Officer charged in endangering


LISBON -- An East Liverpool Municipal Court probation officer is charged with child endangering.
The charge was filed in Columbiana County Juvenile Court by the county Children Services office.
The first-degree misdemeanor charge accuses Nicole Amato, 30, of Lisbon Street, East Liverpool, of mishandling a firearm in a vehicle in which her 2-year-old daughter was present.
The firearm went off inside the vehicle, but the bullet did not hit the child.
The episode, which occurred Nov. 10 in East Liverpool, happened after Amato had been drinking alcohol, the charge states.
If convicted, Amato faces a maximum penalty of six months in the county jail and a $1,000 fine.
A court hearing in the matter is set for 9:45 a.m. Feb. 25 in juvenile court.

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