The U.S. Department of Justice cited the investigation Cleveland police’s use of force, which I started alone in 2007 and concluded in 2011 with fellow Plain Dealer reporter Henry J. Gomez, in the federal government’s rationale for imposing a consent decree on the city. To uncover the insights contained in the investigation, Henry and I mined the knowledge of subject …
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Gabriel Baird and Henry Gomez receive first place honors for investigative stories on use of force by Cleveland police in the 2012 Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards.
In August 2010, Mark Puente and I found that a public official being paid $64,000 a year averaged about three hours a day at the County Administration Building. When questioned by the newspaper in 2010, Bush said that during some of the hours he was not at the building, he was working in sales for news-talk radio station WERE AM/1490. Our Plain Dealer story prompted a criminal investigation that culminated with Tom Bush repaying $35,000 he had not earned and pleading guilty to tampering with public records.
CLEVELAND, Ohio — The recent revelation that a full-time Cleveland firefighter has been living in California should come as no surprise to Mayor Frank Jackson’s administration. Joseph Coneglio gave his superiors a form on Sept. 26, 2010, changing his address to San Diego, The Plain Dealer has discovered. And Coneglio’s lieutenant and battalion chief signed off on the form, which should have been forwarded to the office of Safety Director Martin Flask.
Blaine Murphy bought more than 200 homes in Cuyahoga County over the last six years, but as far as investigators call tell, he never visited a single one. Now the wholesale buyer and seller of blighted houses may soon pay Cleveland a visit. Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason announced Wednesday that the 43-year-old Florida man …
CLEVELAND, Ohio — Police are searching for a 33-year-old Cleveland man in connection with an East Side dog fighting operation.
Police obtained a warrant for the arrest of Collin Rand Jr. after searching his home in the 700 block of East 91st Street on Thursday afternoon. The warrant accuses Rand of felony dog fighting.
While at the house, the authorities rescued more than 20 dogs.