Mega Millions winner sold in New York; Ohio Lottery numbers for Sunday

CLEVELAND, Ohio — One winning ticket was sold in New York for a $124 million Mega Millions jackpot on Friday. The winning numbers are 7-49-53-60-64 Mega Ball 4 Megaplier 2x. Friday’s winner is the first since an Illinois resident won $265 million on Jan. 16. One Mega Millions ticket was sold in Wisconsin matching five numbers without […]

‘The Walking Dead’ Season 5, episode 12 recap: Home at the Safe-Zone

CLEVELAND, Ohio – We have arrived. Season 5 of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” has finally led fans inside the gates of the Alexandria Safe-Zone. Sunday night’s episode “Remember” begins with Safe-Zone recruiter Aaron leading the group into the Safe-Zone. A man named Nicholas asks the group to surrender their weapons. “If we wanted to use […]

Kentucky middle school teacher, 26, admits raping 13-year-old ‘boyfriend’

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A former Jefferson County middle school teacher has pleaded guilty to multiple criminal charges stemming from her relationship with a 13-year-old boy. Jessica Boyers, 26, accepted a plea agreement last week in Jefferson Circuit Court to serve 10 years on charges of second-degree rape, second-degree sodomy and first-degree sex abuse, according to […]

Stock futures mixed; Procter & Gamble cutting more brands; Honda names new CEO: A.M. Business News Links

Stock Market Headlines: Stock futures are looking soft ahead of the opening bell. Dow Jones futures are down 30 points and SP 500 futures are declining 3.25 points, but Nasdaq futures are ahead 3.25 points. (CNN Money) Asian markets mostly rose on the first trading day of the Year of the Sheep, buoyed by a […]

Car towed, but woman with 2 warrants gets a ride to jail: Bentleyville police blotter

  Bentleyville Driving under suspension, expired plates, warrants; Solon Road: The car wasn’t hers, but a Cleveland woman, 38, stopped Feb. 27 on a routine license plate check was found to be driving on an open suspension for failure to reinstate. She also had two active warrants, at least one of which was issued out […]

Firing up the blunt force trauma in rehab: Pepper Pike police blotter

  Pepper Pike Felonious assault — with  weapon (chair), Chagrin Boulevard: Police were called to the New Directions drug treatment facility on then evening of Feb. 21 after one juvenile client struck another in the head with a chair. The victim, a Warren boy, 17, was removed from the facility by his parents. The suspect […]

Orange residents protesting proposed Pinecrest tax breaks, Solon jail inmate attempts suicide: Best of the beat

ORANGE, Ohio — Government and school officials will be faced with major decisions in the coming weeks — and all of them involve money. Here’s what happened this week in the Chagrin Valley. Proposed tax break has residents calling foul: A request by developers for a tax break on the Pinecrest development, a high-end retail […]

FTC sues debt collectors for Wild West tactics

The FTC is taking debt collectors who bullied consumers to court.Lisa DeJong, Plain Dealer  The Federal Trade Commission lassoed two groups of debt collectors that allegedly used Wild West tactics to bully consumers nationwide into making payments.  The FTC and New York’s attorney general accused 4 Star Resolution of spoofing its phone numbers and claiming to be attorneys or detectives […]

FTC report: U.S. consumers lost $1.7 billion to scams in 2014

The FTC says fraud victims said scammers contacted them more often by phone than any other means. Scott Shaw, Plain Dealer file   CLEVELAND, Ohio — Consumers lost $1.7 billion to scams and frauds in 2014, the Federal Trade Commission said Friday. ID theft accounted for 13 percent of all complaints, making it the single […]

Student video contest, hacking demo highlight National Consumer Protection Week in Cleveland: Plain Dealing

The goal of Cleveland’s National Consumer Protection Week? Helping students avoid scams before and after they graduate. Associated Press  Young consumers are fresh meat for scammers. So this year, local consumer advocates are tailoring National Consumer Protection Week events to college students. Next week’s schedule, packed with a video contest, a hacking demo and a […]

