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Mother Charged with Murder of 5-year-old Son

Mother Charged with Murder of 5-year-old Son

Cleveland MurderCLEVELAND, Ohio — Charges have been filed in the case of remains buried in a backyard on Cleveland’s west side.

 

Larissa Maria Rodriguez, 34, was charged with murder on Thursday for the death of her son, 5-year-old Jordan Rodriguez. Court documents said he died on September 22.

 

The child’s mother, Rodriguez, was taken into custody. Earlier this week, the Cleveland Division of Police found that a 5-year-old boy was buried behind a home on West 80th Street.

 

Authorities recovered human remains on Tuesday.

 

The body has not officially been identified by the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office. According to court documents, there were signs of a physical abuse, including broken ribs.

 

Rodriguez, who is pregnant, has nine children. A Cuyahoga County spokeswoman told child welfare caseworkers have dealt with Rodriquez since 1999. The complaints range from neglect to physical abuse.

 

A vigil for the deceased is planned for Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in front of the home.

 

“Widespread” Flu Cases in Ohio; 401 Hospitalized During First Two Months of the Season

“Widespread” Flu Cases in Ohio; 401 Hospitalized During First Two Months of the Season

Cleveland Flu CasesThe Ohio Department of Health today increased the level of flu activity in the state of Ohio to “Widespread,” the highest level of concern.

The number of flu-associated hospitalizations increased to 144 during the week ending December 9 – the most recent data available – and a significant jump from the 92 flu-sufferers hospitalized the week before.

In contrary, 29 people were hospitalized during the second week of December last year.

Since the flu season began in October, 401 people suffering from the flu have been hospitalized, which is trending well above the five-year average, according to a news release from the Department of Health.

Ohio did not reach the “Widespread” level until mid-January, in the last year of 2016. However, by March, 5,130 flu-sufferers had been hospitalized compared to 3,633 during the 2015-2016 season, and 9,374 in the 2014-2015 season, according to the Department of Health. Also, during last year’s flu season, 5 children in Ohio and at least 3 adults in Cuyahoga County died from flu-related illness.

Flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Pregnant women and infants are particularly at high-risk for serious complications from the flu.

The best way to protect against flu viruses is to get a flu shot vaccine, the Department of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say. The shots will be offered by doctors, clinics, health departments, pharmacies, and by many employers and schools.

“Flu vaccination prevents millions of illnesses and tens of thousands of flu-related hospitalizations each year in the U.S. … and can significantly reduce a child’s risk of dying from influenza,” said Dr. Clint Koenig, medical director of the Department of Health.

Other ways to avoid contracting or spreading the flu include covering coughs and sneezes, frequent hand-washing with soap or alcohol-based sanitizers, and staying away from public places when sick.

 

Second Suspect Arrested in the Buckeye Road shooting

Second Suspect Arrested in the Buckeye Road shooting

Cleveland ShootingCLEVELAND, Ohio — A second adult suspect was arrested that killed a 12-year-old boy and injured five other teens.

Marvin Harris was arrested on an outstanding warrant for aggravated menacing out of the juvenile court system.

Cleveland police said that charged in unrelated to last week’s homicide. He was taken to the juvenile detention center.

A warrant for aggravated murder was issued for Harris on Thursday. Currently, the photo of Harris is not available.

The first adult suspect, 21-year-old Larissa Harris, appeared in court Friday morning. She pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder and her bond was set at $1 million.

Marvin Harris and Larissa Harris are siblings, Cleveland police said.

The shooting happened in Buckeye Road and East 116th Street at about 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 24. Police said 12-year-old Abdel Bashiti and his father went outside of the family’s beauty supply store when they heard the gunfire. Bashiti was shot and died at the scene.

Five other people were injured, including a 16-year-old boy who was shot in the head.

Earlier this week, two 15-year-olds were arrested in connection with the case. They also face

16 Tornadoes in Most Parts of Ohio, Pennsylvania and Indiana

16 Tornadoes in Most Parts of Ohio, Pennsylvania and Indiana

CLEVELAND, OHIO — The National Weather Service confirmed that a total of 16 tornadoes touched down in parts of Ohio, Indiana, and Pennsylvania during Sunday’s severe weather.

 

The NWS reported the storm damage across the state Monday. The severe weather and tornadoes ripped down trees, toppled power poles, and destroyed and damaged homes.

 

Cleveland Weather

Ohio experienced four EF-2 storms, the strongest measured during Sunday’s storms. A microburst with 125 miles per hour winds was also measured in Ashtabula.

