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Chryssa Hartnett Takes More Votes in Judicial Race

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. 

Former CFO of Suarez Corporation Industries Sentenced to Nearly Double the Time of Ben Suarez

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. 

Deadline Set for Financial Recovery Plan Revisions in Massillon

Massillon city officials are running out of time to make changes to their financial recovery plan. A resolution passed this week by the Financial Planning and Supervision Commission, requires the Mayor and city council to submit a revised plan to get the city out of fiscal emergency by March 19th. Officials say because the income tax levy failed earlier this month, the revision is necessary. That levy would have raised the city's income tax rate from 1.8 percent to 2 percent and would have generated 1.2 million dollars next year for the city and 1.6 million dollars in the years to come. If officials don't meet that deadline, the city could see a 15 percent cut in each department per month until a new plan is submitted to the group.

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