A bountiful array of music, artists awaits on Cleveland Orchestra’s 2015-16 season

Thursday, Sept. 24, at 7:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, Sept. 25 and 26, at 8 p.m.: Franz Welser-Most conducts Mozart’s “Jupiter” Symphony No. 41 and Strauss’ “An Alpine Symphony.” Thursday, Oct. 1, at 7:30 p.m. and Friday, Oct. 2, at 8 p.m.: Franz Welser-Most conducts Mahler’s Symphony No. 3, with the Women of the […]

Principal violist Robert Vernon announces plan to retire from Cleveland Orchestra

Cleveland Orchestra principal violist Robert Vernon has announced his plan to retire from the ensemble in 2016, after 40 seasons. Roger Mastroianni  CLEVELAND, Ohio – Eighteen months ought to just about be enough. In announcing his retirement Sunday from the Cleveland Orchestra at the end of next season, principal violist Robert Vernon leaves fans about […]

Cleveland Orchestra revives ‘Fate and Freedom’ programs in Miami to stunning effect (review)

MIAMI, Fla. – First Cleveland, then Europe. Now, South Florida. In perhaps the clearest sign yet of how seriously it takes its fan base in Miami, the Cleveland Orchestra last week treated listeners here to a concentrated version of its “Fate and Freedom” festival, a series pairing works by Beethoven and Shostakovich. Where, oftentimes, the […]

Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday: 100 things about the life and times of an American legend (photos)

CLEVELAND, Ohio — A legend, a life, a complex man and The Voice of the 20th Century. Frank Sinatra, who would’ve been 100 this year, was a man of contradiction. Small and slight, he towered over popular culture. He projected strength and confidence, despite suffering from depression throughout his adult life.  “We’ll never see anyone […]

"Colors and Bottles" painting party at House of Blues Cleveland (photo gallery): Kristel’s CLE

CLEVELAND, Ohio — House of Blues Cleveland, 308 Euclid Ave., had a room full of artists during the sold out “Colors and Bottles” event on Friday. The social art experience allows guests of all skill levels to bring out their inner Picasso as a local artist helps guide them through the final product. Every person is […]

"Colors and Bottles" brings relaxing art experience with a side of booze (video): Kristel’s CLE

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Watch a room full of artists create a painting of the Cleveland skyline during the “Colors and Bottles” event at House of Blues Cleveland on Friday. The social art experience allows guests of all skill levels to bring out their inner Picasso as a local artist helps guide them through the final product. Every […]

Kerry: Obama administration doesn’t want Netanyahu congressional speech to become ‘political football’ (video)

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday tried to calm tensions with Israel before Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s congressional address, yet insisted the Obama administration’s diplomatic record with Iran entitles the U.S. to “the benefit of the doubt” as negotiators work toward a long-term nuclear deal. On a mission to warn of the […]

Moscow march honoring slain Putin foe Boris Nemtsov draws thousands (photos, video)

MOSCOW — For the tens of thousands bearing flowers and tying black ribbons to railings in honor of slain Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, the solemn march through the Moscow drizzle on Sunday was a time for silence, not slogans. The marchers occasionally broke into chants of “Russia without Putin,” or “Say no to war,” […]

Islamic State releases 19 Syrian Christian hostages, activists say

BEIRUT — The Islamic State group released at least 19 Christians on Sunday who were among the more than 220 people the militants took captive in northeastern Syria last week, activists and a local leader said. The news provided a modicum of relief to a Christian Assyrian community that has been devastated by the abductions, […]

No. 14 Warrensville Heights boys basketball defeats Maple Heights, 66-60

MAPLE HEIGHTS, Ohio — No. 14 Warrensville Heights’ boys basketball team defeated Maple Heights, 66-60, on the road on Tuesday. C.J. Franklin scored 16 points to lead the Tigers, while Yavari Hall added 13 points. Quinton Wells chipped in 10 points. Anthony Schmook led the Mustangs with 13 points. Joe Schmook tacked on 12 points. […]