Thursday, January 31, 2013
Cleveland City Council moves to secure $2 million for cameras on the region's RTA buses and tighten behavior restrictions on buses.
The Cleveland City Council will introduce a bill Monday intended to protect Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority bus drivers in light of a viral video of a bus driver uppercutting a passenger last year. NewsNet5 reports that Councilman Kevin Conwell will introduce the bill Monday prohibiting eating and drinking, listening to music without headphones and spitting on others, and making hitting a driver illegal. See all posts on this topic: RTA Uppercut Topic Page The RTA will ask its board of trustees for $2 million to install cameras on every bus, NewsNet5 adds. Read more about the safety initiatives here.
Friday, January 25, 2013
Judge grants motions to delay trials for Artis Hughes and Shidea Lane
A Shaker Heights Municipal Court judge has granted motions to delay the trials of Artis Hughes and Shidea Lane. The two were involved in an altercation — which was recorded on a cell phone and later became a viral video — on an RTA bus in Beachwood last fall. Shidea Lane, 25, reportedly boarded an RTA #5 bus Sept. 18 without paying. A dispute began that ended in the notorious uppercut delivered by Hughes, who was driving the bus. Both Lane and Hughes were criminally charged following the incident. See all posts on this topic: RTA Uppercut Topic Page Hughes' jury trial for an assault charge was scheduled to begin today, but it was pushed back to February 28 per a joint request made by the defense and the prosecution so more evidence could …
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Tell us what you think: should the bus driver featured in the viral video be given his job back at the RTA?
A bus driver who was captured in a viral video punching a passenger is unhappy with his dismissal from the RTA, and his union is fighting the decision. Artis Hughes was fired Nov. 6 after an altercation witha female passenger that ended with an uppercut. A video of Hughes uppercutting a passenger in Beachwood went viral on the web. The RTA said that Hughes' actions were not in accordance with the company's policies, and he has been charged with assault in connection with the altercation. Do you think Hughes should get his job back? Take our poll and tell us why in the comments.
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority bus driver shown in a viral video punching a passenger was fired last month over the dispute.
The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority's bus driver union voted to bring in an arbitrator in connection with the firing of a bus driver involved in a physical altercation with a passenger last year. Artis Hughes was fired Nov. 6 after an altercation witha female passenger that ended with an uppercut. A video of Hughes uppercutting a passenger in Beachwood went viral on the web. The RTA said that Hughes' actions were not in accordance with the company's policies, and he has been charged with assault in connection with the altercation. The passenger, Shidea Lane, has also been charged with disorderly conduct. Amalgamated Transit Union Local 268 President William Nix said that the members approved the measure to seek arbitration …
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Take our poll and tell us more in the comments.
The Cleveland RTA announced today that they pressed charges against the woman accused of choking and spitting on a bus driver before he responded with a violent uppercut. See all posts on this topic: RTA Uppercut Topic Page Shidea Lane, 25, reportedly boarded an RTA #5 bus Sept. 18 without paying. A dispute began —which was recorded on a cell phone and later became a viral video — that ended with the notorious uppercut delivered by the angry bus driver. Many Patch commenters have jumped to the driver's defense, arguing that Lane's behavior was innapropriate. What do you think? Does Lane deserve to be criminally charged? Take our poll, and tell us why in the comments! MORE | RTA to File Charges in Beachwood Against Uppercut Recipient WATCH…
Friday, October 12, 2012
The Cleveland RTA released the names of the two people involved in the incident that became a viral video of a driver uppercutting a woman on a bus in Beachwood.
The Cleveland RTA has released the name of the bus driver who uppercut a woman on a bus in Beachwood in a video that became viral this week. Artis Hughes, a 22-year-veteran of the Cleveland RTA, has been identified as the bus driver in the video. He was suspended Oct. 11 after RTA personnel saw the video online. See all posts on this topic: RTA Uppercut Topic Page The woman in the video is Shidea N. Lane, 25, the RTA wrote. Hughes called Transit Police and filed a report that he had been assaulted, but Lane did not file a report. Neither party pressed charges against the other. READ | Cleveland RTA Uppercut Driver: Woman Choked Me, Spit on Me The RTA wrote that the company is conducting an internal investigation into the incident. …
Do you think the 22-year veteran should be punished further for the blow that was caught in a now-viral video?
A Cleveland RTA bus driver was filmed uppercutting a female passenger on a Beachwood bus and the video has gone viral. See all posts on this topic: RTA Uppercut Topic Page A spokesperson from the RTA wrote today that the company saw the video on Oct. 11 and immediately suspended the 22-year veteran driver pending an internal investigation. The woman did not press charges on the day of the incident. Do you think the driver deserves further punishment for this incident? Take our poll, and tell us why in the comments! WATCH | Cleveland RTA Bus Driver Hits Female Passenger: Video Taken in Beachwood WARNING: VIDEO CONTAINS GRAPHIC SCENES AND EXPLICIT LANGUAGE. LOOK | Driver and Witness' Full Statements to Police READ | Twitterverse …