on Sunday, once they realized what had happened. (They thought the leak was contained within the plant.) The city's water plant is closely monitoring intake.

There's no immediate health hazard, according to Avon Lake officials, but, like other spills that have garnered headlines, the perception of environmental mismanagement alone is enough to concern and galvanize area residents. The CT quoted fisherman Tracy Johnson, saying, "It’s bad enough, we don’t need this. It’s our lake, we’ve just got to treat her like she's supposed to be treated.”

As Johnson alludes, the lake is is dire straits these days, with a moral and social reckoning on the horizon. 

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Do Not Approach Ohio Bears, Police Warn After Several Sightings

Posted By on Mon, Jun 26, 2017 at 11:58 AM

A black bear who took up temporary residence on Kirtland Chardon Road this weekend. - KIRTLAND POLICE DEPARTMENT
  • Kirtland Police Department
  • A black bear who took up temporary residence on Kirtland Chardon Road this weekend.
Some perks of living in Ohio are its general lack of natural disasters and dangerous wildlife. But the Buckeye State is home to semi-threatening black bears, and at least two of them were spotted in Northeast Ohio this weekend.

This prompted the Kirtland Police Department to issue a firm warning to those who might encounter one: "DO NOT APPROACH THE BEAR."

A black bear was also spotted hanging out in Chardon this weekend, and in addition to the seemingly obvious "do not approach" warning, Chardon Police emphasized another one: "DO NOT FEED THE BEAR."

They're not always dangerous — sometimes all it takes to drive them away is a particularly rude cat. Black bears have killed 61 people in the U.S. since 1900, only one in Ohio, and you're more likely to die from a cow attack than a bear attack during the summer.

But you should still be wary of the animals. While each one may look like "a huge teddy bear," according to the Cleveland Zoo, they can still attack.

If you happen to encounter a black bear, you should stay calm, avoid direct eye contact and flee (but not too quickly — you don't want them to chase you).

You can read more about bear safety here.

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Gov. Kasich, Several Ohio Websites Victims of ISIS Propaganda Hacking

Posted By on Mon, Jun 26, 2017 at 11:43 AM

  • photo via Scene archives
Gov. John Kasich's website was among several Ohio sites hacked Sunday by the Islamic State to display a pro-ISIS message denouncing President Trump.

A group called Team System DZ was responsible for the message, which read:
"You will be held accountable Trump, you and all your people for every drop of blood flowing in Muslim countries. I Love Islamic State."

The websites, including that of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections and Ohio Department of Medicaid, were taken offline by Sunday afternoon. Republican Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel managed a screenshot of the hacked webpage, and he posted via Facebook: "Radical Islam infiltrating the heartland."

Team System DZ has claimed responsibility for past ISIS hacks, and has been called "a group of anti-Israeli Arab teenagers" USA Today reports. The hackers also infiltrated a Long Island website Sunday, which displayed the same message.

"All affected servers have been taken offline and we are investigating how these hackers were able to deface these websites," Tom Hoyt, spokesman for the Ohio Department of Administrative Services, said in a statement. "We are also working with law enforcement to better understand what happened."

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