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Couple sues over steer that was fatally shot



Published: Sat, July 7, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.



Couple sues over steerthat was fatally shot

YOUNGSTOWN -- A Beloit couple is suing Smith Township police over the shooting of a beef steer.

Jason and Jennifer Ring of Ellett Road say their steer, which weighed between 1,000 and 1,200 pounds, got loose from its pen and wandered off their property June 19. A township police officer shot and confiscated the animal, according to the suit, filed Friday in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court.

The couple is seeking unspecified damages and says the department was negligent in training its officers. Police Chief John Slimak could not be reached to comment.

Handgun accident

AUSTINTOWN -- A Bexley Drive woman asked police to destroy her semiautomatic handgun Thursday after it accidentally went off while she was cleaning her house.

The woman told police she stored the gun in her dresser drawer. She picked it up Thursday to see if it was loaded. The gun then fired into her floor.

There were no injuries. The woman said she did not feel safe with the gun and wanted it to be destroyed.

Counterfeiting charges

CLEVELAND -- A federal grand jury has indicted four people on charges of violating federal conspiracy laws concerning counterfeit postal money orders and securities.

Tyrone B. Coles, 27, of Wellside No. 2, Wellsville, and Marcie L. Culley, 25, and Jeremy W. Gray, 21, both of Georgetown, Pa., are charged with conspiracy to make, utter and pass counterfeit postal money orders.

Culley and Bobbi Jo Cunningham, 21, of Wilbert Avenue, East Liverpool, are charged with conspiracy to make, utter and possess counterfeit securities, the U.S. attorney said.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Postal Service in Cleveland.

Dunkin' Donuts robbery

NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- Burglars at a Dunkin' Donuts were after a different kind of dough. Police said someone pried open the rear door of Mill Street business and took $3,269 from the office.

The money was taken between 12:30 p.m. Wednesday and 4:45 a.m. Thursday, police said.

Man jailed after dispute

GREENVILLE, Pa. -- A South Second Street man was jailed on $25,000 bond after police said he fired a handgun during a domestic dispute with a woman in his home.

Police were called to the residence of Scott Fisher, 34, around 2:15 a.m. Friday. Fisher is accused of firing the gun at the woman but no one was injured, police said.

Fisher was arraigned before District Justice William Fagley.

Hearing scheduledfor suspect in thefts

STRUTHERS -- A New Springfield woman, charged with taking about $337,726 from two New Springfield businesses where she was employed, was assigned a preliminary hearing for 11 a.m. Aug. 20 in Struthers Municipal Court before acting Judge Michael Hoza.

Terri A. McCambridge was charged at her arraignment Friday with aggravated theft of $309,602 from J.C.M. Contracting and theft of $28,124 from M.J.T. Construction in 1997, according to court documents.

Her lawyer, Dennis DiMartino, said McCambridge has paid back about $150,000 to the businesses so far. Her $750 bond was continued.

Audit finds error

LOWELLVILLE -- Sick time paid to Lynn Alfano, over the amount she was entitled to, was a clerical error made by a previous village employee.

State officials released an audit this week that said Alfano, a part-time custodian and wife of village Administrator Phillip Alfano, must pay back about $214 to the village general fund for extra sick leave she received. Officials said an ex-clerk paid Alfano for 171 hours of sick leave when she was allowed only 100.33 hours.

Phillip Alfano said the money would probably be returned next week.

Breach of contract suit

YOUNGSTOWN -- Owners of the former B & amp;O Restaurant, which was located on Mahoning Avenue, are suing Washington, D.C.-based National Railroad Passenger Corp. for $73,316, for breach of contract.

National Restaurant Development Limited Partnership of Kensington, Md., filed the suit Friday in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court. The suit says NRPC, commonly known as Amtrak, failed to pay all of its obligations under a lease agreement for some space in the building.

The suit was originally filed in 1999 but was voluntarily dismissed.




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