To tell the truth (Mayor Gary Norton Jr.) 2 Stories
Mayor Gary Norton Jr. has managed to spin two different version of why the traffic control lights at the intersection of Euclid Ave, Forest Hills Bvd, and Wheeler Ave are flashing red. After being interviewed by Multimedia journalist Michael Baldwin on January 20, 2015. Mayor Norton admitted that the lights were intentionally switched to flash red causing drivers to come to a complete stop. In less than 12 hours Norton being interviewed by multimedia journalist Paul Kiska changes the whole story.
According a confidential source the East Cleveland Ohio city Service Department was ordered to do back in November 2014. It appears that the second busiest intersection in East Cleveland Ohio has been flashing red lights intentionally to force drivers into trying to figure out what to do. By law if the lights were flashing red for a short time they would default with Euclid Ave drivers having a flashing YELLOW light and Forest Hills Blvd and Wheeler Ave drivers would see a flashing RED light.
It appears that the second busiest intersection in East Cleveland Ohio has been flashing red lights intentionally to force drivers into trying to figure out what to do. By law if the lights were flashing red for a short time they would default with Euclid Ave drivers having a flashing YELLOW light and Forest Hills Blvd and Wheeler Ave drivers would see a flashing RED light.
Many people did not pay this intersection any attention and since the East Cleveland Police waited pulled cited drivers over blocks away from the infraction space the scheme went on for months unnoticed. Now a check of every citation issued in that area will show the hundreds of thousands made daily at what has become “Ca$H Corners.”
Judge William Dawson who has to oversee the final collection of fines and court costs several months ago demanded that Mayor Norton put up stop signs so this intersection and warn drivers there is a stop ahead. Norton did install stop signs but under protest the signs were placed over 15 feet in the air and no stops signs or warning “Stop Ahead” were posted by Norton. The things that could have thrown all of the investigative reporters off the case were not put into place.
Now Paul Kiska of WEWS TV 5 (NewsNet5) interviews Norton after the scared mayor runs into the men’s room for sanctuary at the East Cleveland Public Library. Kiska is able to convince Mayor Gary Norton that he will be able to control the questions asked and changing the story Norton told NewsNet5 reporter Michael Baldwin less than twelve hours before this interview and after consulting with Police Chief Michael Cardilli the story changes to the traffic light needs hundreds of thousands of dollars work.
Now the only thing left to do is for Norton to let engineers who designed the system take a look into this solid state box that controls the lights. And since so many companies have volunteered to switch the lights back into function the two stories spun by Mayor Norton are placed into a tail spin. If Norton is telling the truth in either version engineers will find out what is going on at Ca$H Corners and have it repaired in a short time.
As for the thousands of people who have been cited at this corner it could cost East Cleveland hundreds of thousands of dollars should the Ohio State Attorney General Michael Dewine or a class action lawyer decides to assist ticketed drivers. Since this story alleges that the East Cleveland Police Department may have played a part in this incident we are asking Dewine to intervene and provide an unbiased investigation into what happened at “Ca$h Corners.”
If you or anyone known has been ticketed as a result of not coming to a complete stop we urge you to email us now: firstname.lastname@example.org
Next stop will be to request every citation issued at Ca$h Corner since this project started in early November 2014. That request will be made despite the fact that East Cleveland does not have a Law Director after that entire department left in a hurry.
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