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Top sheriff’s official and sergeant probed in Sciortino traffic stop



Published: Fri, May 31, 2013 @ 7:27 p.m.

Top sheriff’s official and sergeant probed in Sciortino traffic stop

Top sheriff’s official and sergeant probed in Sciortino traffic stop

YOUNGSTOWN

An outside agency will investigate the conduct of a Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office sergeant, who recently cited Mahoning County Auditor Michael V. Sciortino on a charge of failing to drive within marked lanes.

In addition, the conduct of a member of MCSO’s top command staff is also being investigated, said Mahoning County Sheriff Jerry Greene.

“I reached outside of my agency so there’d be no bias,” Greene said.

Greene contacted the Buckeye Sheriff’s Association, which assigned the Summit County Sheriff’s Office to investigate the matter.

Sgt. James Touville stopped Sciortino, 42, of Woodgate Street, Austintown, at 11:35 p.m. Sunday on U.S. Route 224 east of Raccoon Road in Canfield Township, according to the traffic ticket Sgt. Touville wrote.

Sciortino, who was driving a black 2011 Buick Regal when stopped, could not be reached for comment on the traffic stop.

Greene declined to name the member of his top command staff being investigated or to explain the role the top commander may have played in the matter. Greene said he wants an outside probe of “any misconduct that may have occurred” within his staff.

Greene said he did not know if Sciortino was given a field sobriety or Breathalyzer test, but he said Sgt. Touville should have administered the field sobriety test to Sciortino if the sergeant had probable cause to believe Sciortino had been drinking.

The sheriff said he does not believe there is any dash cam video or audio of the stop.

The traffic ticket says traffic was light; there was no accident associated with the traffic stop; the pavement was dry and there were no adverse weather conditions when Touville made the stop.

Sciortino is scheduled to be arraigned for his marked lane charge at 5 p.m. Tuesday before Judge Scott D. Hunter in Canfield Court.

A check of Mahoning County Clerk of Courts records shows no drunk driving charges ever having been filed against Sciortino.


Comments

11970mach1(1005 comments)posted 10 months, 3 weeks ago

Maybe someone thought Bertram was bored and needed some column ideas.

Good job by sheriff to look into this.

Doesn't look good, but let's wait until some facts come out before deciding what happened.

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2harleydog(185 comments)posted 10 months, 3 weeks ago

He was probably leaving kennsington golf club where he works at night. Something sounds fishy with this story.

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3Kram(1 comment)posted 10 months, 3 weeks ago

In regards to the comment made by harleydog, Mr Sciortino is not employed by or works for Kennsington Golf Club. According to Kennsington Golf Club General Manager Paul Otto Mike Sciortino is contracted on occasion for musical entertainment purposes only.

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