 

Cleveland Weather

More than 18,000 Ohio residents were still without power, as of 4 a.m. Tuesday morning. The widespread power outages also affected polling places for Tuesday’s general elections.

 

Hidden camera: Several Vehicles with Non-fixed Safety Recalls on Ohio Roads and Used Car Lots

Hidden camera: Several Vehicles with Non-fixed Safety Recalls on Ohio Roads and Used Car Lots

An exclusive 5 On Your Side Investigation was conducted which revealed that there are more than 2 million used vehicles on the road across Ohio with unfixed safety recalls that are not required to be revealed to potential buyers.

Many of these ended up on used car lots across the state and if not revealed, consumers can purchase cars that might potentially catch fire as well as cause airbags to explode and cause brake failure or power steering.

What Did Hidden Camera Investigation Reveal?

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, hidden camera investigation explored that at least 9 cars for sale on one west side Cleveland used car lot with car identification numbers that matched active recalls.

Auto Expo III on Lorain Avenue

In addition, it became apparent that an employee at Auto Expo III on Lorain Avenue did not have a legal license to sell vehicles in Ohio — a potential crime under state law.
The investigation found 62-year-old Gary Shell served time in prison 10 years ago for cheating vehicle customers at another car lot, and his certificate was subsequently annulled.
Moreover, the hidden camera indicated Shell on three separate cases leading potential customers across the lot — showing vehicles, pricing, financing, and features. On each case, Shell promised the condition and safety of the vehicle but failed to reveal safety recalls.

 

Wildomar Fire in Cleveland Grows to 700 Acres; 200 Homes Evacuated

Wildomar Fire in Cleveland Grows to 700 Acres; 200 Homes Evacuated

A brush fire burning in southwest Riverside County doubled in size overnight and prompted hundreds of evacuations in the La Cresta community of the Santa Ana Mountains Friday morning.

The Wildomar Fire grew from 350 acres Thursday to 700 acres Friday morning, the Cleveland National Forest stated in a tweet just after 8 a.m.

According to the tweet, the fire continued 15 percent contained and has prompted the evacuation of about 200 homes.

An earlier tweet stated that mandatory evacuations are being forced for inhabitants west of Grand Avenue, north of Avenida La Cresta and south of Calle De Lobo in the La Cresta community.

On Friday a spokeswoman for CalFire told KTLA that no structures have been damaged.

The Murrieta Valley and Lake Elsinore combined school district announced that all schools would be open Friday, but Murrieta Valley stated that bus transportation would be impacted.

The Los Angeles Times reported the fire started about 12:30 p.m. Thursday in the Wildomar Off-Highway Vehicle area in the Cleveland National Forest when a man crashed his motorcycle into a tree.

The 18-year-old rider tried ineffectively to extinguish the blaze before running about two miles to his truck and then called authorities.

Locals should call the Cleveland National Forest’s Trabuco Ranger District at 951-736-1811 for information on the fire.

Interstate 90 Crash Left One Dead and Another Wounded

Interstate 90 Crash Left One Dead and Another Wounded

CLEVELAND, OHIO – An early morning head-on crash on Interstate 90 left one person died and another, according to Cleveland EMS.

 

The crash happened around 4 a.m. on I-90 east near the West 44th Street exit. A man was pronounced dead at the scene and a second man was taken to MetroHealth in stable condition, according to Cleveland EMS.

 

Police said the cars crashed head-on. No other information was released about the crash.

 

According to the Ohio Department of Transportation, highway closures were expected from the West 25th Street exit to the West 84th exit. The highway re-opened to traffic around 7:45 a.m., ODOT said.

 

ODOT is also warning drivers that the crash will cause delays during people’s morning commute and is advising drivers to take an alternate route.

 

There is no a particular estimate as to when the highway will open, ODOT said.

 

Dad killed his daughter because of ‘disrespect’

Dad killed his daughter because of ‘disrespect’

Cleveland, Ohio – A Rocky River father acknowledged that he fatally shot his 27-year-old daughter on Tuesday because she ignored his rules and came home late and failed to clean up her room.

Jamal Mansour pleaded guilty to involuntary killing a 27-year-old Tahani Mansour, a pharmacist at University Hospitals Ahuja Medical Center. In addition, Tahani Mansour was the youngest of seven kids.

 

Nancy Margaret Russo Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge sentenced him to 22 years in prison. Prosecutors and defense attorneys recommended Russo sentence him to between 15 and 25 years.

Mansour cried during the hearing. He said sorry to his family members who leaked in the seats in the back of the courtroom. He waved to them and blew them a kiss as he left the courtroom in manacles.

