CLEVELAND -- The sentencing of businessman J.J. Cafaro on a felony conviction of providing an illegal gratuity to former U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr., which was set for today, has been postponed. It has not been rescheduled.
Cafaro's attorney and federal prosecutors had sought the delay from U.S. District Court Judge Solomon Oliver Jr. Traficant is serving an eight-year federal prison sentence for racketeering, tax evasion and bribery.
YOUNGSTOWN -- City crews are examining a railroad overpass weekly in an effort to prevent chunks of concrete from falling onto Mahoning Avenue, a city traffic official said. Pieces fell from the overpass, near downtown, last week, forcing motorists to swerve around the debris. No one was injured.
Crews were hired to knock away loose pieces of concrete with jackhammers, said Bill Glenellen, superintendent of the sign and signal department in the city traffic engineering department. He said all loose pieces have been removed and there is no immediate danger that more will crumble.
Glenellen said the damage was caused by deterioration and water leaking through cracks.
2 hurt in shootout
YOUNGSTOWN -- Two men were in stable condition at St. Elizabeth Health Center this morning after a shootout on the city's East Side, according to city police and hospital personnel.
Andre Scott, 22, of Dogwood Drive, suffered a gunshot wound to the right arm and back during the 10:40 p.m. Tuesday shooting in the 1400 block of Rosewood Lane. Rodney Miller, 23, with addresses on Ohio Avenue and Ravine Road, was shot in the side and his head was grazed by a bullet.
A 21-year-old woman told police that she was arguing with Scott when he pulled out a gun and threatened her. Miller, the woman's brother, heard of the dispute and confronted Scott on Rosewood. When Scott pulled out a gun, she said, Miller did also and each began to shoot.
Police found 11 .22-caliber shell casings and two 9 mm shell casings in the area. Scott told police he did not know who shot him. Investigators were not immediately able to interview Miller, who underwent surgery.
Woman hit by bedrail
YOUNGSTOWN -- A 27-year-old South Side man was arrested on a felonious-assault charge after a dispute with his brother, during which a woman was hit with a bedrail.
Melvin White, who lives in the same Southern Boulevard apartment building as his brother, tried to break into the brother's unit by breaking a window at about 2 a.m. today, city police said. When the brother opened the door, White broke dishes and other items before striking the 20-year-old woman visitor in the left arm.
Police recovered the bloody 6-foot bedrail in the home's driveway. The woman was treated at the Beeghly Medical Center. White was taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center for stitches to his hand before being taken to the Mahoning County jail.
YOUNGSTOWN -- A dispute between teenagers may have led to a house shooting on the city's North Side. A 35-year-old Delaware Avenue woman told city police she and her children were in their living room at about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday when they heard four gunshots and shattering glass.
She said she thinks two 16-year-old boys and another male may be responsible for the shooting because of a dispute her 16-year-old son had with one of the boys.
Police found three bullet holes in the house, a shell casing and a slug.
Thefts, car break-ins
BOARDMAN -- Police are investigating six car break-ins in the parking lot of the Movies 8 theater on Boardman-Poland Road.
The break-ins all happened around 9 p.m. Tuesday. Reports say the thieves took stereo equipment and CDs and caused extensive damage to vehicle dashboards.