Mahoning County Auditor pleading to additional charge after cont - 21 News Now, More Local News for Youngstown, Ohio -

Mahoning County Auditor pleading to additional charge after controversial traffic stop

Posted: Updated:
  • More NewsMore>>

  • Motorists reminded of more Amish buggies on the roads

    Motorists reminded of more Amish buggies on the roads

    LISBON, Ohio - Orange barrels won't be the only thing motorists will have to watch for while traveling throughout Columbiana County.  Vehicles are often using the same lanes as Amish buggies and localMore >>
    LISBON, Ohio - Orange barrels won't be the only thing motorists will have to watch for while traveling throughout Columbiana County.More >>
  • Wild turkey season opening in Ohio

    Wild turkey season opening in Ohio

    Sunday, April 20 2014 8:59 AM EDT2014-04-20 12:59:44 GMT
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio's spring season for hunting wild turkeys opens Monday with youths allowed to begin hunting the popular game bird this weekend.The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says Ohio has had above-average hatch years that should result in many 2-year-old and 1-year-old male turkeys. The agency's Division of Wildlife anticipates about 70,000 licensed hunters aside from landowners hunting on their own property.The spring and youth turkey seasons are open statewide with the ...More >>
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio's spring season for hunting wild turkeys opens Monday with youths allowed to begin hunting the popular game bird this weekend.The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says Ohio has had above-average hatch years that should result in many 2-year-old and 1-year-old male turkeys. The agency's Division of Wildlife anticipates about 70,000 licensed hunters aside from landowners hunting on their own property.The spring and youth turkey seasons are open statewide with the ...More >>
  • Updated

    Search for 2 missing Lake Erie boaters delayed

    Search for 2 missing Lake Erie boaters delayed

    PORT CLINTON, Ohio (AP) - A state agency says it had to postpone a planned search in western Lake Erie for two boaters who disappeared days ago with two others whose bodies have been recovered.More >>
    PORT CLINTON, Ohio (AP) - A state agency says it had to postpone a planned search in western Lake Erie for two boaters who disappeared days ago with two others whose bodies have been recovered.More >>

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Mahoning County Auditor Michael Sciortino is hoping that pleading guilty to an additional traffic charge will put an end to a controversy that began back in May.

In an email addressed to the local news media, Sciortino says he has agreed to plead guilty to failure to control an automobile, and pay a fine for the misdemeanor citation. The charge is in addition to his June conviction on a charge of failing to drive within marked lanes.

In the email, Sciortino acknowledges that the Ohio Attorney General's Office has completed an investigation that was conducted at the request of Mahoning County Sheriff Jerry Greene and Prosecutor Paul Gains following criticism that Sciortino may have been the recipient of favorable treatment following a May 27 traffic stop in Canfield.

21 News obtained police dash cam video showing a handcuffed Sciortino being led from his vehicle during the arrest.

An earlier investigation conducted by members of the Summit County Sheriff's office found that evidence from witnesses and officers on the scene of the arrest indicated that Sciortino was driving impaired at the time of his arrest, but was only charged with failing to drive within marked lanes and not charged with operating a vehicle under the influence.

Sciortino was then given a ride home by Sheriff's commander T.J. Assion, who indicated to investigators that he believed at the time that Sciortino may have been suffering from some medical issue. However, investigators say neither the arresting officers or Sciortino made any suggestion that Sciortino receive medical attention.

Sheriff Greene has demoted Commander Assion to the rank of Sergeant, and two other deputies were disciplined as a result.

In July, the findings of the internal investigation were forwarded to Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, seeking his opinion on whether a criminal charge was warranted in the matter.

Sciortino's email says he entered the plea to bring the matter to a close.

"This plea agreement means that the matter is now closed, and this release
will be my only comment on the issue."
according to Sciortino's email.

21 News made repeated attempts to talk to Sciortino in the weeks following his arrest, but he has been unavailable.

Although an earlier written statement from Sciortino expressed regret for what he termed, "the unfortunate circumstances that evening", the auditor has never addressed the issue of whether or not he was driving impaired on the night of his arrest.

