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    FBI Arrests Elderly Married Couple For Cyanide Poisoning

    Cleveland, 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.
    Cyanide identified as cause of April fish kill in Rocky River; Grafton couple indicted (video) | cleveland.com

    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?

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    Make them eat the fish. You reap what you sow.
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    Re: FBI Arrests Elderly Married Couple For Cyanide Poisoning

    Quote Originally Posted by Pinkie View Post
    Cyanide identified as cause of April fish kill in Rocky River; Grafton couple indicted (video) | cleveland.com

    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?
    I think they should be punished as per what the law prescribes for the crimes they're guilty of. And then I think they should be civilly sued for the damage they've done to the Rocky River as well as revenues lost because of their criminal acts...I'm thinking sport fishing was effected. There would be clean-up costs, etc. Perhaps there's a way to put a number on that. I also think any wells in the area should be checked for cyanide. If there's even a smidgeon, they should be prosecuted for whatever "endangering the welfare of others" entails...and sued for the costs of clean-up of those as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    I think they should be punished as per what the law prescribes for the crimes they're guilty of. And then I think they should be civilly sued for the damage they've done to the Rocky River as well as revenues lost because of their criminal acts...I'm thinking sport fishing was effected. There would be clean-up costs, etc. Perhaps there's a way to put a number on that. I also think any wells in the area should be checked for cyanide. If there's even a smidgeon, they should be prosecuted for whatever "endangering the welfare of others" entails...and sued for the costs of clean-up of those as well.

    I like nothing better than taking money from those whose greed has harmed others. Taking all of it would be a fine bonus.
    I completely agree. The motive may not have been eco-terrorism, but the effect on us is the same.

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    Send the toxic avenger after them.

    Seriously, the DNR should handle them for killing wildlife. Maybe a nice hefty fine and community service.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinKohler View Post
    Make them eat the fish. You reap what you sow.
    I'm disgusted and angry, but I wouldn't give them the death penalty.

    I do think they deserve prison time, and that'd likely be LWOP for them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by helix2048 View Post
    Send the toxic avenger after them.

    Seriously, the DNR should handle them for killing wildlife. Maybe a nice hefty fine and community service.
    You don't think they should do prison time, helix?

    Is it on account of their age?

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    Re: FBI Arrests Elderly Married Couple For Cyanide Poisoning

    Quote Originally Posted by Pinkie View Post
    Cyanide identified as cause of April fish kill in Rocky River; Grafton couple indicted (video) | cleveland.com

    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?
    Was there a way they could get it properly handled? If waste management refused to collect it, they could have found themselves in a Catch-22. I don't know enough details to be able to say one way or the other.

    But they should likely receive a rather large fine and a lot of community service.
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    Re: FBI Arrests Elderly Married Couple For Cyanide Poisoning

    I wonder why waste management refused to dispose of the waste. That's their job.

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    Re: FBI Arrests Elderly Married Couple For Cyanide Poisoning

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    Was there a way they could get it properly handled? If waste management refused to collect it, they could have found themselves in a Catch-22. I don't know enough details to be able to say one way or the other.

    But they should likely receive a rather large fine and a lot of community service.
    The article said they could have called for a hazardous waste pick up, at their cost.

    I have a question myself: can I get cyanide if I just claim to be a coin dealer? Why isn't this substance more tightly controlled?

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