Four arraigned, Special prosecutor assigned in Smithfield investigation

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A special prosecutor and judge are being called in for the case of one current and three former Smithfiled village officials.

Village fiscal officer Deborah Coconougher, former Mayor Patricia Freeland, former Police Chief Robert Mieczkowski, and former fiscal officer Janice McCoy, were arraigned by Judge Bruzzese earlier this morning.

RELATED STORY: 4 Former, Current Smithfield Officials Indicted by Grand Jury

Cleveland assistant prosecutor Stephanie Anderson will try the cases. The visiting judge hasn’t been named yet.

Ohio State Auditor Dave Yost says there was a complete lack of monitoring and accounting which led to misuse of public money.

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