  • SpotlightSpotlightMore>>

  • Updated

    The Scrappers host “POPS at the Ballpark” featuring the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra

    The Scrappers host “POPS at the Ballpark” featuring the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 2:04 PM EDT2014-04-15 18:04:57 GMT
    NILES, Ohio – The Mahoning Valley Scrappers and the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra are excited to host one of the Valley's premiere summer events, POPS at the Ballpark,More >>
    NILES, Ohio – The Mahoning Valley Scrappers and the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra are excited to host one of the Valley's premiere summer events, POPS at the Ballpark, presented by Stanley E. Shearer with Northwestern Mutual and 21 WFMJ on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at Eastwood Field.More >>
  • Around the WebMore>>

  • Ohio couple married 70 years die 15 hours apart

    Ohio couple married 70 years die 15 hours apart

    Sunday, April 20 2014 9:03 AM EDT2014-04-20 13:03:14 GMT
    NASHPORT, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio couple who held hands at breakfast every morning even after 70 years of marriage have died 15 hours apart.Helen Felumlee (FEHL'-uhm-lee) of Nashport in central Ohio died April 12. She was 92. Her husband, 91-year-old Kenneth Felumlee, died April 13.The couple's children say the two met as teenagers and had been inseparable since then.The Zanesville Times Recorder reports (http://ohne.ws/1in7erG) that the pair married Feb. 20, 1944, and raised eight children.Their...More >>
    NASHPORT, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio couple who held hands at breakfast every morning even after 70 years of marriage have died 15 hours apart.Helen Felumlee (FEHL'-uhm-lee) of Nashport in central Ohio died April 12. She was 92. Her husband, 91-year-old Kenneth Felumlee, died April 13.The couple's children say the two met as teenagers and had been inseparable since then.The Zanesville Times Recorder reports (http://ohne.ws/1in7erG) that the pair married Feb. 20, 1944, and raised eight children.Their...More >>
  • Easter Bunny train sparks New Jersey brush fires

    Easter Bunny train sparks New Jersey brush fires

    Sunday, April 20 2014 8:31 AM EDT2014-04-20 12:31:46 GMT
    POHATCONG TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - A train carrying the Easter Bunny in northwestern New Jersey has ignited several small brush fires.The Express-Times newspaper in Easton, Pennsylvania, reports the fires occurred Saturday in Pohatcong Township and Phillipsburg. No major property damage is reported. A firefighter from the New Jersey state forest fire service fell and dislocated his hip.Huntington Volunteer Fire Company Chief Peter Pursell tells the newspaper the diesel en...More >>
    POHATCONG TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - A train carrying the Easter Bunny in northwestern New Jersey has ignited several small brush fires.The Express-Times newspaper in Easton, Pennsylvania, reports the fires occurred Saturday in Pohatcong Township and Phillipsburg. No major property damage is reported. A firefighter from the New Jersey state forest fire service fell and dislocated his hip.Huntington Volunteer Fire Company Chief Peter Pursell tells the newspaper the diesel en...More >>
  • Ohio teacher fired over comment on black president

    Ohio teacher fired over comment on black president

    CINCINNATI (AP) - An Ohio teacher has been fired following allegations that he told a black student who said he wanted to become president that the nation didn't need another black president.The Cincinnati Enquirer reports (http://cin.ci/1kIkFmQ ) the Fairfield Board of Education voted 4-0 on Thursday to fire science teacher Gil Voigt.Voigt didn't immediately return a call for comment Friday but has said the student misquoted him.Voigt, who is white, says what he actually told the teen was th...More >>
    CINCINNATI (AP) - An Ohio teacher has been fired following allegations that he told a black student who said he wanted to become president that the nation didn't need another black president.The Cincinnati Enquirer reports (http://cin.ci/1kIkFmQ ) the Fairfield Board of Education voted 4-0 on Thursday to fire science teacher Gil Voigt.Voigt didn't immediately return a call for comment Friday but has said the student misquoted him.Voigt, who is white, says what he actually told the teen was th...More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms