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Judge refuses to dismiss lawsuit

Published: 1/2/14 @ 12:00


Judge refuses to dismiss lawsuit

COLUMBUS

A federal judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed by an Ohio Amish couple against the Trumbull County Children Services agency that claims workers there are responsible for their adopted child being raped by her biological parents during a partially unsupervised visit.

Judge Benita Pearson, who sits in the federal court in Youngstown, says in her decision that neither the county’s Children Services nor workers sued individually are entitled to immunity sometimes granted public employees or entities.

Judge Pearson’s 19-page ruling Tuesday didn’t directly address the merits of the complaint against the county agency but allows the lawsuit to proceed.

The lawsuit seeking $3 million in damages was filed in April on behalf of the couple who live in West Farmington.

Candy Land game at library branch

LIBERTY

The Liberty Branch of the Warren-Trumbull County Library, 415 Church Hill-Hubbard Road, will feature a life-sized Candy Land game board for children from 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The children will serve as the game pieces. Registration is not required. Call 330-759-2589 for information.

Free seminar set on detox program

BOARDMAN

Dr. Ted Suzelis will present a free seminar about his new 28-Day Detox program at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Ohio Naturopathic Wellness Center located in South Bridge West, 755 Boardman-Canfield Road, Suite D-3.

This program is a gentle and safe detox that will leave participants feeling healthier and more energetic, organizers say. The detox incorporates a healthy-eating program with specific supplements to support digestion, detoxification and elimination to jump-start individual health goals.

RSVP is required. To register, call 330-729-1350 or visit OhioND.com.

Slovak heritage speech planned

liberty

The Ethnic Heritage Society invites the community to a speaking engagement with Loretta Hanuschak Ekoniak, co-author of “Slovaks of the Greater Mahoning Valley” at 10 a.m. Jan. 18 at Kravitz Deli, 3135 Belmont Ave.

The speaking engagement will last until 11:30 a.m.

Ekoniak is also the president of the American Slovak Cultural Association of the Mahoning Valley. She is also active in many area Slovak groups.

Her topic of the speech is, “It’s not your Dzedo’s Slovakia.”

A $5 donation is being asked for at the door.

Robotics contest set for Saturday

Students from Canfield, Cardinal Mooney and Girard high schools will participate in the 2014 Buckeye Regional FIRST Robotics Competition on Saturday at Cuyahoga Community College, Unified Technologies Center.

More than 100 students and 22 teams from schools throughout Ohio will participate in the competition, which begins at 10:30 a.m.

NASA is the largest sponsor of the competition, which allows students to design and build their own robots.

Each team is given a set of parts to create the robot and has six weeks to do so. They will show off their finished products March 20-22 at the Wolstein Center in Cleveland.

Staff/wire reports