Solon Police Department Participates In Helmet Smart Campaign

Correct Way To Wear A Helmet

Correct Way To Wear A Helmet

According to Insurance Institute For Highway Safety, there is no bicycle helmet use law in nearly 30 states and Ohio is one of them.  Children ages 14 and under are very vulnerable to head injury while riding their bikes.  This remains true regardless of how responsible and careful your children are when riding their bicycles.  Helmets have been shown to reduce the risk of a life-long brain or head injury by 85%.  Nationally, AAA reports show only 15% of all kids wear bike helmets.

The purpose of a helmet is to absorb the energy of an impact to minimize or prevent a head injury. Crush-able, expanded polystyrene foam generally is used for this purpose.

The Solon Police Department is participating in the 2011 Summer Helmet Smart campaign.  Through this campaign Solon Police Department is encouraging all parents to take an active role in their children’s safety by encouraging all children to wear bike helmets while riding.

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Sycamore Estates Resident Charged With Heroin Trafficking

Signature of Solon II-Sycamore Estates of Solon Ohio

Signature of Solon II-Sycamore Estates of Solon Ohio

A federal grand jury returned a 47-count indictment against eight people who are accused of taking part in a large-scale heroin trafficking ring that brought drugs into Northeast Ohio and then laundered the profits through numerous bank accounts and the purchase of more than 50 luxury automobiles, law enforcement officials announced today.

The organization, led by Addonnise Wells and Mario Freeman, utilized an apartment on Edgewater Drive in Lakewood as a “stash house” for their heroin before dealing it from homes on East 125th and East 127th streets in Cleveland, according to the indictment.

Freeman and others then laundered their drug profits through Jimmie Goodgame and his wife, Stacey Goodgame, primarily through the purchase of luxury automobiles titled to companies owned by the Goodgames, according to the indictment.

Jimmie Goodgame and others deposited more than $1.5 million in cash into accounts he controlled between 20008 and 2010. The Goodgames had more than 50 automobiles titled to their three companies in 2010, including multiple Range Rovers, Porsches, Audis, Cadillacs, Mercedes Benzs, BMWs and a Maserati, among other vehicles. The cars were actually driven and controlled by drug dealers, according to the indictment.

“This case shows the nexus between drugs and money,” said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio. “Drug dealers can’t walk into their neighborhood bank and deposit their ill-gotten cash. It’s crucial to choke off the avenues they use to hide their money.”

Stephen D. Anthony, Supervisor in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Cleveland office, said: “This case demonstrates the continued successful partnership of federal, state and local law enforcement in Northern Ohio, who are committed to stopping the flow of illegal drugs into our communities. We are also committed to tracking and forfeiting the assets of those individuals who are involved in selling illegal drugs.”

Tracey Warren, the Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation, added: “The long hours tracking down and documenting financial leads allows an investigation to go right to the door of the leader of the money laundering organization.”

The allegations detailed in the indictment stretch from March 2007 through February 2011.

Those charged in the indictment are: Addonnise Wells, 28, of South Euclid; Mario Freeman, 27, of Garfield Heights; Jimmie Goodgame, 41, of Solon; James Jones, 28, of Cleveland; John R. Toone III, 60, of Columbus; Stacy Goodgame, 40, of Reminderville; Dimitris Terry, 39, of Westmont, Illinois; Aaron Phillips, 28, of Hartville, Ohio.

Wells and Freeman are charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin. Wells supplied Freeman with heroin, and the two men used 505 (upstairs)/507 (downstairs) East 125th Street and 475 East 127th Street, Cleveland, as distribution centers. They also used 11843 Edgewater Drive, Apartment 302, Lakewood as a “stash house.” Freeman and Wells also engaged in counter-surveillance measures designed to evade law enforcement, according to the indictment.

Freeman in turn supplied heroin to James Jones, according to the indictment.

Wells, Freeman and John R. Toone, III, are also charged with multiple counts of using a communication facility (a phone) to facilitate a felony.

Freeman, Jimmie Goodgame, Stacy Goodgame, Dimitris Terry and Aaron Phillips are also charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Jimmie Goodgame established several businesses, including J&G Enterprises I, LLC and Washington Industries, Inc. to purchase and title vehicles for Goodgame’s drug trafficking clients, according to the indictment.

