YOUNGSTOWN -- James A. DiMuzio, 40, of Melrose Avenue, has been placed on electronically monitored house arrest by Judge Robert Lisotto of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court.
DiMuzio, a former city firefighter, is awaiting trial on a charge of felonious assault.
Prosecutors had sought to revoke DiMuzio's personal recognizance bond and make him await trial in jail after an unrelated assault charge was lodged against him last year. Instead, Judge Lisotto made it a condition of the bond that DiMuzio stay out of establishments that sell or serve alcoholic beverages.
Last month, prosecutors again sought to revoke the bond, alleging that DiMuzio was seen at a bar on Mahoning Avenue in June. A hearing on that request was set for Tuesday, but lawyers instead agreed on the house arrest option.
Assault hearing delayed
CAMPBELL -- A preliminary hearing Tuesday for Gamel S. Hassen, 40, of Morley Avenue, was continued until Oct. 4.
Hassen was charged with felonious assault, discharging a firearm into a habitation, criminal damaging and endangering after an episode at his home Sept. 3.
Police reports say Hassen fired a .22-caliber semiautomatic handgun at a 20-year-old houseguest after an argument. The bullet damaged a house across the street. The guest was uninjured.
Fund-raiser for sick girl
LIBERTY -- Employees of the U.S. Factory Outlets store, 3481 Belmont Ave., will hold a bake sale Saturday and Sunday to benefit a young girl who is suffering from acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The treatment for the cancer that has afflicted Kayla Hankey, 12, of Campbell, will cost several million dollars, her parents, Carl and Sharlet Hankey, have been told. The family's health insurance will pay only a portion of the cost.
Cakes, pies, cookies, pizza and other baked goods will be offered, as well as soft drinks. Donations of baked goods and cash will also be accepted. The sale will be during store hours, from 10 to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 10 to 3 p.m. Sunday, on the sidewalk in front of the store.
For more information, call Donna at (330) 759-8063 daytime or (330) 448-6374 evenings.
Guilty of stalking
CLEVELAND (AP) -- A Youngstown man became the first Ohioan to be found guilty of federal stalking charges for pursuing a television reporter.
U.S. District Judge John Manos sentenced Eric Bowker, 39, to eight years in prison and ordered him to undergo therapy for terrorizing reporter Tina Knight.
A federal jury in Cleveland convicted Bowker in June of telephone harassment, using the Internet to threaten a person, stealing mail and interstate stalking.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward Feran said Bowker began e-mailing Knight in the spring of 2000, shortly after she started working at WKBN in Youngstown. Later, the messages became obsessive and obscene.
After repeated telephone calls at her home and the station, Knight moved to Charleston, W.Va., for a job at another television station, where the calls continued.