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Demand Is Rising For Properties In Vacation Home Markets

The ability to work remotely has many home buyers toying with the idea of moving to vacation home markets, which are seeing increased interest as shifting priorities and preferences transform where and how people want to live. 

Page views of for-sale listings are up nearly 50% from a year ago in metro areas typically considered vacation destinations, defined as metros with at least 65,000 people and five times more vacation homes than the nation as a whole. That’s compared to a 37% increase in page views nationally. 

Vacation metros seeing an uptick in demand include places like the Jersey Shore area; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Key West, Florida; Lake Tahoe, Nevada; Cape Cod, Massachusetts; and Park City, Utah.

Newly pending home sales are also climbing in many of these vacation markets, with 90 percent of the markets experiencing growth and half up at least 30% from last year. Places like Salisbury, Maryland (near Ocean City), Traverse City, Michigan, located along the shores of Lake Michigan, and Brainerd, Minnesota, a forest and lake region along the Mississippi River, were among areas following this trend. Those three areas all saw year-over-year pending sales increases of more than 30%. 

“As millions of office workers transitioned to working from home during the pandemic, many of them reconsidered where they might like to live now that the commute no longer mattered,” said Zillow senior economist Jeff Tucker. “Vacation towns beckoned to many buyers, offering natural amenities like proximity to the ocean and mountains, along with robust retail and restaurant industries to serve traditional seasonal visitors. It’s too early to tell how many of these new vacation town home buyers are moving permanently or planning to return after the pandemic —  they may not even know yet themselves — but owning a second home in a traditional vacation area provides a lot of long-term flexibility.”

It’s not just page views and home sale growth that are up in those hot vacation spots. Homes for sale in those metros also are seeing more “favorites” on Zillow, which is a way for people to catalog listings so they can return to or share them with someone later. Zillow research has shown highly-saved homes sell faster and for more money. 

Listings for homes for sale in Key West, for example, are saved 8.7 times more often than listings nationwide. In Hilton Head and the Poconos, listings see more than five times the typical share of favorites. The next four vacation areas with the highest share of favorites are all in Florida — Panama City, Naples, Fort Myers and Punta Gorda all seeing at least three times more favorites than the nation at large.

“The recent spike could be due to international travel restrictions and the ability to work and school from home,” said Tommy Mack, a Best of Zillow premier agent with Coastal Collection Real Estate in the Florida Keys. “I have many new clients who

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Solskjaer blames Man Utd’s horror home form on not being able to stay at Lowry Hotel before matches due to coronavirus

OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER has blamed Manchester United’s home form on their inability to stay at the Lowry Hotel before games.

The Red Devils have a long history at the Manchester hotel with Jose Mourinho and Solskjaer having lived their during their time as manager.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer arriving at the Lowry last night


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer arriving at the Lowry last nightCredit: Eamonn and James Clarke

United face Chelsea at Old Trafford today and Solskjaer’s men stayed at the hotel last night for the first time this season.

Coronavirus and lockdown meant United had to stop using the exclusive spot and change their normal pre-match routine which Solskjaer reckons has had an impact on their form.

The Reds have lost both their home games this season – 3-1 to Crystal Palace before the 6-1 humiliation by Tottenham.

And speaking ahead of the Blues clash, Solskjaer said: “We need to look at the way we prepare.

“Maybe it’s something I’ve got to deal with.

“After the lockdown with Covid, we’ve stayed at home, we’ve had different routines coming into games.

“I’ve just got to look at everything, how the players prepare, because it’s been noticeable how well we’ve done away from home.”

Solskjaer lived at the Lowry while he was in temporary charge at United and only moved out once Ed Woodward confirmed he had the job permanently.

How Man Utd could lineup vs Chelsea
How Man Utd could lineup vs Chelsea

And Mourinho never left while he was Red Devils boss claiming it was because he cannot cook, clean or iron.

The Portuguese is said to have paid a staggering £779,000 on rent.

Solskjaer and Co edged past Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League midweek.

