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Arsonist gets 2 years



Published: Thu, August 15, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



Arsonist gets 2 years

WARREN -- A 40-year-old Liberty man who pleaded guilty to a charge of aggravated arson was sentenced Wednesday to two years in prison.

Robert Prater, no street address available, set fire to his girlfriend's Liberty Township apartment April 15.

Man reports theft

NILES -- Police are investigating a Columbus man's report that his motel room was broken into and that he ended up in a fight when he confronted two men he suspected.

According to reports, the man said someone entered the room in the 422 Motel in McKinley Heights in which he and a female friend were sleeping about 5 a.m. today and took clothes and $115.

The man said that when he went outside, he was pushed and hit by one of the men, whom he hit back, giving him a "fat lip."

Police lodge gets grant

WARREN -- The Trumbull County Sheriff's Department Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 137 has received a $14,500 grant from First Place Bank's First Place Community Foundation.

Detective Sgt. Pete Pizzulo, FOP president, said the grant will be used to buy equipment for the department.

Safety meeting set

LORDSTOWN -- A safety meeting for the Lordstown Local School District is set for 9 a.m. Saturday in the high school media center.

Ham radio festival

CHAMPION -- The 45th annual Warren Amateur Radio Association Hamfest will be Sunday at Kent State University Trumbull Campus.

The outdoor flea market opens at 6 a.m., and indoor sales start at 8 a.m. Admission is $5.

The hamfest offers amateur radio, computer and electronic exhibits.

McKinley project update

NILES -- The McKinley Memorial Library board has set a meeting for 3 p.m. Monday at the library, 40 N. Main St.

Board members will receive a progress report on the McKinley Birthplace Home and Research Center project and will approve change orders for the project.

Event benefits student

LEAVITTSBURG -- A fund-raiser for Richard Eastman Jr., a LaBrae High School junior paralyzed in a diving accident, will be from noon to 6 p.m. Aug. 24 at the school, 4651 W. Market St.

The day will include a garage sale, Chinese auction, face and hair painting, bake sale and food.

Eastman was injured June 29 while vacationing with his grandparents in South Carolina. He remains in Shepherd Center, an Atlanta rehabilitation hospital.

His mother, Lydia Evelsizer, said Richard has slight movement in both arms and none in his legs.

Those wishing to donate items for the sales can call (330) 898-8618, 898-3328 or 824-8274.

Donations can be made in his name at Second National Bank and Cavalier Credit Union. His e-mail is Richardeastman16@aol.com.

Youth and law seminar

WARREN -- The youth ministry of Second Baptist Church will sponsor a Youth and the Law seminar for youth, parents and other interested people from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 24 at the church, 1510 Main St. S.W.

Speakers will include judges, lawyers, police and the Ohio State Highway Patrol, organizers said. Topics to be discussed include what to do when stopped by police, consequences for actions, juvenile justice and legal rights.

A question-and-answer period will follow the session.

Arrested in attack

SHARON, Pa. -- Police have arrested two more women suspected in the Sunday attack on an East Budd Street man.

Police said Latesha Hubbard, 24, of Sharon and Terika Hubbard, 21, of Hermitage surrendered Wednesday afternoon.

They are believed to be part of a group of five or six women who kicked in a man's door, beat him up and threw a potted plant through his window.

Police said the matter stemmed from an ongoing custody dispute one of the women had with the man, who is in his 20s.

Two other women were arrested earlier this week. All four are charged with burglary, simple assault, criminal mischief and criminal conspiracy and have preliminary hearings pending.




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