By Ed Runyan
Judge Thomas Townley of Niles Municipal Court set bond at $100,000 for William F. Brock Sr., 65, of 832 Mason St., who is charged with 25 counts of pandering obscenity involving a minor.
Agents with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation Crimes Against Children Unit conducted a raid at his house Friday and took him into custody. Agents seized evidence from the home throughout the day.
Neighbors said Brock, who has a white beard and was wearing red pants when he was taken into custody Friday, identifies himself at times as Santa Claus.
Arraignments were Monday in Niles Municipal Court for four people, including Brock, charged in three separate cases that involved Friday arrests.
Chong S. Williams, 70, of Cool Springs Church, Mercer, Pa., owner of Suzi Kim’s massage parlor in Niles, is free on $5,000 bond after Niles police charged her with two counts of felony bribery.
Judge Townley set her next hearing for Aug. 6 and did not ask her to enter a plea.
Police said Williams tried two times to bribe an inspector with the Niles Fire Department to allow the spa to reopen after the city said it found numerous zoning, fire, income-tax and health department violations during a surprise inspection June 4.
In another case, two people were arraigned for burglary connected with the July 12 death of Terry D. Allen, 37, of Morris Street in Mineral Ridge.
Allen was found dead after a man living on state Route 46 just south of U.S. Route 422 fired his shotgun through his front door during what police believe was a robbery.
The same shot killed Allen and injured Michael S. Burns, 33, of Forest Ridge Court in Mineral Ridge, authorities say.
Members of the U.S. Marshal’s Task Force arrested Burns and Mindy C. Sierra, 32, of East Federal Street in Niles Friday afternoon at a house on Annabelle Street in McDonald.
Police believe Burns and Sierra were part of the burglary, though Sierra and a second woman, Terry D. Allen’s wife, Nichole R. Allen, 35, are believed to have been in a car involved in the burglary but not outside the home.
Judge Townley set Burns’ bond at $20,000 and set Sierra’s bond at $7,500.
A third person charged in the case, Scott C. Crislip, 18, of Cedar Street in Niles, waived a preliminary hearing Monday before Judge Townley, and his burglary charge was bound over to a Trumbull County grand jury.
Additional charges could be added at the grand jury level, said Terry Swauger, Niles prosecutor.