Prosecutor opposesLordi probation 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 argues 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 his conviction.
She said Lordi slammed the defense table in anger and shouted at the judge, calling him a coward, and had to be physically restrained by deputy sheriffs.
Lordi has also failed to pay court-ordered fines in the case, O'Halloran said.
Crash injures 2
CHAMPION -- The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a one-car crash that sent two people to hospitals.
Eric A. White, 20, of Farmdale, was being treated in Trumbull Memorial Hospital in Warren this morning. His passenger, Renee Bush, 18, also of Farmdale, was in critical condition in Cleveland Metro Health Center.
The patrol said White was driving on Park Avenue around 2:49 a.m. today when he went off the road and struck a tree. Both were thrown from the vehicle.
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.
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.
Community garage sale
NORTH JACKSON -- The North Jackson Citizens' Committee is sponsoring a communitywide garage sale 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.
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.
Looking into charges
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- Pennsylvania State Police are checking to see if charges can be filed against a man who left a 6-year-old boy in a restaurant.
Police said the boy went into the restroom at McDonald's restaurant in the Wal-Mart Plaza in Union Township about 9:20 a.m. Wednesday and his 19-year-old guardian left.
Police refused to identify the guardian until they confer with the Lawrence County District Attorney.