CLEVELAND -- A criminal information has been filed in federal court against three men accused of the robbery of a Loomis Fargo van May 22 in Boardman.
For the government to file an information, the defendant must waive his right to indictment by a grand jury. The defendant then, in nearly all cases, reaches a plea agreement.
Charged with armed bank robbery are Michael T. Green, 24, of Woodhurst Drive, Austintown, a Loomis Fargo driver; Charles K. Anderson, 45, of Griffith Street, Youngstown; and Anthony M. Simmons, 34, of Mistletoe Avenue, Youngstown.
There was about $900,000 in the van bound for PNC Bank in Pennsylvania.
Indictment charges 7
CLEVELAND -- A federal grand jury has returned a 10-count indictment charging seven men with violations of federal narcotics and firearm laws.
They are accused of conspiring to possess and distribute cocaine.
Five of the men are Dominicans living in New York. The other two are Marlan B. Everson, 31, of Youngstown and Jesus C. Morel, 38, of Sharon.
A complaint filed in federal court describes a New York-to-Youngstown delivery system. Members of the Mahoning Valley Violent Crimes Task Force and Mahoning County Drug Task Force assisted the Drug Enforcement Administration (Youngstown) task force in raids in June. Greg McCoy of the DEA has said that the cocaine seized has a conservative street value of $2.4 million.
Seeking cause of fire
CANFIELD -- Fire investigators are still trying to determine what caused a fire that destroyed an Ellsworth Township home.
Assistant Chief Robert Sternburg of the Ellsworth Township Fire Department said a ruling on what started the blaze early Monday at 8605 Palmyra Road should be in by later this week. He added that a damage estimate would also be available then.
Sternburg said the nine-room structure, which sat on a 69-acre general farm owned by Dolores A. Strollo, was demolished, but some contents were saved.
WRTA renews contract
YOUNGSTOWN -- Western Reserve Transit Authority awarded a $50,000 contract for planning services to Eastgate Council of Governments.
Jim Ferraro, WRTA executive director, said the contract from July 1, 2002, through June 30, 2003, is renewed annually and covers things such as changes in scheduling, routing and bus stop signs.
The board also authorized Ferraro to solicit bids for the 53 exterior lights that will be installed throughout the parking areas at WRTA's Mahoning Avenue offices, garage and maintenance facility.
Dog pound break-in
YOUNGSTOWN -- A canvas bag with $10,000 was stolen from the Mahoning County Dog Pound on Industrial Road by someone who gained entry by forcing out a vent window, reports show.
The break-in was discovered Tuesday by an employee who was dropping off a dog pound vehicle. Police said the front lobby had been ransacked, and drawers were opened and their contents thrown on the office floor. The thief punched a hole through a wall and entered the dog warden's office, which also was ransacked.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Police arrested a 20-year-old Parnell Street woman on a charge of child endangering around 1 p.m. Tuesday after they found her and her two small children living in a home deemed unsafe by housing authorities.
According to police reports, the woman and her 17-month-old and 3-month-old sons were found in a house that had no windows, water or electricity and bare studded walls after Children Services Board workers received an emergency complaint regarding the safety of the children.
According to the report, the house also was littered with dirty clothing, and the only provision for sleeping was a mattress on the basement floor. The infant's bottle contained spoiled milk, and there was only a small amount of dry food stored in the house, the report added.
Children Services took custody of the children.
AUSTINTOWN -- A Salem man said his ex-wife tried to hit him with her car in his father's driveway.
The 40-year-old man told police he and his wife were exchanging custody of their children at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Warwick South residence when the woman began yelling and threatening him.
He followed her outside, reports said, at which time she entered her car, backed up and then proceeded forward, forcing him to duck behind a tree.