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Radio host arrested on drug charges
EAST CLEVELAND — A community activist has been charged with felony permitting drug abuse for what police say was a major drug distribution ring operating from his barbershop.

According to reports obtained by a newspaper Friday, East Cleveland police say Art McKoy was at his Superfly barbershop in February when an informant bought heroin from someone else.

McKoy is founder of the group Black on Black Crime, which organizes rallies and vigils for missing children and homicide victims. He hosts a radio show with the same name.

Police Chief Ralph Spotts has said several undercover drug buys were made at the barbershop. McKoy and two other men have been arrested.

McKoy’s friend and a lawyer, Robert E. Davis, said McKoy would have kicked out any drug dealers if police had let him know they were dealing from his business.

Teen’s parents sue car shop for injury
ELYRIA — The parents of a 15-year-old Columbia Station boy are suing an auto shop for injuries he sustained while working there.

According to a copy of the lawsuit filed Friday in County Common Pleas Court, the boy was working on a vehicle in December 2007 at Hot Rod Auto Sales Inc. when he was injured.

The Grafton-based business is being sued for failing to provide a safe work environment, not having proper fire suppression equipment available or fire prevention training and failing to have proper procedures for storing and transfer of hazardous materials.

It wasn’t clear what the nature of the boy’s injuries were, and his parents could not be reached for comment Friday.

A man describing himself as the owner of Hot Rod Auto Sales Inc. declined comment.

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