Judge questions Traficant's filings

Judge questionsTraficant's filings
CLEVELAND -- U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr. now has a lawyer, so why is he still filing motions on his own behalf? That's the question posed by the government to U.S. District Judge Lesley Brooks Wells. Even though Traficant, of Poland, D-17th, agreed June 20 to have Cleveland attorney Richard E. Hackerd handle the sentencing phase of his case, the congressman filed three motions June 26 challenging his indictment. The government, in a motion filed Thursday, asks that Judge Wells clarify her previous order, which prohibits hybrid representation. All this aside, the government points out that no matter who files the motions to dismiss the indictment, they're way past the Jan. 9 cutoff date for such motions. Traficant, convicted in April of racketeering crimes, will be sentenced July 30.
Girls assaulted
WARREN -- A 33-year-old Linden S.E. woman told police that a man sexually assaulted her daughter and one of her daughter's friends.
The woman said the assault took place around 8:30 p.m. Thursday in a wooded area near their home.
The report does not state the ages of the girls.
Renovation bidssought for hall
WARREN -- The Packard Park Board will seek bids for renovations to the boardroom and music library in Packard Music Hall.
The cost of the boardroom renovation is estimated at $31,260, and the library's price tag is about $47,160.
Work includes converting the boardroom into a band library and renovating old offices into a boardroom.
Renovations include refurbishing the wooden floor in the old boardroom, new cabinet work, furniture and adding air conditioning to both rooms.
The building's auditorium is the only one with air conditioning.
Lighting changes of about $8,950 will be made to the band shell, but plans for a band shell addition, at $121,400, will be put on hold until next year.
The board also plans to redesign the music hall lobby. That's expected to cost about $130,738.
The board will meet in special session at 4 p.m. July 25 to discuss options and costs for the lobby's floor.
4th Ward meeting
WARREN -- Councilman Robert Holmes III, D-4th, will conduct a ward meeting at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Hippodrome, 150 High St. N.E. Topics to be discussed include items council has voted on, complaints, new problems, road repairs and vacant houses. Holmes can be reached at (330) 392-4438.
Dem appointments
COLUMBUS -- Trumbull County Democratic Chairman Christ Michelakis, who is also the county treasurer, and Struthers council President Danny Thomas have been appointed to the Ohio Democratic Party's executive committee.
Fund-raisers planned
SHARPSVILLE, Pa. -- Club Pet Adoption, a no-kill animal rescue in Transfer, Pa, will have two fund-raisers Sunday: A "Cut-a-thon," with games for children, face painting and animals up for adoption, will be held inside Claudia & amp; Company Styling Salon at 106 Mercer Ave.
Haircuts are $5.
A garage sale will run from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Sharpsville VFW at 215 Walnut St.
Club Pet Adoption rescues animals from shelters where they are scheduled to be euthanized.
Hearings rescheduled
AUSTINTOWN -- Thursday's preliminary hearings for three former Mahoning County Republican candidates charged with election falsification and election fraud have been rescheduled for Oct. 1.
The three filed to run for elected office for the May primary -- one for a seat on the 7th District Court of Appeals and two for precinct committee posts -- listing false address for themselves on documents with the county elections board, the sheriff's department said.
Charged are T. Elliot Hough, 61, a former court of appeals candidate who deputies say lives in his car; Michael J. Prozy, 22, of Mathews Road, Boardman; and James A. Roman, 30, of South Hazelwood Avenue, Youngstown.
Equipment stolen
YOUNGSTOWN -- Police are investigating the theft of heavy equipment from a Salt Springs Road company.
RAS Manufacturing Co. said a 24-foot scissor-lift truck and a tractor mower were last seen in an outside storage shed at 7 a.m. Monday.

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