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Latest news and information from East Cleveland Ohio



Updated: 2017-12-06T13:14:18Z

 



New supermarket coalition aims to improve access to healthy food in Cuyahoga County

2017-12-06T13:14:18Z

The Health Improvement Partnership-Cuyahoga Consortium Supermarket Coalition is working to improve supermarket access in Cuyahoga County. The Health Improvement Partnership-Cuyahoga Consortium Supermarket Coalition is working to improve supermarket access in Cuyahoga County.



Cleveland gang member gets life sentence in teen girl's execution

2017-11-30T15:55:28Z

A gang member convicted of executing a 17-year-old girl to cover up his involvement in a bank robbery was sentenced Thursday to life in prison with his first chance at parole after 49 years. A gang member convicted of executing a 17-year-old girl to cover up his involvement in a bank robbery was sentenced Thursday to life in prison with his first chance at parole after 49 years.



Federal judge sanctions East Cleveland for suggesting comatose detective should be deposed in lawsuit

2017-11-16T23:36:53Z

A judge admonished the beleaguered city of East Cleveland for failing to comply with federal court rules when a city attorney suggested that a comatose detective could be deposed in a civil case. A judge admonished the beleaguered city of East Cleveland for failing to comply with federal court rules when a city attorney suggested that a comatose detective could be deposed in a civil case.



Man charged with setting fire to dead body in East Cleveland

2017-11-15T16:50:54Z

Brandon Montgomery, who was also wounded in a 2015 shooting that left his father dead, is accused of helping Jerry Sims Jr. set fire to Jamarr Forkland's body. Brandon Montgomery, who was also wounded in a 2015 shooting that left his father dead, is accused of helping Jerry Sims Jr. set fire to Jamarr Forkland's body.



3 long-serving incumbent mayors -- in Beachwood, Brook Park, University Heights -- ousted in Cuyahoga County

2017-11-08T21:15:33Z

Longtime mayors Merle Gorden, Susan Infeld and Tom Coyne lost reelection Tuesday. See how Cuyahoga County cities voted on mayors this Election Day. Longtime mayors Merle Gorden, Susan Infeld and Tom Coyne lost reelection Tuesday. See how Cuyahoga County cities voted on mayors this Election Day.



U.S. Marshals arrest second man charged in East Cleveland killing

2017-11-07T20:26:32Z

Merlin Johnson was arrested Tuesday on Nela Avenue near Noble Road in East Cleveland, authorities say. He faces a murder charge in the deadly shooting of Jonathan Singletary. Merlin Johnson was arrested Tuesday on Nela Avenue near Noble Road in East Cleveland, authorities say. He faces a murder charge in the deadly shooting of Jonathan Singletary.



Suspected gang member accused of killing man, setting van on fire in East Cleveland

2017-11-02T21:45:48Z

Jerry C. Sims, also known by the street name J-Roc, is charged with murder in the Oct. 21 killing of Jamarr J. Forkland, police said. Jerry C. Sims, also known by the street name J-Roc, is charged with murder in the Oct. 21 killing of Jamarr J. Forkland, police said.



Gang member guilty in 'cold-blooded, cowardly' murder of East Cleveland teen girl

2017-11-01T19:55:36Z

Kiechaun Newell now faces up to life in prison without parole after a jury found him guilty of all counts in the killing, which prosecutors called "calculated, cold-blooded and cowardly." Kiechaun Newell now faces up to life in prison without parole after a jury found him guilty of all counts in the killing, which prosecutors called "calculated, cold-blooded and cowardly."



Jurors deliberate in trial of killing of East Cleveland teen girl

2017-11-01T14:54:42Z

Jurors are deliberating in the trial of a gang member accused of executing a 17-year-old girl he and another man recruited to rob a Summit County bank. Jurors are deliberating in the trial of a gang member accused of executing a 17-year-old girl he and another man recruited to rob a Summit County bank.



Move or pay more for 'deplorable' conditions: Residents of East Cleveland complex in limbo

2017-10-29T12:42:03Z

On Oct. 9, the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority notified residents at Forest Hills Park Apartments that the building is losing its housing-subsidy contract. On Oct. 9, the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority notified residents at Forest Hills Park Apartments that the building is losing its housing-subsidy contract.



