Wednesday, March 25, 2015

March Madness to bring thousands of fans to Cleveland businesses

CLEVELAND – The countdown is on until March Madness takes over downtown Cleveland.
The NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Sweet 16 gets underway Thursday night.
Fans will pour into area bars and restaurants.

(Photo: Melissa Reid/Fox 8 News)

“We’re expecting Kentucky fans all day.  We’ll be open until 2 a.m. in the morning so that everyone can come in and celebrate the win,” said Michael Grasso, general manager of Corner Alley.
“UK will be here in full force.  Around 5:30, we will have the entire marching band.  UK cheerleaders will be doing a pep rally here, as well,” added Grasso.
And down the street, Notre Dame fans will head to Flannery’s Pub.
“Notre Dame and Flannery’s Pub.  It’s kind of a perfect marriage.  Should be fun!” said Sean O’Donnell, general manager of Flannery’s.
The official West Virgina University party is at Zocalo on East Fourth.
No official plans yet from Wichita State.
“It’s kind of like Cavs opening day or when they went to the playoffs.  Everybody just kind of goes downtown to join the party or opening day for the Tribe.  It’s the same kind of feel,” said O’Donnell.
According to the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, the city stands to make $8 to $10 million dollars due to the Sweet 16.
“It’s the biggest we can go on the NCAA men’s side because the men’s Final Four would require a dome.  So, until they cover over Brown’s stadium, we won’t be doing that anytime soon.  But this is a great opportunity for us to shine on such a large scale,” said Meredith Scerba with the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

No arrests after 3 die in Warrensville Heights barber shop shooting

City officials in Warrensville Heights held a news conference Friday afternoon to discuss the city's latest rash of violence. 
In fact, the past few days in both Warrensville Heights and Maple Heights have been deadly. First, a murder in Maple Heights about 10 days ago, then a triple murder at the Chalk Linez barber shop on Harvard, Thursday night. That shooting could be related to the one in Maple Heights.

Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner identified the victims as Walter Lee Barfield, 23, William Gonzalez, 32, and Brandon White, 31. The men are described as friends, and may have known the shooter. Gonzalez was the owner.
During Friday's press conference, Police Chief Wesley Haynes said the department believes the shooting stemmed from a prior incident.

An intriguing part of the story is that Gonzalez may have known the victim from the bar shooting in Maple Heights last weekend. He is Orlando Stevens, and had a barber connection in that he was a student at
Flawless Barber Academy near Shaker Heights.

Instagram shows several connections, as well as a strong connection to high profile athletes. Several Cleveland Cavaliers are pictured getting haircuts, and some of the pictures appear to have been taken at the Cavs practice facility.

The shooting happened around 7:45 p.m. Thursday and came to police in a 911 call.

DISPATCHER: This is 911. What's your emergency. What's going on?

CALLER: (screams) My husband just got shot. Someone just opened fire.

CALLER: Can y'all please hurry up?
Others were injured during the incident, but officials report are recovering in stable condition. Barfield was pronounced dead at the scene. Gonzalez and White died at South Pointe Hospital.

On Friday, Darlece Gonzalez returned to the place where she had witnessed the murder, still covered in her husband's blood.

"I can still see the blood. I can still feel, see how the smoke coming out of his chest. He didn't deserve it. He didn't deserve it at all," she said.

Her message to the public is help the police.

"I just want somebody to speak up, please. It's not right," said Gonzalez.

R.I.P "OJ"

Instagram photo by iam_holyhands - Tbt
The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office confirms that 27-year-old Orlando "OJ" Stevens died after being transported from the R Bar & Lounge in Maple Heights early Saturday morning around 1 a.m.

Stevens was later pronounced dead at South Pointe Hospital.
Maple Heights Police and Special Agents from the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) have been on scene at the bar, which is located at 5120 Warrensville Center Road all morning.  The parking lot and the building have both been roped off as detectives search for answers.

Witnesses say that prior to the shooting an argument took place inside the bar between Stevens and another man.  They add that that unidentified man left after the verbal altercation.  A short time later Stevens was apparently shot outside the bar near a red vehicle believed to have belonged to him.

Stevens attended the Flawless Barber Academy where he had been a student since February 2014.  He was already starting to make a name for himself as a talented up and coming barber.  His clients and friends have taken to social media to express their disbelief and condolences.

Maple Heights Police have issued a picture of a person of interest. He is not listed as a suspect at this time.

If you have any information about the deadly shooting please contact Police at 216-664-1234, or call Crime Stoppers at 216-252-7463.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

The Jacka killed in Oakland shooting

The Jacka
Rapper The Jacka has died after he was gunned down in Oakland, California on Monday night (02Feb15).The 37-year-old musician, real name Dominic Newton, was shot by an unidentified gunman and transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

No suspects had been identified as WENN went to press and a $20,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest of the killer.

Tributes have flooded in from members of the hip-hop community including Nipsey Hussle and The Game, who wrote in a post on, "R.I.P. to my nigga The Jacka."

The Jacka started his music career in the late 1990s as a member of rap group Mob Figaz before launching a solo career in 2001. He later owned a label called The Artist Records.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Nike Air Foamposite One “Metallic Gold” – The Ultimate Luxury


Nike is clearly stepping up their game this year.  With a few Nike Air Foamposites already in the works, one particular rendition has grabbed the attention of many sneakerheads.  The Nike Air Foamposite One “Metallic Gold” is the newest addition to Nike, and we can’t wait to get our hands on a pair!  Its luxurious design is a great new colorway for the Nike Air Foamposite One family.

