Tuesday, January 14, 2003
Death at Mahoning jail
YOUNGSTOWN -- Fabio Rucci, 38, of Amberly Drive, Austintown, used linens in his cell to hang himself at the Mahoning County jail, said Maj. Michael Budd. Rucci, who had been in the jail since Tuesday, was found dead around 7 this morning, Budd said. Rucci had been in the jail on charges of theft, receiving stolen property and forgery, Budd said.
Diesel fuel cleanup
LORDSTOWN -- Workers with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency cleaned up a diesel fuel spill this morning that stretched for almost three miles. Lordstown Fire Chief James Wishart said the fuel leaked from a tanker car in a train from Highland Avenue to near Bailey Road, passing through the Ohio Commerce Center on Tod Avenue. It was not immediately known how much fuel leaked.
NORTH LIMA -- Beaver Township trustees will meet in special session at 5:30 p.m. Friday to discuss personnel contracts, a township spokeswoman said. The meeting will be at the township administration building, 11999 South Ave.
Niles drug raid
NILES -- Federal, state and local law enforcement recovered suspected drugs during a raid Wednesday afternoon at a North Main Street residence.
City police Capt. Chuck Wilson said suspected marijuana and cocaine, along with drug paraphernalia, were seized at a home in the 700 block of North Main Street.
No charges have been filed.
Wilson said a package with the suspected drugs was addressed to the homeowner, who has not been implicated.
It is unclear why the package was sent to that house.
MINERAL RIDGE -- Weathersfield Board of Education elected Debra Maust president and Dr. Dominic Pannunzio vice president Wednesday. It also voted again to forgo its $80-a-meeting pay per member from January through June. The board had voted not to accept compensation for July to December 2002 as part of cost-cutting measures last year.
WARREN -- Ralph L. Goliday, 22, of Warren, has been named in a federal indictment charging him with possession with intent to distribute cocaine. He was arrested Aug. 22, according to the U.S. attorney's office in Cleveland. If convicted, Goliday faces up to 30 years in prison and $5 million in fines.
2 homes burglarized
MERCER, Pa. -- State police are investigating two home burglaries in Coolspring Township. The first was reported Monday at a home on Babcock Road, where three handguns were taken. The second was reported Wednesday at a home on Latonka Drive, where someone used a ladder to get in a second-story window and steal cash.
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- A woman accused of keeping her dead baby in a shoe box for three months waived her right to a preliminary hearing. Amy Page, 32, of Park Avenue, is charged with concealing the death of a child and abuse of a corpse. Page is free without bond. She will be formally arraigned sometime in February and a trial date will be set at that time. She was arrested in December after police finished their investigation into the child's death. The infant's body was turned over to police Nov. 24 by Page and her husband. It had been wrapped in plastic and hidden in a closet since August, according to court papers. The mother contends the child was stillborn when she delivered at home. She told police she panicked and hid the baby. An autopsy could not determine whether the child was stillborn or alive at birth.
Murder trial postponed
MERCER, Pa. -- The murder trial of Kathleen A. Robinson, 31, charged in the slaying of her boyfriend, has been postponed until March.
James Epstein, Mercer County district attorney, said Robinson was granted a delay by common pleas Judge Thomas Dobson to allow her new attorney more time to prepare her case.
The trial had been scheduled for this month.
Robinson, accused of shooting Robert A. Erickson, 42, in the abdomen with a rifle March 10, 2002, was originally represented by the public defender's office, but is now represented by Atty. Gary Gerson of Pittsburgh. She remains in Mercer County Jail without bond.
Authorities said Robinson shot Erickson in an argument during which he refused to leave the home they shared on Pearson Road in Hadley.