Five additional men claim abuse at JFK

Five additional men claim abuse at JFK


The attorney representing 11 men who reached a monetary settlement with John F. Kennedy High School over allegations that a brother for a Franciscan religious order sexually assaulted them between 1986 and 1990 at the school says five more men have contacted him to say they also were assaulted.

Atty. Mitchell Garabedian of Boston said the five contacted him through phone calls and emails since the news was released on the settlement involving Brother Stephen P. Baker, the high school, the Diocese of Youngstown and the Franciscan Third Order Regular, of which Baker was a member.

Baker was a religion teacher, baseball coach and sports trainer at JFK from 1986 to 1991 when the assaults purportedly occurred.

Feds indict ex-Valley man in fraud case


A federal grand jury has indicted a man, who operated a Youngstown area ambulette company, on charges he defrauded the Ohio Medicaid program of about $406,000 between August 2008 and August 2011.

Rolando Sepulveda, 51, who operated Med Transportation, and is now believed to be living in Puerto Rico, was charged with seven counts of health care fraud, the U.S. attorney said Thursday.

Sepulveda fraudulently billed Medicaid for rides of patients, who didn’t use or need wheelchairs, and for ambulette attendants, when the company used no such attendants, the attorney said.

An ambulette is a specially equipped van designed to carry wheelchair passengers.

Holiday awards


City council members will issue certificates at their next meeting to the owners of the top three residences that were part of last month’s Holiday Lights and Decoration Tour.

During the Dec. 14 event, participants on a bus toured the North Side to view outdoor Christmas decorations. Afterward, they judged what they felt were the most decorative and creative displays.

Top finisher was Delores Hall of 44 Saranac Ave., who received a gift basket of wine.

The second- and third-place finishers were Nate Fields, 493 Redondo Road, and Sally Myers, 275 Redondo, respectively.

Fields and Myers received a notebook and pen, said Mary Ann O’Neil, who was the tour’s organizer.

Driver indicted in Warren accident


Marcel D. Tipton, charged with felony failure to stop after an accident and tampering with evidence in the New Year’s Day accident that seriously injured a 46-year-old bicyclist, has waived a preliminary hearing, and his case was bound over to a Trumbull County grand jury.

His hearing Thursday was in Warren Municipal Court.

Police said Tipton, 27, fled in a 2000 Lincoln Continental after hitting Harold Rice of Scott Street Northeast at 2:48 a.m. at Summit Street and Tod Avenue Northwest. Rice suffered several broken bones and other injuries.

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