Lordi goes to jail
YOUNGSTOWN -- Former Mahoning County commissioner Frank Lordi reported to the county jail this morning. He was to be taken to a state prison to serve an 18-month sentence imposed in 1999 for theft in office. He had been free while he appealed, but the Ohio Supreme Court upheld his conviction last week. Visiting Judge Mark K. Wiest ordered Lordi, 54, of Canfield Township, to surrender to authorities today.
Valley men indicted on marijuana charges
CLEVELAND -- A federal grand jury has indicted two Youngstown men, ages 30 and 76, on marijuana charges. Charles William Stehney, 30, of Steel Street, has been charged with cultivating the drug, and John Raymond Malone, 76, of Florence Street, with possessing it, the U.S. attorney said. The indictment says Stehney cultivated 258 marijuana plants at his residence and 245 at Malone's residence. The case was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
NEW MIDDLETOWN -- The planning and zoning commission approved a variance of the 50-foot setback requirement for property owned by Dale James at 10452 Main St. He had applied for a variance to allow a setback of only 20 to 25 feet from the rear property line for construction of an office building.
Trumbull dog wardento check for licenses
WARREN -- The Trumbull County Dog Warden's Office will be checking for unlicensed dogs starting June 11.
Dogs must be licensed every year by Jan. 31 at a cost of $8. There is an additional $8 fee for late licenses. The late fee is not charged for puppies, new dogs or new Ohio residents. Licenses may be purchased at the warden's office or at more than 30 outlets throughout the county. Officials warn failure to comply could mean a citation in court.
Warren man suesYOUNGSTOWN -- A Warren man has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court here, contending four Trumbull County deputy sheriffs illegally searched a vehicle he was driving.
Clyde Wilson of Regal Drive is seeking $500,000 in compensatory damages and $750,000 in punitive damages.
Deputies Daniel D'Annunzio, Brian Kaintz, Peter Lucic and Robert Altier are the defendants. Lucic declined to comment. The other three deputies could not be reached.
The suit says the deputies stopped Wilson on Feb. 6 for a traffic violation and forced him to remain in a patrol car while they searched his vehicle, even though he committed no crime and they had no probable cause to conduct the search.
Man guilty of bigamy
NEWTON FALLS -- A 40-year-old Mahoning Court man has been found guilty of bigamy. Randy Jarvis pleaded no contest Thursday and will be sentenced by Municipal Judge Thomas Old at 10:30 a.m. July 24. He faces up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. City Prosecutor Richard Swartz said Tammy Jarvis told the court she married Jarvis in March, then found out in April he was still legally married to a woman in California.
Man shot in thigh
YOUNGSTOWN -- Police have no suspects or witnesses in the shooting of a 51-year-old man about 1:44 a.m. today in the 900 block of West Woodland Avenue. Herman Haithcock, whose address is listed as the Tallyho-tel, 4249 Belmont Ave., Liberty, was treated for a thigh wound.
Heart disease seminar
WARREN -- Scope Senior Center will sponsor a seminar on preventing and treating heart disease at 10 a.m. Tuesday.
Gary Sas, a pharmacist, will lead a discussion on risk factors for heart disease and high blood pressure, target health levels, and the use of nutrition and medication to manage disease. Call (330) 399-8846 to make a reservation.
WARREN -- A 24-year-old Niles man, who has been convicted of aggravated burglary with a gun specification and kidnapping with a gun specification, will be sentenced June 11. Judge Peter Kontos scheduled the sentencing Thursday, moments after a Trumbull County Common Pleas jury found Nick Kaczmark guilty. The jury, which began hearing the case Tuesday, deliberated two hours.
Police said Kaczmark went to a man's home in Niles on Oct. 16 and threatened him.