Several people recently appeared before Judge David D'Apolito in Mahoning County Court in Austintown:
Prudence Lewis, 19, of Forest View Drive, Youngstown, pleaded no contest to a reduced charge of misdemeanor drug abuse. The judge found her guilty and ordered her to pay $100 in fines and court costs. She had been charged with possession of marijuana. The judge also suspended Lewis' license for 180 days. Police said they spotted Lewis smoking marijuana early Friday in the parking lot of The Mill nightclub on South Raccoon Road.
Robert Brocker III, 18, of Glenview Drive, Canfield, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of disorderly conduct and was ordered to pay $150 in fines and court costs. He had been charged with improper transportation of a firearm. Austintown police said that on June 15, they watched Brocker throw a gun wrapped in plastic from the car he was driving. Two teens told police Brocker pointed the gun at them during a traffic dispute in Youngstown. Brocker is charged in Youngstown Municipal Court with aggravated menacing. His next hearing in Youngstown is scheduled for Aug. 14.
Jennifer Poling, 31, of Sherman Avenue, Niles, pleaded guilty to three reduced charges of passing bad checks. Judge D'Apolito ordered her to pay a total of $1,738 in restitution to local businesses. She had been charged with three felony counts of passing bad checks. Police accused Poling of passing bad checks at local jewelry and electronics stores, including $2,000 in bad checks in Austintown during June. The judge also sentenced Poling to 180 days in jail, which was suspended, as well as 24 months' reporting probation and 40 hours' community service. He also ordered Poling to pay a $225 in fines and court costs.
Poling also was ordered to cooperate with the county prosecutor and testify against David Vince, who is charged in common pleas court with misuse of a credit card and two counts of complicity to pass bad checks. Austintown police reports do not describe the relationship between Poling and Vince, of Sheridan Avenue N.E., Warren.
Blase Cinque, 36, of South Raccoon Road, pleaded guilty to failure to comply with a police order, resisting arrest, and possession of drug paraphernalia and was sentenced to 180 days in jail with 150 days suspended. He also was given credit for four days of time served. Two counts of receiving stolen property were dismissed. He was accused of leading police on a high-speed chase July 15. A suspected crack pipe was found in the car he was driving. Judge D'Apolito sentenced Cinque to serve one year of reporting probation and suspended his license for 180 days. Cinque also was ordered to enter a drug treatment program and pay $165 in fines and court costs.
David Guss, 32, of Trumbull Court, Youngstown, was cleared of an aggravated burglary charge and two counts of felonious assault. Guss was accused of trying to shoot two Super 8 Motel guests July 11. The charges were dropped because the hotel guests wouldn't come to Austintown from their homes in Arkansas to testify.
Angela Cascarelli, 34, of Matta Avenue, pleaded innocent to receiving stolen property. Cascarelli is charged with pawning several pieces of jewelry reported stolen from a Canfield residence July 4. Her preliminary hearing is set for 2:30 p.m. Aug. 19.
John Diehl, 28, of Black Oak Lane, Youngstown, pleaded innocent to disorderly conduct. Diehl is accused of ignoring police orders to stop yelling obscenities at a group of men early Friday in the parking lot of The Mill. Police believe Diehl is a security guard at the nightclub. Diehl's next hearing is set for Sept. 16.
Eugene Henderson, 19, of Todd Avenue, Warren, appeared on a charge of drug abuse-crack cocaine. No plea was accepted, as the charge is a felony. Police said they found suspected crack in a car Henderson was driving early Friday in the parking lot of The Mill. His next hearing is set for Sept. 16.
In other court news, Judge D'Apolito also is expected to issue a warrant this week for Kalen L. Watson, 18, of Hiland Avenue, Warren. Watson, who police said was a passenger in Henderson's car, failed to appear for his arraignment Monday on permitting drug abuse and drug abuse-marijuana charges. Police said Watson had a suspected marijuana cigarette when Henderson's car was stopped.