Man pleads innocent

Man pleads innocent
YOUNGSTOWN -- Michael J. Hogan, 36, of Forest Ridge Drive in Boardman pleaded innocent to a murder charge today at his arraignment in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court. Judge R. Scott Krichbaum ordered him to be held without bond pending a trial date in August. Hogan is accused of driving a car that struck and killed 71-year-old John K. Ruble Sr. of Omar Street, Struthers, on May 31. Ruble was killed as he tried to stop the theft of his wife's purse. Hogan also pleaded innocent to a charge of aggravated robbery. The episode happened at a recycling center behind the fire station on South Avenue in Boardman.
Domestic disturbance
YOUNGSTOWN -- A concrete slab thrown through a car's rear window during a domestic disturbance on West Lucius Avenue on Monday afternoon sent shattered glass into the rear seat where a 19-month-old boy sat, police said. The boy's 26-year-old father, in a fit of anger, had thrown water on the boy's mother, spat on her then shattered the windshield of the 1990 Chevrolet Lumina with rocks before grabbing the concrete slab, reports show. No injuries were reported. The mother, 28, drove to her Sherwood Avenue home and called police, who took photos of the car and collected the slab as evidence.
Contract extended
YOUNGSTOWN -- Strikes were averted at two local mental health facilities after workers and management agreed to contract extensions. Staff members at Parkview Counseling Center on Belmont Avenue, Youngstown, and Eastern Behavioral Health on Youngstown-Poland Road, Struthers, agreed with management's offer of a 4 percent salary increase for this year, as well as extending the current contracts until the two facilities merge. Employees had authorized a strike to start at noon Monday if an agreement was not reached. Tom Racich, director at Parkview Counseling, said a target date for the merger is Nov. 1. Employees of the facilities are represented by District 1199, Service Employees International Union.
Blood shortage
CLEVELAND -- There is less than one day's supply of six of the eight blood types. Five of those types are at less than one-half day supply. Because blood supplies are low in the Red Cross regions across the nation, the possibility of getting aid from blood donors in other cities is not likely. The American Red Cross Northern Ohio Blood Services Region urges all those who are eligible to donate blood to do so as soon as possible. Call (800) GIVE-LIFE to schedule a donation.
Woman shot in leg
YOUNGSTOWN -- A 19-year-old Willis Avenue woman was treated at St. Elizabeth Health Center after being shot Monday morning. The woman told police she was walking west on Evergreen Avenue around 12:20 a.m. when she heard gunfire and was hit in the left leg. She said she didn't see who fired the shots and that there were several people in the area.
Library awards contract
YOUNGSTOWN -- The board of directors of The Public Library of Youngstown & amp; Mahoning County awarded Byers Home Design, Vienna, the contract for millwork at the new library under construction in Austintown. Byers' bid of $153,112 will cover carpentry work for cabinets, woodwork and the circulation desk, said Janet S. Loew, library spokeswoman. The new library is expected to open early this fall.
At-risk students
YOUNGSTOWN -- Mahoning Valley Jobs for Ohio Graduates Inc. has about 60 students enrolled in its summer academy. The academy is offered through the Quantum LEAPS program, and participating students are paid. Mahoning Valley JOG Inc. serves at-risk students throughout Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana counties. For information on either program, to invite students to tour your business or to provide a student with work experience, call (330) 876-8663.
Flag disposal ceremony
POLAND -- The Sons of the American Legion, Mahoning Valley Squadron 15, will have a flag disposal ceremony at 8 p.m. Friday at the post home, 35 Cortland St. The public is invited. Flags may be dropped off at the post home in the receptacle marked "flag disposal." Call (330) 750-0488 for more information.
Illegal sale of beer
AUSTINTOWN -- A Youngstown man was fined $250 and court costs for illegally selling beer in March. Richard J. Pesa, 29, of Matta Avenue, appeared Monday in Mahoning County Court. He was arrested after selling beer at Kirkmere Pizza, 4218 Mahoning Ave. The establishment is listed as having no liquor permits.

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