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Youngstown mayor clears storm damage while awaiting corruption hearing

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Two Mahoning County politicians and a Youngstown lawyer are scheduled to appear in court later this month on 83 racketeering, corruption, bribery and other charges.

Officials at Cuyahoga County Court tell 21 news that Youngstown Mayor John McNally, Mahoning County Auditor Mike Sciortino and attorney Martin Yavorcik are scheduled to be arraigned at 8:30 a.m. on May 29.

Investigators say the three conspired with a local businessman to keep the Mahoning County Commissioners from moving some county offices from Youngstown's Garland Plaza to the Oakhill Renaissance place, and then taking part in illegal activities to keep those involved from being investigated or prosecuted.

The case is similar to the August 2010 indictments against the three, as well as business developer Anthony Cafaro, Sr. who were accused of conspiring with several of Mahoning County's elected officials to block the purchase of the Oakhill building. A visiting judge dismissed those criminal charges about a year later.

After the indictments were handed up on Wednesday, Mayor McNally told 21 News that he would be meeting with his staff and possibly the media.

However we found McNally at his west side home Thursday afternoon in the process of removing a tree that fell on his house during a storm.  McNally told 21 News he doesn't plan to hold a news conference.  The mayor says he'll go about his life and appear at his arraignment later this month.

Even though McNally's candidacy was endorsed by local Democrats, party chairman and local attorney David Betras had no comment on the mayor's indictment, except to say that people are innocent until proven guilty.
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