Saturday, August 05, 2000

Ex-broadcaster kills himself

The Associated Press

Joel Rose
        BRECKSVILLE, Ohio — Former Cleveland television and radio personality Joel Rose killed himself Friday, the day a newspaper reported he was being investigated for allegedly mailing underwear and pornography to women.

        Mr. Rose, 64, shot himself in the head outside his home in this Cleveland suburb, said Cuyahoga County Coroner Dr. Elizabeth Balraj, who ruled the death a suicide. The results of tests for drugs or alcohol will not be known for several weeks, she said.

        Dr. Balraj said Mr. Rose left behind four suicide notes. Two were addressed to family members, one to Mayor Jerry Hruby and one to police Chief Dennis Kancler, a friend.

        Mr. Rose worked for Cleveland's WEWS-TV for about 16 years and was best known as the host of the Morning Exchange program.

        He also was a news co-anchor and had afternoon radio talk shows on stations that included WERE and the former WJW.

        The Cleveland Plain Dealer, citing sources it did not identify, reported that Mr. Rose was under investigation but had not been charged with any crime concerning obscene mailings.

        The newspaper said Cuyahoga County sheriff's deputies searched Mr. Rose's home Wednesday and that Mr. Rose was taken to a hospital for blood and saliva tests to gather evidence to compare with DNA from the packages women had received.

        Police Lt. Richard Mannarina said Mr. Rose shot himself shortly after 6 a.m. Friday. Police received a call a few minutes later. Lt. Mannarina said police believe Mr. Rose's wife made the call.

        Police recovered a .38-caliber revolver, which still had some ammunition, he said.

        Lt. Mannarina said police were told that Mr. Rose had said he was going outside to get a newspaper.


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