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UPDATE | State indicts McNally, Sciortino, Yavorcik on several felony counts

Published: Wed, May 14, 2014 @ 2:59 p.m.
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McNally, Sciortino, Yavorcik indictment

73-count indictment against Youngstown Mayor John A. McNally, Mahoning County Auditor Michael Sciortino and Youngstown attorney Marty Yavorcik.

CLEVELAND — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty announced a 83-count indictment against Youngstown Mayor John A. McNally, Mahoning County Auditor Michael Sciortino and Youngstown attorney Marty Yavorcik.

DeWine and McGinty this afternoon in Cleveland announced the results of a grand jury investigation into Mahoning County political corruption. It is a 63-page indictment by a Cuyahoga County grand jury on charges related to public corruption in the period of January 2005 to July 2009.

“It’s not over,” DeWine said when asked if the Oakhill Renaissance Place case would continue to be pursued. He said the indictments are all Oakhill related.

“It’s never a happy day when you have to announce the indictment of public officials,” DeWine said. He said the crimes are alleged to have occurred in both Mahoning and Cuyahoga county, and the cases would be tried in Cuyahoga county.

DeWine said the felony counts compel him by law to ask the state Supreme Court’s chief justice to create a commission to remove Sciortino as county auditor on a temporary basis. The attorney general said it’s possible Sciortino could be removed from office on a temporary basis, but he is not barred from running for re-election. He is up for re-election in November.

The offenses alleged in McNally's indictment “relate to his conduct as county commissioner not as mayor,” DeWine said.

The felony charges alleged for McNally are one count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, two counts of conspiracy, two counts of bribery, six counts of tampering with records, nine counts of perjury, one count of money laundering, two of telecommunications fraud, two counts of theft in office, two counts of unlawful compensation; and other misdemeanors. The total is 25 felonies and nine misdemeanors.

Sciortino faces felony counts of one of engaging in pattern of corrupt activity, two of consipiracy, two bribery, four tampering with records, six perjury, one money laundering; and other misdemeanors. That’s 16 felonies and six misdemeanors.

Yavorcik’s felony counts are one pattern of corrupt activity, two conspiracy, three bribery, 17 tampering with records, four money laundering. There are a total 27 felonies.

When contacted by The Vindicator earlier today, Sciortino said: “That’s the first I’ve heard of that. I have not heard from anybody. Wow. I’ve been hearing the past couple of years they’re going to bring it back. I don’t know what to think. From the bottom of my heart, I really believe I didn’t do anything wrong.”

McNally said he too had not heard anything about it.

When asked if he should have been contacted by prosecutors, McNally said: “You would think that would be nice, but nothing surprises me anymore. I’m unaware of that at the moment.”

He also maintained his innocence.

McNally and Sciortino were among those indicted in 2010 related to the county’s purchase of the Oakhill Renaissance Place. A visiting judge dismissed a 73-count indictment in 2011 without prejudice, meaning the charges could be refiled later.

The case was dismissed by prosecutors because of their inability to obtain tape recordings from the FBI and provide them to the defense making it impossible to proceed.


1mnascar(38 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Please will someone tell me, is there an honest politican in Mahoning County? Also why do they keep voting these so called honest people back in office?

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2Seriouslee(148 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Disgusting. What really pisses me off is that even if Sciortino is removed, the Betras Democratic Party will just appoint another corrupt crony. I'm a Democrat and I think this is appalling. Both of these men were under investigation, both were endorsed and promoted by the Democratic party, and both were elected. Mc Nally even said before the election, he would not step down if indicted and he was endorsed and won anyway. I think it was Jefferson that said people get the government they deserve, right?

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3rickking123(330 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

What would be nice is if these individuals didn't engage in the activities alleged in the indictment.

If Sciortino is removed from office does he still have access to the Assion taxi service?

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4mnascar(38 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Seriouslee; why would they want to change? The voters keep putting them back in office. They must be satisfied with the way things are running. RIP Don Hanni! Dave has your back!

