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License suspended


The Ohio Supreme Court has suspended the law license of Richard V. Hoppel of East Liverpool for two years, with the final 18 months of that term stayed on conditions.

In a unanimous opinion released Wednesday, the high court affirmed findings by the Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline that Hoppel violated state lawyer discipline rules when he accepted fee advances to represent multiple clients in bankruptcy proceedings, but failed to perform the promised work.

Because of Hoppel’s successful completion of inpatient treatment for a drug addiction that contributed to his misconduct, his maintenance of sobriety for more than two years, and his having made full restitution to all clients harmed by his misconduct, the court agreed to reduce the board-recommended sanction.

Neither Hoppel nor his lawyer could be reached to comment.

Felony theft charge


An 18-year-old township man is accused of stealing more than $1,000 from his employer, Giant Eagle.

Alexander E. Martinez was arrested about 11 p.m. Tuesday and charged with felony theft.

Police said the loss prevention manager at Giant Eagle, 480 Boardman-Canfield Road, launched an internal investigation last week because $1,600 was missing.

Reports state Martinez admitted stealing about $600 and returned $540 to the store. However, the loss prevention supervisor pursued charges against Martinez because there is another $1,100 still missing. Martinez later provided a written statement detailing how he stole $1,000 from an open safe at GetGo, Giant Eagle’s gas station, during work as well as taking scratch-off lottery tickets, according to reports.

Meeting canceled


The Springfield Local Board of Education has canceled its special meeting set for 7 p.m. today in the high school auditorium.

Matching grant


The Unitarian Universalist Church of Youngstown has received a matching grant of $1,560 from Neighborhood Success, a program of the Raymond John Wean Foundation.

This grant will support the Cocoa Mocha, a youth group for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) teens, their families and friends.

The Cocoa Mocha will have a dance from 7 to 9:30 p.m. June 17 at the Unitarian Church, 1105 Elm St. Food and refreshments will be available. There is no cost.

For more information, contact Diana at 330-718-4923 or visit Cocoa Mocha on Facebook.

Raccoons at farm


Several month-old raccoons are now safely at a local farm, New Middletown police said.

Officers were called to Struthers Road after the raccoons fell into a manhole in deep water Tuesday afternoon. The police were unable to retrieve the raccoons and contacted an animal activist who was able to rescue the raccoons and release them at a local farm, according to reports.

Special session


The Boardman school board will meet in special session at 6:30 p.m. today in the superintendent’s office at Boardman Center Middle School, 7410 Market Street.

The meeting regards the sale and issuance of bonds for the Energy Conservation Program under state House Bill 264.

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