Auroran found innocentof retaliation chargesAURORA -- A local man who was accused of threatening the life of his wife's attorney was cleared of criminal charges by a Cuyahoga County jury last Thursday. Louis Telerico was accused of retaliation, menacing by stalking and aggravated menacing of attorney Vince Stafford, who is representing Telerico's wife in divorce proceedings. In his ruling, Judge Stuart Friedman said there was no evidence to show Telerico intended to carry out his threat, that Telerico didn't stalk Stafford and there was no evidence that Telerico had brought or tried to buy a gun. "Everyone is very pleased with the outcome," said Telerico's attorney, John Pyle. "Louis just wants to get on with his life and get the divorce case settled." Mayor: City needs to focus on foreclosuresBEDFORD -- Mayor Dan Pocek thinks the city needs to address the number of Bedford homeowners who have had their mortgages foreclosed. "Cuyahoga County leads the nation in foreclosures," Pocek said at the Jan. 17 Bedford State of the City Address. City Manager Bob Reid said the city had two foreclosed homes torn down in 2006 and made a total of $75,000 worth of exterior repairs to 10 foreclosed homes to bring them up to code. Tax liens were added to the homes, so the city would be reimbursed at the time of a sale, he said. "We wanted to improve the homes that were becoming cancers to their neighborhoods," Reid said. City hosting memorial to firefightersMACEDONIA -- For at least two months starting Feb. 5, the city will host a large bronze statue depicting several New York City firefighters carrying the body of the fire department's chaplain, the Rev. Mychal Judge, from the World Trade Center. The statue comes courtesy of Sagamore Hills resident Clement Cody, who said he was inspired by his memories of seeing the attacks on television and paid for the 1-ton statue. After a couple of months in Macedonia at the city's memorial park on Route 82 and a stop in Cleveland later this year, plans are for the statue to ultimately end up on a site about a block from the World Trade Center.Man shot in legs during robberyMAPLE HEIGHTS -- Police say a city resident was released from the hospital after being shot twice in each leg Jan. 12 by a robber as he walked from his car to his garage. According to Maple Heights Police Detective Gerald Prusha, the 31-year-old man had arrived home shortly before 3:30 a.m. and noticed a man walking on the sidewalk near his home. The victim told police the man ran up behind him and pulled out a "small caliber handgun." The suspect ordered the victim to give up his money; but, as the victim reached into his pocket, the suspect fired six times, hitting the victim twice in each leg, Prusha said. The man told police he dropped an unspecified amount of money on the garage floor. As the suspect picked up the money, a vehicle pulled up and the suspect ran to it, dropping most of the money on the ground, Prusha said.School may get another modular classroomSTREETSBORO -- With the student population rising, the district is looking at purchasing a used modular building for the high school next year that could hold two classrooms, according to Superintendent Tom Giovangnoli. He said the district will have a proposal for the School Board before the end of the school year. A similar modular classroom building cost about $42,500 to purchase and move to its place outside the high school last year, he said.'Gentleman's club' closes in TwinsburgTWINSBURG -- Seven months after a federal court gave a Ravenna Road gentlemen's club the right to reopen in the city, the business has apparently closed down. Scarlett's Cabaret, formerly known as the Matchouse, has canceled its lease at 9408 Ravenna Road, according to city Law Director David Maistros. The official date of the closure was not known. On Jan. 15, the sign which formerly read "Scarlett's Cabaret" had been removed and a "for sale or lease" sign had been posted in the front yard. Attorneys for Scarlett's Cabaret did not return phone calls seeking comment. In recent months, the city tightened both zoning and licensing regulations for businesses defined as "sexually oriented," as Scarlett's Cabaret was.