Drug, weapon charges
YOUNGSTOWN -- Police arrested two city men on weapons and drug charges after executing a search warrant on a Market Street apartment. Police charged both Michael W. Irons of Almyra Avenue and Kevin Dendy of West Ravenwood Avenue with carrying concealed weapons and trafficking in drugs. Police also charged Dendy with failure to appear after missing two prior court dates. A search of the apartment uncovered seven rocks of suspected crack cocaine on one dinner plate, five rocks of suspected crack cocaine on another dinner plate, and a loaded pistol, police said. Police said they also found six bullets in Irons' pants pocket. Both men were transported to jail, police said.
Sticking with attorney
CANFIELD -- City council will meet Monday to retain the services of the city attorney, who is leaving his law firm. The city's legal services contract is with the Youngstown law firm of Harrington, Hoppe and Mitchell. For about 10 years, the law firm had Mark S. Fortunato handle Canfield's legal needs. Fortunato left the firm to open his own private practice, said Canfield City Manager Charles Tieche. The city wants to retain Fortunato so council will meet at 7:30 a.m. Monday to terminate its contract with the Harrington firm, and hire Fortunato, Tieche said.
WARREN -- A hearing officer has determined that Trumbull County Recorder Diana Marchese has sufficient evidence to discipline an employee for theft. At a hearing earlier this week, office employees testified that a co-worker accepted $2 for making copies but did not put the money in the cash register. The employee has been disciplined for petty theft in the past, Marchese said. She said she is waiting for advice from the prosecutor's office before deciding on a punishment. The employee has been on unpaid leave since July 28.
Back on the ballot
LIBERTY -- The board of education has voted to place a five-year, 7.9-mill emergency operating levy on the Nov. 2 general election ballot. Voters at Tuesday's special election turned down the issue by 211 votes.
Man fined for littering
YOUNGSTOWN -- One of several city residents charged recently in connection with having litter-strewn property was fined $100 and placed on six months' probation by municipal court Judge Robert Douglas Jr.
Richard Heipel, 43, of 3046 Winton Ave., appeared Friday before Judge Douglas on a charge of littering and deposit of trash, rubbish or garbage. Heipel originally had pleaded innocent, but he changed his plea to no contest and was found guilty. He said he has cleaned up his property. The maximum penalty for the offense is up to 90 days in jail and a $750 fine.
Woman faces charges
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- A city woman has been charged with theft, theft by deception and receiving stolen property. Sandra Taylor, 61, of Brooklyn Avenue is accused of improperly taking a $1,050 refund for a hearing aid in March. Police said Taylor was approved to get a digital hearing aid, at a cost of $1,800, that was to be paid for by the West Central Job Partnership on Beaver Street. But police say she used a check from the Partnership to buy a conventional hearing aid for only $750 and had the supplier refund the difference to her. Police said Taylor provided the supplier with a telephone number contending it was a West Central employee who would approve the refund. The telephone number was apparently for the home of a relative, police said.