Bond set for man
YOUNGSTOWN -- Bond is set at $500,000 cash or surety for Jose L. Rivera, 22, of Oak Street, charged with complicity to aggravated murder. The warrant, signed by Detective Sgt. Ron Rodway, states that Rivera took part in the death of Angela M. Loibl, 24, of Compass West, Austintown. She was shot in the face in the kitchen of T-N-T Bar, 702 Steel St., about 1 a.m. Saturday after a fight. Rivera will be back in municipal court Jan. 25 for a preliminary hearing. A second suspect is being sought.
Youngstown power out
YOUNGSTOWN -- A malfunctioning voltage regulator in a substation on Belmont Avenue just south of Rayen Avenue knocked out power Thursday to 897 customers in and near downtown, including city hall and the WRTA bus garage. By rerouting power, Ohio Edison was able to restore power to 750 customers within 30 minutes after the outage began at 2:26 p.m., and the remainder as of 3:17 p.m., a spokesman said. Traffic lights downtown and on part of Mahoning Avenue were out of service during the outage. City hall stayed open during the outage.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Mahoning County commissioners have passed a resolution honoring Burdman Group Inc. for earning another three-year accreditation from the Commission to Accredit Rehabilitation Facilities. The accreditation is for the employment services the agency provides to people with disabilities in both Mahoning and Trumbull counties.
Pills reported stolen
AUSTINTOWN -- A 35-year-old Birch Trace Drive man reported to township police that prescription pills had been stolen from his mailbox this week. The man reported Thursday that 100 Valium pills and 100 Vicodin-ES pills were stolen. He said he contacted the pharmacy that had mailed the pills and the post office, and personnel at both places had told him the pills should have arrived Monday.
Reports of vandalism
AUSTINTOWN -- Township police have received several reports that parked cars were vandalized overnight Wednesday.
A 40-year-old man Purdue Avenue reported Thursday that that two tires on his 1986 Chevy pickup truck, parked in the street, were damaged sometime during the night. A 43-year-old DePauw Avenue man said two tires on his 2001 Nissan Frontier were punctured when it was parked on the roadway between midnight and 7:45 a.m. Thursday.
A 61-year-old woman on Cannon Road reported that four tires on a 2001 Ford F-150 pick-up truck parked in her driveway were punctured sometime between 11 p.m. Wednesday and 7:15 a.m. Thursday.
A 27-year-old Kirk Road man reported two cut tires on a 1993 Toyota truck parked at his apartment around 1 a.m. Thursday. A 40-year-old woman at a neighboring Kirk Road apartment building said one tire on her 2002 Oldsmobile was damaged at about 1 a.m. Thursday when the car was parked in a carport.
Also, a 20-year-old Ardenwood Drive woman reported that a large rock was thrown through the rear window of her 1990 Chrysler LeBaron when it was parked on the street between 7:45 p.m. Wednesday and 8:15 a.m. Thursday.
Failure to report death
NILES -- A Pratt Street woman accused of not reporting a death will return to court next week.
Yvonne Hafiz, 44, is charged with tampering with evidence, a felony; and failing to report a death and obstructing official business, both misdemeanors. She is accused of not reporting the death of Robert Abbey of Austintown, who died Saturday in the Pratt Street apartment she shared with William F. Stadler, 43. Stadler was arrested Saturday.
Police arrested Hafiz on Wednesday evening. She is accused of removing items from the apartment. Police say she and Stadler tried to persuade another man to help them move Abbey's body. The man reported it to police.
Thiel student housing
GREENVILLE, Pa.-- Thiel College has broken ground for a $3 million student housing project that should be ready for occupancy Aug. 1. It will be the first new housing on campus in more than 30 years. Two new housing units and a common support building will be erected on the west end of campus, where two fraternity houses once stood. The college plans to build at least four more similar structures over the next five years.