Jury returns verdicts
YOUNGSTOWN -- A Mahoning County Common Pleas Court jury acquitted Robert Shelton of felonious assault and convicted him of cocaine possession. Shelton, 26, of Ford Avenue, faces one to five years in prison for the cocaine charge. Judge Robert Lisotto allowed him to remain out of jail while a background check is done. The jury deliberated about four hours Tuesday before returning the verdicts. The felonious assault charge was for the shooting of Alex Scott in September 1998.
CANFIELD -- The Mahoning Soil & amp; Water Conservation District has scheduled its second annual Backyard Conservation Contest workshops for 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Thursday. Participants can attend either session to pick up contest rules, a backyard conservation booklet and tip sheets. The workshops will be at the district office at 490 S. Broad St., across from the fairgrounds. Participants will present a plan of their conservation measures, and six semifinalists will be chosen to proceed with their plans. Three winners will receive reimbursement of their expenses for up to $500. For more information, call (330) 533-2231.
YOUNGSTOWN -- A Third Street man was smacked in the face with a two-by-four by one of two teen-agers he found burglarizing his West Side home Tuesday afternoon, police said. When the victim arrived home about 4 p.m., he found two boys, estimated at 15 to 16 years old, behind the living room door. After hitting the homeowner, the boys ran, taking with them a .44-caliber revolver and ammunition they stole from the house.
Suit against trustees
YOUNGSTOWN -- The former assistant police chief in Coitsville Township is suing township trustees, saying he was improperly removed from the position. Allan P. Morris of North Hubbard Road, Lowellville, filed the suit Tuesday in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court. He is seeking reinstatement and back pay. The suit says trustees notified Morris after their organizational meeting Jan. 9 that the assistant chief's position had been abolished and he was assigned to his former rank of lieutenant, effective Feb. 1. "The trustees felt that a community and police department of our size has no real need for that position, and that it would be a cost savings ...," according to a letter to Morris signed by Trustee Walter Advey. Morris' pay will be cut from a salary of about $32,000 a year to $12.30 per hour because of the change, said Atty. Gary Van Brocklin.
Board to consider pact
LOWELLVILLE -- The board of education has scheduled a special meeting for 8:30 tonight in the high school library to consider ratifying a three-year teachers contract that was approved by the teachers union Monday night. The board will also look at dedicating land west of Cooper Street to establish a right-of-way to construct that street through to state Route 289.
Teen faces charges
CAMPBELL -- An 18-year-old Tremble Avenue man faces several misdemeanor charges after he admitted shooting into a home on Neoka Drive, police said. A resident said he heard something fall in the kitchen about 1:35 a.m. Tuesday and, later that morning, discovered a broken kitchen window and a hole in the refrigerator. Police found two spent shell casings in front of the home and bullet holes in the rear bumper and gas tank of a vehicle parked outside. Police were led to the teen later in the day, and he admitted involvement, giving police a gun and a magazine with five live rounds. He faces charges of criminal damaging/endangering, improper discharge of a firearm at or into a habitation, pointing a firearm/discharge of a firearm and improperly handling a firearm in a motor vehicle.
Damage to windows
CAMPBELL -- Police have stepped up patrols on Jackson Drive after two reports from elderly women that rocks or bricks had been thrown through windows at their home. One woman reported that she was watching television about 10 p.m. Tuesday when someone threw rocks through a front picture window and a front bathroom window. Another woman reported that she had been watching television about 8:30 p.m. Saturday when the front picture window was broken.