Ohio offers identity theft protection to victims of unemployment fraud: The Wake Up for Friday, June 10, 2022

Betty Q. Hixson

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There will be chances of showers and thunderstorms throughout the weekend in Northeast Ohio. The shower chances won’t arrive until after 8 p.m. today, with some sunshine during the day and highs in the mid-70s. Saturday will be partly sunny with highs in the mid-70s and chances of showers and thunderstorms during the afternoon. Temps will reach the upper 70s Sunday, with solid chances of showers and storms throughout the day. Reach more.

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Identity theft: An Ohio contractor is sending out letters to Ohioans who were victims of unemployment identity theft, offering a year of free identity theft protection services paid for by the state. Laura Hancock reports the department sent the email to more than 565,000 individuals.

FirstEnergy Stadium: Cleveland City Council this week approved roughly $10 million in taxpayer-funded repairs to FirstEnergy Stadium, which includes a replacement of the pedestrian ramps that carry fans to and from the stadium’s upper levels. Courtney Astolfi reports the $3 million replacements are necessary because the decks on the current ones have rusted out and concrete has deteriorated.

A federal judge on Wednesday shaved five years off former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora’s sentence for engineering a pay-to-play style of government. We’re asking why Dimora didn’t just apologize — and maybe get out sooner — on Today in Ohio, cleveland.com’s daily half-hour news podcast.

Resignation: State Rep. Laura Lanese, a former member of Ohio House Republican leadership, has unexpectedly decided to not run for re-election in the Aug. 2 state legislative primary. Andrew Tobias reports that Lanese, of Grove City, is among a shrinking number of moderate Ohio House Republicans, and held the fifth-ranking House GOP leadership position during the previous two-year General Assembly.

Jordan defiance: U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan on Thursday defied a demand that he comply by June 11 with a subpoena from the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the U.S. Capitol, questioning the subpoena’s legitimacy and saying the committee wants to improperly grill him about performance of his official duties. Sabrina Eaton reports Jordan’s letter says the subpoena the committee issued to Jordan last month lacks a “legitimate legislative purpose.”

Unemployment recovery: The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services announced Thursday it has recovered nearly $398 million in stolen unemployment benefits. By March 31, fraudsters stole $527 million from the traditional and pandemic unemployment systems, reports Laura Hancock.

The county is considering a $950,000 loan to help renovate the old Mickey’s building at 122550 Euclid Avenue in East Cleveland. (Google Maps)

Economic development: The Cuyahoga County Community Improvement Corporation recommended two economic development loans Thursday to support new businesses in Ohio City and East Cleveland. Kaitlin Durbin reports the first $485,000 loan would create six new leasable spaces for health-and-wellness-focused businesses in the historic Vitrolite Building, while the other $950,000 loan would convert the former car dealership in the Mickey’s Building near University Circle into leasable space for biotech, life sciences or health-related firms.

Doctor dream: A Silver Lake resident and mother of four is weeks away from finishing her medical residency at Cleveland Clinic Akron General, the culmination of a lifelong dream. Katie Clark’s aspiration was put on hold when she discovered she was pregnant at age 14.

Weekly cases: The state of Ohio on Thursday reported 18,247 new cases of COVID-19 in its weekly dashboard update, up from 17,530 a week ago but still below the spring peak levels of mid- and late-May of nearly 20,000 a week. This week’s case total averages to about 2,606 new cases per day over seven days, Julie Washington reports.

Home sales: Available home listings have decreased by an average 6.4% in the seven counties that make up Greater Cleveland since April 2020, Zachary Smith reports. The ZIP codes with the sharpest decline in active home listings included Cleveland, Munroe Falls, Rootstown and Sharon Center.

Signet settles: Signet Jewelers has agreed to pay $175 million to settle a class-action lawsuit tied to allegations of gender discrimination, according to an announcement by the company. Sean McDonnell reports Sterling Jewelers, one of Signet’s brands, will pay $125 million to 68,000 members of the class action lawsuit. The remainder will go to other costs, including estimated payroll taxes, fees and the plaintiff’s attorney fees.

shooting at Union Square High Rise

Demond Eskridge was fatally shot by a Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority police officer on Thursday, June 2, 2022, in the Union Square High Rise.Olivia Mitchell

Police shootings: State attorneys will investigate two officer-involved shootings in Cleveland that occurred days apart, Olivia Mitchell reports. Datwaun Catchings died following a chase by Maple Heights police on May 30. Demond Eskridge died June 2 during a struggle with Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority officers.

East Cleveland: A lawsuit argues East Cleveland police officers harassed a 74-year-old man working for a mayoral challenger and ultimately impounded a van he used to help campaign against Mayor Brandon King, reports Adam Ferrise. East Cleveland resident William Fambrough accused King of retaliating against him because he stumped for City Councilwoman Juanita Gowdy by using his vehicle outfitted with speakers.

Security guard: Two former East Tech High School students said in lawsuits filed Thursday that school officials knew about complaints against a security guard who later sexually abused the two teens. Lawsuits say the parent of a different student warned East Tech officials about inappropriate comments and grooming by former security guard Derrick Dugger before he abused the students in 2018, Adam Ferrise reports.

Deshaun Watson: The story of Deshaun Watson has divided Cleveland Browns fans over the team’s trade for a quarterback who faces 24 lawsuits from women involving sexual misconduct allegations. Cleveland.com has not detailed the graphic specifics of the suits because our platforms reach a wide audience of readers, including many younger fans. But here’s how you can find the suits.

Couple in an RV

“Rocking the RV Life” podcast hosts Jeff and Patti Kinzbach will chat with host cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer travel editor Susan Glaser at a July 13 event. (Photo courtesy of Jeff and Patti Kinzbach)

RV Life: The hosts of “Rocking the RV Life” podcast will roll into Cleveland to discuss their on-the-road lifestyle, along with Cleveland’s rock history, on Wednesday, July 13, at the Music Box in The Flats. Annie Nickoloff reports Jeff and Patti Kinzbach will chat with cleveland.com/Plain Dealer travel editor Susan Glaser.

Breeze: Fast-growing Breeze Airways is adding a seventh destination from the Akron-Canton Airport, with nonstop service to Las Vegas starting in October. Susan Glaser reports the route will run twice a week, on Thursdays and Sundays, starting Oct. 6.

Ridges: Atop a hill south of Athens, a sprawling former complex that once housed the Athens Lunatic Asylum is now an art museum, observatory, hiking destination and more. Susan Glaser writes about the architectural marvel, a massive, ornate cluster of late Victorian-era buildings designed in the 1860s by Cleveland architect Levi Scofield.

Things to do: The weekend calendar is full of outdoor festivals, concerts, sporting events and more. Joey Morona has 22 things to do, so get out the shorts and flip-flops and find some fun.

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