Assistant prosecutoropposes Lordi's request
YOUNGSTOWN -- Frank Lordi's angry outburst in court and his refusal to accept responsibility for his crime should keep him behind bars, an assistant Mahoning County prosecutor says.
Janice T. O'Halloran filed documents Wednesday in common pleas court opposing Lordi's request for shock probation. Lordi, a former county commissioner, has served about two months of an 18-month sentence for theft in office. Visiting Judge Mark K. Wiest will rule on the request.
O'Halloran said in court documents that Lordi should stay in prison because he violated the public trust. She also reminded the judge of Lordi's behavior at a January hearing in which Judge Wiest ordered that the sentence be carried out after Lordi lost an appeal of the conviction.
2 suspects in robbery
STRUTHERS -- Two men armed with shotguns and wearing bandannas over their faces held two women at bay in the kitchen of a West Faith Street home while they robbed it around 10:56 p.m. Tuesday.
Police said one of the victims, a 17-year-old resident of the home, called police after the robbers fled the scene with a laptop computer. The woman told police she recognized one of the robbers. Police have two suspects but no arrests have been made.
Community garage sale
NORTH JACKSON -- The North Jackson Citizens' Committee is sponsoring a communitywide garage sale here this weekend.
The sale will run Friday and Saturday at several locations throughout Jackson Township. A spokesman for the committee said the sale was designed to give township residents an opportunity to meet one another.
Maps to the garage sale are available at 11349 Mahoning Ave.
Attack with lemonsleaves house damaged
CANFIELD -- A Timberbrook Drive woman told police that someone launched two lemons at the rear of her house Tuesday afternoon.
The woman said she and her children were sitting on their rear porch at about 3 p.m. Tuesday when she heard two loud bangs from the woods behind her house. The lemons hit the house after she heard the noise.
One of the lemons cracked the vinyl siding on the house. Police think the lemons may have been launched from the woods with a potato gun.
Theft attempt at store
AUSTINTOWN -- Police are investigating a report that a pregnant woman tried to steal 16 packages of baby formula Tuesday afternoon from a grocery store.
A manager at the IGA at 4477 Mahoning Avenue told police he watched as the woman put the formula in her purse. When the woman tried to leave, the manager confronted her about the contents of her purse.
The woman replied that she was pregnant and had to get her medicine from her car. She then ran, leaving her purse.
Health facility grant
WARREN -- Youngstown Community Health Center received a $646,667 federal grant to open a primary health-care facility in Warren to serve about 11,680 medically indigent people, said U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr. of Poland, D-17th.
Pump station contract
WARREN -- A.P. O'Horo Co. of Youngstown has been awarded a $298,000 contract to build a sewage pump station on Fifth Avenue in Liberty.
The pump station will replace a nearby 40-year-old station "that was at the end of its useful life," said Thomas Holloway, Trumbull County sanitary engineer.
The station between Colonial and Mansel drives will be equipped with a generator so it can remain in operation when power fails.
Trumbull County will use a 20-year no-interest state loan to pay for the project, Holloway said.
CSEA workers laid off
WARREN -- As expected, Trumbull County commissioners laid off 12 union employees Wednesday at the child support enforcement agency, including receptionists, mail clerks, enforcement specialists and specialist assistants.
The layoffs come in the face of a $400,000 reduction in state funding for the agency.
Three nonunion workers also are expected to lose their jobs, officials said.