Stacy Goodgame allowed her husband to use her company, Goodgame Heavenly Cleaning, and her personal name, to title vehicles for his drug trafficking clients. She also allowed her husband to use her business bank account to conduct financial transactions, including cash deposits, checking and electronic withdrawals, for vehicle down payments and financing, according to the indictment.

Jimmie Goodgame made false representations to car dealerships and salespeople in order to obtain vehicles for his drug trafficking clients, and in turn, charged those drug trafficking clients a fee or tax for obtaining the vehicles, according to the indictment.

Jimmie Goodgame also used multiple bank accounts to disguise the nature and amounts of money he received from his drug trafficking clients, and used wire transfers to engage in financial activities on behalf of Freeman, according to the indictment.

In March 2007, $504,520 packaged in heat-sealed plastic was transported in a hidden compartment of a vehicle titled to Goodgame, according to the indictment.

Goodgame made cash deposits of more than $1.5 million between January 2008 and October 2010 in four bank accounts he controlled. Over the same time period, he made withdrawals of more than $1 million for vehicle down payments and financing, according to the indictment.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward F. Feran following an investigation by the Northern Ohio Law Enforcement Task Force (NOLETF), the FBI, IRS, Cleveland Police Department, the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area agents and Hotel Interdiction Team Task Force.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Solon Schools Win 2011 National Science Olympiad Tournament

Science Olympiad is a Chicago-area based, national non-profit organization founded in 1984 dedicated to improving the quality of K-12 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education, increasing male, female and minority interest in science, creating a technologically literate workforce and providing recognition for outstanding achievement by both students and teachers.

The 2011 National Tournament brought together 120 winning middle school and high school teams to the University of Wisconsin Madison.  These teams advanced from state-level competitions this spring.  Teams competed in more than two- dozen scientific and engineering events on topics ranging from human health, ecology, chemistry, cell biology, geology and engineering.

The Science Olympiad has four divisions:

  1. Division A1 (grades K-3);
  2. Division A2 (grades 3-6);
  3. Division B (grades 6-9); and
  4. Division C (grades 9-12).

The Solon High School team coached by Donna Ross was placed first in the Division C Science Olympiad National Championship with a total score of 197 followed by Centerville High School of Ohio with a score of 203.

The Solon Middle School coached by Drew Kirian was the Division B repeat Champion with a total score of 244 followed by Marie Murphy School of Illinois with a score of 258.

2011 Science Olympiad National Tournament

Division C-2011 Science Olympiad National Tournament-Click To Enlarge

2011 Science Olympiad National Tournament

Division B-2011 Science Olympiad National Tournament-Click To Enlarge

Solon Police Take Back 118 Lbs Of Unwanted Medication

The Solon Police Department and the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation with Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Drug Awareness and Prevention Inc., Parent to Parent Network and Cleveland Clinic’s Solon Medical Campus conducted the second Drug Take-Back Day at the Solon Senior Center on April 30, 2011. Citizens were invited to confidentially drop off unused or expired prescription medications (after removing prescription labels), including inhalers, over-the-counter medications and other drugs.  Prescription bottles with labels were to be shredded.  All collected medications were to be held by Solon’s law enforcement officers until they are destroyed by the DEA. Americans participating in the DEA’s second National Prescription Drug Take-Back in 2011 turned in more than 376,593 pounds (188 tons) of unwanted or expired medications at the 5,361 take-back sites in 50 states. This is 55 percent more than the 242,000 pounds (121 tons) the public brought in 2010.  According to Lt. Bruce Felton of Solon Police Department and Jill Frankel, Director of Solon Senior Center, Solon’s take-back site collected 118 lbs.  An estimated 86 individuals dropped off unwanted prescription medication. It has been reported that

  • Teenage prescription drug abuse is increasing and the family’s medicine cabinet could become a teenager’s best supplier.
  • Every day, 2,500 teenagers use prescription drugs to get high for the first time.
  • 96% of unintentional poisoning deaths in Ohio are due to drugs and medications.
  • Improper disposal, for instance by flushing pills down the toilet, can pollute the environment

Solon Board of Education Approves Basketball Coach Bob Patton

In selecting Bob Patton as its new varsity basketball coach, Solon High School has underscored its commitment to a winning tradition and excellence on and off the court for its student athletes.  Patton, who coached and teaches at Westlake High School, will replace Sean Fisher, who resigned as Solon’s head coach this year to spend more time with his young family.

