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Sciortino agrees to accept minor misdemeanor charge



Published: Fri, October 25, 2013 @ 12:10 a.m.

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Michael Sciortino

  Silence on Sciortino

David Betras gives reason for not speaking out regarding the traffic stop of county Auditor Michael Sciortino, and reacts to Bertram de Souza's criticisms in a recent column.

David Betras gives reason for not speaking out regarding the traffic stop of county Auditor Michael Sciortino, and reacts to Bertram de Souza's criticisms in a recent column.

  Sciortino Traffic Stop

David Skolnick and Louie b. Free discuss the recent unraveling of law and order during Mahoning County Auditor Michael Sciortino's traffic stop.

David Skolnick and Louie b. Free discuss the recent unraveling of law and order during Mahoning County Auditor Michael Sciortino's traffic stop.

  Sciortino Traffic Stop Report

Sheriff Jerry Greene speaks in a press conference on behalf of the punishment involving county Auditor Michael Sciortino and Commander T.J. Assion.

Sheriff Jerry Greene speaks in a press conference on behalf of the punishment involving county Auditor Michael Sciortino and Commander T.J. Assion.

Staff report

YOUNGSTOWN

Mahoning County Auditor Michael Sciortino has decided to accept a new citation for failure to control an automobile after a months-long investigation by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office into his May traffic stop.

A Summit County investigation into the May 26 traffic stop requested by Mahoning County Sheriff Jerry Greene found that Sciortino “failed miserably” a field sobriety test after Sgt. James Touville, a Mahoning County deputy sheriff, pulled him over in Canfield Township on suspicion of driving under the influence.

The traffic stop was on U.S. Route 224 near Raccoon Road. Instead of an OVI charge, Sciortino was cited for a marked-lanes violation and he was driven home by T.J. Assion, a sheriff’s department supervisor.

In a letter addressed to “members of the media” and dated Thursday, Sciortino explained that he plans to enter a plea to the new minor misdemeanor charge of failure to control.

“I have done this to bring the matter to a close and so that our attention can remain on the public’s business,” Sciortino wrote. “The fine and court costs will be mailed to the court and paid by me, just as would be the case with any other traffic citation.”

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office agreed to investigate the traffic stop in July, after Mahoning County Prosecutor Paul Gains referred the case to the state office.

Police had been called to the Wendy’s restaurant on Route 224 in Canfield Township at 11 p.m. May 26 because an employee of the eatery had called 911 to report a man in a black Buick had fallen asleep in a car in the parking lot.

The license-plate number given to dispatchers matched one on the car stopped by a county deputy less than an hour later, and also on the traffic citation.

According to the Summit County report, Assion told Touville to uncuff Sciortino, and Assion drove Sciortino home. Assion came to the scene after Maj. Jeffrey Allen, patrol supervisor, called him.

Those involved told investigators that Sciortino did not request special treatment.

In July, Assion was demoted to his previous rank of sergeant, while Allen and Touville were suspended without pay for 10 days and three days, respectively.

In June, Sciortino paid a fine and court costs for the original citation for failure to drive within marked lanes. He paid a $50 fine and $80 in court costs to the Mahoning County Area Court in Canfield.

Sciortino could not be reached for further comment.

Greene and David Betras, Mahoning County Democratic Party chairman, declined to comment Thursday night.


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1formerdemliberal(182 comments)posted 9 months, 1 week ago

Next county sheriff's project, concierge service for Judge Dellick's bad-boy son.

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2author50(1121 comments)posted 9 months, 1 week ago

What do you expect, they rule over us by divine right; just ask them!

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3123goz(512 comments)posted 9 months, 1 week ago

'...decided to accept a new citation...'
Is this saying he had a choice?
How civic minded of him.

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4UNCOMMONSENSE(353 comments)posted 9 months, 1 week ago

It should be failure to control an automobile...due to the fact that he was under the influence of alcohol and drunk.

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5polhack(123 comments)posted 9 months, 1 week ago

On the bright side, Greene did the right thing. Now we need to keep an eye on Sciortino to see if he tries to punish the Sheriffe for having stones enough to apply the law evenly.
Too bad this member of the supreme rulers of the county didn't decide to accept a suspension of his driving privileges and a fine large enough to cover the expense of the outside investigation that helped him reach his magnanimous acceptance.

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6polhack(123 comments)posted 9 months, 1 week ago

On the bright side, Greene did the right thing. Now we need to keep an eye on Sciortino to see if he tries to punish the Sheriffe for having stones enough to apply the law evenly. Too bad Sciortino didn't make suspension of his driving privileges and a fine big enough to pay for the investigation that was needed to prompt his magnanimous "acceptance" a part of his penalty.

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7gdog4766(1407 comments)posted 9 months, 1 week ago

Greene didn't do the right thing till he knew he was about to be exposed. That deputy would have never done what he did without Greenes permission. And I think it's a good bet he made it up to the two deputies he punished when caught.

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8kurtw(846 comments)posted 9 months, 1 week ago

"Bright Side"!? Where is there a bright side in any of this? How can anyone respect the law after something like this. If it had been me, you- any ordinary citizen- there would have been a DUI charge with all the expense and stigma entailed, but a "sacred cow" member of the Democrat Machine gets off with a wrist-slap! It makes me sick, it makes me want to puke.

A few years ago I was in Raleigh North Carolina renting a trailer. I had to show the cashier my drivers license and when he saw where I was from- Youngstown, Ohio- (this was shortly after the Traficant Trial and the FBI sweep)- he had a hard time keeping his composure- he chuckled and said: "Oh, we've been reading all about you guy's up there in Youngstown! We know all about you- we call it Roughtown!". I smiled and said: "Yeah, well it's good to be from a small town that enjoys a big reputation".

I joked about it, but actually our national rep is not a good one at all- as everyone not directly benefiting from the corruption knows- we're actually not much better than the Southern Italian and Sicilian towns controlled by the Mob.

Anytime you give all the power to one organization- be it Mafia or local Democrat Committee- what you end up with is unchecked abuse of power- and corruption.

Remember the old Pete Seeger song: "When will they learn, when will they ever learn". We in the Mahoning Valley should sing those lyrics and apply them to ourselves. It's way- way- overdue.

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