"Ross said frequently at accident scenes the AIU is using tape measures at a maximum of 100 feet long." One of those measuring wheel devices doesn't cost anywhere near $30K.
"the speed cameras are leading to safer driving on the interstate, which cuts down on accidents." First, if you've been on 680 lately, people are driving at least 15 mph over the limit. Second, there are many possible factors in an uptick or a downturn in the accident rate. You can't attribute either one to only the lowering (by some) of the driving speed. Third, we've never been told how many accidents there were on 680 since the use of these speed cams, against how many before their use. If they provide such safety, where are the numbers?
May 4, 2016 at 8:45 a.m.
Sorry, Dave, but that's not quite so. Yavorcik lives in a neighborhood where houses go for about $175K. His mortgage and utilities wouldn't be sky high. Where'd all his money go, since he claims to be indigent?
He hasn't "paid dearly." He just about hasn't paid at all. Judge Burnside gave him a big smooch on the cheek, not any sort of "punishment." And he won't be unemployed any longer than he wants to be. He can't practice law any more, being convicted on 8 felony counts, but he can be a paralegal, or otherwise work in the legal field. Or he can get a job with, oh, I don't know . . . maybe a large firm that builds shopping malls and owns and leases properties?
May 3, 2016 at 12:45 p.m.
Think tank, those are questions for Bozanich. My guess is they go into the General Fund, because it appears the city levies the fees, not the FD. The city, after all, owns the equipment and trucks. You'd be surprised at what some cities use as an excuse to collect fees.
And you realize they bill insurance companies, right? If you don't have insurance on your business, and your business causes a toxic chemical spill, for example, then yes, you're going to get the bill, but that's just one of many. The EPA will be front and center with their hand out. Lots of other government entities, too, depending on who was needed. Youngstown is simply jumping on the bandwagon. The FD isn't a moneymaking operation. They simply protect lives and property. The cops are the money makers - they get to confiscate cash and property from people they think may be criminals. If those people are later found innocent, good luck trying to get any of that back.
May 3, 2016 at 12:29 p.m.
Sandusky is trying to get all charges thrown out, and maintains his innocence. They ought to add perjury to his charges, because he's lying to the judge when he claims he didn't do what multiple people saw and heard him doing.
So the basis of their request to draw more attention to the innocent victims in this case is their claim that the Prosecution knew the identity of Victim 2, but did not reveal it? Sounds like they want to humiliate VIctim 2, and stir up all those old wounds again. To punish him for telling on Sandusky. If he actually knew Victim 2's identity, I applaud the Prosecution for keeping it to himself. The guy suffered enough.
May 3, 2016 at 8:03 a.m.
No, Rick, they aren't members of the employees' families. What they are is a group of people who are growing more organized every day. This group has been upset for quite some time - some of them for the "at least 20 years" you reference. The firings, and especially the way those firings were carried out, are simply the catalyst. Now that the group is organized, I really believe the only thing that will satisfy them is Young's removal. Remember, he was hired under a cloud of suspicion. The vindy briefly objected to the Sunshine Laws violation when he was hired. The staged dog-and-pony show the park board performed after being exposed violating those Sunshine Laws seems to have placated the vindy, but the fact remains that Young was hired under suspicious circumstances. And his track record at the Geauga Park District didn't exactly make him out to be a stellar catch. Why did the park board pursue and hire him in such a covert manner? And why do they continue to support him, even to the point of making ridiculous rationalizations?
May 1, 2016 at 10:01 a.m.
Judge Burnside "believed he’s suffered enough and there’s no benefit to society to put him in prison." Judge, the "benefit to society" is that we see wrongdoing punished. This reinforces to everyone that if you do wrong, you'll be caught and punished. This message you've sent is to go ahead and take that bribe, wield that influence, commit that crime. The penalty is a slap on the wrist and a not-very-stern talking-to.
Why should Marty have taken the plea? He came out better than he would have in any of the deals they offered him.
The prosecution, in its appeal, have it exactly right.
Yes, I'm sure wherever Yavorcik goes, people stare at him. They're saying to each other, "There goes the guy who got away with it." Nobody believes he's indigent, and nobody believes he'll be broke and jobless in the weeks ahead. That's another feature of this area - criminals always find work, usually courtesy of their partners in crime. Wait and see who Yavorcik ends up working for.
May 1, 2016 at 9:48 a.m.
So the li'l thug was already being held on an unrelated matter. Two strikes in a very short time. The parents should be in jail, too. Maybe then they'd get the message.
April 30, 2016 at 10:04 a.m.
I smell a witch-hunt.
April 30, 2016 at 8:29 a.m.
That's the plan, billdog. Make the price of guns unreachable for the common man.
April 29, 2016 at 1:24 p.m.
Billdog - I'll bet they found someone who would do the job cheaper. You know how that "Low Bidder" always works out.
April 29, 2016 at 11:15 a.m.