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5walter_sobchak(2672 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Not surprised as I'm sure Lisa Antonini has been cooperating. But, what about the parties that DO THE BRIBING?!?!!? We know who they are but why do they always get to skate? Hopefully the FBI has released the wiretaps and we can get real justice.

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6LoveTheCity(14 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

The only honest Politican got out of the local business and is in DC attempting to change across the country.


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7Notorious_Pig(117 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

"This is the first I've heard about it." So you didn't expect SOMETHING to come about, especially with these charges?

The charges are as follows:

John McNally
1 count engaging in corrupt activity
2 counts conspiracy
2 counts bribery
6 counts tampering with records
9 counts perjury
1 count money laundering
2 counts telecommunication fraud
2 counts theft in office.
2 counts unlawful compensation
3 counts disclosing confidential information
4 counts prohibited acts

Michael Sciortino
1 count engaging in corrupt activity
2 counts conspiracy
2 counts bribery
4 counts tampering with records
6 count perjury
1 count money laundering
2 counts unlawful compensation
4 counts prohibited acts
1 count engaging in corrupt activity

Martin Yavorcik
1 count engaging in corrupt activity
2 counts conspiracy
3 counts bribery
4 counts money laundering
17 counts tampering with records

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8Seriouslee(148 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

DeWine said the felony counts compel him by law to ask the state Supreme Court's chief justice to create a commission to remove Sciortino as county auditor. The attorney general said it's possible Sciortino could be removed from office on a temporary basis, but he is not barred from running for re-election.

- See more at: http://www.vindy.com/news/2014/may/14...

So, even if removed Sciortino can run for re-election? Wouldn't surprise me if he won again! After all isn't the Youngstown mantra "everybody does it he just got caught"?

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9mnascar(38 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Kind of hard to run for re-election if he is in jail. He could run for probate judge. Something happen to him. I can't remember what! LOL Is Mahoning County up to the 100 mark yet on convicted politicians? We know the voters are blind!

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10Seriouslee(148 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Perhaps the valley "movers and shakers" can get him appointed as a VP at YSU.

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11DwightK(1535 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

You could run a strong mayoral campaign in this city just by letting everyone know you've never been indicted for anything, that the government doesn't plan on indicting you and that your tax payments are up to date.

You could win just by doing that regardless of how competent you are.

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12Buckeye1969(4 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

And when are the Cafaros ever going to be indicted?!? Everyone else involved with them gets the indictments but never the wealthy Cafaros.

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13tnmartin(518 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Does anyone want to play the "guess the party" game?
yes indeed, voting the straight Democrap ticket has worked so well for so long, right? The area is just famous for honesty, decency, public and private good behavior, good jobs, all of it.
thanks to all the voters who continue to vote for known and obvious thieves and crooks under the excuse of "yes, he's a thief, but he's OUR thief, don't you know". Friend of the "working girls". Or something like that.

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14Notorious_Pig(117 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Businessman 1, Businessman 2, Businesswoman 1, Attorney 1, Attorney 2.

I bet those people know who they are and are freaking out now!

But hey, I didn't vote for Scortino or McNally because I'm not blind to the fact that they are CROOKED and it's blatantly EVIDENT THEY ARE CROOKED!! That's the sad part. The people VOTED FOR them!!

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15republicanRick(1716 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Democrats, especially Dave Betras, should be ashamed and embarrassed. How could a person be so stubborn as to continually vote for this political party?

Opening your mind to a different and more honest way of governing could lead to a great improvement in our way of living. Or, just keep voting for the mud and the lying and crookedness.

Maybe it wouldn't hurt the Vindy editors to also consider a new, refreshed way of governing instead of always endorsing the liberal.

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16georgejeanie(1494 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

t thank the good Lord I had the guts to leave that cesspool.

