Dangers of Celebratory Gunfire: What Goes Up Must Come Down…yes, we really have to tell people this:

As New Year’s Eve approaches, the City of Cleveland wants to actively remind the public that not only is celebratory gunfire illegal, it is dangerous. The consequences and risks of celebratory gunfire can be significant and serious.

In any area, but especially in a densely populated urban area like Cleveland, the consequences of celebrating New Year’s Eve or any other occasion with a gun can be devastating. The intention may be a celebratory shot toward the sky, but the consequences of that moment can be disastrous for a neighbor or someone blocks away, causing injury or death.

The City of Cleveland would also like to warn the public on the dangers of celebratory fireworks. Fireworks are not only illegal to possess and discharge without a permit, but they can also be hazardous and ignite a fire that could quickly get out of control.

Safety forces will be on duty throughout the neighborhoods of the City of Cleveland on New Year’s Eve. Police, fire and emergency medical service personnel will be alert, patrolling and ready, but safety starts at home in your neighborhood.​

OVI Checkpoint

The Cleveland Division of Police will be conducting an OVI checkpoint at the location of Broadway and Baxter ave today, December 28, 2017 from 7 pm to 11 pm. 

Power to Cleveland’s Westside Restored

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:December 26, 2017

 

Power to Cleveland’s Westside Restored
 

CLEVELAND – Earlier today a transformer at Cleveland Public Power’s W. 41st Street substation failed causing a brief fire and a major power outage on the Westside of Cleveland. Approximately 40,000 customers were without power. Crews have completed an interim repair and power has been restored. In addition, a feeder tripped after the restoration leaving a small section of the Westside without power and crews are currently working to restore power to this area. CPP is developing a permanent solution.
“We know that power outages are always inconvenient, but with the extreme cold temperatures they are also dangerous,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson. “Even though power has been restored, we are keeping all of our resources involved as we monitor the situation, and we are still encouraging people to check on their neighbors and relatives to make sure they are safe.”
The City of Cleveland has relocated the warming center previously located at the Michael J. Zone Recreation Center to the Gunning Recreation Center. An additional warming center will be set up at Public Auditorium. Additionally, people should check on any relatives in the area to make sure they are safe. Please keep in mind that, if the power goes out again, landlines may not be the most effective means to contact relatives in the impacted area and you may need to check on relatives in-person. If you are traveling, remember to treat all non-functioning or malfunctioning traffic signals as stop signs. All intersections should be treated as a four-way stop.
With the extreme cold temperatures, anyone without power should also leave a small, pencil-lead thin stream of water running through their faucets in order to prevent water pipes from freezing.”
About the City of Cleveland
The City of Cleveland is committed to improving the quality of life of its residents by strengthening neighborhoods, delivering superior services, embracing diversity and making Cleveland a desirable, safe city in which to live, work, play and do business. For more information on the City of Cleveland, visit online at http://www.city.cleveland.oh.us, Twitter at @cityofcleveland or Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/cityofcleveland.   
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Warming Center Location UPDATE – No power? Stop into one of these rec centers:

 UPDATE

City of Cleveland Westside Warming Center Location Change Due to Power Outage

 

CLEVELAND – Due to a power outage on the City’s Westside, Michael Zone Recreation Center is closed. In order to have a warming center available on the Westside the City will keep Gunning Park Recreation Center open.
The locations are: 
Zelma Watson George Recreation Center: 3155 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, Cleveland, Ohio 44104

Collinwood Recreation Center: 16300 Lakeshore Blvd., Cleveland, Ohio 44110

Gunning Park Recreation Center: 16700 Puritas Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44135

Lonnie Burton Recreation Center: 2511 East 46th Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44104

The City also is providing residents with the following cold weather safety tips:
1. Check emergency supply kits

Do you have extra winter clothes, sufficient food and water, extra batteries, flashlights, and a battery or hand-crank radio? What about medications, toys for the kids, pet food, and copies of important information such as numbers for your local utilities? While checking on your own supplies, take some time to check on your neighbors and the elderly. Ensure that all smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in your home are working properly. Also, remember to keep your cell phones charged in case of a power outage.
2. Take personal precautions and check on the vulnerable

The cold weather may put a strain on your heart; follow your doctor’s advice about shoveling snow or other strenuous work. Many injuries result from falls on ice-covered surfaces; make sure to keep steps and walkways clean and free of ice. Infants and the elderly are most at risk for cold-related illness; keep in touch with elderly or at-risk neighbors or relatives, making sure they are safe and that their homes are adequately heated.
3. Dress appropriately in the cold

Almost all cases of hypothermia and frostbite are preventable. If you must be outside, dress appropriately: wear loose fitting layers to provide overall body warmth, a hat, scarf, mittens and boots will provide additional protection from the elements. Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs. Keep dry, change wet clothing frequently to prevent a loss of body heat. If you suspect hypothermia or frostbite, call 911 immediately; if possible, protect the person from further exposure to the cold, remove any wet clothing and warm without rubbing the affected areas.
4. Pay attention to snow parking bans

If snow accumulation exceeds 2 inches or more, a Snow Emergency Parking Ban may be enacted. The ban allows plows sufficient time to remove snow and ice and move through city streets at a good pace. When a snow ban goes into effect, stopping, standing, and parking of vehicles will be restricted and prohibited on City streets with posted red and white signs. Anyone who fails to comply will be ticketed and towed.
5. Don’t Block the Box

Ensure you can move all the way through an intersection before the traffic signal changes. Stopping in the middle of an intersection prohibits oncoming vehicles from passing through that intersection and can result in grid lock. In addition, be aware of traffic control officers who may be outside on the street directing traffic.
6. Keep Vehicles Clear of Snow
Before driving, remove snow from hoods and roofs of cars, as well as windshields, windows and mirrors, to maintain visibility when driving in winter.
7. Bring pets/companion animals inside during winter weather

Move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas with non-frozen drinking water. Don’t forget or skip planning and preparing for your animals!
8. CodeRED
Winter weather brings many challenges for our citizens and in order to stay abreast of emergencies during this winter season the City encourages everyone to sign up for CodeRED. It is simple and easy to access. Click on this link and follow the online instructions.
About the City of Cleveland

The City of Cleveland is committed to improving the quality of life of its residents by strengthening neighborhoods, delivering superior services, embracing diversity and making Cleveland a desirable, safe city in which to live, work, play and do business. For more information on the City of Cleveland, visit online at http://www.city.cleveland.oh.us, Twitter at @cityofcleveland or Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/cityofcleveland.

   

FUGITIVE: KEVIN SACEWELL Wanted for Felonious Assault Shooting 1-866-4WANTED

FUGITIVE: KEVIN SACEWELL

The Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force is offering a reward for information which would lead to the capture of fugitive Kevin Sacewell. Sacewell is wanted by the United States Marshals Service and the South Euclid Police Department for his involvement in a felonious assault that occurred on Sept., 23 2017.  Sacewell is alleged to have fired multiple rounds at an occupied establishment near the 4000 Block of Mayfield Rd., South Euclid, Ohio.

Sacewell, 30, is a black male, standing approximately 5 feet 4 inches and weighing 170 pounds. Sacewell is known to frequent the east side of Cleveland and South Euclid. Sacewell is to be considered armed and dangerous.

If you have any information in reference to Kevin Sacewell, please contact the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force at 1-866-4WANTED or Text keyword WANTED and tip to 847411 (tip411). Tipsters can remain anonymous and reward money is available.

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