Visiting judge appointed for Oakhill case

YOUNGSTOWN — The Ohio Supreme Court appointed William Herman Wolff Jr., a retired Ohio 2nd District Court of Appeals judge, to preside over the Mahoning County Oakhill Renaissance Place criminal case.

All five of Mahoning County’s five criminal common pleas court judges recused themselves from the case.

The indictment accuses the defendants of illegally allowing private interests to unsuccessfully block and postpone the county’s purchase of Oakhill.

Those charged are: county Commissioner John A. McNally IV; county Auditor Michael V. Sciortino; Anthony M. Cafaro Sr., the recently retired president of the Cafaro Co.; Flora Cafaro, part owner of the Cafaro Co.; ex-county Treasurer John Reardon; Atty. Martin Yavorcik; and John Zachariah, former county Job and Family Services director.

Also charged are the Cafaro Co. and two of its subsidiaries: the Ohio Valley Mall and the Marion Plaza.

Reardon will report to the Mahoning County jail about 1 p.m. today to be booked.

All of the other defendants, except Zachariah, were booked earlier this week. Zachariah is out of the country till the end of the month.

For the complete story, read Saturday’s Vindicator and

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