Embezzlement case

Embezzlement case
YOUNGSTOWN -- Sallie J. Jones, 48, whose mailing address is Perkins Jones Road, Warren, pleaded guilty this week in U.S. District Court to one count of embezzling postal funds.
A second count of the same charge was dismissed as part of a plea agreement.
She faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine at her sentencing April 23.
Jones is a former Farmdale postmaster.
She was indicted by a federal grand jury in November. Authorities say she embezzled $11,758 from the Farmdale post office.
Arbitrator's list OK'd
WARREN -- Trumbull County commissioners have accepted an arbitrator's recommendations giving, among other things, a 5-percent raise to Trumbull County deputy sheriffs and corrections officers in the first year of a new contract, followed by 3-percent raises each of the next two years.
The sheriff's department's 130 Ohio Patrolmen Benevolent Association members have until Monday to accept the recommendations. They have been working without a contract since Sept. 30.
The arbitrator also recommended increasing longevity pay by 33 percent and requiring employees to start paying a portion of their health insurance premiums.
The arbitrator also suggested that officers' $800 annual clothing allowance be paid directly to the vendor, not to employees.
Teen faces DUI charges
YOUNGSTOWN -- A 19-year-old Girard man crashed his car on the South Side, passed out and urinated in a city police cruiser as he was being taken to the Mahoning County Jail, police reports show.
An officer found the man sitting behind the wheel of a car that had struck a tree on Glenwood Avenue.
The driver asked police where he was and what was happening. He told the officer he had a couple beers with some friends on the South Side.
A breath test registered .101, barely more than the .10 legal limit to drive.
He faces charges of driving under the influence and driving under the influence under age 21.
Department head hired
WARREN -- Pete Marchese, the chief building official in Niles, has been hired to head Trumbull County's building inspection department.
Marchese will replace David Baudo, who retired in October.
He has all the necessary state licenses for the chief building official position, said James Keating, the county's director of human resources.
Marchese had been an inspector in the nine-person county department until hired by Niles in 1997.
He will earn $50,171.
School board to meet
McDONALD -- The board of education will meet at 7:15 p.m. Monday in the high school library for an executive session to discuss career center options, personnel and possible pending litigation.
No action will be taken.
Program re-approved
FARRELL, Pa. --The University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute at UPMC Horizon has been re-approved by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons.
The oncology program was first approved in 1981 and must undergo a 47-point review of its performance and programs every three years to maintain that rating.
Suspected drugs found
SHARON, Pa. -- LaShara D. Wilder, 25, of East Connelly Boulevard was in Mercer County Jail under $25,000 bond this morning on a parole detainer and drug charges after state parole agents found suspected drugs in her apartment.
Police said the agents conducted a routine surprise visit to Wilder's apartment in a unrelated case around 4 p.m. Tuesday and found suspected marijuana.
They called in police, who secured a search warrant and turned up about 3 ounces of suspected marijuana, a set of scales and some packaging materials.
Wilder was charged with possession of marijuana, possession with intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Possible crack at school
YOUNGSTOWN -- An assistant principal at East Middle School turned over nine rocks of suspected crack cocaine to police.
The suspected drugs were given to the assistant principal Wednesday morning by another school employee, who said a sixth-grade boy had given them to him.

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