YOUNGSTOWN -- Enrollment went up 3.7 percent this fall at Youngstown State University, according to official figures released this morning. Enrollment is official on the 14th day of the fall semester, which was Monday.
There are 12,698 students enrolled this year, up 448 students from last year. YSU also reported a 12 percent increase in minority students. YSU has 1,619 minority students, or 12.8 percent of its student body.
Detore case request
CLEVELAND -- U.S. District Judge Ann Aldrich has denied a request by the government to transfer the case against Richard E. Detore to U.S. District Judge Solomon Oliver Jr.
Detore, a Virginia engineer, is accused of conspiring with others to bribe imprisoned ex-congressman James A. Traficant Jr. The government wanted Judge Oliver to preside because he has a related case that involves J.J. Cafaro of Liberty, who pleaded guilty to rewarding Traficant with cash, gifts and boat repairs in return for official favors.
Judge Aldrich did agree with an oral defense motion by Youngstown attorney Don L. Hanni Jr. to reset Detore's Nov. 12 jury trial. It will now begin Jan. 21.
3 officers honored
HUBBARD -- Three township police officers have been honored for their professionalism in the arrest of two Campbell men wanted on charges of rape and robbery.
Letters of commendation by township trustees were approved Monday to Detective Mike Begeot and Patrol Officers Greg Tarr and Robin Logan.
They arrested Christopher L. McBride, 20, and Jamal A. Bullock, 30, on Aug. 24. The two men are being held in Trumbull County Jail in lieu of $1 million bonds each on charges of rape, aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery, kidnapping and receiving stolen property.
McBride and Bullock were arrested Aug. 24 in the township in the robbery of an elderly Shadyside Drive woman. Police said that earlier the same day, the two men raped and robbed a Parkview Avenue woman in Hubbard city.
Block watch meets
YOUNGSTOWN -- SNOOP Block Watch meets at 7 p.m. Thursday at Jackson Elementary School, 1813 Windsor Ave. Councilman John Nittoli, D-7th, will attend.
CAMPBELL -- A preliminary hearing is set for Sept. 17 for Tony G. Brown, 20, of 425 W. Delason, Youngstown, arraigned on child endangering charges Aug. 22 after an episode that left a 10-month old boy with first- and second-degree burns on his scrotum and buttocks.
According to police reports, Brown gave his girlfriend's baby a bath. Although the baby cried when placed in the tub, Brown told police it was nothing unusual. Brown also told police that he noticed the baby's buttocks were red when he took him out of the bath, assumed he had a rash, and applied rash cream.
When the baby continued to cry, Brown told police he took the child to his mother, who also applied rash cream to his buttocks. Hours later, the mother noticed blisters on the baby and took him to Tod Children's Hospital.
Girl reports rape
YOUNGSTOWN -- A West Side girl reported to police Monday that she was raped by a Chaney High School junior after she passed out from drinking gin with the 16-year-old boy and her brother.
The girl, 17, said she woke in her brother's bedroom at 4:15 p.m. Sunday to find the boy having sex with her.
Route 18 paving
HERMITAGE, Pa. -- Crews working on the expansion of state Route 18 from two to five lanes will be doing some nighttime paving over the next two weeks.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said today that the entire length of the project, from U.S. Route 62 on the south to the Corral Restaurant on the north, will be paved during night operations that will run from 7 p.m. until 7 a.m.