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17Chessiedad(374 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

mnascar....notice the common connection between most of the current and past corrupt elected officials is that they were Democrats....and so you ask "why do they (Mahoning County citizens) keep voting them in"? Take a look at the numbers of the electorate in the County, and compare that to the number of persons recieving some kind of government assistance. That's why Democrats keep getting elected...they support ever-increasing entitlements, and so running against them (the Democrats) would be like running against Santa Claus.'Nuff said?

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18walter_sobchak(2672 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

The reason so many Democratic officeholders get convicted is because the Republican party in Mahoning Co. can't get people to run against them. Other than judges (who may receive a primary party nomination) that run on a non-partisan ballot in the general election, I am hard-pressed to remember the last Republican to hold a county office. May be Ray T. Davis and that didn't work out very well. Either the Republicans don't want to be dragged into the cesspool or they realize it is next to impossible to get elected with an "R" after your name. Just part of the old union mentality. But, no doubt, with Democrats handing out assistance like Halloween candy, they get the electorate beholden to them.

The Cafaro's always knew which politicians to sink their hooks into. Most of them had money issues since they gambled, drank, or just couldn't hold a decent private sector job because of their personal weaknesses. Once they took the first dollar, it gets easy. I thought McNally was smarter than that though.

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19republicanRick(1716 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

ytown37, YOU are the problem. YOU keep rationalizing the crooked behavior of YOUR local Democratic Party.

Keep it up loser. The rest of us will try to make things better and look for the honest ones.

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20jams(5 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

See how u guys try to lie your way out of this you are all a joke

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21topper11(706 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

This is BAD but think how bad if we had GOP /KKK/TEA scum in there

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22redvert(2239 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

"Endorsed Democrat", It is almost comical, but that pretty much assures you of victory in any election in this area.

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23Attis(1129 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Just watched and listened to Sciortino vehemently attack DeWine in a TV newscast, blustering like a thug that his re-election campaign is now totally directed as an attack on the Ohio Attorney General. Has this threatening character lost his mind? You'd think a guy facing 16 felony counts and 6 misdemeanors would show a bit more restraint and intelligence. Time to clean up this gang in the suites - they're worse than the ones in the streets.

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24Silence_Dogood(1670 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Having read several dozen pages, I am compelled to ask this one simple question. Why is not businessman1 (aka Cafaro) as the leader of the "enterprise" not the first person being indicted. After all he is the cancer that has infected this valley for decades, and has corrupted the willing prostitutes we in the valley call politicians. Some one needs to check the list of contributors to the Dewine campaign and see if maybe businessman1 his flunky brother and hideous sister have shoveled any truckloads of money his way.

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25republicanRick(1716 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Just out of curiosity, what high school did Anthony Cafaro, McNally, Sciortino, and Yavorchik graduate from?

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26Chessiedad(374 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Walter, I'm pretty sure you meant "many Democratic office holders get "elected", instead of "convicted", even though that sort of progression seems to be the norm, rather than the exception in Mahoning County politics. Either way you are absolutely "spot-on" with your take on the matter. And Kernaloftruth, I'm pretty sure that McNally and Sciortino are under indictment for their actions concerning the Oakhill Renaissance Place deal, unless I've been reading the reports wrong for the last four years.

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27rickking123(330 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

We have actual indictments against elected Democrats and someone posts an insane hypothetical that it would be worse if it was elected Republicans. Typical mentality for the Democratic electorate in this valley.
It's okay that these guys did what they did because it would be worse if it were Republicans.

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28Silence_Dogood(1670 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

The hero's of Hogwarts developed courage as they grew up and in time called "he who must not be mentioned" by his real name, Lord Voldimort. I wonder when the Vindy will get the same courage. I am not sure I will be able to read story after story with businessman1 as the lead player in this tragedy.

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29Chessiedad(374 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Silence dogwood......"What the----?

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30handymandave(578 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

The way these disgraced Democrats keep screwing up maybe just maybe the people of Mahoning County might actually consider republican candidates for office.

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31IslandMike(764 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

....now for the other shoe to drop in the Belinky case!!!!

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32rickking123(330 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

The question to be answered is why did they object to the oak hill purchase. Because they were looking out for the taxpayers of mahoning county or because they were looking out for you know who.