Basketball Class at Solon School

Basketball Class at Solon School

Patton has coached the varsity basketball and golf teams at Westlake since 2007.  Prior to that he was head varsity coach for both sports at Kenston High School, serving as head basketball coach from 2002-2007. In addition, he was an assistant basketball coach at Dublin Coffman and Mount Pleasant high schools.

The Solon Board of Education approved Patton’s hiring at today’s board meeting.

“Bob Patton has an impressive record as a varsity coach,” said Solon Comets’ Athletic Director Mark McGuire. “We think his record as a successful coach and player in his own right makes him a perfect fit for our Solon basketball community. We also want to take this opportunity to thank Sean Fisher for his dedication to our program and our student athletes.”

Patton played college basketball at Stanford and was a standout during the team’s NIT championship year, 1991, and its NCAA tournament run in 1992.

“I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to play for and coach with some of the best basketball people in the state of Ohio and throughout the country,” Patton said. “In both instances as a head coach, I took programs to levels they had previously not reached with a short period of time. My teams have always achieved more than what was expected due to hard work and discipline. My players learn more than just basketball skills; they will be prepared for their toughest challenge, their life.”

Patton earned a bachelor’s in political science from Stanford in 1995 and a master’s in teaching from Kent State University in 1997.  He will continue in his teaching role at Westlake.

“We are very excited about the addition of Bobby Patton to our athletic department,” said Solon High School Principal Erin Short. “Bob is a proven winner, who has experience developing programs. I am confident he will help us get ‘to the next level.’”

Janice Hanrahan Launches Oasis Yoga Spa In Solon Ohio

Janice Hanrahan, a Cleveland yoga instructor with over 15 years of experience, has opened Oasis Yoga Spa in Solon, Ohio.

Janice Hanrahan of Oasis Yoga Spa

Janice Hanrahan of Oasis Yoga Spa

Oasis Yoga Spa is a modern, mind-body sanctuary completely unique to the area that fuses the benefits of yoga with healing spa services to nurture and support its clients on their path to overall well-being including Thai Massage, Massage, Infrared Sauna, Reiki, and Acupuncture.

Oasis Yoga Spa was born out of a dream to have a space where people can be themselves and open to their own experience without apology or expectation. With the fast growing popularity of yoga, Hanrahan felt a need to bring yoga and healing spa services to the Solon community. As yoga is truly a way of life, it only seemed natural to combine the healing spa services component to the studio.

“Solon has been a great place to raise our family, with top rated schools, excellent sports, and committed coaches & parent. It only seemed natural for us to want to share the journey of yoga with our community. We aspire to become a hub of community, friendship, and service, “ said Janice Hanrahan.

Judi Embrescia, client of Ms. Hanrahan, said “I have been so fortunate to have practiced yoga privately with Janice for eight years. I have learned so much from her and can always count on her to know intuitively just what I need to work on in my practice.  Due to her, yoga has become a major part of my life.  Janice’s studio will succeed because she is all about the “real yoga”, not just about the fad of the moment.  She works hard to meet each student where they are and will lead them to be their very best selves.  She also is committed to giving to others and to sharing her knowledge without reserve.”

Many yoga studios in the Cleveland area are currently not meeting the needs of the larger population, with many classes requiring students to be strong and athletic.  Oasis Yoga Spa offers a more balanced approach respecting the variety and diversity in our bodes and our lives. With over 35 classes a week, the studio will truly offer something for everyone, including Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Kundalini, Gentle and Beginner classes.

Many yoga studios in the Cleveland area are currently not meeting the needs of the larger population, with many classes requiring students to be strong and athletic. Oasis Yoga Spa offers a more balanced approach respecting the variety and diversity in our bodes and our lives. With over 35 classes a week, the studio will truly offer something for everyone, including Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Kundalini, Gentle and Beginner classes.

In addition to yoga classes and spa treatments, Oasis Yoga Spa has a retail boutique carrying functional and comfortable, yet stylish yoga wear.  Instructors are available for private sessions (“Private Oasis”) and the studio offers yoga parties (“Oasis Parties”) that include spa services, food, mats, teachers and music.

Oasis Yoga Spa is located at 33180 Station Street, Solon (across from the Solon Post Office), 440-523-0099.