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LOITERING Off the streets and into court -- again



Published: Sat, June 23, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.



The woman, when asked at arraignment how she supports herself, said she works the streets, the magistrate said.

By PATRICIA MEADE

VINDICATOR CRIME REPORTER

YOUNGSTOWN -- Tina Hamrick didn't let the ink dry on her loitering-for-prostitution convictions this week before heading back to her South Side corner.

The Boardman woman, who may also live in Youngstown, and who is either 33 or 39, depending on which jail or court record is used, was in municipal court twice this week. She appeared both times in front of Magistrate Anthony Sertick Jr.

"Something has to be done with her," he said Friday. "I said to her at arraignment, 'You're back.'"

The magistrate said he asked Hamrick how she supports herself, and she answered that she works the streets. He rolled his eyes as he repeated the woman's response.

Sertick said she pleaded no contest and he set bond at $2,500 cash or surety. Sentencing is July 19 in Judge Robert P. Milich's court.

As a magistrate, Sertick cannot sentence and therefore does not preside over jailable offenses.

Loitering, a first offense, is a minor misdemeanor and carries no jail time. Second and subsequent offenses can mean up to 30 days behind bars and a $250 fine, Sertick said.

Until Friday, each of Hamrick's loitering charges had been handled as a first offense. Patrolman Dan Mikus put an end to that by noting on her arrest report that she had convictions.

The arrest: Mikus had spotted Hamrick on Thursday morning in the Oak Hill-Marion Avenue section of the lower South Side, an area plagued by prostitution and now the focus of the police department's new bike patrol. As Mikus watched from his cruiser, Hamrick approached a white Buick at the stop sign and tried to engage the man at the wheel in conversation.

The driver took off when he saw Mikus. When Hamrick saw the officer, she started walking east on Marion, where he arrested her.

"She stated that she just went to court 'yesterday' on four tickets [summonses] she was given for the same offense in the same area," Mikus wrote in his report. He also served an old theft warrant on her.

Hamrick's recent court dates:

UFriday -- loitering for prostitution (Thursday arrest).

UWednesday -- loitering for prostitution; community service allowed in lieu of $25 fine (May 25 arrest). Sertick.

UWednesday -- loitering for prostitution; community service allowed in lieu of $85 fines and cost (May 29 arrest). Sertick.

UWednesday -- loitering for prostitution; dismissed (June 3 arrest). Sertick.

UWednesday -- theft case from April 23. She is accused of taking $36.25 worth of groceries from Dollar General on Mahoning Avenue. She failed to appear in court June 12 and a warrant was issued. Trial set for July 19.

UJune 1, 2000 -- loitering for prostitution; $110 fines and cost. Magistrate Andrew G. Bresko (May 24, 2000, arrest).

Hamrick, who has a history of failing to appear for court cases, has also been convicted of drug-related offenses, jail records show.

meade@vindy.com




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