Tax help for seniors
EAST PALESTINE -- Senior citizens can receive free assistance in preparing tax returns at the East Palestine Memorial Public Library. For an appointment, call the library, (330) 426-3778.
Suspected drugs found
SHARON, Pa. -- LaShara D. Wilder, 25, of East Connelly Boulevard was in Mercer County Jail on a parole detainer and drug charges this morning 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. She was arraigned Wednesday before District Justice James McMahon, who ordered her to be held in lieu of $25,000 bond and on the parole detainer. Police didn't know why she was on parole.
Fire burns car, house
SALEM -- A car being worked on triggered a fire that spread to a house. Firefighters were called about 4 p.m. Wednesday to the home of Johnny Vancooney, 339 W. Fifth St. A car Vancooney was working on in an attached garage backfired and caught fire. Flames fanned out to the back of the two-story house. The car was destroyed in the blaze. Firefighters have yet to determine a loss estimate. No injuries were reported.
Shots fired at car
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- City police are still trying to determine why someone shot up an unoccupied, parked car this morning. The 1989 Chrysler New Yorker was parked on the 400 block of Walnut Street when owners heard shots fired at about 4 a.m. today. Police said they found about three bullet holes in the rear of the car.
Worker's tools stolen
SHARON, Pa. -- Police said a floor installer had about $2,300 worth of tools stolen from his van. The vehicle was parked on the street in the 200 block of Jefferson Avenue overnight Tuesday and the owner discovered the theft around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, police said this morning. A side window was forced open to gain entry. A ceramic wet saw, a laminate installation kit, a pair of DeWalt 18-volt cordless drills and assorted hand tools were taken, police said.
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 hospital's oncology program was first approved by the commission in 1981 and must undergo a 47-point review of its performance and programs every three years to maintain that rating. Approval "is evidence of our commitment to provide the best possible care at the local level," said Dr. Edgardo Lob, chairman of the UPMC Horizon Cancer Committee.
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 for 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.
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.