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33city_resident(528 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

So, let me get this straight. Bribery, perjury, conspiracy, money laundering, etc. are OK, if it (arguably) saves the taxpayer money?!?

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34Silence_Dogood(1670 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Cheesiest the elephant in the room is businessman1, if you read the transcript. If you have a cluster outbreak of a certain type of cancer, odds are it can be traced back to a single source. In the Mahoning Valley we have an outbreak of government officials inflicted with the same malady. It's mode of transmission is in the form of envelopes from Belmont avenue. Some of the symptoms are a feeling of being closed in ( aggravated by a 8 by 8 cell). Another symptom is an overwhelming feeling of remorse. With that said you would think that the Vindy would want to identify the carrier of the malady, seeing as they never get sick themselves but they sure do infect a lot of people.
All I am saying is use the name not the court descriptor. It's not hard, CAFARO.

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35Seriouslee(148 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Sciortino and McNally were just looking out for the taxpayers, and bribes and breaking the law the way to do it? Lemme guess, just like with Tress, the rules were stupid and everybody does it. Geez.

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36Silence_Dogood(1670 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Rickking who were they looking out for? Try real hard I think you might be able to come up with a name. Dewine left several clues. Owner of ohio valley mall. National mall developer. Friend or disbarred attorney Goldburg. His sister gave lots of money to A disgraced Democratic Party official. Who could that possible be, maybe the Vindy can lay down a few more breadcrumbs so we can follow that trait to the logical conclusion.

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37kensgirl(1057 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

I thought once my parent's generation passed Youngstown would get some fresh blood. Sorely disappointed. The cycle continues. It's obvious Lisa Antonini rolled over on a lot of people to get a lighter sentence. Unbelievable. Only here in Mahoning County. Can't wait to see us on CNN again. Please stay tuned for our next episode of "How the knife turns." Brought to you by the democratic party of Mahoning County. Let's thank our sponsors Mr. Cafaro, Mr. Betras and all the others who have set out to make us look like s***. Mission accomplished,. Now beam me up and let me get the hell out of her Scotty.

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38rickking123(330 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

You and I know who they were looking out for, but many of the people posting seem to think they were against oak hill because it was a bad purchase for the county. It most likely was a bad purchase but those indicted weren't looking out for the county.

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39redvert(2239 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Now were they against the purchase totally or against the way it went down since it probably did not benefit their handlers?

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402muchtax(895 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Cafaro and betrays have givin us a long list of crooked democrats! Remember chance for sheriff! Speakin of sheriffs, someone call ole TJ Assion to fire up that sheriff taxi, it's going to be a long night! People take a look at anyone that has the nerve to run as a independent! The last mayoral race was a joke a inmate, a pervert and now an indicted mayor! Wow I would of voted for a honest garbage man if he would of run and was not in jail, indicted or a pervert!

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41Silence_Dogood(1670 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

The absence of an indictment against the Cafaro's when all the other major players have been charged lends me to believe that it was the Cafaro's that sang first, he who sings first and loudest get's a free get out of jail card. It is my opinion that Dewine has struck a deal with the devil himself, Cafaro's walk, the valley pol's go to jail, and Dewine is able to go before the voters of the state of ohio and say he has cleaned up the corruption that has infected ohio for decades.
The reality is something altogether different, the cause of this corruption gets a free get out of jail card courtesy of Mike Dewine, the Cafaro's live to bribe another day, and some poor sap's that think they are above the law will fall victim to this corrupting family one more time. Shame on Dewine and the Department that he oversee's for they are part of the problem for not attacking the very source of this corruption. Shame on them for not indicting that nest of vipers.

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42harleydog(243 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

How come betras isn't out defending his thugs that he endorsed. Is it because he is next. Sciorantino you are going to have to do more DJ jobs at Kennsington if you lose your auditor job. Just don't leave there drunk because your friends might not pick you up on 224. What a bunch of thugs the politicians in this area are.

