Ohio couple charged after dump leads to dead fish

Federal officials are accusing a business owner of dumping liquid cyanide into a storm drain, causing the death of almost 31,000 fish in an Ohio river.
Associated Press
Oct 11, 2012

U.S. Attorney Steven Dettelbach in Cleveland said the owner and his wife — both from Grafton — have been indicted on charges of conspiracy and obstruction of justice. Owner Renato Mortorsi also is accused of violating the Clean Water Act.

Authorities say the 79-year-old Mortorsi punched a hole in drum of liquid cyanide in April. The contents then flowed into a storm drain and eventually into the East Branch of the Rocky River that runs through Cleveland's western suburbs.

According to the indictment, the couple denied knowledge of the drum.

State officials found 30,893 dead fish in a three-mile stretch of the river.

 

Comments

buckeye15

Who needs the Clean Water Act??

jon491

State officials found 30,893 dead fish in a three-mile stretch of the river
WHO COUNTED THE FISH?

jas

When Romney talks about elimnating regulations, which regulations does he mean? Does he mean the Clean Water Act? Like so many issues with the Romney campaign, a lot of talk but no specifics.

TheScientist

Yes. Romney means the Clean Water Act. He's perfectly fine with anyone and everyone using surface water as dumping grounds. He doesn't like fish, so he likes seeing them dead.

(This was all tongue in cheek, people).

Katelih-Trailer...

Hmmm...How does a person go about getting a drum of Cyanide ?

deertracker

Great question and why would you need a drum of it.

Dinghy Gal

Supid comments.

Katelih-Trailer...

LMFAO !!!!!!!!! Who sounds SUPID now !!! Bahahahahahaaaaa

buckeye15

Oh man...I really hate being supid.

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2cents

Did they tast almonds?

Randy_Marsh

Thought cyanide only smells like Almonds? I really have no reference on this as i have never tasted cyanide. LOL!

DGMutley

Mr. Mortorsi knew what he was doing. I hope they burn his butt.

juzzmytake

1.) Who has access to DRUMS of cyanide? 2.) Who has access to cyanide? period! 3.) It killed thousands of fish and trickled down to where? 4.) May not be safe to drink the water, eat any vegetation from nearby crops.