Cleveland Catch Up

Sophia Yakumithis, News Editor

Cleveland woman pistol-whipped during robbery

During a Tuesday night home invasion, a robber pistol-whipped a 31-year-old woman after dragging her into her own bedroom, reported.

The woman told police that at her home on Fairfax Avenue, she heard a knock on the door and opened it to find a man standing just outside and pointing a handgun at her. The incident occurred at approximately 11:45 p.m., shortly after she arrived home from dinner with her mother and two-year-old son.

According to the police report, the man grabbed her by the straps of her nightgown and forced her into her bedroom. She began screaming, alerting her mother, who also started screaming, and then the man pistol-whipped her several times in the head and face. Her son was asleep.

The man left because both women kept screaming, but police identified a 21-year-old man as a suspect. However, no charges have been filed nor has an arrest been made.


Shaker Heights considers deer management program

On Monday, Shaker Heights City Council opted for first reading in regards to a deer management contract which was set to be handled by a marksman and former police officer, according to

The council was presented with either emergency legislation, which would permit the deer culling process to move forward, or to honor the requests of several residents to hold off until Nov. 12, when a special meeting would provide time for further public review on the situation.

Police Chief Jeffrey DeMuth told the council that the Ohio Department of Natural Resources permitted the culling of up to 40 deer annually, which caused a strain in the department as two lieutenants were reassigned for three months to thin the herd.

The city’s culling program was instituted two years ago on public lands. At Monday’s meeting, opponents of deer culling asked the council to hold off until the special meeting.


Man charged with selling lethal cocaine-opioid mix reported that on Wednesday, a Cleveland man was indicted and charged with selling a mixture of cocaine, heroin and fentanyl which killed a man this past July.

According to court filings, surveillance footage from July 13 showed Sokratis S. Kokkalis, the son of a Greek billionaire, taking drugs from a passenger in a minivan outside JACK Cleveland Casino. Later, authorities identified the dealer as Terry Lee Christian.

Kokkalis’ body was found his hotel room the next day in the Cleveland Marriott Downtown, where he was staying for the summer meeting of the National Council of Legislators from Gaming States.

Tests found Christian’s DNA on various objects in Kokkalis’ hotel room, while cellphone records also connected him to the location of the drug deal. Although Kokkalis is not specifically identified as the victim in court filings, Christian’s indictment lists the victim as “S.K.,” Kokkalis’ initials.

If convicted, Christian is to serve a minimum of 20 years in federal prison.