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Friday, October 11, 2019

98-Year-Old Ohio Man Fails to Come Home on Time, Wife Dispatches Cops to Look For Him at His Favorite Places — the Golf Course and Strip Club

Posted By on Fri, Oct 11, 2019 at 1:48 PM

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A 98-year-old man on a recent day left his house and told his wife he'd be home around 4 p.m., according to the Moreland Hills police blotter roundup on Cleveland.com

Given his age, and what one can assume was his custom to not only reliably return home upon leaving but to do so in a timely manner, his wife became worried when 4 o'clock came and went and so she called the cops.

Naturally, the cops asked her where he might be. Could he just have gotten hung up somewhere he normally goes? Did he make a detour to a familiar joint without telling her? Where, do tell, would be the most likely place to find this near-septuagenarian?

There were three possibilities, she told them, according to the blotter. No, not the corner store. No, not the coffeeshop. No, not a favorite bench in a favorite park.

The best bets were one of two golf courses including Manakiki (good taste, old man) or the Crazy Horse strip club in Bedford.

The 98-year-old man eventually returned home safe — but not before the cops checked those spots, came up empty, and filed a missing person report — so don't worry about him. Instead, let us celebrate this true American gentleman who is staring down a century on this earth with an ironclad commitment to his hobbies that helpfully doubles as a roadmap to his whereabouts on any given day.

Let that take you into the weekend, one which he'll undoubtedly be enjoying more than you.

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Cuyahoga County Announces How It'll Use $23 Million in Opioid Settlement Money on Treatment and Prevention Services

Posted By on Fri, Oct 11, 2019 at 1:11 PM

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Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish yesterday announced how the county will spend $23 million it's received from four settlements in its lawsuit against opioid manufacturers and distributors. The trial against the rest is slated to begin on Oct. 21 with Summit County as co-plaintiff.

Phase One of the Cuyahoga County Opioid Crisis Mitigation Plan, the county said yesterday, will focus on "evidence-based, impactful, sustainable programs with a focus on prevention, treatment and recovery."

The grants so far:

$5.4 million — For the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board to create 32 new residential treatment beds and to fund the expansion of the Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient Program.\

$2 million — For St. Vincent Charity’s Rosary Hall for peer recovery efforts and the expansion of their Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) and Intensive Outpatient Program.

$1.7 million — For MetroHealth's treatment of inmates at the county jail, including care for addiction and mental health issues.

$931,000 — For MetroHealth to create a specific opioid treatment program unit at the jail.

$3 million — For the expansion of the Thrive ED Program across local emergency rooms. "Thrive ED is an innovative program linking individuals in an emergency room that survive an overdose for immediate withdrawal management, treatment and other recovery support services."

$3.5 million — For the Sobriety, Treatment and Recovery Teams (START) Program at the Cuyahoga County Division of Children and Family Services to increase staffing. START works with mothers and newborns who have chemical dependency issues.

$2.5 million — For a newly created diversion program for low-level offenders suffering from substance issues to receive support instead of simply sitting in the county jail as they await court dates.

The county has estimated in court documents that it's already incurred hundreds of millions of dollars in costs dealing with the aftermath of the opioid epidemic — from the coroner's office to foster kids, from treatment to the court system, etc.

How long this money lasts and what more might be coming once the trial is complete are two open questions.

“Due to a handful of corporations that put their desire for profits over the health and well-being of the community, our community is suffering the consequences of this plague,” Budish said in a statement. “We are working to recover some resources necessary to pay the costs which we’ve already incurred and are likely to incur for years to come."

"The settlement funds that we have received allow us to get started in the important work of providing services to help avoid the next wave of casualties,” added County Council President Dan Brady.

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Teens Arrested in Connection with Death of Photographer Struck by Log at Hocking Hills State Park

Posted By on Fri, Oct 11, 2019 at 1:00 PM

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Two teenage boys have now been charged in connection with the death of Chillicothe photographer Victoria Schafer.

Over Labor Day weekend, the 44-year-old was taking senior photo portraits on one of the most popular trails in Hocking Hills State Park when she was struck from above by a large log.

Following the initial report of the mother of four's death, officials then announced the tree was “dislodged” from above before striking Schafer near Old Man's Cave and that it was not a "natural occurrence."

Last month, Central Ohio Crime Stoppers offered a $10,000 reward to anyone with information regarding Schafer's death.

After receiving pertinent information regarding the case, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources began investigating a 16-year-old and 17-year-old, who have now been charged with reckless homicide, the Chillicothe Gazette reported.

A press release from the Hocking County Prosecutor's Office said the boys allegedly admitted that they helped push the log over a cliff that struck Schafer.

Schafer's death is the third reported near Hocking Hills this summer. Park officials have also rescued at least four hikers throughout the season.

