YOUNGSTOWN -- An assistant principal at East Middle School turned over nine rocks of suspected crack cocaine to city 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. Police requested that the substance be tested.
CANFIELD -- A school maintenance worker found a homemade smoking device and suspected marijuana in a shrub near a playground at Hilltop Elementary School on Wednesday morning. The items were turned over to police.
Gun stolen from home
YOUNGSTOWN -- A 30-year-old South Side man reported to police that a handgun and magazines were stolen from his home.
The man told police someone entered his Cambridge Avenue home between 3 p.m. Tuesday and 3 a.m. Wednesday and took the 9mm firearm from beneath a bedroom mattress. The burglar forced open a door and did not steal a rifle or checkbook that were in the home.
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 car 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 of 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.
Facing robbery charge
CANFIELD -- A 33-year-old Youngstown man was returned to Mahoning County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bond after making his initial appearance in county court here on a charge that he robbed the Marathon gas station, 4585 Boardman-Canfield Road, the morning of Jan. 24.
James Stanford Jr. of Brookline Avenue appeared Wednesday evening before Judge Scott Hunter and will return for his preliminary hearing at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 8. After a witness at the gas station gave police the license plate number of the stolen car involved in the robbery, Stanford was arrested Sunday at St. Elizabeth Health Center, where he was receiving treatment after an unrelated shooting.
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.
ATVs in illegal places
GIRARD -- Mayor James Melfi is asking parents to make sure that if their children are operating four-wheel-drive all-terrain vehicles, they do so legally.
The mayor said juveniles are illegally driving on sidewalks and city streets and on private property without permission in the Squaw Creek, Seneca Woods and Tod Park areas. Groups of four to six vehicles are being driven in fields.
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 members of the Ohio Patrolmen's Benevolent Association 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.
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.