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YOUNGSTOWN 6 people plead to vice counts

Published: Wed, February 13, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.

One prostitute must perform community service work to pay fines.

YOUNGSTOWN -- Five women and a man arrested Sunday were arraigned in Youngstown Municipal Court on prostitution-related charges.

Tiffany L. Perkins, 30, of West Marion Avenue, pleaded no contest to loitering for the purpose of prostitution and was ordered to perform seven weeks of community service work in lieu of paying a $100 fine and court costs plus an additional $1,200 owed for unpaid fines for similar charges dating back to 1994.

Perkins said she is unemployed and has no way to pay the fines. She has until Oct. 31 to complete her community service.

She is serving 30 days in the Mahoning County jail for possession of drug paraphernalia and is slated to appear in court Feb. 20 on other charges.

Innocent plea: Carolyn S. Hoke, 26, of West Liberty Street, Girard, pleaded innocent to loitering for the purpose of prostitution. Bond was set Monday at $1,500. Her hearing is scheduled for Feb. 20.

Reginald Whitfield, 45, of Gaither Avenue, pleaded innocent Monday to promoting prostitution, driving under suspension and possession of a drug-abuse instrument. His hearing is slated for Feb. 19. A $10,000 bond was set.

Hoke was arrested after police found her crying near the intersection of Market Street and Princeton Avenue. Whitfield was parked across the street with Perkins.

Kathy D. Padget, 42, of Falls Avenue, was arrested near Oak Hill and Myrtle avenues and pleaded innocent to charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and loitering for the purpose of prostitution. Bond was set at $2,000. She has five previous convictions on similar charges.

Mechelle J. Kelley, 35, of Aslar Drive, Hubbard, was arrested near the intersection of Oak Hill and Marion avenues. She pleaded innocent to loitering for the purpose of prostitution. Her bond was set at $2,500; her hearing is set for Feb. 20.

Sentenced: Bridget A. Dobbs, 36, of Kenmore Avenue, also was arrested at Oak Hill and Myrtle and pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia and innocent to loitering for the purpose of prostitution. She was sentenced to 30 days in jail for possession of drug paraphernalia; bond was set at $1,500 pending a hearing Feb. 22 in connection with loitering for prostitution.


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