Bedford car dealers describe string of ‘brazen’ and ‘unique’ car thefts

Stephen KukoleckCourtesy Bedford police  BEDFORD, Ohio — Managers at Bedford car dealerships described a string of recent thefts as “brazen” and said they’ve never heard of someone stealing cars in such a manner. Detectives said Stephen Kukoleck walked into multiple dealerships asking about employment. He then waited for an opportunity to slip into a back […]

Tamir Rice’s family and Cleveland police bear responsibility for tragedy: Letter to the Editor

Two wrongs will never be right. An unsupervised child is waving around what looks like a real gun. Where are his adults? An unsupervised police officer did not take cover and find out if the threat is real before using deadly force. Where are his supervisors? Until responsibility on both sides of this tragedy is […]

‘Spring is here,’ weather guys claim, but don’t bet on it: Around The Town

As I sit here writing, a glance at the outdoor thermometer reads a slim 19 degrees on a downward slide toward zero. Rich Heileman   But let’s take a look at the bright side.  The days are noticeably longer and if the weather pundits are right, we should all be basking in a semi-sunny 50 […]

Terry Pluto brings the Glory Days to Middleburg Heights- Middleburg Heights Happenings

MIDDLEBURG HEIGHTS, Ohio – Sports columnist and author Terry Pluto will be at the Middleburg Heights Library to share stories from his books, including his latest, “Glory Days in Tribe Town: The Cleveland Indians and Jacobs Field 1994-1997″. Published in November of last year, Pluto and the “Voice of the Indians” radio announcer Tom Hamilton came […]

2015 Grindstone Award goes to Berea Law Director Jim Walters (photos)

BEREA, Ohio — Every couple of years, when his ponytail finally grows long enough, Berea Law Director Jim Walters raffles off the opportunity to cut it off. He gives the shorn tail to Locks of Love, a nonprofit offering wigs to chemotherapy patients. He gives the raffle’s cash to other nonprofits dealing with cancer, such […]

Cleveland Heights High’s Swim Cadets perform final shows in school’s pool; renovation will bring new pool

CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio — It was a bittersweet night for the members of the synchronized swim team at Cleveland Heights High School, the Swim Cadets. After practicing nightly since October for the club’s annual show, it was finally the time to shine for the 16 girls that make up the club, and the boys who perform […]

Mayor Frank Jackson’s motto seems to be "Hard Times is What We Do": Letter to the Editor

The city of Cleveland is almost 60 percent black and yet blacks bear the brunt of the economic disadvantage that exists in this city. Black and brown Cleveland residents are found to be the disproportionate recipients of police misconduct and brutality. At the same time, there is a tremendous amount of economic development taking place […]

Life goes on as normal during a government shutdown: Letter to the Editor

I want to thank The Plain Dealer for graciously printing George Dent’s rebuke of The Plain Dealer to perpetuating the hoax (my word, not Dent’s) of the so-called government shutdown whenever Congress does not give the President what he demands (“Plain Dealer’s editorial on Homeland Security funding is dishonest,” Letters, Feb. 24). After all, only […]

Readers react to Euclid man’s egging epidemic with concern, humor

EUCLID, Ohio — Readers responded to the story of an 85-year-old Euclid man whose home has been pelted with eggs more than 100 times with sympathy, suggestions and a lot of egg puns. Police have been working tirelessly since March 2014 to nab the eggers, who always strike at night and have never been seen. Police […]

Splash zone an unnecessary component of Public Square renovations: Letter to the Editor

The plans for the renovation of Public Square are well and good, but the inclusion of a splash zone appears to be frivolous and disrespectful of the historic character of the Square (“It’s official: Public Square renovation to launch Monday, March 9,” Plain Dealer, March 3). Will there be a historic marker noting that here […]

Euclid Animal Shelter volunteers hope to save young dog born with heart defect

View full sizeMillie needs a life-saving operation to close a faulty heart vessel.Euclid Pet Pals  EUCLID, Ohio — The Euclid Animal Shelter needs to raise at least $2,500 to save the life of a young dog born with a heart defect. Millie, 10 months old, was diagnosed Feb. 27 with patent ductus arteriosus, a heart […]

Medical examiner IDs Garfield Heights man killed in house fire (photos)

GARFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio – The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner has identified the man who died Sunday in a Garfield Heights house fire. Everett Dashiell, 64, died in the blaze that destroyed his home in the 13600 block of Cranwood Drive. He was the only person inside the house at the time, officials said. Rose Waddy, who […]

Woman jumps out of moving SUV after gun held to her head in Garfield Heights

GARFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio — A Cleveland woman told Garfield Heights police that she jumped out of a moving SUV after a man held a gun to her head and threatened to shoot her. The 19-year-old woman provided a verbal account of the incident, but declined to write out a statement or press charges out of […]

Cuyahoga County Public Library’s Garfield Heights Branch to re-open Saturday: Community Voices

Cuyahoga County Public Library’s (CCPL) Garfield Heights Branch, located at 5409 Turney Road, will re-open at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 7th. The branch has been closed since Saturday, February 21st due to a water main pipe leak that has left the building without water. CCPL will waive any fines its customers incur as a […]

Highland schools news: Auditor of State Award, Buzzard Day, Character Card recipients

MEDINA, Ohio – The Highland Local School District has earned the Auditor of State Award with Distinction for returning a clean audit report. “Taxpayers expect accurate financial records from their school districts. The Highland Local School District’s dedication to accountability is evident,” said Ohio Auditor Dave Yost. Highland has earned this honor each year since its inception […]

Bring on Brunswick is community’s big spring event

BRUNSWICK, Ohio – B.O.B the Bear will have a new fashion accessory this year as he helps the Brunswick celebrate its bicentennial. B.O.B. is the official mascot of Bring on Brunswick, one of the community’s most successful annual events. It will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 21 at Brunswick High School. […]

Medina County fair board still pays for 2001 explosion, but secures a loan for new office building

View full sizeThe 75-year-old Medina County Fair Board office building will be torn down after the new one is built right next to it.Donna J. Miller, The Plain Dealer  MEDINA, Ohio — Nearly 14 years after five people were killed in an explosion at the Medina County Fair, the fair board is still paying for […]

Live playoff basketball: Medina at Hudson, Saturday at 7:30’s live coverage of high school basketball hits its stride on Saturday night as we bring you a live webcast of the sectional final matchup between Hudson and Medina. The Bees beat the Explorers, 64-55, earlier this year. Dan Labbe and Tim Bielik will have the call of the game beginning at 7 p.m. You […]

Cleveland Indians need better system for selling home opener tickets: Letter to the Editor

I heard the Cleveland Indians sold out tickets for Opening Day in 11 minutes, but at what cost to the average fan? I went online at exactly 10 a.m. March 3 when tickets became available. I asked for two tickets at any price and was told immediately that none were available. I then quickly searched […]