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Pleaded innocent


Brittanie Maddox, 25, and David Custer, 29, both of Hamilton Street Southwest, pleaded innocent to three counts each of child endangering Tuesday in Warren Municipal Court. Both remained in the Trumbull County jail Wednesday in lieu of $2,500 bond. The charges are first-degree misdemeanors, punishable by up to six months in jail.

Police filed charges after an investigation at an Oak Street Southwest home Feb. 17. There, they found Maddox, Custer and three children, ages 4, 2 and 4 months, in deplorable living conditions. Among other problems, authorities said the home contained a dead rat. Police said the county Children’s Services Board participated in the investigation.

Nick Kerosky, executive director of CSB, declined to comment, saying only that the children are safe.

Complaint hearing


A hearing will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday before Magistrate Daniel P. Dascenzo of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court concerning the Ohio Department of Health’s complaint against the House of Hope adult-care facility, 115 Illinois Ave.

Alleging safety violations, including improper fire safety measures concerning cigarette smoking by residents, the state health department is asking Dascenzo to close the facility and relocate its residents.

At ODH’s request, Dascenzo issued a 14-day temporary restraining order Feb. 23, barring the facility from admitting new residents and preventing it from reducing staff without his permission before the hearing.

In a letter to ODH, a lawyer for the House of Hope said the facility complied with all of the state’s requirements, except the hiring of new staff.

Accepting members


The Grow Youngstown Community Supported Agriculture program is accepting member signups for the 2011 season.

The season will begin the week of June 20 and end Oct. 17. Grow CSA delivers fresh local produce directly to residents of the Mahoning Valley with pickup locations on the North and South Side of Youngstown. Grow CSA will get produce from rural and urban farms within about 60 miles of Youngstown and deliver shares with the following purchase options.

Drop locations will be on the North side and South of Youngstown as well as one in the Boardman and Poland area. Grow CSA hopes to continue its drop location in Warren, depending on interest.

Accepted are the Ohio Direction Card, cash, checks/debit cards. PayPal payments are accepted for paid in full shares. For cost breakdowns and to sign up go to e-mail or contct Amber Foster at or call 330-286-0688.

Lottery winner


Robert O. Ward of Niles won $110,000 for matching five numbers in the Feb. 28 Rolling Cash 5 game.

After mandatory federal and state taxes totaling 31 percent, Ward will receive a check for $75,900. Ward picked the winning numbers. The winning numbers were 3-8-12-21-25. He purchased the ticket at Pit N Git, 522 Robbins Avenue in Niles. Pit N Git also receives $500 for selling a winning ticket.

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