Marcus Rashford was the hero at the Parc des Princes yet again, as Bruno Fernandes also converted another penalty.

Solskjaer sent out his troops in a 3-4-1-2 formation, with the new strategy appearing to suit a number of players.

And he is likely to do the same against Frank Lampard’s side this evening.

With Eric Bailly ruled out through injury for a month, it’s possible Harry Maguire returns to the back-three on the left-side.

The Man Utd captain has endured a tricky run of form in recent months and was rested for the win in France.

But the England defender is best-suited to playing in a back-three, with Victor Lindelof set to take the final spot.

However, should Solskjaer opt to sideline Maguire again, Luke Shaw would likely start on the left of the back-three.

Solskjaer slams ex-Man Utd stars for attacking Mason Greenwood

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The Infamous Legend of the “Lake House Hotel” and Home of the Hotel of Horror (Saylorsburg, PA)-2020 Season Review


Numerous haunted attractions use social media and advertising to promote their haunts as “horror movies” come to life. Often, even the best haunts fail to achieve this lofty goal for various reasons, ranging from variable actor quality and ineffective structural designs that fail to convey any sense of “realism.” Several years ago, we became tired of the traditional “haunted house concept,” which generally can be described as a variety of mazes filled with fake-looking animatronics and actors who did little to create any sense of fear. Many of these haunts advertised themselves as “extreme” experiences, but all fell short of their goal. Around this time, we first came across advertisements for the Hotel of Horror attraction.

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Hotel of Horror is a genuine, realistic nightmare that has evolved and exists solely with the intent to disturb and scare. Make no mistake, even during a year plagued by a pandemic, this attraction is relentless be design, tenacious by its history, and resolute in the “spirit” of fear which transcends the floorboards of the abandoned “Lake House Hotel.” Fear, cultivated by a constant sense of paranoia, generating imagery so holistically disturbing yet engaging, creates a desire to explore this relic of time, a cross between a 1950’s stylish hotel and a celebratory labyrinth of one’s darkest fears and disturbing imagery. Far from a “family-friendly” haunted attraction, be prepared to live a horror story, cross paths with the demonic, and come dangerously close with a barrage of twisted “scare-actors” that thrive off the energy of “fear.” 

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Hotel of Horror is perhaps best described as a never-ending ascension into a living horror movie; just stopping for a moment creates a lasting mental image of scenes that are “real” and not created by big-budget props or special effects. Each room features diversity in thematic design but has so much “character” in terms of disturbing items, oddities, and, at times, disturbing creativity it is easy to become trapped in this entire “experience” of terror. Carefully implemented designs are augmented by slow strobe light effects, scene-specific stylistic vintage music, sound, moments of darkness, and periods of violent creativity that haunt each hallway.  The culmination of years of collecting and creating disturbing items, heirlooms, and understanding how the mind processes “fear” has resulted in a most chilling, hauntingly beautiful yet always unsettling. A genuine immersive experience, the “reality” of the “Lake House Hotel” is the perfect backdrop of pure horror, pumping adrenaline and fueling a curiosity of the unknown.

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Prepared for safety, management, and staff has implemented numerous changes to help manage crowd flow and maintain a safe environment for guests and actors alike. Actor performances, even constricted by social distancing efforts, were extremely disturbing, featuring nightmarish creations that at times seemed more unnerving as actors slithered, created sickening noises, and had some of the most disturbing custom “masks” that made us squirm. Hotel of Horror is one of the most unique “real” haunted attractions one could ever visit, embracing the philosophy of psychological, visceral fear.

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Holiday Inn hotel group sees revenue fall as Covid-19 keeps people at home

The owner of the Holiday Inn, InterContinental Hotels Group, suffered a sharp drop in revenue in the third quarter as fresh Covid-19 restrictions kept travellers at home.

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The company, which also owns the Crowne Plaza, Regent and InterContinental chains, reported a 53.4% fall in revenue per available room (RevPAR) in the third quarter.

Around 3% or 199 of IHG’s hotels were still closed at the end of September. The company operates more than 5,900 hotels in about 100 countries.

