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Restaurant owner killed in robbery
Cleveland Heights — Authorities say the owner of a popular Northeast Ohio restaurant has been shot and killed during an attempted robbery.
Cleveland Heights Police Chief Jeffrey Robertson says officers were called to Brennan’s Colony restaurant and tavern at about 1 p.m. June 30 after reports of gunfire in the area.
He says officers found business owner Jim Brennan inside with gunshot wounds. Brennan was taken to an area hospital where he later died.
No arrests have been made in the shooting. Investigators say two suspects entered the restaurant in an attempt to rob it when Brennan confronted them.
Robertson said he knew Brennan personally and called him “a friend to generations.”
Cleveland Heights Mayor Dennis Wilcox says in a statement that Brennan was a community leader who hosted many charity and sports fundraisers.
— Associated Press

Four arrested in
attacks on Amish
Chardon — Three young men and a 17-year-old have been arrested in a string of attacks and burglaries against the Amish after bragging about what they did, authorities said June 30.
The four were involved in a string of break-ins targeting mostly Amish-owned businesses beginning in May, said Chief Deputy Scott Hildenbrand of the Geauga County sheriff’s office.
But they came away with just change in the break-ins because the cash registers were empty, so they decided to rob Amish residents, Hildenbrand said.
Just over a week ago, a group of masked men chased an Amish man and his girlfriend riding in a buggy before they were able to get away. That same night, two Amish men in a buggy said they were attacked by masked men swinging baseball bats.
The four suspects — ages 17 to 19 — were arrested at a park where they had been sleeping in a car, Hildenbrand said.
“We got a tip that they were bragging about the burglaries and bragging about beating up on the Amish,” he said.
Authorities also suspect they were involved in a robbery attempt in neighboring Trumbull County, Hildenbrand said.
— Associated Press

Air show attendance more than doubles
Dayton — Attendance at Dayton’s air show has more than doubled last year’s, when a fiery crash claimed the lives of two performers in an Ohio show that also was missing military participation.
Air show spokesman Tim Gaffney estimates that attendance at the Vectren Air Show this past weekend was about 65,000.
That’s on par with the air show’s average attendance and comes after last year’s unusually low turnout of 25,000.
Gaffney attributes last year’s low turnout to a plane crash on the first day of the show that killed a pilot and a wing-walker. Both died in front of thousands of stunned spectators.
Additionally, he says federal budget cutbacks forced popular military acts to cancel last year.
Gaffney says the air show’s all-time high attendance was 250,000 in 2003.
— Associated Press

Coma survivor meets Bruno Mars
Cleveland — An 11-year-old Cleveland-area girl who came out of a coma after listening to Bruno Mars songs throughout her recovery got to meet the singer that doctors say helped save her life.
Zumyah Thorpe had a private meeting with Mars before his concert in Cleveland this weekend.
Doctors didn’t expect her to survive a brain injury from a car crash that killed her pregnant mother and two younger sisters last year.
Nurses at a Cleveland hospital played Mars’ music every night during her recovery.
Zumyah’s grandmother tells WKYC-TV 3 in Cleveland that not long after coming out of the coma she started singing Mars’ hit song “Just The Way You Are.”
On June 28, she joined Mars at the edge of the stage when he sang her special song.
— Associated Press

Coroner: Student OD’d on caffeine
LaGrange — A northern Ohio coroner says a high school senior found dead a week before graduation died from a caffeine overdose.
An autopsy found that Logan Stiner had a lethal amount of caffeine in his system when he died at home on May 27.
The 18-year-old was a senior at Keystone High School in LaGrange, southwest of Cleveland.
The Lorain County Coroner tells The Chronicle-Telegram in Elyria ) that Stiner had more than 70 micrograms of caffeine per milliliter of blood in his system.
The coroner says most energy drinks have three to 15 micrograms of caffeine.
Stiner’s mother tells the newspaper that she found bags of caffeine powder in their house on the day he died. The coroner says powder caused Stiner to have a cardiac arrhythmia and a seizure.
— Associated Press

 

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