Cleveland Catch Up

Sophia Yakumithis, News Editor

Lakewood to host women’s rally next month

The Ohio Democratic Party announced plans for its “Grab them by the Midterms” rally next month in Lakewood, reported.

The rally’s goal is to promote political enthusiasm amongst women for female Democratic candidates in the upcoming midterm elections to continue breaking records in congressional candidate numbers. This year, more women have won primaries than ever.

The rally will feature an appearance by Democratic Lieutenant Governor candidate Betty Sutton.

University Hospitals receives state funding for anti-opioid tech

On Wednesday, a state commission announced that Cleveland’s University Hospitals was awarded a state grant to develop technology to fight Ohio’s opioid epidemic. said the $200,000 award will go toward an opioid surveillance and tracking tool that will operate in real-time. The computer-operated dispatch system will identify patients suspected of opioid addiction and abuse and will help educate patients on opioid use and disposal before they are discharged.

Man charged after car crash injures woman, three children

According to, a Euclid man has been charged with aggravated vehicular assault following an Aug. 28 crash near Forest Hills Park in Cleveland. The crash severely injured a woman and three children.

Curtis W. Harris, 26, was accused of throwing marijuana from a car window, fleeing from a State Highway Patrol cruiser and then crashing into the victims’ car. He was speeding as he proceeded to run a red light, then struck the other car at a busy intersection, according to a Highway Patrol incident report.

The crash injured a 43-year-old woman, a 15-year-old boy, a 12-year-old boy and a 6-year-old girl.

According to the report, Cleveland Emergency Medical Services took the four victims to local hospitals, where they were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Ohio doctors approved to recommend medical marijuana

71 physicians have been added to Ohio’s list of doctors who can recommend medical marijuana, according to

After the registry becomes operational, this raises the total number of certified Ohio doctors to 293 since April. Medical marijuana in Ohio was supposed to be operational earlier this month, but licensing-related delays and business implications pushed the date back several months.

While it could take months for dispensaries to open in the state, some marijuana farmers expect their first harvests as early as October.

CHA Spirits and Pizza Kitchen closes doors this Saturday

CHA Spirits and Pizza Kitchen will close its doors this weekend, just months after its new Ohio City location’s re-opening. reported that Saturday, Sept. 15 will be the restaurant’s final day of operation.

The restaurant’s original Battery Park location closed in Aug. 2017 after opening in 2014. Owner Susan Walters told the decision was the result of a lease terms issue.

In a Facebook post, the restaurant wrote: “With heavy hearts we are announcing that Cha Ohio City will be closing after this Saturday 9/15 for good. We thank our loyal customers, new friends and awesome neighbors for supporting our short stint here and hope you will stop by this weekend and say farewell.”