While the fall in revenue was smaller than the 75% decrease in the second quarter, it is the latest sign that the travel and hospitality industry is still struggling, as a second wave of coronavirus cases this autumn led to fresh restrictions on travel and gatherings.

“As government-mandated closures and travel restrictions partially eased, leisure-related demand led to the rate of RevPAR decline improving in July and August, before weakening in September,” IHG said in its earnings update.

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Europe was one of the group’s worst-performing regions, with per-room revenue tumbling 72% in the three months to September. That was compared to a 23% drop in China, where occupancy rates have improved to 57% from 32% in the second quarter and less than 10% in February.

the tower of the city: A Holiday Inn in Southampton that was closed in April due to the coronavirus restrictions.

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A Holiday Inn in Southampton that was closed in April due to the coronavirus restrictions.

IHG and rivals including Premier Inn-owner Whitbread have already been forced to slash costs as a result of lockdown measures imposed earlier this year. IHG is aiming to reduce costs by around $150m by the end of 2020.

However, the chief executive, Keith Barr, reported a slight improvement in overall occupancy levels, which was 44% compared to 25% in the second quarter – thanks in part to domestic travel. “Domestic mainstream travel remains the most resilient, and our industry-leading Holiday Inn brand family positions us well to meet that demand as it slowly returns,” he said.

The company also continued to add new hotels, adding 82 sites and 11,000 rooms to its portfolio. But Barr said he did not expect a quick recovery from the crisis: “A full industry recovery will take time, and uncertainty remains regarding the potential for further improvement in the short term, but we take confidence from the steps taken to protect and support our owners and drive demand back to our hotels as guests feel safe to travel.”

IHG shares were down 2.2% in afternoon trading.

Susannah Streeter, senior investment and markets analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown, said IHG had fared better than many of its rivals, given that it does not own many of its hotels outright, and usually licences brands to hotel owners.

“While it’s offered support to its franchisees through the crisis, not being on the hook for hotel running costs has certainly

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Cooking at home? Try new takes on old favorites, or travel the world.

It’s an open secret that many people would rather read a cookbook and order takeout than actually try new recipes. But lockdowns have provided more time to be patient and courageous in the kitchen. And with restaurants closing or serving meals only outdoors, more cupboard doors at home are swinging open these days. Social media feeds have been filled with images of “pandemic baking” – beautiful round loaves of sourdough, elaborately styled finger foods for grazing, and dinners for the family proudly made by teenagers. On cue, here comes a harvest of new cookbooks. There may be no sourdough recipes in this roundup, but there are plenty of invitations to experiment with flavors and transcend the confines of your kitchen.

Meals from pantry staples

Stocking the pantry seems simple enough, but what to make with all of those cans of chickpeas and boxes of pasta? Emily Stephenson offers a friendly guide in “Pantry to Plate: Kitchen Staples for Simple and Easy Cooking” with her recommended 50 staple ingredients and 70 recipes that mix and match only those ingredients. She suggests a pared-down protein list: eggs, bone-in chicken thighs, tuna, Italian sausage, and tofu. But there is plenty here to please the vegetarian cook, too.

Easy-to-follow recipes are grouped into chapters by meal type, including nine recipes that move eggs out of a scrambled rut. Stephenson also curates the recipes for meal planning on the go with categories such as quick weeknight meals, family-friendly, vegan, make ahead, and even dishes to impress dinner guests. If you are a beginner cook or just looking for fresh ideas, this collection will help take the stress out of mealtimes.

Irresistible baked goods 

Advance your pandemic baking repertoire beyond yeasty loaves of bread with Kelly Fields and Kate Heddings’ “The Good Book of Southern Baking: A Revival of Biscuits, Cakes, and Cornbread.” Fields, a James Beard Award-winning pastry chef and owner of New Orleans bakery Willa Jean, reimagines quick breads, muffins, biscuits, cookies, and every kind of pie and tart in such mouthwatering ways you’ll be reaching for those baking pans before turning the last page.

