Mon., 2:51pm: Mahoning judge Belinky responds to raids

YOUNGSTOWN — Mahoning County Probate Court Judge Mark Belinky issued a press release saying that his court is functioning properly despite Friday’s raid by the Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the FBI and the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Department.

“Despite the events of the last few days, I wish to assure the residents of Mahoning County that the Probate Court is open for business and will continue to serve the public in a professional and respectful manner,” Belinky wrote in today’s statement.

Belinky added, “I have cooperated with law enforcement in this investigation and will continue to cooperate.”

Authorities removed computers and records from his office and his Boardman home. broke the story on Friday. Ongoing coverage will appear in Tuesday’s Tribune Chronicle print edition.