Fire at Arco dump poses no risk, Cleveland says

2017-10-29T15:15:03Z

The city of Cleveland says a fire that started early Saturday morning at the controversial Arco dump site on Noble Road in East Cleveland does not pose a risk to residents in the area, a statement released Saturday night says. The city of Cleveland says a fire that started early Saturday morning at the controversial Arco dump site on Noble Road in East Cleveland does not pose a risk to residents in the area, a statement released Saturday night says.



East Cleveland Fire Department called to Acro dump site after report of smoke, officials say

2017-10-29T15:15:49Z

Firefighters responded early Saturday morning on a report of smoke at the site, according to Ohio EPA spokeswoman Heidi Griesmer said in an email. Firefighters responded early Saturday morning on a report of smoke at the site, according to Ohio EPA spokeswoman Heidi Griesmer said in an email.



Mother outed gang member son in execution of teenage bank robbery accomplice

2017-10-24T22:50:25Z

Kiechaun Newell is on trial on aggravated murder, kidnapping, robbery and other charges in the August 2016 death of Breanna Fluitt. Kiechaun Newell is on trial on aggravated murder, kidnapping, robbery and other charges in the August 2016 death of Breanna Fluitt.



Body found in car in East Cleveland, report says

2017-10-21T20:53:20Z

Police were called shortly after midnight to Wadena Street near Euclid Avenue on a report of a car on fire, the report says. Police were called shortly after midnight to Wadena Street near Euclid Avenue on a report of a car on fire, the report says.



State control could be coming for East Cleveland, Warrensville Heights schools

2017-10-03T22:52:57Z

The East Cleveland, Warrensville Heights and Trotwood-Madison school districts could all face "academic distress" and state intervention if test scores and grades do not improve immediately. The East Cleveland, Warrensville Heights and Trotwood-Madison school districts could all face "academic distress" and state intervention if test scores and grades do not improve immediately.



Bond default brings attention to Forest Hills Park Apartments in East Cleveland (photos)

2017-10-25T22:00:27Z

A 174-unit apartment complex that serves low-income renters is on financially rocky ground, barely two years after an affordable-housing group bought Forest Hills Park Apartments with the ostensible goal of sprucing it up. A 174-unit apartment complex that serves low-income renters is on financially rocky ground, barely two years after an affordable-housing group bought Forest Hills Park Apartments with the ostensible goal of sprucing it up.



Brandon King wins East Cleveland Democratic mayoral primary, will face Devin Branch in November

2017-09-13T04:15:25Z

Brandon King will defend his seat in November after winning the September primary election. He will face Green party challenger Devin Branch. Brandon King will defend his seat in November after winning the September primary election. He will face Green party challenger Devin Branch.



Brandon King leading in East Cleveland Democratic mayoral primary early voting totals

2017-09-13T01:08:53Z

Brandon King is leading in the East Cleveland mayoral primary, with Una Keenon only slightly behind in early totals. Brandon King is leading in the East Cleveland mayoral primary, with Una Keenon only slightly behind in early totals.



Ex-East Cleveland police officer pleads guilty to sexually abusing women during traffic stop

2017-09-11T21:36:56Z

Kenneth Bolton Jr., 49, pleaded guilty Monday, the day he was set to face trial on gross sexual imposition, abduction and interfering with civil rights charges. Kenneth Bolton Jr., 49, pleaded guilty Monday, the day he was set to face trial on gross sexual imposition, abduction and interfering with civil rights charges.



"Oak wilt" tree outbreak invades Cleveland Heights historic district

2017-09-03T00:10:39Z

The fungal blight known as "oak wilt" has been found in 30-50 trees, mostly within the Forest Hill historic district of Tudor-and-Normandy-style houses built by the Rockefellers and straddling the border of East Cleveland and Cleveland Heights. The fungal blight known as "oak wilt" has been found in 30-50 trees, mostly within the Forest Hill historic district of Tudor-and-Normandy-style houses built by the Rockefellers and straddling the border of East Cleveland and Cleveland Heights.