Pediatrician sentenced

Pediatrician sentenced
WARREN -- A 63-year-old pediatrician, convicted of a misdemeanor count of sexual imposition, was sentenced Thursday to five years' probation and 100 hours of community service.
Dr. Jitander Kalia lives in Cortland but has a practice on Homewood Avenue in Warren.
Judge Thomas Gysegem of Warren Municipal Court also ordered a fine of $500. Kalia said he will appeal the sentence.
A jury found Kalia guilty last week of one count of sexual imposition and dismissed another count of sexual imposition.
Kalia was accused of kissing a secretary in his office Dec. 13, 2000.
Assault on child
HARTFORD -- A 28-year-old Hartford man faces charges of felonious assault and gross sexual imposition after his arrest by Hartford police.
Brian Kostoff of Thompson-Sharpsville Road was arraigned in Trumbull County Eastern District Court in Brookfield. Kostoff, who is accused of attempting to suffocate his girlfriend's 3-year-old son, is in the county jail under $50,000 bond. Police said he touched the boy inappropriately.
Police say Kostoff's girlfriend, of Hermitage, Pa., flagged down a cruiser Sunday near the man's home and alerted the officer to the attack. The boy was treated at a Warren hospital.
Fight in court restroom
NILES -- Charges were expected today against two men accused of fighting in a municipal court restroom. Joe Cupido, 62, of Andrea Boulevard, was at the court for a preliminary hearing on a felonious assault charge. Kevin Mosko, no age listed, of East Second Street, filed the assault charge, saying Cupido hit him on the head with a beer bottle earlier this month at a bar.
Police say the two got into it when Mosko showed up for Cupido's preliminary hearing.
Robbery in Niles
NILES -- A city woman reported being robbed in the parking lot of a Vienna Avenue grocery store. The woman told police she was at the trunk of her car about 7 p.m. Thursday at Macali's Giant Eagle when a man knocked her down, stole her purse and left in an older station wagon driven by another man.
Nursing home theft
AUSTINTOWN -- The case against a Warren woman suspected of stealing $73,384 from three nursing home residents here has been sent to the Mahoning County grand jury.
Janice Lawton, 40, of Kenmore Avenue, is charged with two felony counts of grand theft by deception.
Authorities say Lawton, a former billing manager at Austinwoods Nursing Center, stole or misappropriated the money that was to pay for nursing home services for three residents.
Arrested in forgery
HERMITAGE, Pa. -- Police arrested Dameco S. Jackson, 29, of Wallis Avenue, Farrell, on a warrant charging him with forgery, attempted theft and receiving stolen property.
Jackson remains in Mercer County Jail, where he already was housed on unrelated charges. He is accused of trying to cash a stolen check at a Hermitage bank Nov. 30.
Car dealer arrested
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- A Union Township car dealer faces a charge of tampering with public records or information, a third-degree felony, according to Pennsylvania State Police.
Michael Mansour, 35, of R.D. 2, New Castle, owner and president of the Car Connection on U.S. Route 224, is accused of trying to defraud PennDOT of $599 in sales tax on a vehicle deal.
Mansour paid the sales tax Jan. 9 after a PennDOT audit, police said.
Mansour also faces 27 summary offenses of the Pennsylvania Vehicle and Crimes Code, according to police. Those offenses were not specified on a police report released this morning.
No court date has been set.
Grants workshop
YOUNGSTOWN -- Reservations are being taken for a Feb. 6 workshop on grant-seeking for representatives of nonprofit organizations. The free workshop will be at 6:30 p.m. in the main public library meeting room, 305 Wick Ave. Call the main library reference department at (330) 744-8636.
River study funds OK'd
YOUNGSTOWN -- Mahoning County commissioners voted Thursday to spend $13,000 toward the cost of a feasibility study for an ecological restoration project being done on the Mahoning River by the Army Corps of Engineers.

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