Special meeting set
The Poland school board is having a special board meeting at 6 p.m. today at the high-school library, 3199 Dobbins Road. The meeting is taking place to vote on the tentative agreement between the board and the teachers union, the Poland Education Association. There will be an executive session after the meeting to discuss negotiations.
Woman faces charges
A West Side woman is in Mahoning County jail on $5,000 bond after being arraigned on charges Monday that she tried to tape a man inside a house on Mahoning Avenue on Friday.
Anna Barricella, 64, was arraigned on counts of criminal trespass and criminal mischief after she was arrested at a home in the 1500 block of Mahoning Avenue about 7:15 p.m..
Reports said Barricella had wedged a shovel against the door to keep a man she knows from coming out of the home and tried to wrap the entire home in tape, but she ran out of tape before she could complete the job.
Fuel spill in Hubbard
City police, Eagle Joint Fire District Firefighters and officials from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency were called to a fuel spill Monday afternoon at Jacobs and Youngstown-Hubbard roads.
Emergency crews remained at the spill site for several hours to oversee the cleanup.
Struthers man killed
A Struthers man was killed Sunday morning when the tractor-trailer he was driving went off Interstate 71, striking trees and a fence in Delaware, near Columbus, according to the Columbus Dispatch.
Stefan Borbei, 63, was pronounced dead at the scene, the newspaper reported, and the Delaware post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.
Facing drug charges
Bond was set at $2,500 for a Hermitage, Pa., man charged with felony and misdemeanor drug offenses after a Trumbull County deputy sheriff found suspected drugs and drug paraphernalia in his car during an OVI check point early Saturday on state Route 46.
Michael P. Ghiates, 29, of Wick Ave., was released after posting bond Monday in Warren Municipal Court and pleading not guilty to felony aggravated drug trafficking and misdemeanor possession of drug-abuse instruments and drug paraphernalia.
A sheriff’s deputy said he found several hypodermic syringes, two of them with suspected heroin in them, a spoon, four bags of marijuana, 12 pipes and a scale on the floor of the car at 12:20 a.m.
Suspected drugs in car
Police arrested a Campbell man about 12:10 a.m. Saturday for having suspected methamphetamine in his car.
Antwan Jones, 34, was pulled over on East Boston Avenue for having no license-plate light and officers could smell the odor of marijuana in his car when he rolled down the window, reports said.
Reports said Jones had a chalklike substance beside him, and when asked if it was crack cocaine, he said it was bath salts, which are a type of methamphetamine, reports said.
He was taken to Mahoning County jail and charged with possession of drugs.
Trial date postponed
A man and his wife who were to go on trial in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court for a murder on the East Side in September had their trial date pushed back Monday to June 2.
Randall Miller, 38, is charged with murder in the death of 33-year-old Frank James Brown, who was found shot to death Sept. 28 on an East Side street. His wife, Megan, 36, faces a charge of tampering with evidence in the case.
A jury was to be chosen Monday, but the trial was delayed due to an undisclosed legal issue, said a spokeswoman for Judge Maureen Sweeney.
The Bryn Mawr Block Watch (East Side) is meeting at 5 p.m. today at the McGuffey Centre, 1649 Jacobs Road. There will be a guest speaker.
Intruder chased away by homeowner
Police reports said a 67-year-old West Side man chased off an intruder at his home in the 200 block of Bouquet Avenue about 10:50 p.m. Sunday.
Police were called to the home for a burglary in progress, and when they arrived, the homeowner told them he heard a thud at his back door. The man grabbed his gun and shouted at whomever was trying to break in and that person ran away, reports said.
Jury selection moves into third week
Jury selection in the capital murder case of a man accused of killing a woman holding a baby on a North Side porch last May is starting its third week in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court.
Attorneys in the case of 42-year-old Willie Wilks of Elm Street have been attempting to qualify jurors who can hear a death-penalty case, and so far have selected 35. Judge Lou D’Apolito wants about 40 potential jurors selected. Once that number is accomplished, individual jury selection will begin. Wilks is accused of killing 20-year-old Ororo Wilkins and wounding another man at a Park Avenue home May 21.