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Residents Caught Plucking Junk From Cuyahoga River Could Face Prosecution

Items have surfaced following this summer's dam demolitions that could hold historical significance.

A man picks up what appears to be part of a boat hull from the Cuyahoga River. Photo Courtesy of You Know You're From Cuyahoga Falls When... Facebook page
A man picks up what appears to be part of a boat hull from the Cuyahoga River. Photo Courtesy of You Know You're From Cuyahoga Falls When... Facebook page
Residents are being advised to stay out of the mucky Cuyahoga River, from Prospect Bridge to Water Works Park, because its technically still a construction zone. 

Cuyahoga Falls Service Director Valerie Wax Carr told the Falls News-Press it boils down to a safety issue since the river contains jagged rocks, sharp metal and broken glass which surfaced following the demolition of the Powerhouse and Sheraton Dams. 

Carr also doesn't want people stealing items from the river that could potentially be historically significant. 

"If we find out someone has taken something of historic significance, we will prosecute," she told the Falls News-Press. "They don't own it … We are asking people to please respect the history of the community."

However, the public will be invited to a river cleanup on Sept. 28 to pitch in and help. Those interested should call the city Service Director's Office at 330-971-8240.
Earl Elevant August 27, 2013 at 10:58 PM
Better not pitch in on Sept 28. It might be a trap to arrest people.
Joshua Criss August 28, 2013 at 11:16 AM
I would love to see what grounds they have for arresting someone!! The arrogance of the Mayor and Police that they can just arrest someone for picking up items that were thrown away. Also, who deems what is valuable? If i were to find something in the river before they knew all of this was there they would not have said anything about it!!!
Pamela Heinbaugh August 28, 2013 at 12:14 PM
If the city had thought there might have been anything of historical value, they should have had their own people down there digging around for it, instead of waiting until citizens had already picked up things & then threatening to prosecute them.
Rayeann Ray Helms August 28, 2013 at 01:20 PM
From Prospect Bridge to Water Works? They certainly are claiming more than the construction zone. Water Works wasn't part of the construction zone, people were still kayaking there during the dam removals. Talk about greed, there is no concern for historical significance when the city tears down old buildings.
Jimm Motyka August 28, 2013 at 01:28 PM
Let me figure out the rational. I don't know if I have anything, but if you find something, it's mine. Yeah, that sounds like our city government. The only surprise is that they are displaying tyranny in plain sight.
Earl Elevant August 28, 2013 at 10:48 PM
It's time to send Robart packing. Come on November...
Pamela Heinbaugh August 28, 2013 at 10:59 PM
Earl I would imagine this would have played out the same way no matter who was in office.

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