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Police charge man with drug crime



Published: Mon, August 26, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



Police charge manwith drug crime

AUSTINTOWN -- Police here arrested a Youngstown man early Sunday after finding two bags containing suspected cocaine in his shoe.

Police charged Arthur Brantley, 27, of East Philadelphia Avenue with drug abuse-cocaine. He is slated to appear in Mahoning County Court here later today.

About 4:50 a.m., police saw a car traveling over the center line on state Route 46 near Notre Dame Drive. Brantley was a passenger. Police stopped the vehicle, searched it and its occupants, and found the suspected drug in Brantley's shoe.

On Saturday, police arrested the car's owner, Joseph Testa, 39, of South Brockway Street, Youngstown, and charged him with drug abuse-marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia after finding a suspected marijuana pipe above the car's visor during a traffic stop.

Caregiver investigated

AUSTINTOWN -- Police are investigating a report that a domestic caregiver stole $8,000 in checks from an 82-year-old North Turner Road woman. The woman's daughter told police Saturday that her mother suffers from dementia.

The daughter said her mother was asked by the caregiver to write the checks and, because of her mental state, she did.

The daughter said the caregiver has said she will pay back the money by Sept. 23.

Block Watch meeting

YOUNGSTOWN -- Buckeye Eyes and Ears Block Watch meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Word of Grace Church, 2724 Mount Vernon Ave. Councilman John A. Nittoli, D-7th, will discuss city ordinances, violations and fines. Refreshments will be served.

Crime Watch meeting

NORTH LIMA -- Home security systems will be the topic of discussion at this month's Beaver Township Crime Watch meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the activity room at Shepherd of the Valley, 9111 Sharrott Road.

The township's crime statistics will be reviewed, and refreshments will be served.

Radio club recognized

YOUNGSTOWN -- The 20/9 Amateur Radio Club, made up of 11 members from Youngstown and the surrounding area, has been designated as a "special service club" by the American Radio Relay League, a national organization of amateur radio operators.

Founded in 1954, the 20/9 club was recognized for its emergency communications program and participation in the amateur radio emergency service as well as community involvement, technical education classes and recruitment and training practices.

The operators, who are known as "hams," are often able to communicate worldwide with small portable radio stations and are known internationally for the assistance they render in relaying messages into and out of stricken areas. For more information on the organization, contact Richard C. Hamaker, president, (330) 792-4019, or Jim Sekinger, vice president, (330) 726-3722.

Talking about France

YOUNGSTOWN --The Ohio Cultural Alliance will have a meeting called "Monuments, Memories and Milestones of France" on Sept. 9 at Sacred Heart Polish National Church, 702 Cameron Ave., from 6 to 9 p.m.

The meeting's speaker will be Dr. Paul Dalbec, Youngstown State University professor emeritus and a leader of the local French culture group Le Cercle Francais.

The Youngstown-based organization has monthly meetings from September through June that explore countries. The programs include an ethnic meal, a 30-minute presentation and relevant cultural enrichment.

Alliance memberships are $20 for the year, and the cost of each meeting is $11 for each paid member and $16 for each nonpaid member.

Photography contest

COLUMBIANA -- Entry forms for the Columbiana Area Chamber of Commerce annual photography contest are available at the chamber, 104 1/2 S. Main St., and at several Columbiana businesses.

The contest, during the Columbiana Street Fair, Sept. 5-7, is open to all amateur photographers. Prizes will be awarded in various categories for adults (14 and older) and children (13 and younger).

A new category for this year's show is computer-enhanced photos.




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