Coach enters innocent plea
CANFIELD -- The both teacher and baseball coach charged with misdemeanor gambling has pleaded innocent.
Anthony Ross, 39, of Edwards Street, entered the written plea late Thursday afternoon in Mahoning County Court through his attorney, Samuel Amendolara. A pretrial hearing has been set for Aug. 31.
Ross is charged with 11 counts of gambling, accused of conducting Texas Hold 'Em tournaments in 2004 and this year as fund-raisers for the high school baseball team without filing the required paperwork with the state or the Internal Revenue Service.
Although the tournaments were reportedly organized to raise money for Canfield Baseball, that group is not affiliated with the Canfield Baseball Club Inc., which is listed in the telephone book.
The group that Ross told police he was raising money for was for high school baseball players.
The club listed in the telephone book is for younger children who play baseball at McCune Field.