With a final vote tally of 44,147 votes for one and 44,036 votes for the other candidate, the race for Stark County Common Pleas Court Judge is over. That race has been hanging in the balance since election night when Chryssa Hartnett held a 29 vote lead over incumbent Curt Werren. Friday, the BOE office has completed the final tally of provisional and absentee ballots cast and the winner Hartnett's lead grows to 131 more votes than Werren. But, even then it's still not completely over as the race will now be subject to a recount.
The Chief Financial Officer of Suarez Corporation Industries receives nearly double what was given to his former boss. Ben Suarez was recently sentenced to 15 months in prison following his conviction of one count of obstructing justice by witness tampering. Friday, former CFO at the company, Michael Giorgio was sentenced to 27 months in prison, 2 years supervised release and received a 50-thousand dollar fine. Reports indicate that in court the federal judge explained that Giorgio will serve a longer term than Suarez because Suarez was found not guilty of all but one count, yet Giorgio pleaded guilty to several criminal counts.