Cyanide identified as cause of April fish kill in Rocky River; Grafton couple indicted (video) | cleveland.comCleveland, Ohio -- Federal authorities accused a Grafton couple Wednesday of causing a massive fish kill in the Rocky River by dumping 55 gallons of toxic cyanide into a storm sewer last spring.
A grand jury returned indictments against Renato Montorsi, 79, and his wife Teresina, 74, on charges of conspiracy and obstruction of justice. Renato Montorsi also is accused of violating the Clean Water Act.
"Mr. Montorsi chose to use the river behind us as his own dump," said U.S. Attorney Steven at a news conference at the Rocky River Nature Center. "Nearly every fish in a three mile stretch -- about 30,000 -- were killed."
On April 22 -- Earth Day -- tens of thousands of dead and dying fish, turtles, crayfish, frogs and other wildlife washed up along three miles of the East Branch of the Rocky River between the Bonnie Park Picnic Area and Wallace Lake in Berea.
These two own a coin and precious metal business, which uses a lot of cyanide. When waste management refused to collect a 55 gallon drum full of used cyanide, they allegedly dumped the contents into a storm sewer.
WHAT a horrible crime.
If these people are guilty, what do you think should happen to them?