Doctor's license at risk
LIBERTY -- A local physician faces possibly losing his license to practice medicine.
The Ohio State Medical Board issued a letter Wednesday to Dr. David Baroff stating it is reviewing his conduct.
The orthopedic surgeon, who lives in Liberty and has an office in Howland, is accused of having sexual contact with four patients, three in his office and one in a hospital room in Cleveland in 1987. His office recently was closed.
The state board can suspend or revoke his license, the letter states.
Neither Baroff nor his attorney, Paul Koval of Columbus, could be reached.
According to the letter, Baroff has 30 days to request a hearing.
GIRARD -- A charge of child endangering against the mother of two boys has been dismissed in municipal court at the request of the prosecutor.
Police have said the 1- and 2-year-old sons of Jamie L. Nicholson, 18, of Maple Avenue, were found in filthy conditions at home Jan. 6 while she was at work.
Her friend who was watching the children at the time, Gary McClellan, 20, of Oakleigh Avenue, Youngstown, was sentenced to 30 days in jail and placed on probation for child endangering.
Council benefits to end
WARREN -- City council members voted 7-3 Wednesday to eliminate health-care and life insurance benefits for themselves and the council president beginning January 2004.
Daniel E. Polivka, D-at large, and Virginia Bufano, D-1st, both of whom use the benefits, and Brendan J. Keating, D-5th, were opposed.
Keating said the measure targets current council members who use the benefits and the benefits should be there for those who need them.
Supporters of the move have said elimination of insurance for council members is leading by example as the city asks employees to pay a portion of their coverage.
Clothing for needy kids
WARREN -- The Family-to-Family Southeast Warren Collaborative will distribute underwear and socks to needy youngsters Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the ACOP center at 2051 Niles Road S.E.
Call ACOP at (330) 369-1441.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Mahoning County commissioners were expected to appoint Bob Romine and William E. Kelly Jr. today to fill two vacancies on the Western Reserve Port Authority board.
Romine is vice president and general manager of WYTV, and Kelly is vice president and marketing manager of Clear Channel Communications.
Forgery, theft charges
GIRARD -- A 34-year-old Kinsman man has been bound over to the Trumbull County grand jury, charged with bilking the Amish out of $30,000.
Timothy Grimes waived his preliminary hearing Wednesday before municipal court Judge Michael A. Bernard. He is in the county jail under $25,000 bond.
Grimes is charged with forgery and two counts of theft.
Hubbard Township police say Grimes sold two Amish families from Middlefield in Geauga County fraudulent agreements giving them logging rights to two properties. One family paid $17,500 and the other $13,000 for the rights.
LIBERTY -- Halfway through its campaign, the Liberty Educational Endowment has collected $5,000 in donations.
The group solicits money from residents and businesses to buy educational materials, such as photographic equipment, that the Liberty School District could not otherwise afford.
The endowment has raised $100,000 since 1979.
Donations can be sent to the group at Box 8114, Youngstown 44505-8114. Call Patty Lettera, endowment president, at (330) 568-0228.
CORTLAND -- A problem with the blower on a furnace in Cortland Elementary School caused pupils to be diverted to Lakeview High School for part of Wednesday.
The problem caused part of the building to fill with smoke, so buses were sent directly to the high school, where a program with Ronald McDonald was presented, said Superintendent Matt Chojnacki.
The problem was fixed and pupils returned to the building about 9:45 a.m.
Case to grand jury
GIRARD -- The former business accounts manager for a Liberty company has been bound over to the Trumbull County grand jury on a theft charge.
Cheryl Russell, 57, of Dublin, Ohio, formerly of Liberty, is accused of stealing $60,000 from Classic Optical Labs Inc., 3710 Belmont Ave., an eyeglass wholesaler, between January 1997 and May 2002.