Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam to meet with Cleveland City Council this morning - Plain Dealer

Jimmy Haslam meets with fans as Browns hold Family Night practice Cleveland Browns new owner Jimmy Haslam greets season ticket holders Aug. 8 during Family Night practice at Cleveland Browns Stadium.

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- New Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam will visit with Cleveland City Council today in what is being described as a meet and greet meeting.

Haslam is scheduled to address council at 11:15.

City Council President Martin Sweeney said he did not expect the Tennessee billionaire to bring up any business with the city, such as improvements to Browns Stadium.

"There's no formal request of any kind," Sweeney said. "The specific purpose is meeting the council and meeting the new owner."

Haslam, a minority owner of the Steelers since 2008, bought the Browns from Randy Lerner in August, promising in an exclusive interview with The Plain Dealer that he was committed to the city of Cleveland for "the long haul."

"We're not moving the Cleveland Browns," Haslam told The Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot as the sale was pending in early August. "To own a team with a such a rich tradition and history is a dream come true. Randy had four things he wanted and I won't share all of them, but No. 1 was we keep them in Cleveland. Why would we move? I've been to three games there on the other side of the field and I've seen the intensity and the enthusiasm. That thought never, ever entered our minds."

Haslam also stressed that not only are the Browns here to stay, so is he. No more upheaval or overhauls.

"We're in this for the long run," he said. "We've owned our family business for 53 years. There are some people that come into a franchise for three years and sell it. That's not us. Our family is in this for the long, long run."

Borrowed car eventually involved in drug-sales incident: Berea Police Blotter - Sun Star Courier



UNAUTHORIZED USE OF VEHICLE, PROSPECT STREET: A resident told police Sept. 16 that he allowed a woman who lives in his apartment building to use his vehicle Sept. 15 to drop off two friends in Cleveland.

As of Sept. 16, the car was not returned. Police were unable to contact the woman.

Later that day, the victim said his car apparently was recovered in Cleveland. Cleveland police arrested the man inside the car, who was selling drugs.

The woman who borrowed the car also called the victim, saying when she awoke that morning, the car and its keys were gone.

Police cited the woman and the Cleveland man with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

THEFT, WEST BAGLEY ROAD: A Baldwin Wallace University resident said someone stole her bike from a bicycle rack at the Amelia Harding House for Sustainable Living. The theft occurred sometime between 1:30 and 3 p.m. Sept. 15.

The bike is red, mountain-style, with white writing on the side. The handlebars are straight. The bike has a lock on it, but it was not in use at the time of the theft.

CRIMINAL DAMAGE, ELMWOOD DRIVE: Police cited a teen Sept. 12 for breaking a guitar, amplifier and other items at his home.

CRIMINAL DAMAGE, FRONT STREET: Someone punctured the side and removed the temporary license tag from a vehicle sometime early Sept. 14.

CRIMINAL ENDANGERING, WOODMERE DRIVE: Someone broke the rear windshield of a resident’s vehicle Sept. 12. The car was parked in the resident’s driveway.

The owner heard a loud bang at 10:30 a.m., but did not investigate. Later, the broken window was discovered. The officer noted he found a small hole the size of a BB pellet in the window.

TRESPASSING, BEELER DRIVE A resident saw a man looking inside his daughter’s car at 1:30 a.m. Sept. 12. He went out to check and found the suspect inside the vehicle.

The suspect ran off and got into a small, red car parked on the street. The suspect, who had a passenger with him, drove away eastbound on Wyleswood Drive. He was described as having brown, shoulder-length hair, wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt and pajama-style pants.

PROPERTY DAMAGE, NORTH ROCKY RIVER DRIVE: A motorist reported that a he drove near Depot Street at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 10, he heard a train passing overhead and then saw a rock fall from the bridge and strike his windshield, breaking it.

CRIMINAL DAMAGE, VIVIAN DRIVE: Someone cut the tires of two cars that were parked in a resident’s driveway at 12:30 a.m. Sept. 11.

The resident told police he was standing near his front door when he heard a loud hissing sound. He opened the door and heard more hissing and a loud “pop.” He said he saw someone jump over his neighbor’s fence and run away.


 Several minors, including at least one Baldwin Wallace University football player, were cited for underage drinking at a private home Sept. 16.  

    Police went to the scene at 2:30 a.m. to investigate a call about a loud party. Some of the partygoers fled the scene, but one of them was caught and forced to the ground.  

    Some of them told police they were celebrating and had not planned to have a party, but many people showed up at the residence and were drinking.  

    Five adults were cited for furnishing alcohol to minors, including one, according to the report, identified as a football coach.  

