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Second pretrial set for child endangerment case



Published: Thu, July 11, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



Second pretrial set forchild endangerment case

YOUNGSTOWN -- A second pretrial has been set in municipal court for Tonya Rushton, 30, who faces charges of child endangering and animal cruelty.

Police arrested her last month at 731 W. Indianola Ave. after finding the house unfit to live in. The dog found in the house had to be put to death.

After a pretrial Wednesday, Rushton's lawyer, Matthew L. DeVicchio, and assistant prosecutor Michael J. Krause requested that another pretrial be set. Rushton will be back in Judge Elizabeth A. Kobly's court July 30.

No signs of foul play

YOUNGSTOWN -- No apparent signs of foul play were found at 250 E. Florida Ave. Wednesday, where the body of 42-year-old Gary Plizga was discovered on a bed, police said.

An officer was sent to the house to check on Plizga's welfare at the request of his brother and employer. Plizga hadn't been to work in about 10 days. The Mahoning County Coroner's Office will determine the cause of death.

Charges amended

STRUTHERS -- Charges against Robert A. Douglas, 31, of Center Street were amended to disorderly conduct during a hearing in municipal court Wednesday.

Douglas originally was charged with domestic violence after an alleged attack on his girlfriend June 17, police said.

Douglas pleaded no contest to the amended charge, and Judge James R. Lanzo found him guilty. The judge fined Douglas $50 plus court costs.

Bank robbery charge

CLEVELAND -- A federal grand jury has indicted Robert J. Gibson, 44, of Monaca, Pa., on a charge of unarmed bank robbery. Gibson is accused of robbing National City Bank on West County Line Road, Columbiana, of $1,765 on May 31.

The case was investigated by the FBI and Mahoning Valley Law Enforcement Task Force and is being prosecuted by Gary D. Arbeznik, an assistant U.S. attorney. If convicted, Gibson faces 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Missing statues

CAMPBELL -- Police are investigating the disappearance of three statues from Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Cemetery.

Police reports say one 16-inch statue and two 10-inch statues were discovered missing from a grave around 11:20 p.m. Monday. Police were told the statues had been on the grave the night before.

Archangel Michael Cemetery is at Struthers-Liberty Road and Sanderson Avenue.

Ford cars on display

LIBERTY -- Ford Motor Co. is bringing its 2002 Living Legends Summer Tour to the area Sunday. The display of Ford cars will be at the Holiday Inn MetroPlex here from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Included will be the GT40 concept car, Forty Nine concept car, 2003 Ford Thunderbird, 2003 Mustang Mach 1 and 2003 Mustang Pony.

Ford is stopping at the hotel because a Mustang car show is scheduled there Friday through Sunday. The Mahoning Valley Mustangs, a local group of Ford Mustang enthusiasts, is hosting a Mustang Club of America National Show.

Surveillance tape

YOUNGSTOWN -- There's a surveillance videotape of a woman in her late 30s grabbing a sex device worth $80 at the Adult Toys and Gifts on Market Street and running out of the store at 12:30 a.m. today, police said.

The videotape, which briefly shows the woman's face, was turned over to police.

Bigamy suspected

YOUNGSTOWN -- A woman who reported that her husband is suspected of bigamy was told to contact the police department's Crisis Intervention Unit today.

The 25-year-old North Side woman told police Wednesday that she visited her sister-in-law's home and saw a Columbus woman whom she believed was her husband's ex-wife. The Columbus woman, though, said there was no divorce.

Asbestos-related cases

YOUNGSTOWN -- Judge Charles J. Bannon has been appointed by the Ohio Supreme Court to oversee asbestos-related cases in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court.

Judge Bannon is a retired common pleas judge and was appointed by request of the current judges, who said their courts are clogged with cases filed by people who say they were exposed to asbestos through their jobs.




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