Drug dealer sentenced
PITTSBURGH -- A New Castle man was sentenced in federal court to 235 months in prison on his conviction of conspiring to violate federal narcotics laws. U.S. District Judge Gary L. Lancaster imposed the sentence on Christopher D. Smith, 28, of Cunningham Avenue. According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Margaret E. Pickering, between 1994 and 1999, Smith and seven other defendants were involved in a conspiracy to distribute more than 11 pounds of cocaine and more than 1.7 ounces of crack cocaine in New Castle, Houston and Detroit. Smith sent couriers to Houston and Detroit to obtain cocaine from a source about eight times, Pickering said. He concealed cash for the drugs in small appliances that had been hollowed out, she added.
SALEM -- A Salem firefighter remains in critical condition today after suffering a heart attack while fighting a fire.
Capt. Dennis Groves, 50, was taken to Forum Health Northside Medical Center in Youngstown after being stricken Friday while at a fire in the 1000 block of Arch Street in Perry Township, a fire department spokesman said.
Salem firefighters assisted township firefighters, who were called to fight a blaze that broke out about 11:30 a.m. Friday in a garage attached to a house.
No additional details regarding the fire were available this morning.
LISBON -- A hearing is set for Thursday in Columbiana County Municipal Court in East Palestine for a Middleton Township man accused of possessing illicit pictures of a teen-age girl.
George Brown Jr., 51, of state Route 7, was arrested Nov. 27 at his home by county sheriff's department officials and charged with pandering obscenity, a fourth-degree felony.
Authorities say Brown had pictures of a 14-year-old girl he knew. The pictures depicted her undressed and engaging in a sex act.
Brown is free on $10,000 bond.
SALEM -- Three vehicles were broken into over the weekend and items were stolen from them, police report.
Two of the break-ins occurred at a business parking lot on the 400 block of South Ellsworth Avenue. The other occurred at a business parking lot off Railroad Street, police said.
Stereo equipment was taken in each case.
The crimes were reported between 2:19 and 6:41 a.m. Saturday.
Gunman robs store
GREENVILLE, Pa. -- Police are searching for a gunman who held up Cianci Corner Dairy. Police said the gunman, wearing a dark hooded swea shirt and dark pants, walked into the store at 8:57 p.m. Saturday and demanded the bank deposit bag and several cartons of cigarettes. He then ran off in the direction of Stewart Avenue, police said. He is described as a white man in his late teens or early 20s, 5 feet 10 inches tall and thin.
LEETONIA -- Water department crews are searching for a possible main waterline break or pressure valve problem. Village Administrator Gary Phillips said several residents on the south side of town and a few on the north side complained of water discoloration Sunday. A line break or a faulty pressure valve will cause changes in water pressure, leading to discoloration, he said. Phillips said the water is safe to drink and no boil order is needed.