Police investigating shooting

Police are investigating a person of interest after a shooting at Landerwood Plaza in the early morning hours of June 2 that left four teens injured, according to reports. At least 21 rounds were fired with most aimed at a Volkswagen Jetta as it left the parking lot of the north plaza, officials said on Thursday.

An 18-year-old man from Garfield Heights in the Jetta suffered a gunshot wound in each leg, according to Orange and Pepper Pike police. He was located at the Shell gas station on Chagrin Boulevard in Orange and transported to Cleveland Clinic Hillcrest Hospital.

Two more victims were in another car, a Ford Fusion, which was struck by a single gunshot, police said. One round caused gunshot injuries to two men in the back seat of the car, a 16-year-old from Cleveland and a 17-year-old from Beachwood, the report states. Police said that the fourth victim, an 18-year-old man from Beachwood who was not in either car, had cuts in his hand from broken glass.

Pepper Pike police are asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 216-252-7463.

Mayor says events successful

Chagrin Falls Mayor William Tomko told Village Council Monday that he is receiving calls from residents with positive comments on the quality of the annual Blossom Time celebration this year. Callers mentioned in particular the new amusement ride operators and personnel at the concessions, he said.

Mayor Tomko added his compliments for a well-run Blossom Time to the Chagrin Valley Jaycees sponsoring organization.

His thanks extended to the Valley Art Center for its Art by the Falls outdoor fine art and craft festival last weekend and what he deemed a record crowd which was good for the village and hopefully a success for the festival. An estimated 10,000 attended this year’s event, according to a VAC spokeswoman.

Last but not least, Mayor Tomko complimented the village Beautification Committee for its efforts in planting the village flower gardens and storefront urns and the Cemetery Commission for it efforts to get Evergreen Hill ready for the Memorial Day holiday.

“The village never looked better,” he noted.

Falls council gets energy grant

Chagrin Falls Council on Monday unanimously accepted a Northeast Ohio Public Energy Energized Community grant for $19,972 as result of the village’s application citing its switch to an energy efficient booster pump which will save the village between $4,000 and $6,000 a year.

Mayor William Tomko said the village has applied for and is waiting to hear if it was successful in obtaining another $4,000 energy grant which would bring the total savings to about $90,000 toward the cost of the new pump.

Other reimbursements came from a $46,000 insurance claim and $20,000 from First Energy.

The mayor said the original unit was nearing the end of its life following damage done to it after a 2017 power surge.

Dawson appointed interim treasurer

After 22-year Treasurer Tom Cornhoff retired from Woodmere Village at the end of May, council appointed Assistant Treasurer Pat Dawson as the interim treasurer. Ms. Dawson will serve in that role until June 30, when a permanent treasurer will take over. Council interviewed four candidates during a special meeting on May 31, and eliminated one candidate. Council will consider the remaining three, Vernon Blaze, Rhonda Hall and Rubin Moultrie, for the next couple weeks before making a final decision.

Claypool candidate

Former Geauga County Commissioner Walter “Skip” Claypool has announced his run for Ohio State Senate District 18 seat in 2020, which encompasses the southern and eastern portions of Lake County, the western and southern portions of Geauga County and Portage County. The seat is currently held by State Senator John Eklund, R-Munson, who is term limited. Mr. Claypool is a Geauga County resident, Air Force veteran and a former air traffic controller and technology executive.

Sculpture donated

Dealer Tire CEO and philanthropist Scott Mueller of Chagrin Falls has purchased and donated the outdoor sculpture “Untitled (Black Diamond)” by Virginia Overton to University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center.

The sculpture has been at UH Cleveland Medical Center’s front lawn entrance since 2018, when the art work was commissioned as part of the 2018 edition of FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art. The sculpture is gifted in honor of the nurses at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s and MacDonald Women’s hospitals.

Napoli to head United Way Geauga

United Way of Greater Cleveland last week announced Augie Napoli will lead United Way Services of Geauga County, a position previously held by Kimm Leininger who served as executive director for the organization.

“Geauga County has been a vital part of United Way of Greater Cleveland’s regional footprint since 1963,” Mr. Napoli said in a press release. “The leadership team at United Way of Greater Cleveland is fully committed to helping advance the work of the team at United Way Services of Geauga County and the United Way Advisory Board of Geauga County to address the significant needs facing our Geauga County neighbors in the most meaningful and impactful ways possible.”

 Mr. Napoli, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Cleveland, and his executive team will work closely with United Way Services of Geauga County to provide comprehensive support and solutions for the organization’s Geauga County neighbors in need, the release states.

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