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Student, 15, arrested
A 15-year-old Chaney High School student was arrested Wednesday when police found marijuana they described as packaged for sale in the boy’s pants pocket.
Probation officers from Mahoning County Juvenile Court came to the high school about 11 a.m. Wednesday with a warrant for the boy, accusing him of violating a court order.
A city officer working at the school went to the cafeteria to find the boy. The officer escorted him to the school security office, arresting him on the warrant. While searching the teen for weapons, police found a white bandana in his pants pocket. The bandanna contained five individually wrapped plastic bags of suspected marijuana.
The boy was charged with aggravated marijuana trafficking.
Blight at former park
A neighbor complained Thursday to the Mahoning County commissioners about blight at Ponderosa Park, a closed Goshen Township country-music park and resort the county is foreclosing on for $83,370 in delinquent taxes.
Todd Hartman, of Salem-Warren Road, said the back of the 3,800-seat main concert pavilion in the 340-acre park has collapsed; electric power lines are down; litter lies everywhere; and a headless deer carcass has been rotting for months in the front yard. “It looks like a war zone,” he said of the park.
All the mature trees, some up to 3 feet in diameter, have been logged and harvested, he added. “Who authorized this? And where did the money go?” he asked.
County Prosecutor Paul J. Gains urged Hartman to call the county health department and Ohio Edison to the park on State Route 45 just north of Salem.
A spokesman for Ponderosa Park Resort Inc. of California, a listed defendant in the foreclosure action, could not be reached to comment.
Robbery in Warren
A 51-year-old Warren man was the victim of an armed robbery a few minutes after noon Wednesday as he drove on Risher Road near Michelle Avenue Southwest.
The man said he stopped for a stop sign, and two men walked up to his car and demanded money through the open window of his passenger side.
One of the men showed the victim the butt of a gun in his pants waist band. The victim said he lost $400.
Guilty plea in assault
Joseph F. Clark, 22, who listed addresses on Royal Mall Drive, Niles, and Parkwood Avenue, Youngstown, has pleaded guilty to charges of endangering children and felonious assault in a 16-month-old child’s injuries.
Clark’s actions resulted in the boy’s leg being broken in two places Oct. 13, 2010, at the Royal Mall address.
Judge John M. Stuard of Trumbull County Common Pleas Court will sentence Clark after the county’s Adult Probation Department conducts a pre-sentence investigation. He could get up to 16 years in prison.
Warren prayer vigil
A prayer vigil for justice and peace will be at noon today at the Warren office of U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan on West Market Street at Courthouse Square. Among prayers at the vigil, on the World Day of Prayer, will be for saving collective bargaining in the state.