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TRUMBULL COUNTY SUV driver held on $1 million bond



Published: Fri, July 12, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



Police are awaiting test results before saying what substance was found on the driver.

By DENISE DICK

VINDICATOR TRUMBULL STAFF

GIRARD -- Citing the severity of the charges and the possibility of flight, Judge Michael Bernard has set a $1 million bond for a Girard man accused of running over a woman Tuesday evening.

Anthony Ciminero, who will be 34 Monday, was arraigned this morning in Girard Municipal Court. He entered no pleas to charges of attempted murder and two counts of felonious assault. He can be released if he posts $100,000 as a cash bond.

Attorney John Falgiani requested a reasonable bond.

"If he's able to post bond, Ciminero's family will take him directly to a treatment center," the lawyer said.

Liberty police Sgt. Don Mills said authorities are concerned Ciminero will commit a similar offense against others. "We would like to see the maximum bond allowable," Mills told the judge.

Girard police Capt. Frank Bigowsky said he spoke to the victim's husband this morning, who also requested that Ciminero not be allowed out of custody.

Victim's injuries

While Ciminero was in court, Nancy Norman, 43, of Liberty was being prepared for the first of four operations she is expected to undergo between now and next week. Mrs. Norman was moved Thursday from St. Elizabeth Health Center to Cleveland MetroHealth Medical Center, where she was in critical condition.

Bigowsky, who serves on the Girard police force with Mrs. Norman's brother-in-law, said she suffered a broken collarbone, a broken leg, broken ribs, a shattered hip, a punctured lung and a lacerated liver and bladder.

Liberty police say she and her husband, Robert, had just loaded groceries into their car at the Giant Eagle supermarket on Belmont Avenue in Liberty when Ciminero rammed their Chevy Malibu three times in the store parking lot, then pushed the car with his Dodge Durango into a field.

The couple were either thrown from the car or got out, and Mrs. Norman was lying on the ground when Ciminero ran over her with his SUV, authorities said.

No confrontation

There was no confrontation before the episode, police said.

Witnesses told police Ciminero was waving his arms and yelling before getting into his SUV. He also struck another car, causing slight damage, before ramming the Normans', according to police.

Ciminero, who struck a light pole and the side of the Giant Eagle building, was in Forum Health Northside Medical Center from the time of the episode until Thursday night, when he was released and taken to the Trumbull County jail.

"Witnesses said he got out of the vehicle and just brushed himself off as if nothing was wrong," Liberty Police Chief Anthony Slifka said.

Police filed warrants for Ciminero Wednesday but couldn't serve them until he was released from the hospital Thursday.

Slifka said officers found suspected drugs on Ciminero. He is awaiting test results before specifying what was found.

Falgiani said Ciminero's wife has a restraining order against her husband, and when he is released from treatment he will take up local residence. He also assured the court Ciminero would not have access to a motor vehicle.

"Because of the severity of the charges," the judge said, "the highest degree of the possibility of his fleeing the jurisdiction of this court -- and his wife, I believe, is afraid of him -- I set a million dollars bond."

A preliminary hearing is set for Wednesday.

dick@vindy.com




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