Twins 6, Indians 5: Minnesota wins it in 12 - Chronicle-Telegram (blog)

CLEVELAND â€" Round 1 of the Central Division featherweight bout between Cleveland and Minnesota went to the Twins â€" in extended and bizarre fashion.

Last-place Minnesota landed the first blow in the battle to stay out of the division basement Tuesday night at Progressive Field, outlasting Cleveland 6-4 in 12 innings.

The Twins, who thanks to the victory, climbed back into a fourth-place tie with the Indians, scored twice in the 12th inning to secure the win, plating the go-ahead run on a mental mistake from Indians first baseman Matt LaPorta.

LaPorta’s miscue loomed large, but manager Manny Acta pointed at his team’s offensive inefficiency in the 10th inning as the cause of defeat.

Cleveland put runners on first and third with no outs in the 10th, yet failed to score, opening the door for Minnesota to win it two innings later.

“If you can’t drive in a run to walk-off with no outs and a runner on third base, you pretty much don’t deserve to win the ballgame,” said Acta, whose team fell to an American League-worst 17-46 since the All-Star break, losing for the eighth time in 10 games. “We didn’t execute offensively when we had to to win the ballgame.”

Still, LaPorta was wearing the goat’s horns after the final out was recorded, thanks to his disastrous decision in the final inning.

With two outs, a runner on second and the game still tied at four, Alexi Casilla sent a grounder between LaPorta and second baseman Jason Kipnis, with Kipnis ranging into the outfield to snare the ball.

Rather than covering the bag for the potential final out of the inning, LaPorta took the position for a relay throw, and was tardy getting to the base to take the throw from Kipnis.

Casilla beat the throw to first, but more importantly, Darin Mastroianni was able to score from second, as LaPorta threw late and wide to home plate. An RBI single from Pedro Florimon scored the second run of the inning off Cleveland reliever Scott Maine.

“You don’t think, you see the ball go through,” Acta said of the notion that LaPorta   thought the ball was going to get by Kipnis for a base hit. “It was pretty much a routine ball to second base, plus we don’t need a cutoff man there. It was a big mental mistake there.”

“I’m sure he thought that the ball was going through,” Kipnis said. “He knows he needs to turn around. It’s not like he wasn’t trying.

“This isn’t all on Matt. The game wasn’t all on his shoulders. We had plenty of opportunities to win the game. It’s going to look like that, but it’s not his fault. He didn’t lose the game for us.”

LaPorta was unavailable for comment.

Left-hander David Huff made his first start (third appearance) for the Indians, lasting just 4 1/3 innings after allowing three runs on seven hits. His pitch count began mounting after Huff allowed two runs in the first.

“They were pretty aggressive coming out of the gate,” Huff said of Twins hitters. “As far as being efficient after the first, I did that.”

“Once he got ahead, he started nibbling and didn’t attack the guys,” Acta said of Huff.

Carlos Santana hit a two-out solo home run in the 12th to provide the final count, but Santana was one of the culprits failing to come through with the game on the line in the 10th.

The Indians employed 10 pitchers on the night, falling one shy of the MLB record for one game.

Minnesota improved to 10-5 against Cleveland, outscoring the Indians 99-65 over the span.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

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The new Cleveland Museum of Art atrium will be named for the Ames Family ... - Plain Dealer (blog)

Ames_CMA.jpgChuck and Jay Ames at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

The Cleveland Museum of Art will salute one of the biggest donations to its eight-year, $350 million expansion and renovation by naming its new central atrium for the Ames Family Foundation of Cleveland, following a $20 million gift in 2008.

A formal announcement of the gift and the naming â€" which the museum has kept private until now â€" will be made during an invitation-only gathering at the museum on Saturday, Oct. 27.

The following day, the museum will hold a community celebration of the atrium and the opening of the museum’s new cafe and restaurant, along with its major fall exhibition on the ancient Wari culture of Peru.

The Ames Family Foundation was established by the widely known businessman and philanthropist B. Charles Ames, known as Chuck, and his wife, Joyce Eichhorn Ames, known by her nickname, Jay. They divide their time between a home in Vero Beach, Fla., and a second home in Cleveland’s eastern suburbs.

David Franklin, the museum’s director, said the gift from the Ames Family Foundation was important not only because of its scale, but because "it honors a family that has long been devoted to the Cleveland community. It’s exciting to have our friends stand up for us and honor the greatness of this institution and its cultural value and also its value in the community."

Franklin also said that the atrium, one of the largest public spaces in the region, "is a crucial space for us. It symbolizes the success this building is bringing to the community."

So far, the museum has raised approximately $250 million for its project â€" and has about $100 million more to raise. The final stage of the expansion, a new West Wing for Asian art, is scheduled for completion in late 2013.

