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Update: Four Charged in Connection with Slaying of Cleveland Heights Bar Owner

Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 5:02 PM

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Cleveland Heights Police have filed charges of aggravated robbery and aggravated murder against four people in connection with with Monday’s shooting death of bar owner Jim Brennan. ideastream’s Joanna Richards has more on how the neighborhood is handling the death.

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A sign is posted at the memorial, thanking police for making the arrests. People stopped at the memorial for Jim Brennan outside his bar Thursday afternoon. Posters thanked Brennan for bringing the community togather through hospitality. Someone added a beer bottle among the flowers and candles at the makeshift memorial.

Update: In a Thursday evening news release, police announced they had charged Brandon Jones, Devon Turner, Darien Jones and Paul Turner in connection with the fatal shooting. The charges were filed in Cleveland Heights Municipal Court. Officers announced on Wednesday they had arrested five people.

Outside Brennan’s Colony bar on Lee Road stands a makeshift memorial for Jim Brennan. Along with flowers and notes, it now includes a poster thanking police for the arrests.

Bill Mitchell owns a chocolate shop a few doors down. While he said he’s glad for the arrests, he’s also puzzled by several things, including the number of suspects and the circumstances of the shooting.

“You scratch your head that somebody does this on a Monday at one o’clock. He’s closed during the week, except on weekends.They were obviously – somebody knew something,” Mitchell said.

He said he thinks the incident was isolated and the neighborhood is generally safe, but people still need to be vigilant. He has welcomed new security cameras in the area, and a planned streetscape improvement project that will add more lighting.


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