Man faces drug charges
BROOKFIELD -- A 27-year-old Masury man is to be arraigned Thursday in Trumbull County Eastern District Court on drug and other charges stemming from a police traffic stop.
The Mary Ann Street resident faces charges of possession of cocaine, tampering with evidence, resisting arrest, vandalism, driving under suspension and failure to stop at a sign. Police Chief Daniel Faustino said police stopped him after driving through a red light Saturday evening at Cleveland and Nicholas streets, Masury. He reportedly fought with police and put a bag containing crack cocaine in his mouth.
The chief said the suspect then broke free, was caught and subdued with pepper spray. While being sprayed, some of the crack fell out of his mouth. After being handcuffed in a police car, he kicked out a window. He's in the county jail in lieu of a $2,500 bond.
Pizza shop robbery
NILES -- Police are investigating a robbery at a Youngstown-Warren Road pizza shop where four men got away with about $810. Employees at Oven Fresh Pizza told police four men wearing dark clothes and bandannas over their faces came into the shop about 11 p.m. Monday. Two of the men came in through a back door and pointed a gun at the head of one of the workers. The robbers surrounded the clerks and demanded the money being counted on the counter. One of the men also ordered an employee to open the cash register, taking money from the drawer.
Niles boy honored
NILES -- A city boy is one of 10 youths from across the country being honored for volunteering in their communities. Billy Martin Jr., 10, is being rewarded by Kohl's Department Stores as a national winner in its Kohl's Kids Who Care scholarship program for starting Bite the Bullet.
Bite the Bullet raises money to buy bulletproof vests for police dogs. He started the campaign just more than a year ago after learning about a police dog in Ashtabula County that was shot and killed in the line of duty. His goal is to outfit all the dogs in Ohio with the vests, which cost about $500 each.
The winners, selected from more than 4,300 volunteers nominated at local Kohl's stores, will each receive $5,000 scholarships for post-secondary education. National winners were selected from a pool of 640 store-level winners in two age categories, 6-11 and 12-17.
Murder charges filed
WARREN -- A 22-year-old Maple Street S.W. man has pleaded innocent to charges of aggravated murder, aggravated attempted murder and aggravated robbery.
Shawn Price entered the pleas Monday in the Trumbull County Common Pleas courtroom of Judge Peter Kontos. Price is being held in the county jail without bond. He is accused of the March 18 killing of William Jarrette, 38, and the attempted killing and robbery of Nick Warfield, 25. Both victims lived on Burton Street. Price faces the death penalty on the aggravated murder charge, which includes firearm specifications.
Authorities said aggravated circumstances apply because Jarrette was killed during the commission of other crimes -- the aggravated robbery of Jarrette and Warfield.
Guilty of raping child
WARREN -- A 21-year-old Sharon, Pa., man has pleaded guilty to a rape charge. William Gammon entered the plea Monday in the courtroom of Judge Peter Kontos. Judge Kontos sentenced Gammon to four years in prison. Atty. Sarah Kovoor, an assistant Trumbull County prosecutor, said Gammon had sexual contact with a 3-year-old girl last year in the girl's Hubbard home.
Crash reduction effort
NILES -- City police are applying for a grant from the Governor's Highway Safety Office for additional traffic enforcement to reduce crashes.
The additional enforcement would be during August and September weekends. So far this month, 32 hours have been funded with a grant, and police issued seven citations for speeding and 10 for seat belt violations. Two motorists were warned about seat belt use. One driver was cited for driving under suspension, two drivers were cited for DUI.
Officers issued two citations for failing to maintain assured clear distance ahead, two for failure to control, one for failing to yield at a stop sign and one license plate violation. Officers also issued 24 warnings for moving violations and because of the increased enforcement, four nontraffic arrests were made including an arrest on a felony warrant.