Chuck Ames, 87, said Tuesday in an interview at the couple’s local home that he had the family foundation make the $20 million gift to the museum out of friendship for two former presidents of the museum’s board of trustees, James Bartlett and Alfred Rankin Jr. The couple’s daughter, Cindy Ames Huffman, is currently a member of the board.

He said he met both men early in his career while working for McKinsey & Co., the global management-consulting firm.

L1040120.JPGThe Cleveland Museum of Art's new atrium floods the heart of the museum complex with light.

"I got to know them very well and got to respect their judgment," Ames said of Bartlett and Rankin, who now serve as the museum’s chair emeritus and advisory chair, respectively.

Ames said he was "very happy to make the contribution" through the foundation but at first didn’t want recognition, because he thought it would be "too showboaty."

Jay Ames said, however, she thought it would be great for their eight grandchildren in Northeast Ohio to see "how their grandfather is helping everything in Cleveland."

In addition to the museum gift, the Ameses donated $10 million to the Hospice of the Western Reserve for the new Ames Family Hospice House. Other major gifts from the Ameses include $12 million to Illinois Wesleyan University, their alma mater and the place where they met, for a library named in their honor.

In 2008, Ames donated $1 million to Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management to create a business-plan competition for students and a new speakers series.

After working at McKinsey, Ames, a native of Polo, Ill., went on to become a senior operating partner and vice chairman of Clayton, Dubilier & Rice Inc. in New York, a private equity investment firm, from which he retired in 2007.

Despite great success, Ames was chairman of the board of directors of Inkstop, a national chain of computer ink and toner stores based in Northeast Ohio, when it filed for bankruptcy in 2009.

In his long business career, Ames also served as chief executive officer and chairman of Uniroyal Goodrich Tire Co.; chief executive officer of Acme Cleveland Corp.; and chief executive officer, president and chairman of Reliance Electric Co.

He has co-authored books on business including "Market-Driven Management: Creating Profitable Top-Line Growth."

As for the gift to the museum, Ames said he’s excited to be part of the current expansion and renovation, set for completion late next year.

"I think it’s a wonderful addition," he said. "We’re very pleased to be a part of it." 

Prisoner Says He's Too Fat for Death Penalty - Cleveland News - Fox 8

Posted on: 6:15 pm, September 18, 2012, by and , updated on: 05:46pm, September 18, 2012

CLEVELAND â€" Some Clevelanders have little sympathy for the Ohio prisoner who says he’s too obese to be put to death.

Ronald Post, 53, was convicted in the 1983 murder of Helen Vantz, who worked as a hotel clerk at the Slumber Inn in Elyria.

According to prosecutors, Post had visited the hotel with two other men, and then he returned alone. When Vantz let him in, Post shot her twice in the head and robbed her of $100.

He is scheduled to die Jan. 16.

But Post argues he’s too big to be put to death. He weighs more than 480 pounds and doesn’t believe a needle would work or that gurneys would hold him. He said a request for bypass surgery was denied.

He’s tried exercise, but the exercise bike at the Mansfield Correctional Institution reportedly broke under him.

Lakewood bar owner Mike Damiano believes the death penalty should be carried out.

“Hate to say it, but what kind of punishment did he put that woman through for $100,” said  Damiano. “I say, an eye for an eye.”

Construction worker Marao Hannah agrees.

“Honestly, I don’t believe that just because he’s obese that that’s the United States’ fault,” said Hannah. “I believe he should pay for what he’s done.”

In 2008, double-killer Richard Cooey also said a viable vein could not be found for his execution. He was 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighed 270 pounds. He was put to death with no complications.

Post’s attorney, Rachel Troutman, released the following statement:

“If it kills him at all, it could take up to 16 hours. Ohio’s statute requires a quick and painless lethal injection, and the potential 200 plus needle sticks and up to 16 hours that Dr. Lubarsky predicted is not quick and painless. As Mr. Post’s counsel, we could not sit by and just wait for this attempted execution to play out this way, and we are obligated to alert DRC and the courts about this real and substantial risk. Especially after the two hours it took to find a vein in Christopher Newton, an obese inmate who was much smaller than Post.

Regardless, Post deserves to have his life spared, but not just to avoid his torture. Post’s attorneys advised him to plead no contest to aggravated murder, and he received nothing in exchange for his plea. There were two other individuals who were involved but never prosecuted, even though they told police the robbery plan was not Post’s, the idea to rob the Slumber Inn was not Post’s, the murder weapon was not Post’s, and it was not Post who had the murder weapon after the murder. The prosecution told the judges who sentenced Post that Post confessed to several witnesses his sole involvement and to being the actual killer, but there are actual transcripts of those conversations and witness interviews, and Post admits involvement but NOT to being the killer.”