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Privilege questioned



Published: Wed, January 30, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



Privilege questioned

CLEVELAND -- The government is calling "fallacious" Richard E. Detore's contention that it invaded his attorney-client privilege by having the lawyer testify at the grand jury investigating U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr.

The Virginia lawyer, James J. Harney, represented Detore's employer, USAerospace Group, not Detore, the government said. USAG's manager, J.J. Cafaro of Liberty, has pleaded guilty to bribing Traficant, of Poland, D-17th, and will testify for the prosecution.

Traficant and Detore, who is accused of bribery conspiracy, have separate trials. The government objected to Detore's request for the grand jury testimony of Cafaro, his daughter, Capri Cafaro, and Albert Lange, a USAG official. The materials will be turned over in time for Detore's July trial, the government said.

Police find gun, knife

YOUNGSTOWN -- A 23-year-old Boardman man was arrested on the city's West Side on a charge of carrying a concealed weapon after city police found a loaded 9mm semi-automatic pistol in a holster on his shoulder and a six-inch knife in his pants pocket.

Police were called to the North Maryland Avenue home around noon Tuesday on a marijuana complaint. Police smelled the drug and patted down five men who were on the home's porch. None had marijuana but police found a clear bag on the ground containing five packets of suspected marijuana.

Big-screen TV stolen

YOUNGSTOWN -- A 47-year-old North Side woman reported to city police that someone stole a $1,000 television from her home.

The woman, of Saranac Avenue, said someone kicked in a door sometime between 8:15 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesday, stole the big-screen TV and left a pan burning on high on the stove. She said this is the third time she has been burglarized this month.

Beating injures driver

YOUNGSTOWN -- A 31-year-old South Side woman suffered injuries to her eye, temple and hands after her ex-boyfriend punched her and pulled her out of her 1993 Mercury Tracer before stealing it, city police reports show.

The woman said the man, of Liberty, was a passenger in the car she drove north on Lansdowne Boulevard near Atkinson Avenue on the city's East Side around 11 p.m. Tuesday when they began to argue and he punched her in the face and head. When she stopped the car, he got out and pulled her from the driver's seat and onto the ground, she told police.

Loaner vandalized

YOUNGSTOWN -- Ace Cash Express on Youngstown-Poland Road closed Tuesday after a customer in his late 20s vandalized the business, city police reports show.

An employee at the South Side business said the man became angry around 4:15 p.m. Tuesday when told he could not get a loan with a credit card. He shook a vending machine until a can of pop fell out and threw it at the wall, causing holes. He then pounded a counter and kicked and broke a solid oak door leading to an area where money is secured.

Shoplifting charges

CANFIELD -- Police charged two people with taking various items from the Giant Eagle on East Main Street.

A store security officer told police he watched one of those arrested, a 51-year-old man of Benita Avenue, Youngstown, placed 34 packs of cigarettes inside his jacket at about 1:20 p.m. Tuesday. The man, who was wanted on a warrant from a Mahoning County drug court, then walked into the adjacent video rental store without paying for the cigarettes.

The security officer also called police at 3:50 p.m. to report that a 39-year-old woman of West South Range Road, Salem, tried to leave the store without paying for two movies she placed in her purse. Police also found she had pencils, cigarettes, snuff, nasal spray and a teddy bear that she had not purchased.

UAW panel backs Hagan

YOUNGSTOWN --The Ohio State United Auto Workers Community Action Board has unanimously endorsed state Sen. Robert F. Hagan, a Youngstown Democrat, for election to the 17th District congressional seat.

"Hagan is absolutely the most qualified to represent the interests of our members and all working families in the 17th Congressional District," said Warren Davis, UAW Region 2's director.

The region represents 100,000 active and retired UAW members in Ohio, and its members and their families represent 30,000 votes in the 17th District, Davis said.




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