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Ex-commander sought to get pal Sciortino ‘out of a DUI’



Published: Mon, July 15, 2013 @ 4:48 p.m.

Ex-commander sought to get pal Sciortino ‘out of a DUI’

YOUNGSTOWN

Sgt. Thomas J. Assion, formerly a commander in the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office, told investigators “his sole purpose” in going to the scene of a May 26 Canfield Township traffic stop “was to get (county Auditor) Michael Sciortino out of a DUI,” and that he got involved because Sciortino was “a good friend” of his.

Those comments were released this afternoon by the sheriff’s office, but Sheriff Jerry Greene said he had nothing to add to his previous statement that Greene was first “furious” and then “embarrassed” over the incident, in which Assion drove Sciortino home.

Sciortino paid a $50 fine and $80 in court costs after being charged only with failing to drive within marked lanes.

Assion said he telephoned Sheriff’s Office Sgt. James Touville, who made the traffic stop, asking Touville if Assion could take Sciortino home and if Touville would “forego the DUI thing,” and that Touville agreed to do so.

When he arrived at the scene of the traffic stop on U.S. Route 224 near Raccoon Road at 12:10 a.m., Assion said he perceived Sciortino to be “out of it and drunk.”

Because of this incident, Greene demoted Assion from commander to Assion’s previous rank of sergeant, resulting in a $19,000 annual pay cut for Assion.

Touville is facing the departmental disciplinary procedure prescribed by the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 141 union contract.

Assion and the other sheriff’s department personnel involved in the Sciortino case were interviewed by investigators from the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, who probed the matter at Greene’s request because Greene said he wanted to avoid any bias.


Comments

1republicanRick(1174 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

I agree gdog. Greene is proving to be corrupt and beholden to special interests.

Is it asking too much to simply have an honest sheriff?

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2VindyPost(436 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

(Good Samaritan)

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3biggieshortlegs(28 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

Gdog4766 you hit it on the head. Green is just another in a long line of disgraceful leaders in the MCSO. I could hear the conversation now " I should fire you but we're friends. Behave yourself for a few months and when this blows over I'll bring you back up"

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4121465(6 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

Why does he still,have a job. Oh yeah, no one gets fired, no one!

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51970mach1(1005 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

Well, have to give Assion credit for being honest.

However, Greene looks much worse now.

VINDY: What kind of release was this from Sheriff's office?

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6kurtw(876 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

What can you expect- the Voters of Mahoning County are getting exactly what they deserve. Local Politics wont change until we- as a whole- change our behavior at the polls. Voting isn't supposed to be an automatic reflex- like a knee jerk- it's supposed to a decision freely made. The Democratic (sic) Machine know they have us in their hip pockets because most voters around here have been programmed to automatically vote for the Big "D". Until that pattern changes, the corruption will continue.

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7author50(1121 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

@1970mach1. Good point (as usual). Why wasn't this little diddy brought out when the first part was released? Why now, after the AG's office has it all?

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8kurtw(876 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

It's true, it would be hard-if not impossible to fire "A" because of the Union. What we- the Mahoning County Voters- CAN do is fire Green and the Corrupt Political Machine that produced him.

Speaking personally, I'm the product of a Union Family (father was a Steel Worker) without a single Republican member, but I have gone out of my way to vote a straight Republican Ticket locally (whenever there was a Republican Candidate) for over 20 years.

Why did I do this- vote contrary to the background of my own family? I'll tell you why. I reached the conclusion a long time ago that giving almost absolute power- 70% of the vote in most elections- to one organization- the Democrats- was corrupting- to them- and harmful to the Area.

Nothing will ever change in the Mahoning Valley until we have a Healthy Two Party System.

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