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Law Striking 'Pink Tax' on Feminine Hygiene Products Could Soon Pass Ohio Legislature

Posted By on Fri, Oct 11, 2019 at 11:24 AM

State Rep. Brigid Kelly speaking on the floor of the state house for an amendment striking the state "pink tax" for feminine hygiene products. - OHIO HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES PHOTO
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  • State Rep. Brigid Kelly speaking on the floor of the state house for an amendment striking the state "pink tax" for feminine hygiene products.
The Ohio House of Representatives has voted to pass Senate Bill 26, legislation that includes a provision removing state sales taxes on tampons and other feminine hygiene products.

State representatives tucked the provision striking the so-called "pink tax" into SB26.

That bill also allows teachers to claim a $250 state income tax deduction for school supplies they purchase and strikes a provision in the last state budget making lawyers and lobbyists ineligible for business tax exemptions. Under SB26, those professions will still be eligible for the same exemptions on their first $250,000 of income that other businesses are offered. House Speaker Larry Householder says there is no way for the state to enforce the prohibitions on the tax deductions for those groups because the Ohio Department of Taxation doesn't ask for occupation on state tax forms. The version of SB26 the House passed would change that, however, requiring that information on the forms — a move that could shed new light on the effectiveness of the business tax deduction, Householder said.

State Rep. Brigid Kelly of Cincinnati, a Democrat, originally sponsored legislation removing the pink tax with Republican State. Rep. Niraj Antani of Dayton.

“Through the sales tax exemption for feminine hygiene period products included in this bill, we are making medically necessary products more accessible to women and girls in our state, ensuring they are better able to lead a healthful life, to regularly attend school, work or personal events, and to fully participate in their communities,” Kelly said in a statement.

Eliminating the tax is expected to save consumers $4 million a year.

State representatives passed SB26 unanimously. The bill now heads back to the Senate, which must approve the changes, and then to Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine's desk for his signature.

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Cleveland Public Library Foundation's Black, White and REaD 150th Anniversary Gala To Take Place on Nov. 16

Posted By on Fri, Oct 11, 2019 at 9:40 AM

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Founded in 1869, the Cleveland Public Library has grown exponentially over the past 150 years. It now features 27 neighborhood branches, the Main Library downtown and Public Administration Library at City Hall. It also offers homebound delivery services and mobile services to daycare and senior centers.

This year, it’s been celebrating its 150th anniversary with a series of events. On Saturday, Nov. 16, the Cleveland Public Library Foundation will host a Black, White and REaD 150th anniversary fundraiser that’ll kick off at 6:30 p.m. at the Main Library and Louis Stokes Wing.

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Cleveland Drivers are Among the Worst in the Country, New Report Reveals

Posted By on Thu, Oct 10, 2019 at 4:26 PM

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As no one in Cleveland seems to know how to use a blinker, merge, go the speed limit or stop texting for one damn minute, a recent report from QuoteWizard naming Cleveland drivers as some of the worst in the country should not come as a shock.

Analyzing 2019 driving data from the most populated 75 cities in the United States, QuoteWizard discovered that Cleveland has the 7th worst drivers. (We at least beat Columbus, which came in at No. 4 on the list.)

Cities with a higher percentage of drivers getting into accidents, racking up speeding tickets and DUIs were, naturally, higher up on the list according to the company's ranking system, which mined data from its millions of users' insurance quotes.

The following 10 cities apparently have the worst drivers in the country:
1. Portland, Oregon
2. Boise, Idaho
3. Virginia Beach, Virginia
4. Columbus, Ohio
5. Sacramento, California
6. Salt Lake City, Utah
7. Cleveland, Ohio
8. Denver, Colorado
9. San Francisco, California
10. Richmond, Virginia

And these cities have the best:
1. Detroit, Michigan
2.Louisville, Kentucky
3. Chicago, Illinois
4. Miami, Florida
5. Grand Rapids, Michigan
6. Little Rock, Arkansas
7. St. Louis, Missouri
8. New Orleans, Louisiana
9. Fort Myers, Florida
10. Lexington, Kentucky

Find the whole list at QuoteWizard.com.

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Beams Fall From Crane at Lumen Building Construction Site, No Injuries Reported

Posted By on Thu, Oct 10, 2019 at 1:38 PM

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Around five beams fell from a crane working on construction of the Lumen building in Playhouse Square earlier this afternoon, crashing on top of the parking garage portion of the structure and causing visible damage.

There were no injuries, a spokesperson for Playhouse Square Real Estate Services told Scene.

"At approximately 1 p.m., there was a loud crash from the Lumen site," the spokesperson said. "There are no injures, which was our first priority in ascertaining that everyone was safe. That's all the information I can share at this point."

A witness said the loud crash was followed by some screaming, but that workers on site also said no one was injured.

You can see more of the damage and where on the project the beams came from, and how lucky it was that they came down on the parking garage structure and not the street, in the pic below.
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