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Couple in fish-kill cyanide dumping to be arraigned

4:45 PM, Oct 12, 2012   |    comments
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AKRON -- Renato and Teresina R. Montorsi will have their arraignment at 2 p.m. on Oct. 25 before U.S. District Judge John R. Adams.

The owners of Kennedy Mint, Inc. in Strongsville were indicted earlier this week as federal officials say they dumped liquid cyanide into a storm sewer in their parking lot.

That cyanide eventually flowed into the East Branch of the Rocky River in April and was the cause of the fish kill that affected more than 30,000 fish.

Renato Montorsi, 79, and his wife, Teresina, 74, are both of Grafton.

U.S. Attorneys indicted the husband for violation of the Clean Water Act, conspiracy and two counts of obstruction of justice. His wife was charged with three counts of conspiracy and two counts of obstruction of justice.

Related story: Strongsville: Feds indict couple in liquid cyanide dumping

On April 17, trash collectors refused to take a 55-gallon drum of liquid cyanide from the company and dispose of it.

Federal officials said that, on April 18, Renato Montorsi then dragged the barrel over to a storm drain in his company's parking lot, used a tool to poke a hole in the bottom the drum until it began leaking and the contents then drained into the storm sewer, which, in turn, flowed into the East Branch of the Rocky River.

On April 22, the dead fish began appearing in the river. Federal officials now say the exact number of fish killed is 30,893.

His wife allegedly tried to stall the EPA workers from entering the facility and inspecting the drums. Channel 3 tried to reach Mr. and Mrs. Montorsi at Kennedy Mint, and at home in Grafton. Phone messages have not yet been returned.

 

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