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2 charged with theft



Published: Sat, February 15, 2003 @ 12:00 a.m.



2 charged with theft

GIRARD -- Two Warren men have been charged with theft after being caught by a gun-toting store owner.

Police say James W. Daniel Jr., 51, of Third Street, and Lowell L. Jones, 40, of Blane Street, went into Towne Centre Liquor, Lottery and Beverage at 816 N. State St. and took four bottles of cognac.

Daniels was held by a store employee while store owner Fortunato Simeone chased Jones and cornered him in a guard shack at the former Girard Leather Works down the street.

Jones told police Simeone fired shots at him as he fled. Capt. Frank Bigowsky said that Simeone's handgun was seized and that Jones had a bullet hole in his pant leg.

$200,000 lottery win

GIRARD -- A Girard couple has won $200,000 on an Ohio Lottery Barrel of Bucks instant ticket.

Jason R. and Sandra Dean claimed their prize Monday at the regional lottery office in Austintown.

They will receive a check of $139,000 after taxes.

The ticket was bought at Girard Book & amp; News on North State Street, where Sandra Dean works. The woman said she asked her husband to buy the ticket Saturday with the change from their morning cups of coffee.

The Deans, who have newborn twins, said they will use the money to buy a new home.

Ex-trooper charged

RAVENNA -- A Portage County grand jury has indicted a recently resigned Ohio State Highway Patrol sergeant on charges of having sex with a 14-year-old girl.

Portage County Prosecutor Victor Vigluicci said Todd Mason of Ravenna, a 25-year patrol veteran, was charged with a felony count of gross sexual imposition and a misdemeanor count of unlawful restraint.

Mason, who was assigned to the Southington post serving Trumbull County, is free on $20,000 bond. The charges stem from a sexual encounter in Ravenna with the girl in November.

Mason resigned Thursday after being placed on paid administrative leave Jan. 23, when the patrol learned he was being investigated, said post commander Lt. George Williams.

Judge dismisses appealof demolition order

WARREN -- Judge W. Wyatt McKay of Trumbull County Common Pleas Court has dismissed an appeal of a city health board order to demolish the Imperial Motel because the board wasn't properly served with a notice of the appeal.

The county health board ordered the demolition Aug. 28. Donald Guarnieri, an attorney and one of the building's owners, filed an appeal, calling the health board's order an "unconstitutional taking of private property without appropriation proceedings."

Guarnieri also contended in his appeal that the health board is a residential board and made findings on a commercial property, an environmental impact study wasn't done by the health board and the board didn't complete building guidelines concerning foundations, walls and superstructures.

Last week, the Ohio Board of Building Appeals upheld the city building official's order that the building be razed.

Sentenced for burglary

WARREN -- Osby Scott, 33, of Cleveland was sentenced in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court on Monday to 12 years in prison, moments after pleading guilty to charges of aggravated burglary and failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer.

In exchange for the guilty plea, prosecutors dismissed several other charges.

Scott broke into the home of an elderly woman on Willard Street on April 9, stole her car, then fled from police.

Grand jury gets case

WARREN -- A Trumbull County grand jury will decide whether an 18-year-old man should be indicted on charges of kidnapping and aggravated robbery.

Michael McDonald of Warren is being held in the Trumbull County jail on $250,000 bond. He is accused of the Jan. 29 kidnapping of a 23-year-old man.

The victim told police he was kidnapped in the parking lot of Walgreen's on West Market Street, forced into the trunk of his car and later handcuffed to a tree in a wooded area where he was found by police.




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