Charged in rape

Charged in rape
SHARON, Pa. -- Police arrested Roy E. Trump, 19, of Prindle Street on charges of rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and sexual assault. Trump is accused of forcing himself on a 20-year-old Sharon woman at a home in the 400 block of South Dock Street on Saturday.
Trump was picked up in the 300 block of Sharpsville Avenue around 4 p.m. Thursday and held overnight for arraignment today.
Chimney fire
SALEM -- Firefighters were called to put out a chimney fire at the home of Pete DeSenze, 8940 Salem Unity Road.
The fire broke out in the two-story, wood-frame structure at about 1:30 a.m. today.
The cause was attributed to a malfunctioning chimney.
No injuries were reported, and the family was able to return to the home after the fire was put out.
Loss was set at about $8,000.
Pleads innocent
LISBON -- A former secretary at a law firm has pleaded innocent to stealing nearly $14,000 from her boss.
Deborah Reese, 46, of Berkshire Road, East Liverpool, entered the plea this week in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court. She is charged with theft and multiple counts of forgery and money laundering.
County Prosecutor Robert Herron said Reese took the money by writing checks on the account of Atty. J. Michael Kapp, who died in December 2001.
The crimes occurred in 1997 and 1998.
If convicted, Reese, who is free on a $10,000 bond, faces maximum prison terms of 18 months for the theft, one year for the forgeries and five years for the money laundering offenses.
Water system repair
LEETONIA -- Village Administrator Gary Phillips says village water customers may experience discolored water, low pressure or low water volume.
He said the village water department crew is working to repair a pressure regulating valve that is malfunctioning.
Tractor-trailer wrecks
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- A lane of the U.S. Route 422 bypass was closed for five hours after a tractor-trailer rig overturned on the road.
Pennsylvania State Police said Wade George of Butler lost control of his vehicle on the icy road and crashed into a guard rail on the median at 4:30 a.m. Thursday. The vehicle rolled over, and it took five hours for officials to clean up the wreck.
Police said George was wearing a seat belt and was not hurt.
Free on bond
YOUNGSTOWN -- Detective Sgt. James Pasquale, charged with criminal trespass and assault of a car dealership finance manager in Warren, is free on $2,500 personal bond and scheduled for a pretrial Jan. 27 in Warren Municipal Court.
Lt. Robin Lees, Youngstown Police Department public information officer, said Pasquale was off duty Dec. 28 when he had a confrontation with Tino Merlo at Toyota Volvo Jaguar of Warren, 3810 Youngstown Road S.E. Pasquale wanted back his $100 down payment but was told he couldn't get it until Monday, Lees said.
Merlo pushed Pasquale up steps, where he was grabbed by an employee of the dealership, Lees said. Merlo sustained facial cuts, Lees said.
Pasquale, who also sustained injuries in the scuffle, remains on the job. He referred questions to Warren attorney Sarah T. Kovoor. She could not be reached.
Trial request denied
YOUNGSTOWN -- Christopher Scott's request for a new trial on murder charges has been denied by Judge Robert Lisotto of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court.
Scott, 25, was convicted in November of aggravated murder in the July 1999 death of 44-year-old Olivia Hubbert.
His attorney, Paul Conn, filed the request for a new trial, citing several mistakes he believes were made during the trial. Conn said he's already filed an appeal with the 7th District Court of Appeals.
Car runs into wall
YOUNGSTOWN -- A car ran into a wall around an exterior stairway to city hall's basement, causing the wall to collapse Thursday afternoon.
The car, driven by Edward A. Condo-Vounesuis, 82, of Amedia Plaza, 131 W. Boardman St., emerged from a parking place on the west side of Phelps Street at 2:25 p.m. Instead of turning left into one-way southbound traffic, Condo-Vounesuis drove the car to the right, over the curb, onto the sidewalk and into the wall at 10 mph, police said.
Condo-Vounesuis was charged with failure to control his vehicle.
The stairway leads to the police department's juvenile bureau. There were no injuries.

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