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Ohio Cops Arrested After Allegedly Distributing Nearly 8 Kilograms Of Fentanyl

Two Columbus, Ohio, police officers were arrested and charged with distributing 7.5 kilograms of fentanyl, ABC 6 reports. Federal prosecutors allege officers Marco R. Merino and John J. Kotchkoski, who were part of the police department’s drug cartel unit, enlisted the help of a private informant to help move drugs with them. In return, the officers promised to provide them with protection from law enforcement.

The affidavit says Merino told the informant that he had the power to intervene should police decide to investigate him. According to court documents, Merino allegedly tried to obtain citizenship in Mexico in order to launder the money earned in their trafficking scheme. He’s said to have also been looking into property to open as Airbnb homes. His last visit to the country was in July. 

In addition to the other charges, Merino is also accused of taking in $44,000 overall in bribes as payment for protecting the transportation of cocaine on a number of occasions between March and September. U.S. News however, reports it was a front orchestrated by federal authorities — there was no cocaine on any of the shipments. The operation functioned with Kotchkoski, who kept himself on standby to make any important phone calls on behalf of his partner Merino while he protected the shipment.  

Kotchkoski made his first court appearance virtually on Wednesday afternoon and will remain in holding, pending his detention hearing on Friday. Merino will appear for his detention hearing on Thursday. His first court appearance took place on Tuesday. If convicted, the two officers face possible life sentences. 

“These allegations are beyond disturbing,” Columbus Police Chief Elaine Bryant said in a statement on Wednesday. “If proven, such actions would violate the oath our officers take, the standards we must hold ourselves to, and the trust of the public.”

Bryant continued, adding that both police officers have been suspended pending the outcome of their cases.

“I will say it again: when my officers do what’s right, I will always have their back,” Bryant said. “When they don’t, they will be held accountable.”

“I am flat out angry. The allegations are disturbing and represent a complete breach of trust,” said Mayor Andrew Ginther, per ABC 6. “It undermines our efforts to rebuild community-police relations at a time when we need to come together to make our neighborhoods safer. The selfish actions of these officers jeopardized the safety of their fellow officers and the community. We will hold these officers accountable, check the abuse of power and remain steadfast in our work to reform policing in Columbus.”

STORY REPOSTED FROM BLAVITY

Busta Rhymes in Cleveland, OH

An extinction level event happened at the @rockhall yesterday. The legendary @bustarhymes graced the City for the unveiling of his exhibit in the museum. The MC sat down for a 1on 1 interview with Nwaka Onwusa, Chief Curator and Rock Hall VP, on the outdoor PNC stage.

This BREAKING NEWS event was FREE to the public. You never know what might happen in CLE!

📸 Captured by @clevelandovereverything @dwntowncle & @gs3photographer
@rockhall & @bustarhymes Instagram

Ohio Rising Youth Showcase | Ohio Women’s Alliance

OHIO RISING YOUTH SHOWCASE

#WhenYouthRise is an Ohio Rising program to uplift and center the voices of Black students and students of color in the greater Columbus area. The When Youth Rise summer program, compromises in 2 parts, A youth showcase on June 29th, 2020, and a 2-day summer camp on July 31st-August 1st. The youth showcase will be created and performed by local youth. The summer camp will consist of power-building workshops that will transcend into tangible, sustainable change for the future generations of Ohio.

#OhioRisingYouthShowcase will help create education and outreach for the youth power building summer program. The Showcase will center the art expression of youth, their vision for a more inclusive community, and uplift their talents. Additionally, the Youth Showcase will consist of a fashion/talent show to empower youth. The more we support and create space and opportunity for youth to be their true authentic self, the more we don’t have to speak for our children and the more they can speak for themselves.

 

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. 

Programming starts at 6:00

 

Beyond the Brix, 970 Parsons Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43207 

Ohio Rising Camp

 

Day 1 Saturday June 31st 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Day 2 Sunday August 1st 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 

Location TBD

 

The Ohio Rising camp inspires young people’s leadership in civic engagement and social justice through a comprehensive foundational introduction of various social justice movements, concepts, and definitions such as critical race theory and intersectionality. Youth will not only learn the history and influential cultures of America, but the Ohio Rising program will teach and encourage students to dream and imagine new, innovative methodologies and structures for community & self-care. 

Do you know or have youth between the ages of 8 and 15 years in central Ohio? If so, Ohio Rising is a program designed to build relationships, health, and wellness and shift knowledge and agency to make healthy decisions.

 

Sign up and learn more on how to participate! 

CLICK THE LINK TO SIGN UP

DABABY ON NIPSEY HUSSLE, #1 ALBUM IN THE COUNTRY

DaBaby recently had an interview with 106.7 The Beat radio station in Columbus, OH while out on his “DaBaby Tour”.

While it’s a very brief interview, most likely due to time restrictions, he got to speak on how he is feeling having the #1 album in the country, him being such a marketing genius walking around wearing a big ass diaper at the South By Southwest festival a couple of years back that obviously got people to remember his name.

