Craig Beach councilwoman and fired village police chief bound over on perjury charges
By Peter H. Milliken
A village councilwoman and fired police chief in Craig Beach have been bound over to the Mahoning County grand jury on perjury charges.
Councilwoman Wanda S. Sabol, 45, and former village police chief Joseph E. Borosky, 32, were bound over by Judge David D’Apolito of Mahoning County Area Court here.
The judge’s ruling followed a Wednesday preliminary hearing, at which both defendants testified and the judge decided the charges are supported by probable cause.
The perjury charges allege the defendants lied under oath in an August 2012 disciplinary hearing when they said that a dash-cam video of a traffic stop made by Borosky contained sound, when it did not.
Sabol and Borosky, each charged with one count of perjury, remain free on their own recognizance pending grand jury action.
In the disciplinary hearing, Borosky claimed the dialogue on the recording would have vindicated him in connection with a complaint concerning the traffic stop, Gary Van Brocklin, village solicitor, said in his opening statement.
The video of that stop showed Borosky pulling a woman from her car and handcuffing her on Grandview Road in 2011.
Sabol testified she heard audio on the recording when Borosky played it for her immediately after the traffic stop; Borosky testified audio was on the recording when he transferred it to a DVD after the incident.
But village Patrolman David Adams testified Borosky asked him to determine why the dash-cam video had no accompanying audio. Adams said he determined the audio was absent because the wireless microphone Borosky wore wasn’t turned on.
Adams told VanBrocklin he didn’t delete the audio and wouldn’t have known how to delete it without deleting the video, “nor would I have any reason to want to.”
At 10 a.m. next Wednesday, Sabol and Borosky are to return to Austintown court for a final pretrial hearing on related misdemeanor charges of falsification and obstructing official business.