Former University Heights finance director sentenced to probation for fifth-degree felony

Thursday, August 09, 2012 by Ed Wittenberg, Sun News

CLEVELAND — Arman Ochoa, former University Heights finance director, will not have to serve time in prison for illegally taking public money from the city.

On July 3 in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, Judge Carolyn B. Friedland sentenced Ochoa to one year of community control, under supervision of the court’s Adult Probation Department.

He also was required to pay the court costs of $238. In 2010, he paid full restitution of the $71,292 he took from the city in unearned payroll advances and vacation leave overpayments.

Ochoa, 44, of Cuyahoga Falls, had pleaded guilty in May – retracting his former plea of not guilty – to attempted, unauthorized use of property/computer system. Read More>>

Tenants, attorneys accuse Cleveland property owners of cruel treatment

Wednesday, July 13, 2011 By Mark Gillispie, The Plain Dealer

CLEVELAND, Ohio — By some accounts, brothers Graig and Derek Brown are exceptionally bad landlords.

Court documents and interviews portray the brothers as vindictive and mean-spirited with a track record of illegally shutting off utilities and locking out tenants for being a few days late with the rent or for complaining about conditions in their rental units.

Cleveland Housing Court Judge Raymond Pianka made his feelings clear when he recently awarded $482,000 in compensatory and punitive damages to Cindy Smith, a former tenant of the Browns.

“The court has never, in its 31-year history, heard proof in so many cases of a landlord or landlords engaging in such repeated, ongoing, deliberate, cruel, harmful and illegal conduct,” Pianka wrote. Read More>>

Cleveland road-rage case offers questions of intent; prosecutor to decide whether charges to be filed

Friday, March 30, 2012, by John Caniglia, The Plain Dealer

CLEVELAND, Ohio — A 20-year-old Cleveland man remains hospitalized after a road-rage feud in the Steelyard Commons parking lot March 15.

But Nathan Harrison, who was listed in good condition at MetroHealth Medical Center on Friday, is at the center of a feud that started on the Jennings Freeway, then continued in a department store and finally into a parking lot, where Harrison was hit by a van. Read More>>