Friday, March 7 2014 4:11 AM EST2014-03-07 09:11:28 GMT
The topic of arming school employees is back in the spotlight in Boone County. On Thursday, the school board met as part of a planned safety workshop to review their current safety and emergency plans.Full Story >
The topic of arming school employees is back in the spotlight in Boone County. For one local man, having an armed school employee has a different meaning.Full Story >
CLEVELAND) - Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray said Friday that he will deploy a team of state investigators and forensic accountants to examine irregularities in the appraisals that are used to value real estate for property tax purposes in Cuyahoga County over the past decade.
Cordray, who served as both Franklin County Treasurer and Ohio Treasurer before being elected Ohio Attorney General last fall, said that any manipulation of property values would have affected all citizens and taxpayers and may have shortchanged key local services such as police, fire, social services, and schools.
"We have been monitoring these events closely and are deeply concerned about admitted and alleged wrongdoing by public officials and those in the private sector who have been entrusted to do the people's business. We are specifically disturbed by new allegations regarding Cuyahoga County's property tax appraisal process and the potential impact of unfairness at the core of that system. Any long-term, systematic rigging of property taxes would undermine those things that maintain our basic quality of life and would destroy the public's confidence in the fundamental certainty that we share the burdens and benefits of local government fairly and equitably," Cordray said.
As a result of an ongoing federal investigation, details have emerged about criminal activity related to property appraisals for the county. Under Ohio law, when requested by local authorities or the Governor, the Attorney General can lead investigations into and take action to address such wrongdoing.
Attorney General Cordray received three such requests Thursday.
Ohio Governor Ted Strickland requested in a September 24 letter that Cordray "use all powers and authority provided the Attorney General by the Ohio Constitution and the laws of Ohio to assist and work collaboratively with all federal, state, and local law enforcement authorities and other governmental officials to detect, establish, prosecute and/or correct illegal or other unauthorized activity associated with the ongoing criminal probe in Cuyahoga County."
"Residents and businesses in Cuyahoga County rely on a fair, uncorrupted appraisal process to fund the operations of schools and government. It is imperative that any potential corruption of the process is rooted out and integrity restored," Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason stated in a September 24 letter to Cordray.
Cuyahoga County Sheriff Bob Reid also wrote to Cordray on September 24: "We are concerned with the possible erosion of public confidence in the Cuyahoga County Auditor's Office and welcome the investigation to ensure the public trust."
Cordray confirmed that his office would work closely and cooperatively with federal authorities in these matters.
"We understand that the federal investigation is longstanding and ongoing," Cordray said. "I have spoken with the federal officials involved and pledged to coordinate our efforts so as not to impede or hinder their work in any way. Our primary goal is to carefully examine the facts affecting the county's tax system to correct any problems and ensure that schools, social services, and county taxpayers are being treated fairly across the board," Cordray said.
Cordray said he had also been contacted in recent days by the Cuyahoga County Board of Commissioners, the Cuyahoga County Treasurer, and Lakewood's Mayor seeking assistance in addressing these issues.
Thursday, December 19 2013 2:10 PM EST2013-12-19 19:10:45 GMT
Former Cuyahoga County employee Daniel Gallagher was sentenced to four years in prison today for engaging in a series of bribery conspiracies involving public officials, federal law enforcement officialsFull Story >
Former Cuyahoga County employee Daniel Gallagher was sentenced to four years in prison today for engaging in a series of bribery conspiracies involving public officials, federal law enforcement officials announced today.Full Story >
Wednesday, December 4 2013 8:15 PM EST2013-12-05 01:15:23 GMT
One of the key players in the Cuyahoga County corruption scandal was sentenced Wednesday. Full Story >
One of the key players in the Cuyahoga County corruption scandal was sentenced Wednesday. Steven Pumper, the former CEO of DAS Construction, pleaded guilty to nine counts, including bribery. He was sentenced to eight yeas and one month in prison.
Tuesday, December 3 2013 10:25 AM EST2013-12-03 15:25:51 GMT
Jimmy Dimora and Frank Russo are back in Federal prison after weeks of interrogation by County Prosecutor's. Like 19 Action News on Facebook for the latest news, weather, sports and giveaways. CopyrightFull Story >
Jimmy Dimora and Frank Russo are back in Federal prison after weeks of interrogation by Cuyahoga County Prosecutors.Full Story >
Thursday, November 7 2013 10:44 PM EST2013-11-08 03:44:10 GMT
19 Action News found just how much it's costing Cuyahoga County taxpayers to hold convicted County Commissioners Jimmy Dimora and Frank Russo. The cost has now topped $10,000. Dimora and Russo bothFull Story >
19 Action News found just how much it's costing Cuyahoga County taxpayers to hold convicted County Commissioners Jimmy Dimora and Frank Russo.Full Story >
Monday, October 28 2013 5:18 PM EDT2013-10-28 21:18:30 GMT
A key player in the county corruption scandal faces between four and five years in prison at her sentencing on Monday afternoon. Sandy Klimkowski, the former president of the Maple Heights School Board,Full Story >
A key player in the county corruption scandal faces between four and five years in prison at her sentencing on Monday afternoon. Sandy Klimkowski is the former president of the Maple Heights School Board.Full Story >
Thursday, October 10 2013 4:43 PM EDT2013-10-10 20:43:51 GMT
Dozen of charges have been filed against a woman who worked for the Cuyahoga County Weights and Measures Division. Investigators say Lisa Rogers repeatedly lied on time sheets. Lisa Rogers has been indictedFull Story >
A former Cuyahoga County weights-and-measures inspector has been indicted by a Grand Jury for filing false reports and bogus time cards, County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty announced on Thursday.Full Story >
Wednesday, March 5 2014 9:44 PM EST2014-03-06 02:44:15 GMT
A growing trend in the United States that has reached parts of Kentucky. A version of the illegal slot machines is being operated under the guise of entertainment. Various types of illegal gambling machines,Full Story >
A growing trend in the United States that has reached parts of Kentucky. A version of the illegal slot machines is being operated under the guise of entertainment.Full Story >
Wednesday, March 5 2014 10:31 PM EST2014-03-06 03:31:12 GMT
Work on the multi-million dollar 4th and Race Street development is making progress, but one key hurdle is re-locating the Paragon Salon. On Wednesday, the salon filed a lawsuit against the city sayingFull Story >
Work on the multi-million dollar 4th and Race Street development is making progress, but one key hurdle is re-locating the Paragon Salon.Full Story >
Wednesday, March 5 2014 6:56 PM EST2014-03-05 23:56:41 GMT
A woman has been arrested after a gun was found inside of her purse as she entered the Job and Family Services building. Police say Shaequya Smith entered the building, located at 222 E. Central Parkway,Full Story >
A woman has been arrested after a gun was found inside of her purse as she entered the Job and Family Services building.Full Story >
Thursday, February 3 2011 5:19 PM EST2011-02-03 22:19:13 GMT
New details have been released on a large drug sweep in Pierce Township, Clermont County. On Wednesday, a total of 17 people were indicted by a grand jury on 46 charges related to trafficking in drugs.Full Story >
Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
31 people are in trouble with the law after a three day prostitution sting in Richmond. Police told NBC12 they targeted specific areas where residents and business owners complained about the illegal activity.Full Story >