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Coventry Disturbance Prompts Special Council Meeting on Curfew

Cleveland Heights City Council has called a special meeting for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, and could pass an ordinance with new curfew rules

Cleveland Heights City Council has scheduled a special meeting for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at and could pass an ordinance with new curfew restrictions for those under 18. 

Cleveland Heights Mayor Ed Kelley said though the language and restrictions are still being fine-tuned, the city will implement tighter curfew rules, and kids will need to be accompanied by an adult if they go to parks and business districts like Coventry, Cedar-Lee and Cedar Fairmount at night. 

"What’s going to happen with this ordinance is if you show up without a parent and you’re under 18, we’re going to give you a ticket," Kelley said, though the specifics and fine amounts are still being worked out.

Kelley said that the city has discussed curfew laws for awhile now, inspired by a  earlier this year. 

Kelley doesn't want incidents like what happened at the Sunday to deter people who want to come to the city. 

"My goal is to make our city the safest city in Cuyahoga County, and this will help us do that. And obviously in the case of Coventry, I want people to come to visit Coventry — live there, work there, eat there, shop there," Kelley said. "I want them to feel safe and comfortable coming to Coventry."

Police Chief Jeffrey Robertson said 16 teenagers were arrested for fighting and drinking after the fair, and though it was hard to determine the exact number, he estimated hundreds of kids were just hanging out in the street Sunday. 

No one outside of the people fighting was hurt, he said. 

He said he has a meeting today to go over the details of the ordinance with Law Director John Gibbon. 

Because of the problems Sunday, the next fair, scheduled for July 24, .

"My first and major concern here is the safety of the people who come to the fair. If people can’t be kept safe, I’m not for the fair. That’s the bottom line," Kelley said. The city must give the Coventry Village Special Improvement District, which organizes the fair, permission to have the event.

Steve Presser, owner of  and member of the Coventry Village Special Improvement District, said business owners, city officials and police are meeting sometime soon to discuss ways to avoid the disturbance following the last fair.

Kelley made the urgency for this ordinance clear, and is confident it will be ready and voted on Wednesday. 

"I’m not waiting another week. We don’t meet again until next Tuesday the 5th, and I want this in place and city council wants this in place for police for this weekend," he said. "What I’m more concerned about is the safety of our residents and the people who come to visit us. My concern is safety and my goal is to make us the safest city in Cuyahoga County 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year."

Jeff H July 01, 2011 at 01:20 PM
Thank you, Anastasia. I have my own example to share. I once lived in a small town where my same-sex partner and I were regularly harassed by homophobic taunts and vandalism directed at us by a small gang of young people. Some of our straight neighbors were also victimized by this group. Every one of the troublemakers was decidedly white. I don't think anyone would say these teens were exhibiting traits or reflecting values common to the "Caucasian culture." So I don't understand why anyone would blame black "values" and the black "culture" for what happened at the Coventry event. I'm no psychologist, but I think the roots of bad behavior go far deeper than the color of the perpetrator's skin or where his or her ancestors came from.
A July 06, 2011 at 01:41 AM
Dude you are so right. I agree with a 100% of what you have written. I was thinking that there are no people here with half a brain. It is sad to see grown men and women run away from the truth. Racists "see" only color, not culture. If you are from Brazil, or Columbia, and other parts of the world where all colors occupy the society for much of their civilization then "color" fades as a point of contention, but culture remains. It is the sign of a juvenile mind when one cannot critique issues that have a cultural etiology. I just found about this patch thing while looking for news about the most recent example of the violent flash mob. It is sad to see a total waste was of bandwidth with self-styled “pseudo do gooders” spewing inane, trite, self-serving, self-congratulatory pabulum as if they have gone cold turkey from the staff turning off the Oprah show at the senior center.
A July 06, 2011 at 01:47 AM
Dude you are so right. I agree with a 100% of what you have written. Finally, someone that actually does not lie to himself! It is sad to see grown men and women run away from the truth. Racists "see" only color, not culture. If you are from Brazil, or Columbia, and other parts of the world where all colors occupy the society for much of their civilization then "color" fades as a point of contention, but culture remains. It is the sign of a juvenile mind when one cannot critique issues that have a cultural etiology. I just found about this patch thing while looking for news about the most recent example of the violent flash mob. It is sad to see a total waste was of bandwidth with self-styled “pseudo do gooders” spewing inane, trite, self-serving, self-congratulatory pabulum as if they have gone cold turkey from the staff turning off the Oprah show at the senior center.
elise angel wings May 26, 2012 at 06:50 PM
yes im like a year late but i jus wanted to say something in response to james worthing. Im white, black,french canadian,and cheeroke indian and let me tell you,you couldnt be more wrong about us and our culture. Yes what happned in coventry was extremly wrong,but to put blame on our black culture for everything that goes wrong because you say it happens every were in america is jus crazy. Not to go all the way back but when your white culture used us as slaves we didnt blame the entire white culture we date,marry,and have beautiful kids with yall like my mom and dad. So just because as you say it happens all around america doesnt mean you can insult us like that. Do blame all yall when yall rape, kill,kidnap,rob banks. No so you should repect our black culture and do the same goodbye.………
A May 26, 2012 at 11:13 PM
LOL. A year has gone by, multiple fairs cancelled and same old thinking. Nothing has changed. Welcome to PC land!

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