Sentenced for rape
WARREN -- A 33-year-old Bon Air Street N.W. man, who has pleaded guilty to five rape charges and nine counts of pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor, has been sentenced to 15 years to life in prison.
Judge John Stuard of Trumbull County Common Pleas Court sentenced John Kopp moments after he pleaded guilty on Thursday.
Thomas Wrenn, an assistant Trumbull County prosecutor, said that if Kopp had not pleaded guilty, the case would have gone to trial Monday. Wrenn said Kopp was accused of having sexual contact with a female under the age of 13 in Kopp's Warren home.
Hearings in robbery
GIRARD -- Preliminary hearings are scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday in municipal court for two 19-year-old men charged with aggravated robbery.
Cory Cannon of Warren-Sharon Road, Vienna, and Anthony Leibert of East Park Avenue, Brookfield, are accused of robbing the Vienna Pharmacy on Monday of the prescription painkiller OxyContin.
Trumbull County Sheriff Thomas Altiere said Cannon and Leibert admitted stealing the drug because they didn't have money to buy it and were suffering withdrawal.
They appeared Tuesday before municipal Judge Michael Bernard, who set their bonds at $20,000 cash or surety. Cannon remains in the county jail in lieu of bond and Leibert was released after posting bond.
Deed restriction eased
WARREN -- Trumbull County commissioners have approved easing a deed restriction on Kent State University Trumbull Campus that prevented the university from building within 400 feet of Mahoning Avenue.
Commissioners voted this week to allow the university to put educational or technical buildings within 100 feet of the road.
The county donated about 130 acres for the KSU campus in 1967.
WARREN -- The Geauga-Trumbull Solid Waste District collected more than 32 tons of freon-bearing appliances in Trumbull County, and nearly 48 tons of appliances in Geauga County, in two days last month.
Freon, which was commonly used in refrigerators, air conditioners and dehumidifiers, destroys ozone in the atmosphere, said Robert Villers, district director.
The district collects these appliances because otherwise, residents might dump them by the roadside rather than pay a $50 or $60 fee to have the freon removed, he said.
In Trumbull County, 215 refrigerators, 53 dehumidifiers and 63 air conditioners were dropped for recycling and freon removal on April 28. In Geauga County on April 21, 157 refrigerators, 25 dehumidifiers and 29 air conditioners were dropped off.
WARREN -- The Trumbull County Convention and Visitor's Bureau will be host of the Y-103 radio morning show on Thursday, and will sponsor refreshments at an Interstate 80 rest stop May 11 in celebration of National Tourism Week May 6 to 12.
A bus tour of the county, scheduled for Wednesday, has already sold out, officials said. The tourism bureau requests people wear red on that day, designated by the industry as "Tourism Awareness Day." The Trumbull County Convention and Visitor's Bureau is funded by a 2.5 percent hotel/motel bed tax.
Land donated to SRU
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- Developer and former New Castle resident Stanley P. Kraus and his wife, Marilyn, gave Slippery Rock University a piece of property near downtown Sharon valued at $700,000.
Edward Bucha, executive director of the Slippery Rock University Foundation, said SRU will sell the property and apply the proceeds to one of the university's initiatives. They haven't decided how it will be spent yet.
The Krauses, who now live in Boca Raton, Fla., previously donated money in 1983 for a student residence hall and in 1996 they gave SRU a piece of property in Armstrong County that provides enough money for five yearly scholarships. Kraus has developed commercial and residential real estate in western Pennsylvania.
YOUNGSTOWN -- A search committee has narrowed the list of candidates for provost at Youngstown State University.
The four finalists are Dr. Tony Atwater, dean of the college of professional studies and education at Northern Kentucky University; Dr. Rochelle Kelz, dean of the college of arts and sciences at Indiana University, Kokomo Campus; Dr. Mary Ellen Mazey, dean of the college of liberal arts at Wright State University; and Dr. Braja Das, dean of the college of engineering and computer science at California State University in Sacramento.
The candidates will visit YSU over the next several weeks.