Think chocolate chip cookies can’t be improved? Fields spent two years perfecting her Willa Jean recipe with three kinds of coarsely chopped chocolate and finished with sea salt. She breaks down old favorites like pumpkin pie and builds them back stronger: pumpkin pie with roasted white chocolate cream. See? You can’t resist. Roll up those sleeves and set the oven to preheat. Fields, with her humorous, no-nonsense talk about the best flours, flavors, and strategies will soon have you laughing and baking “ALL the pies.” As she says, baking should be simple and fun.

Cooking by color

Asha Gomez grew up along the beaches of southwest India and today navigates the bountiful displays of the international farmers markets in Atlanta. In “I Cook in Color: Bright Flavors From My Kitchen and Around the World,” by Gomez and Martha Hall Foose, the focus is on color in selecting

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5 ways to bring a vacation experience home

The safest thing to do is stay home and self-isolate, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a staycation.
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sh + Arrow Events brings everything in to set up a slumber party, movie night, picnic or glamping experience for you and your little ones.

Everyone has a different comfort level when it comes to going out during the pandemic. The safest thing to do is stay home and self-isolate, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a staycation. Here are five ways to make time off at home feel like a getaway.

Plan a themed dinner.
Choose a theme and require a dress code. Set your table with fun dishes, glasses and silverware. Try a new recipe or order in — Madison is home to myriad restaurants serving almost any cuisine you can think of. Want to transport yourself to Paris? Order brunch from La Kitchenette, dig out that beret from the closet and tune up a French playlist on Spotify. Did you want to channel Walt Disney World? Have everyone dress up as their favorite animated characters and munch on Mickey Mouse-shaped snacks. If nothing else, a themed dinner will give you a break from the “what’s for dinner?” monotony.

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Bring some of your favorite destinations to your screen by enjoying a virtual concert or digitally walking through a museum. Travel Wisconsin has compiled a list of destinations offering tours, virtual events and videos that you can find here. Some highlights include virtual tours of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin near Spring Green, the Milwaukee Art Museum’s exhibitions and the American Birkebeiner course.

Bring your favorite bar home.
Put on your pajamas, cozy up on the couch and sip a drink from your favorite local bar or restaurant. While you might not be comfortable going out for a night on the town, places are making it easy by providing cocktail kits containing everything you need. Make margaritas from Canteen, gimlets from State Line Distillery, 25-ingredient bloody marys from Short Stack Eatery, Old-Fashioneds from Mint Mark and more. Madison bartenders and restaurant owners are more than happy to facilitate a boozy night in.

Have a spa day.
Everyone deserves a little pampering from time to time. Laquerus, a locally owned nail boutique, is now open for manicures, pedicures and lash extensions. But if you’d rather not venture out, Laquerus also has a fully stocked beauty shop with all the supplies you need for an at-home spa experience. Pick up a mani kit and choose from 40-plus nontoxic nail polishes. Laquerus also offers sheet masks, salt scrub, soy candles, lipsticks and roll-on balms — all the fixings for a full pampering session.

Transform your home.
Remember the days of creating blanket forts for movie nights? Ash + Arrow Events brings everything in to set up a slumber party, movie night, picnic or

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Tired of the same old home office? Punch the clock in a hotel guest room

At the Park Hyatt in Washington, D.C., I had to resist. No swaddling in the plush bathrobe. No running a hot bath. No clicking through the movie channels. No vacation-style activities.

After months of working from my apartment, staring at the same sickly plant, I wanted a change of scenery and indoor flora. So I booked a day at the hotel and turned Room 415 into my office. The reporter will see you now.

Before the coronavirus pandemic, leisure travelers typically reserved daytime stays if they had long layovers or evening flights. The hotels were often near an international airport, so guests could rest and shower before hopping on a shuttle and jetting off to their next destination. Business travelers also occupied hotels during the working hours, using the properties’ conference rooms or executive suites as satellite offices. During the global crisis, however, a new type of traveler has emerged: the accidental digital nomad. To accommodate the needs of remote workers, hotels are flipping their reservation times and touting their office amenities over their R&R perks, many of which are closed or limited anyhow.