I laughed when Midwest Mally mentioned when DaBaby did his show in Cleveland on how the ladies was definitely turning up for him! I think the chic did some type of move on stage LOL Watch the rest of his interview below to see his thoughts on Nipsey Hussle passing & what DaBaby has coming up in the future.

MGK Responds Back to Eminem Diss!!

This past Friday, the internet was blazing off the unexpected release of Eminem’s album, Kamikaze, which had a lot of shade being thrown at certain entertainers, one being, Cleveland’s own Machine Gun Kelly!

Well….MGK did not disappoint! He made sure to respond back the next day with a track titled “Rap Devil”.

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In my opinion, MGK did what he was supposed to do and went IN on Eminem….I do not care if Em responds back or not! At least MGK came battle ready!!! I swear this rap beef has not only Detroit & Cleveland in the spotlight, but it seems to be a certain theme going here LOL

Make sure to comment your thoughts on the video below!

The Showcase!!!

So.. had the chance to bless my lovely appearance at a listening party for one of Cleveland’s hottest artists on the COME UP!!

The management group, Bandz Gang Management, threw a nice listening party for up n coming Cleveland artist, Artinka Teaira, appriopiately called “The Showcase”.

Once I got there I was instantly excited to see that the parking lot was filled with people who was there for the listening party too!

While waiting for the main event I was very entertained by all the artists who performed. My only disappointment was noticing how a couple of the performers did not remember the words to their own song…I am very particular about “presentation”… for your first impression will always be remembered & will determine if you gained a new fan, but with good practice & management I know they can do well for I did find myself vibing to their music.

Now….once Artinka Teaira finally graced the stage, she truly turned the place up! Artinka has a style that can offer variety for she can sing and rap AND have subject matter that me and my momma can relate to. I even noticed how majority of the females already knew the words to her songs and felt what she was saying. I even found myself bopping my head left and right to her music LOL

From when she first entered the stage, Artinka, gave me the feeling that she is a cool person, and she did prove to be as such when I introduced myself to her! When I say I had a great time??? I truly did! Any time I can enjoy some good music with people whose energy was so cool…I truly appreciate it!

Make sure to follow Artinka Teaira & the other performers:
@artinkateaira @shootahbaby @_spacejamete_ @littynittie @og_woewoe @danxepx2 @rtw_tayyy

Check out my videos from the Artinka Teaira showcase below!!








MegaDon Concert At The Grog Shop

MegaDon got blessed to open up for one of my favorite artists, Project Pat, at the Grog Shop in Cleveland Hts, OH!!

I wrote a review for Cleveland, Ohio artist MegaDon a while back for his Edgewater Ep, so when he told the station about an upcoming show for which he would be opening up for Project Pat, I totally could not pass up the oppertunity!

The concert was held at the legendary Grog Shop in the historic Coventry Village area located in the suburb of Cleveland Heights, Ohio. Since this was my very first time attending a show at the Grog Shop, I was very excited, and could not wait to turn up!

Prior to MegaDon coming to the stage, there was a group of young men who had “RIP XXX” on they shirts. A very cool dance group, they literally held the crowd’s attention…peep the video below!

After the artists with the “RIP XXX” left the stage, it was time for MegaDon to enter! I totally felt his energy mixed with a little bit of excitement and probably a little bit of nervousness, with an overall stage presence that demanded attention. Some of the songs MegaDon performed were from the Edgewater Ep. You could tell the crowd was feeling it by the wave of hands in the air vibing to the music.

Once his set was over, MegaDon shouted out his family who came to support, 216 The Beat radio station, Cream, the station owner and even me, Mz. Slim Goody! I admit it felt good to finally support one of the artists who supports the station & puts on for my City of Cleveland!!!

For more of MegaDon’s performance check out the video below!

FYI! Excuse my so called video editing LMAO

Who vandalized Prince tribute?

If you’re from Cleveland you’re aware of our ‘Supreme’ store better known as, ilthy.

Glen Infante has silently contributed to the Culture for the past 10 plus years. You’ve seen and admired his work and have no idea who he is.

The famous brightly colored paintings, T’s and murals of celebrities eating sprinkle covered donuts. Cavaliers T-Shirts with the team pictured as caricatures. The infamous easter egg colored depiction of Jesus. Countless in-store events and cool ass marketing photos and videos.

If you’ve attended a Cavaliers game, driven past the arena or driven around Cleveland…particularly the Westside, you’ve more than likely have seen his work. Glen has been procured several times to beauty the grey Cleveland landscape with his awesome murals.

One of those murals being a tribute to Prince. It was recently vandalized. Nonetheless, Glen’s loyalty to his city and dedication to his work had him repainting the defacement for hours.

Thanks Glen for your contributions to the Culture of our city!

The Buckeyes Have Arrived!

One of the best things about the arrival of Fall, besides PSL (Pumpkin Spice Lattes, for all you newbies), is Football, then Basketball!!

You guys know how much I love Sports and Football /Basketball are my faves!

Check out this vid from @clevelanddotcom’s Twitter page: