Update III: What killed 28,613 fish in the Rocky River awhile back? Investigators finally know: it was cyanide.
No, some Russian mob syndicate didn't have a vendetta against thousands of rainbow trout and small-mouth bass. That would be ridiculous, but cool.
No, this was the careless and lazy work of a couple of septuagenarians: 79-year-old Renato Montorsi and his 74-year-old wife Teresina. They own a metal business on Pearl Rd. They use cyanide at said business. They had a 55-gallon drum that should have been disposed of properly at a waste-processing facility. Instead, the Montorsis poured the cyanide down a storm sewer, which led the cyanide into the Rocky River, which led to a whole stinkin' lot of dead fish. Investigators used an anonymous source, some tips, and good old-fashioned know-how to track down the pair, who are now charged with conspiracy and obstruction of justice. Renato is also facing charges of violating the Clean Water Act, along with being a lazy, boneheaded idiot. (Cleveland.com)
Update II:: No resolution yet to the cause of the mass fish kill in the Rocky River a few months ago, but Ohio and the EPA are still investigating. The latest non-update update:
Update: Fitting news update given the feature story in last week's issue of Scene...
Alexa Nasonti, a 25-year-old former teacher at Norwalk High School who was fingered for sleeping with a student, finally gave in a pleaded guilty. She's looking at a max of five years in the slammer for the felony, but the prosecutor will review a pre-sentence investigation and will ask for up to 18 months if the report recommends jail time.
Happy first week of school, folks. (Via Sandusky Register) — Grzegorek
A 25-year-old Norwalk High School teacher has been put on administrative ice while police try to determine whether she was involved in some kind of hanky panky with a underage student.
Update II: LeCharles Bentley has settled his lawsuit against the Cleveland Browns stemming from the staph infection he suffered following a knee injury back in 2006. And it was all solved by a face-to-face meeting between Bentley and Randy Lerner back in June, and there's some good for the community in this agreement, not just a check for Bentley.
“These last six years have been the most trying time of my life, but now that it is over I can honestly say I am a better man for having gone through it,” Bentley said in a statement Monday night. “Randy Lerner and I - two men born and raised in Cleveland - were able to sit down face to face back in June and come to an agreement that was fair.”
The only part of the agreement that was announced is a scholarship program at St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland. Bentley asked and Lerner agreed that the Browns fund six scholarships for underprivileged kids at Bentley’s alma mater. The scholarship program will continue for 20 years.
“One hundred and twenty young men will be blessed with a scholarship to attend one of the most academically and athletically rigorous schools in the country,” Bentley said. “(To) a school that not only provides a great education, but also molds boys into responsible men. This is another example of the good things the Lerner family does for this city that nobody ever hears about."
Good on both guys for this.
Update: Dennis! Kucinich has finally put all the rumors to rest. He will hang up his Congressional exclamation point at the end of his term and will not be seeking the seat in Washington state. A portion of his email that went out this afternoon:
Because of my love of public service, I have given a great deal of time and much thought to the advice and encouragement I have received from so many people of good will in Washington State. I certainly want to continue to be of service to our country and to the working men and women who have built it.
After careful consideration and discussions with Elizabeth and my closest friends, I have decided that, at this time, I can best serve from outside the Congress. My commitments to peace, to workers' rights and to social and economic justice are constant and are not dependent upon holding an office. They are dependent upon my continuing to stand up, to speak out, to organize, to motivate and to inspire our nation as to its deeper potential. This I promise I will do with great energy and heart.
After not so subtly saying that he wouldn't trek out to Washington state to try and land a congressional seat after losing the primary battle with Marcy Kaptur here on the shores of Lake Erie, Dennis! Kucinich is now — shockingly — flirting with doing exactly that.
He was out in WA and subsequently emailed supporters asking if he should run.
This conversation is right on par with Browns draft talk.
Anyway, Washington State Democratic Chair Dwight Pelz was quick to say Dennis! should just stop losing while he's ahead. (Behind?)
Pelz is having none of it, releasing a statement Sunday stating: "It is clear that Cleveland and Washington State agree one thing: we just don't want Dennis Kucinich. Kucinich was already rejected by Ohio voters after representing them for 15 years, and he isn't going to find meaning in Washington State. Voters in Washington won't be giving Kucinich a mulligan on yet another defeat in Cleveland."
Update II: Set your alarm clocks, friends. 9:30 a.m. sharp tomorrow morning is when the Fed's evidence against Dimora will be released, including the super-scandalous D-cup pictures from the trip to Las Vegas where Jimmy got a talkative hooker and complained about it.
We're seriously excited.
Update: Some of the Fed's evidence against Jimmy Dimora will be made public. Sadly, it doesn't look like a sex tape is on the list.
Judge Lioi ruled that photos of Dimora's backyard — including his pool, which was the "love of his life" — can be shown, as well as some snaps from the famous Dimora Gone Wild weekend in Vegas. One change: the hooker's license plate and address will be blurred.
Dimora has opposed several of the Government's exhibits, saying the evidence poses a risk for jury taint in his second corruption trial set for October.
Jury taint is the worst kind of taint.
Dimora fought the release of the Las Vegas pictures saying, the "salacious nature of these photographs will be exploited by the media."
Scout's honor, pinky swear, we absolutely promise: we will exploit the salacious nature of the photographs. You have our word.
There are reams of wiretap conversations, photos of Dimora and teammates on the Cuyahoga County Corruption All Stars at a pool in Las Vegas, and more, all used as evidence during Big Jimmy's first trial.
A second one awaits.
By now you've likely read the reports on what happened this weekend at Ohio University, where students clashed with Athens police after the annual shit-show Palmer Fest was interrupted by a house fire. Now state investigators say the spark that ignited the unfortunate public disturbance was intentionally lit.
After the fire was initially reported on Palmer Street Saturday night, Athens officials declared the area a riot zone, likely with visions of Kent's recent upheaval flashing before their eyes. Police reportedly tangled with some boozed-up partygoers who weren't keen on evacuating, but the chaos seems to have been milder than what took place a couple weeks back.
Now that the smoke has settled, officials say the OU fire was the result of arson, according to the Dispatch.
The rental house were the blaze began was broken into, and the fire was set in the basement. No one was hurt.The state is playing most of the details close to the chest, but they are offering $5,000 to anyone with information that can help catch those responsible.