Niles man sentenced to 14 years in assault

Niles man sentenced to 14 years in assault


Derrick L. Cobb, 51, of Difford Drive in Niles, was sentenced Wednesday to 14 years in prison after his conviction on charges of felonious assault and kidnapping involving a girlfriend in December 2011.

He received his sentence from Judge W. Wyatt McKay of Trumbull County Common Pleas Court.

Warren police said they went to a home on Hamilton Street Southwest and found a 43-year-old Esther Avenue Northwest woman badly beaten.

She told police Cobb had accused her of cheating on him with another man, held a knife to her chest and threatened to kill her. For more than two hours, Cobb repeatedly struck the woman in the face, arms, legs and torso and stomped on her torso, she told police.

Ex-probation officer faces sex charges


A fired Mahoning County Juvenile Court probation officer has waived his preliminary hearing and been bound over to the county grand jury on three counts of sexual battery against a 16-year-old female student at the juvenile court-sponsored Mahoning County High School.

Judge David D’Apolito of Mahoning County Area Court sent the case of Sherod D. Holmes Jr., 32, of South Meridian Road, to the grand jury Wednesday and ordered that Holmes be held without bond in the county jail pending further court action.

The offenses, all third- degree felonies, purportedly occurred in Austintown between September 2012 and January 2013.

The case was investigated by Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office detectives, who searched Holmes’ residence and arrested and jailed him Friday.

History event canceled


The Black History Month “African American Pyramid Awards” event that was scheduled for 7:30 p.m. today in the Chestnut Room of Kilcawley Center at Youngstown State University has been canceled.

Hermitage siren test

Hermitage, Pa.

Hermitage Fire Department will conduct its monthly test of the area’s weather warning sirens at 10 a.m. today. The test will include activation of the Clark, Farrell, Sharpsville, West Middlesex and Wheatland weather sirens. Residents should disregard the sirens during the test.

Fair helpers sought


The East Palestine Area Chamber of Commerce will have a meeting at 7 p.m Friday at the Community Center for those interested in helping with the 126th Annual East Palestine Fair. The fair will be May 23-26 on Market Street. Bates Amusements of Wintersville, Ohio, will provide midway rides and games.

Lowellville meeting


Lowellville Village Council will have a special meeting at 6 p.m. today at Lowellville City Hall, second floor, 140 E. Liberty St.

BP to make donation to Someplace Safe


BP America will make a donation to Someplace Safe, Trumbull County’s only domestic violence shelter, at 10:30 a.m. today at the Someplace Safe shelter, 1540 Tod Avenue, NW. State Rep. Sean O’Brien of Brookfield, D-63rd, will attend.

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