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43endthismess(463 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Fully agree with Silence_Dogwood. Which means...Sir DeWine has to bend over next....and just what is HE trying to bury under Cafaro's blubber gut??? Once the spider starts to spin a web...the spider has to find his way out or he becomes trapped in his own self made TRAP! No one here is exempt...including DeWine, regardless of being the AG.....so...bend over!

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44Silence_Dogood(1670 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

I can't wait to find out who johndoe1 is, that guy just earned my vote for life, anyone in this valley with the marbles to tell the Cafaro's what they can do with their money is looking out for the general population and not the monied gentry.

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45Aware(255 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

DeWine is a slime. This is so political and anyone who cannot see that is beyond ignorant. Anyone associated with Kasich is suspect. All we need do is recall the voter suppression games Husted played in the past Presidential election. These old 'indictments' are highly suspect right before elections!!!!!! And they are coming out of Cuyahoga County? Might that be to avoid a double-jeopardy problem? I am not going to claim any of the players are saints!!!! But we need to look closely at all contributions toward DeWine first and foremost!!!! He needs to be investigated! Something is very fishy with the timing.....

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46janpentz(41 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Does this mean that we get Sammarone back as Mayor of Youngstown? What about the 2k he gave Kitchen? Shouldn't he be indicted for that? If the Mayor and the council president are removed, who is next in line? This is getting crazy. It seems like Columbus hates the Mahoning Valley....

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47uptowngirl(139 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Shame on that simpleton, Mike De Wine. Who does not have indictments handed out by call girls with champagne and chocolates? Only in Mahoning County would an indicted elected official complain about how the indictment was served. I predicted that this case would be revisited after the scapegoat Lisa Antonini was released from the slammer.

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48Notorious_Pig(117 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

The most entertaining part of all this is people are actually surprised?? Really? I mean, this is the 2ND round of indictments. The 1st round was simply to let them know, "Look, we gotcha. But we want to getcha with MORE. So, we'll dismiss the indictment, reserving prejudice (so we can serve you with a 2nd indictment when we have even MORE proof)". There is no other reason to dismiss with prejudice unless they were almost certain they would re-serve the indictments, which they did. And Sciortino was doing his best Jimbo Trafficant impression to the news cameras on the day he was served. Now, THAT was entertaining. But, I guess one thing is evident....the people of this Valley don't seem to care about the politicians backgrounds when they are voting FOR them, so when something like this happens, they shouldn't be allowed to complain about it. That's like saying, "That restaurant has had 20 healthcode violations and hundreds of people got sick from eating there, but I think I will have them cater my special event." That way, when people start throwing up, blame YOURSELF and NOT THE RESTAURANT!!!

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492muchtax(895 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

This has nothing to do with whether Oakhill was a bad buy! this has to do with these 3 crooked SOBs trying to stop it for Anthony Cafaro! Getting huge rent for a bust out building on the East side and the taxpayers have to pay huge money to put a roof on it? Whomever signed this lease with this crook should be indicted also. Berta's is a giant D Bag, start looking at who he endorses and vote for the other person to Independent if anyone has the stones to run as a independent! I sure hope they can prosecute the Cafaro s who have paid off so many democrats in office I cannot remember them all. This is got to be stressful for Sorintino so I hope Sheriff Green hides the keys to TJ Assions Taxi! Finally got some hope for a good sheriff and he has morons making him look bad! Still have hope Green will turn the mess Welington left him.

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50handymandave(578 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

It amazes me that there are still people in this column that don't realize and won't accept that these elected thugs were and are responsible for their actions. They are responsible for giving the Mahoning Valley a black eye. If they didn't do anything wrong, or are somehow able to beat the charges, we'll find out in the near future but the attitude that everyone else does it so why should we care must change in the valley.

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51Education_Voter(1166 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Why was the investigation dismissed by the FBI? Was it because there is nothing to charge?

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52handymandave(578 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Education, if there was nothing to charge than why would the state bring charges? Better go back and get some additional education.

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