Ohio corruption case may lead to renaming center


BEDFORD HEIGHTS, Ohio (AP) -- The leader of a Cleveland suburb is pushing to rename a community center that's named for a former local mayor who's been convicted of dozens of corruption charges.

Former Cuyahoga (keye-uh-HOH'-guh) County Commissioner and Democratic official Jimmy Dimora was accused of arranging contracts and jobs in return for bribes. He was convicted of dozens of corruption charges Friday in a long-running case that led to voter-approved changes in the Cleveland-area political system.

He previously was mayor of Bedford Heights, which dedicated its community center to him 12 years ago. Current Mayor Fletcher Berger tells WKYC-TV (http://on.wkyc.com/xWoK8U ) he wants the city council to consider changing the name to Bedford Heights Community Center.

Council President Philip Saunders, who was sworn in by Dimora, says he would oppose the change.


Information from: WKYC-TV, http://www.wkyc.com