Inmate's autopsy report
YOUNGSTOWN -- A preliminary autopsy report indicates that Mahoning County jail inmate Samuel Fossesca apparently died of a heart attack, said Coroner David Kennedy. Fossesca, 63, was awaiting trial on a charge of aggravated murder for the death of reputed organized-crime figure Joseph DeRose Jr. in 1981. He became ill at the jail Saturday and was taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center, where he later died. Kennedy said a final autopsy report won't be released until after results of toxicology tests are received.
YOUNGSTOWN -- James Cordell, 27, of Garfield Street has been charged with attempted murder and aggravated robbery. He was arrested on warrants Tuesday afternoon at his home by members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force. He spent the night in the Mahoning County jail pending arraignment today in municipal court. Detective Sgt. Jerry Shuster said Cordell used a knife to attack the clerk at Adult Toys and Gifts, 1410 Market St., on Aug. 13, 2003.
YOUNGSTOWN -- A teenage boy riding a burgundy Cool Sport gas-powered scooter approached a 20-year-old man riding a blue Cool Sport scooter in the parking lot of New Beginning Church on Market Street on Tuesday afternoon and forcibly removed the blue scooter's keys from the man's pocket as the victim ran for the church door, police said. The thief left the burgundy scooter at the scene and rode off on the blue scooter. The victim described the suspect as 13 and wearing a white Steelers jersey with No. 36 on it.
ATM theft reported
YOUNGSTOWN -- A 29-year-old Austintown woman who accidentally left her ATM card in the machine at National City Bank on Market Street on Tuesday afternoon returned to find a man in his 60s or 70s using the machine. The man ignored her efforts to get his attention, reports show. The man drove off in an older model station wagon as she got close. The woman told police that the man withdrew $293 from her account.
Debit card withdrawals
STRUTHERS -- Police are investigating the unauthorized use of a city man's debit card account. According to police, the 27-year-old Bridge Street man discovered two unauthorized withdrawals, both for $26.39, from his Home Savings and Loan account after using his debit card to buy a camcorder off the Internet auction site eBay. The man told police that while he was attempting to pay for the camcorder, he was redirected to another site, auctionpaynow.com, and suspects the unauthorized use of his debit account information stems from that transaction.
Police car auction
NORTH LIMA -- In the market for a used police car? Beaver Township might have what you're looking for. On Tuesday, township trustees discussed having an auction to sell various items, including several used police cars. Police Chief Carl Frost suggested having an auction once he and other township department heads are able to compile a list of what could be sold. Once trustees approve the event, a date and time for the proposed auction will be announced.
HELP garage sale
HUBBARD -- Hubbard Environmental & amp; Land Preservation, or HELP, will have a garage sale from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday in the basement of St. Patrick's Church Hall. The group is raising funds to oppose the creation of a landfill in Hubbard Township.
Police probe burglaries
MINERAL RIDGE -- Thieves have been breaking into homes in an area of Weathersfield Township, taking construction tools, lawn mowers and weed trimmers, Police Chief Joseph Consiglio said. Consiglio said most of the break-ins are occurring in the township's Heaton-Chute area. The chief said township police are working with Niles police to try to catch the thieves.
WARREN -- A deputy Trumbull County recorder accused of stealing $2 has filed a union grievance over her termination. The grievance hearing will be Aug. 20. Recorder Diana Marchese terminated Rose E. Samuels on Monday. Samuels, a 10-year employee, was previously disciplined for petty theft, Marchese said.