Three-quarters of Cleveland income tax refund requests still awaiting money: The Wake Up for Thursday, June 30, 2022
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City income tax: More than 5,000 people are likely still waiting on income tax refund checks from the city of Cleveland, two-and-a-half months after Tax Day. Cleveland’s Central Collection Agency, as of last week, had processed 1,800 refunds from individuals, including 370 (or about $734,000 worth) related to remote work. Courtney Astolfi reports that leaves unresolved about three-quarters of the roughly 7,150 refund requests received by the city in 2022.
Republican Congressional hopeful Max Miller testified to the Jan. 6 committee that former President Donald Trump said he wanted to go to the U.S. Capitol with rioters. And Cassidy Hutchinson said Rep. Jim Jordan called Trump Chief of Staff Mark Meadows while officials discussed rioters chanting “Hang Mike Pence!” We’re talking about the jaw-dropping testimony on Today in Ohio, cleveland.com’s daily half-hour news podcast.
Heartbeat bill: Preterm-Cleveland, Planned Parenthood Greater Ohio and other abortion providers asked the Ohio Supreme Court on Wednesday to order the state to not enforce the six-week “heartbeat” ban. Laura Hancock reports that the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Ohio, Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the law firm WilmerHale are asking the court to call the 2019 law unconstitutional.
Abortion amendment: Former Dayton mayor and current Democratic gubernatorial candidate Nan Whaley said her first focus if elected would be to lead an effort to enshrine abortion rights in the Ohio Constitution. Laura Hancock reports Whaley said she can’t start a campaign now because she’s focused on winning the governor’s race.
Contempt: The Ohio Supreme Court announced Wednesday it would not hold members of the Ohio Redistricting Commission in contempt after Republicans on the commission blew a May deadline to produce new state legislative maps. Seth Richardson reports that when lawmakers refused to do so, plaintiffs asked that members of the redistricting commission be held in contempt. On Wednesday, the court denied plaintiffs’ motion, determining the request was moot.
Food costs: A higher percentage of Ohio adults report struggling to have enough food to eat than the state has seen for more than a year, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau Household Pulse Survey. Zachary Smith reports that from June 1 to June 13, 11.9% of Ohioans reported that they didn’t have enough food in their household at least once over the course of a seven-day period, amounting to 937,413 households, nearly a percentage point above the national average of 11.1%.
Fireworks: Shooting off consumer-grade fireworks in Cleveland and nearly all of its suburbs will remain illegal this weekend, despite a new state law. Kaylee Remington reports that fireworks laws are tough to enforce anyway and the new state law makes it more confusing.
Abortion clinics: For those who had been fighting to keep abortion legal, the swiftness of the court decision to allow Ohio’s heartbeat bill to take effect was a major blow. Gretchen Cuda Kroen and Julie Washington report that Friday night, clinics began calling patients to notify them they had to cancel their appointments.
CSU: Cleveland State University in July expects to close on the purchase of two large apartment complexes next to the university – the Langston and the Edge on Euclid – another step on its path to offer more housing options for students by the 2023-2024 school year. The Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority board agreed to issue $155 million in bonds toward the acquisition, reports Megan Sims.
Rooftop pool: One of downtown Cleveland’s luxury apartment high-rises is set to open its new “Beacon Backyard” on its eighth-floor terrace. The hangout spot includes a luxury pool with stainless steel fountain fixtures, lounge deck, cabanas, fire pits and more, reports Megan Sims.
Police charges: A judge on Wednesday dismissed criminal charges against two Cleveland police officers accused of ignoring a woman’s plea for help after a fight. The woman, according to prosecutors, later sought retribution with a group that fatally shot a man in the same area. Cleveland Municipal Judge Lauren Moore on Wednesday granted defense attorneys’ motion to dismiss the charges against officers Harvey Andrekovic and Jason Rees, reports Adam Ferrise.
Bomb threat: A Columbus man who made a bomb threat to a reproductive healthcare clinic was sentenced in federal court on Wednesday to serve a year and a day in prison. Sabrina Eaton reports Carlos Manuel Rodriguez Brime, 26, also threatened to kill a patient whom he believed was seeking an abortion at the facility.
New York invasion: Three Cleveland men are accused of tying up a woman during a home invasion in Clay, New York, reports Kaylee Remington. Malik Shabazz, 18, Andres Arzola-Torres, 31, and Anthony Santiago, 33, are charged with robbery, burglary, assault, criminal possession of a firearm, criminal use of a firearm, menacing, unlawful imprisonment, criminal mischief, conspiracy and endangering the welfare of others. Investigators believe the victims were targeted.
Boom’s Pizza: Ben Bebenroth’s Spice Hospitality Group is scheduled to open Boom’s Pizza in Lakewood in the former Campbell’s Popcorn location. Marc Bona reports the company bills its 14-inch pizzas as between New York and Neapolitan style.
Tall Ships: The Cleveland Tall Ships Festival on the Lake Erie waterfront is scheduled for July 7-10. Marc Bona reports the grand fleet – seven replica and restored ships from three countries – will be docked at North Coast Harbor near FirstEnergy Stadium.
Cheer: The high-flying athletes of the Netflix docuseries “Cheer” somersault into Cleveland this weekend as the “Cheer Live” tour lands at the Wolstein Center on Saturday. Joey Morona reports the show features stars from 15-time national champion Navarro College, led by its legendary coach Monica Aldama, and Trinity Valley Community College, the rival cheerleading squad introduced in season two.
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