Niles man chargedwith selling marijuana
NILES -- A West Park Avenue man was to appear this morning in Niles Municipal Court, accused of aggravated trafficking in marijuana. A preliminary hearing is set for Aug. 7 for Clifton Smith, 28, who was arrested Wednesday after a four-month investigation.
Investigators from the Niles Narcotics Unit and the Trumbull County Drug Task Force said they bought marijuana from Smith at his home business, PC Plus Computers, at 409 W. Park Ave.
The investigation involved one purchase of the drugs, valued at a few hundred dollars, police said.
Smith also was issued a traffic citation charging him with having no operator's license. Police said additional arrests are expected.
More jail time for man
GIRARD -- A New Middletown man has been charged with escape after bolting from Girard Municipal Court.
Zoltan J. Kozic, 29, of Calla Road, was tackled by court probation officer Tim Riley as he tried to run from the courtroom of Judge Michael A. Bernard and out the front door of the justice center.
Kozic previously had been sentenced to 14 days in jail and placed on one year's probation on traffic charges.
Judge Bernard sentenced Kozic Wednesday to 160 days in the Trumbull County jail because he hadn't paid his fine or reported for probation.
Kozic asked to use the restroom, then fled, followed by Riley and deputy bailiff Pete Colla.
Upon his return, Kozic was sentenced to an additional 180 days for contempt of court and attempted escape.
NILES -- The demolition of two houses and a garage has been ordered by the Housing Board of Appeals.
The houses at 806 Clay St. and 142 West 2nd St. and the garage at 412 N. Arlington all were severely damaged by fire.
The owners have 30 days to comply with Wednesday's order. If the structures are still standing by Sept. 1, the city will have them torn down.
The owner of 816 Ann St., meanwhile, has been given 90 days to bring that house up to code or face demolition.
WARREN -- Walton J. Tully, chaplain for the Trumbull County Sheriff's Department and the Newton Falls fire and police departments, has become certified in the Mitchell Model program of the Basic Critical Incident Stress Management course.
Upon completion of the training at the annual International Conference of Police Chaplains in Anaheim, Calif., Tully was named a member of the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation.
A total of 557 chaplains and law enforcement officers from the U.S., Canada, Jamaica and Africa attended the July seminar.
The chaplains' conference is based in Destin, Fla.
Update on schools
NEWTON FALLS -- Nearly 100 people attended a meeting Wednesday at Newton Falls High School to view a model of a new middle school, with construction to begin in November.
"Everyone was very positive," said Superintendent Linda Clapp. "There were a lot of good questions."
The school board also explained plans to renovate the high school starting next summer.
After the new middle school is finished in 2004, the district will begin work to convert the current middle school into kindergarten through second grade.
The Ohio Schools Facility Commission is paying for much of the planned renovations, estimated at $20 million.
Phone books recycled
WARREN -- Trumbull County residents recycled more than 5,000 old phone books during the second Recycle for Literacy program sponsored by Sprint Yellow Pages at the Wal-Mart store on Elm Road, earning a $3,000 donation from Sprint to the local Alliance Community Outreach Program.
The long-distance provider donates $1 per phone book that is recycled, up to $3,000 per recycling site. For information on Trumbull County's Alliance Community Outreach Program, call (330) 369-1441.