Boy burns face, arm
LIBERTY -- A 15-year-old Louise Lane boy was treated at Forum Health Tod Children's Hospital for injuries he suffered while playing with a homemade explosive device.
According to a police report, Alex Hahn, 15, and his brother, 17, were in the woods across from their home Tuesday evening, using gunpowder and a cardboard tube to make the device. The boys ignited the fuse, but nothing happened. Alex tried to adjust the device and it flashed, burning his face and lower arm, police said.
His sister drove him to the hospital.
Drugs lead to sentence
CAMPBELL -- One of two adults caught with nearly 30 pounds of suspected high-grade marijuana June 27 pleaded no contest to drug-related charges Tuesday before Judge John P. Almasy in Campbell Municipal Court.
The judge found Bertha A. Gomez-Lopez, 38, of Arizona guilty. She was given consecutive sentences of 180 days in jail and fines of $3,500 for two counts of committing drug abuse. She was given credit for 20 days in jail with the rest of the sentence suspended.
A third count of contributing to the delinquency of a child was thrown out.
A 49-year-old Arizona man that she was caught with at a Coitsville motel had his trial moved to 9 a.m. Tuesday. Police said the drugs had a street value of up to $42,000.
Robber takes truck
BOARDMAN -- Township police are investigating a robbery that took place Tuesday afternoon in the 700 block of East Midlothian Boulevard.
A Campbell man told officers he was sitting in his 1990 Dodge Dakota truck when a man approached and demanded money. Reports said the man turned over all the cash in his pockets, about $100, but not his wallet. The robber demanded more but the victim said, "You'll have to shoot me before I'll give it to you" and refused to hand over more money.
The robber then jumped into the victim's truck and drove off.
Another man chargedin township break-ins
LAKE MILTON -- Police have made another arrest in a series of Milton Township break-ins in February.
Matthew Simon, 21, of North River Road, Warren, was arrested Tuesday and charged with three counts of breaking and entering, two counts of theft and one misdemeanor count of theft. Police also arrested Juan Rosario, 18, of North Jackson, on July 10 in the break-ins.
Police said Simon and Rosario participated in February break-ins at a barbershop, a home and a car dealership in Milton Township. Simon was arrested in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court, just before he was scheduled to appear in a hearing on another case.
YOUNGSTOWN -- The Mahoning County Sheriff's Department will set up a DUI checkpoint from 10 p.m. Friday to 4 a.m. Saturday on Market Street near Judson Avenue. Twenty deputies will take part in the effort, which will include speed enforcement using new laser-guided radar guns.
School board meeting
NEW MIDDLETOWN -- Springfield Board of Education will meet at 8 p.m. Thursday to review student handbooks and discuss personnel issues.
Beaver Twp. meeting
NORTH LIMA -- Beaver Township trustees will meet in special session at 6:45 p.m., Thursday in the township meeting room in the South Range Plaza to discuss budget issues.
Grand jury recommendsadditional jail staffing
WARREN -- A Trumbull County grand jury says in a three-page report that additional staffing is needed at the county jail.
Grand juries routinely tour the facility during their term and report their findings.
Current jury members said that when they visited the jail, there were 12 officers for 270 inmates.
The report also notes that one room in the jail, which houses computers, needs repairs.
The report states that ceiling tile appears ready to disintegrate from water damage.
Sheriff Thomas Altiere could not be reached.