“Most hotels will be open to something like this,” said John S. Fareed, managing director of North America at Horwath HTL, a consulting firm that specializes in hospitality, tourism and leisure. “Some are really going for it and promoting it. Others are going with the flow. But right now, I think this should be a priority.”

Red Roof Inn was at the forefront of the WFH trend, with the “H” standing for “hotel.” The budget chain introduced its Work Under Our Roof promotion in late March. The initial deal was optimistic: It expired on May 31. The company has since extended the deadline to the end of the year. The weekday rate starts at $39 and includes a guest room from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., local and long-distance phone calls, a fax machine, workstation and coffee maker, depending on the room. Pets are also invited, as long as your cat or dog doesn’t chew the office furniture.

Since then, more properties have jumped into the carpool lane. In downtown Washington, the Hamilton Hotel’s Work from Hamilton package includes a room or suite from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., Starbucks breakfast, and access to the PressReader, a digital news source with more than 7,000 publications in 200 languages. Guests who sign up for Fig Works Perks at the Hotel Figueroa in Los Angeles receive accommodations from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., parking, high-speed Wi-Fi, use of a copy machine, and an in-room coffee machine and refrigerator. Just imagine: No one will poach your leftover pasta salad or accuse you of leaving a dirty coffee mug in the sink.

A few hospitality companies are going even further and proposing a lifestyle revolution. CitizenM, for one, recently unveiled two programs that might tempt you to break your lease and re-home your house plants. With Global Passport, subscribers can book up to 30 consecutive days at CitizenM’s 21 properties

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$949K Home With Vacation-Like Feel

a close up of a garden: Check out this home that just hit the market in Hillsborough.

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Check out this home that just hit the market in Hillsborough.

HILLSBOROUGH TWP, NJ — Check out this home that just hit the market in Hillsborough.

  • Address: 35 Davenport Way, Hillsborough Twp, New Jersey
  • Price: $949,000
  • Square Feet: 5,000
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 2 Full and 1 Half Baths
  • Built: 1995
  • Features: 5 Star Energy efficient home. Circular drive, fenced-in yard with custom free form pool with built-in hot tub, slide and cave-waterfall. Fully Landscaped – Paver patio w/outdoor lighting and speakers. This home is meticulously maintained with newer furnaces, hot water heater, sub zero refrigerator and circular driveway. Backyard oasis fully fenced in. First floor is perfect for entertaining with open concept. Conservatory, custom wood-paneled office with built in shelves. Two-story family room. Second floor has 4 large bedrooms plus master bedroom suite generous master bathroom, 2 vanities, a whirlpool tub and private sitting room. This house will not disappoint. Walkthrough this beautiful home and relax on this patio with a vacation-like feel everyday of the year. Sprinkler system and many upgrades.

This listing originally appeared on realtor.com. For more information and photos, click here.

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Designer Lori Morris Recreates Beloved Travel Destinations In Your Home

Toronto-based interior designer Lori Morris is unapologetically herself and infuses all of her creations with a touch of whimsy and edge. The interior design veteran of nearly four decades, and her team of designers and architects, works internationally on some of the most luxurious properties. Rare for a designer, no two of her projects look the same. 

Several clients (many with six- to seven-figure budgets) request homes inspired by their travels, and in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, her designs have never been more timely when borders worldwide are closed and many aren’t able to travel as they used to. 

Morris’ design philosophy is simple: “no” isn’t in her vocabulary. Morris is known for her intricate and authentic designs, whether it’s a Rococo-inspired wedgwood bar or traditional French molding, as well as her preference for pastels. She loves to mix old and traditional design elements, as well as unexpected color and material contrasts, often inspired by the natural surroundings of a home. 

Morris talks exclusively with Forbes on projects inspired by her clients’ travels, how to easily transform a space and her anticipated product line. 

Do many of your clients incorporate travel into their homes? 

