ELKTON -- A woman who teaches inmates at the Elkton Federal Correctional Institution is accused of having sex with one of the prisoners in her charge. Kathleen Cope, 37, of Hookstown, Pa., is charged with sexual abuse of a ward, the U.S. Attorney's office in Youngstown said Wednesday. Cope is accused of engaging in sexual acts with an inmate who was under her authority as a teacher. The crime occurred between March and April 2000. If convicted, Cope faces a maximum sentence of a year in prison and a $100,000 fine.
Jailed in anthrax hoax
LISBON -- A village woman will spend 10 days in the county jail after being sentenced for inducing panic through an anthrax hoax. Laura Kashdan, 38, of 889 N. Market St., was sentenced to 180 days by Judge K. Brett Apple of Columbiana County Southwest Area Court. The judge suspended 170 days. He ordered Kashdan to pay a $200 fine, placed her on three years' probation and instructed her to be assessed for counseling. Kashdan was charged in connection with bringing an envelope into the Lisbon Police Department Oct. 14 and saying it contained anthrax, which it did not.
HERMITAGE, Pa. -- A 14-year-old Sunset Boulevard boy trick-or-treating Wednesday was injured when he apparently stepped in front of a car in the 200 block of Easton Road at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Police said Robert Benger was walking along Easton Road and allowed a car to pass by before stepping into the path of another car driven by James Hoffman, 72, of Morefield Road. Hoffman told police he saw Benger, wearing a florescent orange pumpkin costume, come out of a driveway and walk along the side of the road. He said the boy just turned and stepped into his path. Benger suffered leg and head injuries and was treated at Sharon Regional Health System's hospital.
Birthday party shooting
FARRELL, Pa. -- Police are investigating the shooting of a man at a birthday party at C. Brown's Banquet Center at 300 Roemer Blvd. at 12:30 a.m. today. Robert T. Mosley, 28, of Mesabi Street, Sharon, was shot once in the stomach by an unidentified assailant. He was taken to Sharon Regional Health System's hospital by ambulance and admitted in stable condition. Police said this morning they had not yet been able to question him in detail about the shooting, and people attending the party have so far failed to identify a suspect.
Council to celebrate
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- The New Castle office of Family Health Council Inc. will celebrate patient appreciation day Nov. 7 with a variety of educational materials, office tours, door prizes, refreshments and a raffle. The health council has served women and families in western Pennsylvania for 30 years and has 25 medical offices. They provide gynecology and obstetric services, as well as sexually transmitted disease testing and treatment, and counseling for nutrition and adoption. Most insurance plans are accepted, and fees are based on income and family size. Services to teens younger than 18 are free.
Teen faces charges
LISBON -- Authorities expect to file charges in Columbiana County Juvenile Court against a 16-year-old boy accused of telephoning threats to the Columbiana County Career Center earlier this week. On Monday, the Butler Township boy phoned in a bomb threat, and on Tuesday, he called and said students were bringing guns to school, Sheriff Dave Smith said today. In each instance, school was closed for several hours while authorities checked out the threats, which proved to be hoaxes.
Charity dinner planned
WEST MIDDLESEX, Pa. -- The Church of the Good Shepherd on state Route 18 will have its annual charity dinner from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets for the ham and scalloped potatoes dinner are $6 for adults and $3 for children and will be available at the door. Take-outs also are available.
Hospital gets grant
EAST LIVERPOOL -- East Liverpool City Hospital has been awarded a $14,608 state grant to assist pulmonary rehabilitation patients. State Sen. Greg DiDonato of Dennison, D-30th, said funding for the grant from the Ohio Hospital Association Foundation for Healthy Communities comes from Ohio's Public Health Priorities Trust. DiDonato said he helped create the trust to assist those who are unable to pay for their own health care. He said the Legislature created the trust fund using a portion of the state's tobacco settlement money.