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All Hell Breaking Loose With Cleveland Politicians

Unread postby swerb » Wed Jul 30, 2008 7:56 am

Federal raids target Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora, Cuyahoga County Auditor Frank Russo

The public-corruption investigation that paralyzed Cuyahoga County government Monday unraveled the political and business ties of the county's most powerful and colorful players: Commissioner Jimmy Dimora and Auditor Frank Russo.

The federal investigation centers on allegations that they traded jobs and contracts for thousands of dollars of free improvements to their homes and properties.

The investigation went public when nearly 200 agents from the FBI and IRS simultaneously raided county offices, businesses and homes at 9 a.m.

The operation was so broad that the FBI brought in agents from Pittsburgh and used three U-Haul trucks to take away cartons of documents and other items. Dimora and Russo, who have spent their political careers in the limelight, stayed out of sight all day and were not available for comment.

The nearly inseparable duo built a Democratic machine by hiring friends and allies, which is the subject of a continuing Plain Dealer investigative series. And the two have helped the party control every elected office in the county for decades, partly through Dimora's role as county Democratic Party chairman.

But the investigation could end their control and hasten efforts under way by the legislature and governor to consolidate the county's elected offices.

http://blog.cleveland.com/metro/2008/07 ... ahoga.html

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Arsonist torched Cleveland councilman's home

A day after surviving a suspicious fire, Cleveland City Councilman Joe Cimperman grappled with a nagging question: Does someone want him dead?

That is what Cimperman believes after investigators confirmed this afternoon that an arsonist torched his house Monday night, forcing the family to flee from their beds.

"It was attempted murder," he said in a telephone interview.

Officials found an accelerant in the ruins of the Tremont neighborhood house, which was destroyed. They have sent evidence to the state fire marshal in Columbus to determine what was used to start the fire, a spokesman said.

The councilman, whose Ward 13 includes downtown, Tremont, Ohio City and the St. Clair-Superior area, said his family had received no police protection as of 3 p.m.

He also said he had heard few details from investigators who are looking into a possible connection with more than 10 threatening messages the councilman has received since 2006.


http://blog.cleveland.com/metro/2008/07 ... cou_2.html

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Re: All Hell Breaking Loose With Cleveland Politicians

Unread postby jack_tors » Sat Aug 02, 2008 10:15 pm

Swerb wrote:
The public-corruption investigation that paralyzed Cuyahoga County government Monday unraveled the political and business ties of the county's most powerful and colorful players: Commissioner Jimmy Dimora and Auditor Frank Russo.

The federal investigation centers on allegations that they traded jobs and contracts for thousands of dollars of free improvements to their homes and properties.

The investigation went public when nearly 200 agents from the FBI and IRS simultaneously raided county offices, businesses and homes at 9 a.m.

The operation was so broad that the FBI brought in agents from Pittsburgh and used three U-Haul trucks to take away cartons of documents and other items. Dimora and Russo, who have spent their political careers in the limelight, stayed out of sight all day and were not available for comment.

The nearly inseparable duo built a Democratic machine by hiring friends and allies, which is the subject of a continuing Plain Dealer investigative series. And the two have helped the party control every elected office in the county for decades, partly through Dimora's role as county Democratic Party chairman.

But the investigation could end their control and hasten efforts under way by the legislature and governor to consolidate the county's elected offices.

http://blog.cleveland.com/metro/2008/07 ... ahoga.html



A day after surviving a suspicious fire, Cleveland City Councilman Joe Cimperman grappled with a nagging question: Does someone want him dead?

That is what Cimperman believes after investigators confirmed this afternoon that an arsonist torched his house Monday night, forcing the family to flee from their beds.

"It was attempted murder," he said in a telephone interview.

Officials found an accelerant in the ruins of the Tremont neighborhood house, which was destroyed. They have sent evidence to the state fire marshal in Columbus to determine what was used to start the fire, a spokesman said.

The councilman, whose Ward 13 includes downtown, Tremont, Ohio City and the St. Clair-Superior area, said his family had received no police protection as of 3 p.m.

He also said he had heard few details from investigators who are looking into a possible connection with more than 10 threatening messages the councilman has received since 2006.[/i]

http://blog.cleveland.com/metro/2008/07 ... cou_2.html



Crazy week for Cuyahoga County, no doubt. I can't believe there isn't more talk about this issue. I really hope they nail Russo and Dimora's pelt to the wall. If those 2 aren't the definition of what's wrong with America today, I don't know what is.
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Unread postby FUDU » Sun Aug 03, 2008 11:18 pm

This is not good. The last thing this city needs is its residents losing all confidence in the justice system when it stumbles across its own "leaders" being part of the problem.

As far as Russo goes, what is this world coming to when even mobsters are flaming gay. Sheesh.
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Unread postby Hi Oktane » Mon Aug 04, 2008 1:23 pm

FUDU wrote:The last thing this city needs is its residents losing all confidence in the justice system when it stumbles across its own "leaders" being part of the problem.


"Losing"?
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Unread postby peeker643 » Mon Aug 04, 2008 1:30 pm

Hi Oktane wrote:
FUDU wrote:The last thing this city needs is its residents losing all confidence in the justice system when it stumbles across its own "leaders" being part of the problem.


"Losing"?


Exactly.

I think it works 180 degrees differently than what FUDU thinks (as if that is shocking).

I see the populace saying "O-fuckin'-kay. Finally these thieves and backstabbing pieces of shit are being held accountable for something. Now let's see if it sticks."
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Unread postby Orenthal » Mon Aug 04, 2008 2:01 pm

These guys are nothing more then union thugs dressed in suits. The general apathy of voters is part of what keeps these people in power.

Hopefully this is the wake up call this county needs to get people in office with some concern about the overall health of NEO.
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