Facing several charges

Facing several charges
STRUTHERS -- Police charged Jason R. Prater, 28, of Maplewood Avenue, with driving under the influence, falsification, resisting arrest, criminal trespassing and criminal mischief after he erroneously identified himself during a traffic stop, failed to comply with the officer's requests and then led police on a foot chase through the woods.
Reports say police pulled Prater over about 1 a.m. Friday after the car he was driving went left of center numerous times. During the stop, Prater and his passenger left their vehicle and refused to return to it despite the officer's request.
Prater also identified himself by a fictitious name, the report states, before leading officers on a foot chase through back yards and into the woods.
He will be arraigned in court here Monday.
Burick to run again
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- Lawrence County Commissioner Brian Burick will seek a third term. Burick, 34, of New Castle, was first elected in 1995. He is a Democrat. He is married to the former Janice Skocic.
He is a graduate of New Castle High School and studied for four years at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Slippery Rock University, where he received a bachelor's degree in education. He is also a graduate of the Academy for Excellence in County Government run by the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania.
18-month prison term
MERCER, Pa. -- Jody Gabriele, 41, of Elm Avenue, Sharon, will serve 18 months in prison for a misdemeanor count of making terroristic threats for his part in a fight that left a man dead.
The term will be served consecutively to one he is already serving for another conviction. Gabriele then will be on 24 months' probation after his prison sentences are completed. The prison term was handed down earlier this week by a Mercer County Common Pleas Court judge.
Court documents say that on Oct. 20, 2001, Gabriele and Edward Boles of Sharon forcibly entered a North Water Avenue, Sharon residence. The two demanded money from Michael Harris, a resident of the apartment, and began beating him with a baseball bat.
Harris then fired a handgun several times at the two. Gabriele and Boles fled the residence. Boles died later of a gunshot wound.
Encouraging plantings
CANFIELD -- Streambank landowners in Mahoning County can be reimbursed for 75 percent of the cost of qualifying trees planted along waterways to reduce erosion, filter pollutants and shade the water.
Qualifying plantings are spicebush, button bush, arbor vitae, Canadian hemlock, tulip poplar, American sycamore, bankers dwarf willow and Redosier dogwood. Landowners must complete an application, sketch the proposed plantings and submit photos of the area to be planted. The ordering deadline is April 11.
The program is funded by the Ohio EPA and administered by the Mahoning Soil and Water Conservation District. For more information, call Heather Moser, SWCD watershed coordinator, at (330) 533-2231.
Black history lectures
YOUNGSTOWN -- Two noon "brown bag lectures" in observance of Black History Month will be offered at the Mahoning Valley Historical Society (the Arms Museum), 648 Wick Ave.
At noon Wednesday, Sarah Brown-Clark, Youngstown Clerk of Courts, will discuss black American food traditions in the Mahoning Valley.
At noon Feb. 26, local historian Vince Shivers will talk about P. Ross Berry, a 19th-century black brick mason and building contractor who built the original Rayen School, which is now used for Youngstown Board of Education offices.
Energy assistance
YOUNGSTOWN -- Mahoning County residents can apply at the Youngstown Area Community Action Council for help with their utility bills through the Emergency Home Energy Assistance Program.
Emergency HEAP provides assistance to low-income households that have had utility service terminated, face the threat of disconnection or have less than a 10-day supply of bulk fuel.
A maximum, one-time payment of up to $175 per heating season is allowed under the program, which operates until March 31. Applications for Ohio's regular HEAP are also available. Call (330) 480-9600 for information or to make an appointment for an eligibility interview.

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