Ward 8 Councilman Mike Polensek is sounding the alarm about low homicide clearance rates in the City of Cleveland, compared to comparable cities saying “at the end of last year, our closure rate was only in the forties.”

Homicide clearance or closure rates, simply put, are a measure of the percentage of cases deemed to be solved.

A police source seems to bolster Polensek’s claim, telling WKYC's Hilary Golston that the clearance rate is about 47 percent.

According to the FBI the 2015 clearance rate for homicides with populations between 250,000 and 500,000 is 55 percent, which is better than the available data from Cleveland.

Nationally the solve-rate for homicides is higher, over 61 percent.

Golston has put in a Freedom of Information Act request for the official percentage of homicide cases closed in the city, but those figures were not immediately available.

After the murder of a married couple who owned Mr. Cars in the Collinwood neighborhood, an area in Polensek’s Ward, he’s speaking up about the need to find their killers. “This was premeditated. These are cold, hard, ruthless killers,” Polensek told Golston.

Mike Kuznik and Trina Kuznik were shot in the head Friday evening, inside the business they owned located at 726 East 185.

Officers arrived shortly after 10 p.m. after the victims were discovered by their 19-year-old son.

Police say two cars were stolen from the lot, but Polensek says others may have been taken.

Officials say the cars are:

  • 999 Chevrolet Tahoe, 2dr, white with gold trim and beige or taupe leather interior. The vehicle has a rear gate that opens on both sides


  • 2008 BMW 528i, 4dr, silver in color.   On the right side of the lip of the trunk lid, the BMW vehicle model designation “528i” is prominent.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Cleveland Police homicide investigators at 216-623-5464, or they can can report anonymously through Crimestoppers at 216-252-7463.