He said through tears “I hope that they can forgive me. I miss her so much. I wish I was the one that was dead.”

Defense attorney Angelo Lonardo said that Mansour, who owns numerous gas stations in Northeast Ohio, spent his life providing for his family and had no criminal history or any previous claims of abusing his children.

Leonardo said: “All his life he’s been an ideal father. He was always working and he worked very hard for his children.”

Andrew Rogalski   Assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor said the father and daughter had several issues with each other in the months prior to the shooting.

He said Tahani had been dating a non-Muslim boyfriend for about a month and tried to keep it a secret from her father who would not have approved.

“When she was with him, she had to pretend like she was with other people,” Rogalski said. “She was worried about what would happen if he found out.”

 

Strategies for Truckers to Earn More Money and Miles

Strategies for Truckers to Earn More Money and Miles

Trucking companies are looking for people who can get a lot of work done reliably and, of course, safely. That sums it up right there. Be safe, reliable and work hard. But there is a little more to it than that.

Of course, trucking requires a high level of intensity when it comes to safety. Let’s explore some of the most important safety aspects of trucking:

 

  • Manage your time so you are well rested when it is time.

 

  • Do a thorough pre-trip inspection

 

  • Keep plenty of distance in front of you during a driving.

 

  • Leave your emotions at home. Do not let frustrations or stress cloud your awareness on the road.

 

  • Plan your routes thoroughly ahead of time so there are few surprises, no low bridges, and no missed turns.

 

  • Do not be lazy and be diligent. Get out and look back when parking.

 

On Time Appointments

You absolutely must be on time to all your appointments. Even a 95% on-time delivery record is poor. If you cannot make all your appointments on time, you are going to be sitting around at truck stops and do nothing. Obviously, if there is a serious snowstorm or the truck breaks down that might be out of your control.

Stay as far ahead of schedule as possible, pay attention to the weather, be creative with your strategies. Make sure you keep your truck in the best shape possible, it is going to prevent you from being late due to breakdowns or bad weather most of the time. Do not think of a snowstorm or breakdown as a “free pass” when it comes to on-time delivery.

 

Pushing Appointment Times Forward

It takes an experience and some improvisation skills to get the feel for this, but you can often get loaded or unloaded ahead of schedule. Here are some tips:

 

  • You can call customers ahead to see if they will take you early. Most of the time they will not guarantee anything but show up early anyways.
  • Be super friendly with the dock personnel. Have a couple of jokes in your back pocket, ask them about their day to show you care about them as people and that you’re not just all about you.

If you wait for the appointment times you are going to lose out on a lot of opportunities to get more miles. Stay ahead of schedule and push those appointment times forward. You will get a lot more miles that way.

 

You Should Follow All the Regulations

No doubt, the hardest working drivers get the most miles. This is not an industry that treats everyone equally. Some drivers get a ton of miles all the time, most are somewhere in the middle, and a few just get the less.

To be at the top of the earnings list you need to gain every advantage you can in the eyes of dispatch. You need to:

 

  • Be safe
  • Be on time for every appointment
  • Lobby for more miles all the time
  • Communicate your situation well
  • Be friendly and professional always
  • Do the dirty work without complaining

 

Trucking is a competitive field. You are not going to be handed top miles, you are going to be competing for them with your fellow drivers. Make sure you are one of the top performers consistently and work on yourself to be sure you earned your spot at the top.

 

Schools Without Air Conditioning will be Canceled?

Schools Without Air Conditioning will be Canceled?

Cleveland SchoolsCLEVELAND, OHIO – Parma schools canceled classes today due to another forecast for 90 – degree heat, since the buildings do not have air conditioning.

 

“We want to be sure that our staff and students are safe in the buildings,” said Dan Rajkovich, supervisor of public relations for the school district.

 

Highs are expected to jump 15 to 20 degrees above normal. Humidity is high as well, which creates a heat index degree hotter in the mid – 90s.

 

Not only can the heat and humidity create dangerous conditions, but it can be extremely distracting for the students learning as well. What do you think? Should Northeast Ohio schools cancel on near – record hot days like today?

 

For comparison, today’s historic high-temperature record for Cleveland Hopkins International Airport is 88 degrees set in 2007. Today, the forecast high is 91 degrees.

 

When does it really start to cool down? The latest date Cleveland has ever exceeded 90 degrees was on October 6 back in 1946.

 

Later this week, a big change in the weather is predicted to dive temperatures significantly starting Thursday, so it looks like this week will be the last of the hot weather.

 

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