Fraud case indictment



Fraud case indictment
YOUNGSTOWN -- A former employee of Waste Management was arraigned Wednesday in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court on charges that she defrauded the company out of more than $12,000.
Janice R. Stenson, 38, of Southern Boulevard, Warren, was secretly indicted last week by a county grand jury on a charge of theft. She pleaded innocent at her arraignment and was released on her own recognizance to await trial.
Assistant Prosecutor Robert Andrews alleged Stenson, a former payroll clerk for the company, caused fraudulent paychecks to be issued in the names of three former temporary employees. Stenson then cashed the checks and pocketed the money, Andrews alleged. The thefts happened between March 1 and Aug. 20, according to the indictment.
Hubbard man shot
WARREN -- A 35-year-old Hubbard man was taken to Forum Health Trumbull Memorial Hospital after being shot. Police said Brian J. Schuster of Stoneybrook Drive, was found in the back of a home at 638 Porter Street N.E. around 9:45 p.m. Wednesday. He was shot in the right arm, back and right chest. Hospital officials could not be reached this morning.
Boil-water alert
YOUNGSTOWN -- The city is alerting some Dearborn Street residents to boil their water after some construction work.
Residents at these addresses should boil their water: 3019, 3021, 3022, 3025, 3028, 3031, 3034, 3101, 3107, 3115, 3117, 3121, 3125, 3129, 3130, 3134.
Crews were to connect a new waterline by 2 p.m. today that is part of the Route 711 Connector project.
Residents should boil water used for cooking and drinking for one minute once the water is turned back on. Residents will be notified once the boil alert is lifted.
Also, a boil-water alert has been dropped for residents at these addresses: 2763, 2800, 2817, 2825, 2831, 2833 and 2838 Dearborn; and 123 and 126 Davis Lane.
Aid deadline extended
YOUNGSTOWN -- The deadline for area residents who sustained property damage from summer storms to apply for financial assistance from the federal government has been extended to Tuesday. The original deadline was Sept. 30.
Walter Duzzny, Mahoning County emergency management agency director, said the assistance is for people who sustained damage between July 21 and Aug. 25 because of flooding and a tornado.
Individuals who have yet to file a claim for financial assistance should call the Federal Emergency Management Agency at (800) 621-3362.
Medevac vandals sought
NORTH LIMA -- Anyone with information about acts of vandalism to a Stat Medevac helicopter at Elser Airport is asked to call Beaver Township police at (330) 549-5338.
A large fire extinguisher kept near the helipad was discharged July 7, and a large rock was thrown through the Medevac helicopter's window Sept. 22, police said. The rock damage temporarily put the aircraft out of service.
The crimes are being investigated as felonies because the aircraft provides emergency services to the public. Police are reviewing security videotapes in an attempt to identify the vandals.
School official sought
COLUMBIANA -- The board of education is accepting r & eacute;sum & eacute;s through Oct. 10 for the position of interim schools superintendent.
The board accepted Wednesday the retirement resignation of Superintendent Patricia Hura, who has been undergoing treatment for cancer.
The board hopes to name an interim superintendent by Nov. 1.
Obscenity charges added
NILES -- A man who is already indicted on 28 felony rape counts was back in Niles Municipal Court today on two more felony charges.
Mark A. Heilman, 40, of Dumont Drive, Mineral Ridge, faces two counts of pandering obscenity involving a minor. Heilman, formerly of West Park Avenue, Niles, was free on bond after the Trumbull County grand jury indicted him in July on 28 counts of rape and two counts of gross sexual imposition.
Court records do not indicate what prompted the new charges.

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