The Nike Air Foamposite One “Metallic Gold” is decked out in a luxurious Metallic Gold shell with matching accents throughout the design.  Black on the upper contrasts the sneaker’s look, but the great combination of Gold and Black create the perfect elegant facade.  Using an icy blue sole as a finishing touch, this rendition of the Nike Air Foamposite One is nothing but fresh.  Slated to release March 14th, you can grab a pair for $230.  Let us know what you think of the sneaker below, and stay tuned to KoF as more info unveils!

36-year-old man shot and killed on Harvard Ave.

The Cleveland Division of Police Homicide Unit is currently investigating the death of a 36-year-old man that occurred on Saturday, January, 17, 2015.

This incident occurred in a parking lot area in the 17400 block of  Harvard Ave. around 11 p.m.
According to detectives,  the victim was in the parking lot area with a group of men standing around a vehicle.

The suspect, who was in that group,  produced a handgun and fired multiple shots at the victim, striking him once in the upper body.

The suspect fled on foot southbound on E.175.

Police and EMS responded and found the victim dead at the scene.

Officers searched the area for the gunman but were unable to locate him.

The Homicide Unit and Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office also responded to the scene.

The Medical Examiner will determine final cause of death and identify the victim.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Bobby Shmurda's GS9 Crew Charged in 24 Shootings, 1 Murder: Investigators

 Bobby Shmurda and 14 Members of the GS9 Crew were arraigned on gun, drug and murder charges in Manhattan Suprme Court Thursday afternoon, Dec. 18, 2014. 

CIVIC CENTER — Rappers Bobby Shmurda and Rowdy Rebel and 13 other members an East Flatbush street gang were indicted Thursday in connection to dozens of shootings, including the 2013 murder of a rival gang member, and operating a drug and gun ring, prosecutors said.

Shmurda, a rising star in hip-hop after his “Shmoney Dance” YouTube video went viral, and his crew were charged with selling crack cocaine to finance the purchase of a cache of weapons. They were involved in 24 shootings since 2013, including the shooting death of a rival 19-year-old gang member in an East Flatbush bodega on Feb. 8, 2013, and a June shooting this year where Shmurda fired into a crowd outside a Clarkson Avenue barbershop, investigators said.

“These are bad people,” Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said during a press conference at police headquarters. “They shouldn’t be celebrated and the fact their music is celebrated, and the so-called dance that they created, I would hope that those that emulate it would effectively understand what the source of it is.”

Police seized 21 weapons, 10 of which they found after arresting Shmurda and seven other crew members at the Quad Recording Studios near Rockefeller Center early Wednesday morning.

Shmurda, whose real name is Ackquille Pollard, was stopped in a vehicle after leaving the studio, where police found two weapons and a small quantity of crack in the car, according to investigators.

In one bizarre incident this past July, Rowdy Rebel, whose real name is Chad Marshall, was driving with crew member Santino Boderick in Boerum Hill when they spotted a rival gang member.

Boderick jumped out the car and fired shots into the rival gang member’s car, missing him, but shattering the window, narcotics prosecutor Bridget Brennan said during the press conference.

Rebel then performed at the Barclays center “hours after that shooting” at a celebrity basketball tournament wearing the same clothes from the shooting, Brennan added.

About a month later, a gun was found under a bed in a room registered to Rebel at the Millennium Hotel in Manhattan. Ballistic tests matched it to the July 27 shooting, Brennan said.

Shmurda’s lawyer said he was targeted because the “government hates rap and by extension hates rappers.”

“If his name was Joe Blow, they’d have given him a desk-appearance ticket or cut him loose from the precinct,” said lawyer Howard Greenberg before the arraignment.

Shmurda was charged with conspiracy, reckless endangerment, criminal possession of a weapon and criminally using drug paraphernalia.

He was held on $2 million bond, which Greenberg said his record label, Epic Records, will pay.

Shmurda’s mother, Leslie Pollard, said after the arraignment, “It’s in God’s hands now."

Rebel was charged with conspiracy, attempted murder, attempted assault, reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon.

Rashid "Rasha" Derissant, 22, was charged with murdering a member of the rival BMW crew in the 2013 shooting. Alex "A-Rod" Crandon, 22, who allegedly accompanied Derissant to the bodega at 803 Clarkson Avenue, was also charged with murder. 

The other men charged were Santino “Cueno” Boderick, 21, Brian “Meeshie” Harvey, 23, Nicolas “Montana Flea” McCoy, 20, Javase “Fame” Pollard 22, Deshain “D-Boy” Cockett, 23, Remy “Fetti” Marshall, 19, Devon “Slice” Rodney, 21, Delroy “D-Rose” Edwards and Clevon “Dread” Pearson, 23.

Shmurda is due back in court on Jan. 29.

Bratton also expressed frustration at record labels for looking to make money off music glorifying violence and more broadly at society for embracing it.

“We are celebrating this, we are paying for this, we are glamorizing it,” Bratton said. “Shame on [record labels], shame on us for allowing it to happen.”

A man who identified himself as a representative from Epic Records at court declined to comment.