Lori Morris: Many of our clients are interested in putting some of their world travels and or experiences within their home. It can be something as simple as a spa they went to, a fabulous hotel, some treatment they got, some vision that they saw or a feeling of a space. Sometimes it’s not necessarily just travel-inspired. Sometimes it’s a feeling of when they were in a different country that they’d like to incorporate within their home. When a client builds their dream home, it’s an accumulation of all of their experience they’ve had throughout their lives that they want to emulate within their house.

What are you seeing in terms of the designated rooms people are adding into their homes?

LM: I feel that in particular with this pandemic, it’s made people notice, ‘What happens if we can’t go out? What happens if we can’t entertain?’ We found that a lot of clients not only are trying to adjust and may repurpose their existing homes, but in the new homes that we’re building we’re actually setting up entertaining spaces. We’ve always done catered kitchens per se, but now it’s more like if clients have to have a party house, a fully functioning guest home or an entertaining space that will be set up in lieu of going to restaurants if this should happen again, or if they don’t feel safe again.

The other thing is with homeschooling the children, and the kind of homework area in the house. We’ve always had libraries and offices in the homes because it’s always been part of the palette. You want something that is a very functional and efficient space that would be both work orientated, but beautiful because

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Man, suspecting he had COVID, leaves home to quarantine and is found dead in Beachwood hotel: Lyndhurst police blotter

LYNDHURST, Ohio — Body found: Park East Drive


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At 10:55 a.m. Oct. 18, a Lyndhurst man reported that his son, 31, had not returned home and had not answered his cell phone. Police went to the son’s home on Harwich Road. There, the missing man’s roommate said that the subject of the search was staying at a hotel in Beachwood.

The roommate told police the wrong hotel name, so he was not immediately found. However, at 12:50 p.m. Oct. 18, Beachwood police found the man’s body in a room at Hotel Indigo, 3581 Park East Drive.

It was learned that the man had flu-like symptoms and, believing he may have COVID-19, went to the hotel to self-quarantine. Several cold medicines were found in the hotel room. Foul play and suicide have been ruled out as causes of his death. The medical examiner will make a ruling on the cause of death.

Fleeing and eluding: Meadow Wood Boulevard

At 2:05 a.m. Oct. 18, an officer attempted to stop a car that was speeding on Meadow Wood Boulevard. The officer gave chase and the car, while on South Green Road, was traveling 65 miles per hour. The car turned onto Acacia Drive in South Euclid and crashed into two poles. The driver, a South Euclid boy, 17, got out of the car and ran. He was soon apprehended.

Although he was not injured, the boy old police he had no recollection of the chase after the officer initially activated his car’s overhead lights. Police charged the boy with speeding, fleeing and eluding, a curfew violation, drug/marijuana possession, possession of drug paraphernalia (a scale), and reckless operation.

Disturbance: Mayfield Road

At 6:40 p.m. Oct. 17, a Chagrin Falls man, 25, reported that he had been assaulted by an older man while at Jet’s Pizza, 5350 Mayfield Road. The caller stood in the store’s parking lot behind the other man’s car as he spoke with dispatch in order to prevent the older man, 60, of Mayfield Village, from leaving.

At the scene, police heard conflicting stories and learned that there was no assault, and that only an argument took place. The Mayfield man was upset that the Chagrin Falls man was not properly wearing his mask while inside Jet’s. Neither party sought to file a charge against the other.

Felonious assault: Ridgebury Boulevard

At 5:10 p.m. Oct. 17, a Richmond Heights man, 36, called police to report that while he was with his girlfriend, 40, of Euclid, at a Ridgebury Boulevard home, the woman’s former boyfriend kicked in the home’s door and entered. The ex-boyfriend was brandishing a gun and threatened to kill the woman.

The current boyfriend ran from the house and then called police. The current boyfriend told dispatch that he heard a gunshot fired at the home after he ran. When police arrived at the home, the woman said that her former boyfriend, 57, of Richmond Heights, fired a shot into her car’s radiator and then drove away. Police

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