Monday, October 25, 2010

Parma Mayor Dean DePiero's vacation home built by contractor who did business with city

With Mark Puente

A little more than a year after Dean DePiero became mayor of Parma, Ohio's eighth-largest city closed a real estate deal with the same contractor that built DePiero's Lake Erie vacation house on Kelleys Island.

The land, where a justice center and police station once stood, went to the highest bidder. And DePiero, aware of the conflict, refrained from signing the 2005 legislation that authorized the $425,850 sale to Glenwood Homes Ltd., which built single-family homes on the site.

But the mayor was involved in the process leading up to the transaction, according to public records provided last week by his administration. He fielded offers directly and received copies of documents detailing the proposals submitted by eight prospective developers.

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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason's supporters got at least $1.6 million in title work

With Mark Puente

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason has awarded at least $1.6 million in real estate title work to political supporters since 2005, records show.

The list of those who benefited includes a now-defunct company connected to Parma Mayor Dean DePiero, one of Mason's longtime friends and closest Democratic Party allies.

And no company received more title work over the last five years than United Title & Escrow, which was run by a frequent Mason donor until closing its doors this year.

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Saturday, October 9, 2010

Coroner Frank Miller accuses Prosecutor Bill Mason of making him hire ally Patrick Coyne

With Mark Puente

Cuyahoga County Coroner Frank Miller said Friday that county Prosecutor Bill Mason ordered him to hire a friend and political ally in exchange for help with Miller's election campaign.

Miller, in an interview with The Plain Dealer, said Mason and his chief trial lawyer, Steve Dever, told him to place Strongsville City Councilman Patrick Coyne on his payroll in 2007, the year Miller took office.

"Bill Mason sent him over here," Miller said of Coyne. "Bill Mason and Steve Dever did it. I got a call from Dever, and he said, 'He'd help you, and you have to take him.'"

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