Attacked by inmate
YOUNGSTOWN -- A Mahoning County deputy sheriff beaten by an inmate suffered severe trauma to his head, face and ears, reports show. Deputy Joseph Iberis Jr., 22, told his superiors that the inmate approached Monday morning during a 30-minute exercise period to ask a question then began kicking and punching. A deputy who witnessed the attack said the inmate accused Iberis of letting another inmate spit in his breakfast food. Iberis was treated at St. Elizabeth Health Center. The inmate, a 30-year-old Youngstown man, faces a charge of aggravated assault on a police officer.
Pipe bomb detonated
NORTH LIMA -- A pipe bomb found on Lipply Road near Pine Lake was detonated at the site by members of the Youngstown Police Department bomb squad, said Carl N. Frost, Beaver police chief.
A man taking a water sample from the lake for his daughter's science project Sunday afternoon saw the device and called police, Frost said. There's no indication how long the pipe bomb had been near the lake, he said.
Officials identify body
STRUTHERS -- The body of a man found Saturday in the Mahoning River has been identified by the Mahoning County Coroner's Office as Gregory P. Ahmer, 47, of Overlook Boulevard, Struthers. Ahmer's cause of death is pending the results of an autopsy.
Home buyer workshop
YOUNGSTOWN -- Family Financial Education Services will offer a first-time Home Buyer Workshop from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. The free workshop will be at the Family Services Agency, 535 Marmion Ave., and will cover basic home buying information, such as determining affordability, budget, credit problems and the application process. All participants will receive a certificate of attendance that will satisfy education requirements for some mortgage programs. For more information or to register, call the agency at (330) 782-5664.
YOUNGSTOWN -- "Your rights and responsibilities as a landlord," will be the theme of the 2002 Landlord Forum at 7 p.m. Wednesday at St. Dominic Parish Center, 3403 Southern Blvd. (the former St. Dominic School). The event is sponsored by the Southern Boulevard Block Watch and the South Side Weed and Seed Program. Speakers will be Atty. Robert Christian, Lt. Rod Foley of the Youngstown Police Department, and Michael Damiano, city housing and demolition director.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Daniel Hiles of Milton Boulevard, Newton Falls, pleaded innocent by reason of insanity Monday in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court, where he faces 20 counts of breaking and entering and one count each of safecracking and attempted safecracking. The plea was submitted in writing by his lawyer, Robert J. Rohrbaugh II.
Police suspect Hiles, 47, of breaking into several buildings in Jackson and Milton townships and Craig Beach last year. They believe he used a taxi to travel from his home to the various townships. The taxi would drop him off and he would walk to the targeted buildings.
The burglarized buildings include Jackson-Milton School, St. Catherine Church, Trinity Church and Lake Milton Library. Hiles faces similar charges in Trumbull County.
CANFIELD -- Angelli Builders Inc. reported to the Mahoning County Sheriff's Department the theft of equipment at a construction site in the 3900 block of Albany Court. A miter saw, gas concrete saw, framing guns, air compressor, router and jam saw, all worth about $2,300, were removed over the weekend.