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Fake-watch probe


Township police are investigating a report that a man sold a fake Rolex watch to First Choice Coin, 7807 Market St., for $3,800 and he may be wanted in several states for selling fake watches.

According to a police report filed Monday, a man came to First Choice Coin last Tuesday to sell a watch to the business.

The suspect had the box, manual and the card to go along with the Rolex. The card had a serial number which matched the number on the watch. First Choice Coin deemed the Rolex to be authentic, and wrote the man a check for $3,800.

Employees at First Choice Coin then took the watch to Cirelli Jewelers, which examined and then purchased the watch. After discovering the watch was not an authentic Rolex, Cirelli Jewelers returned it to First Choice.

According to the report, First Choice discovered the man is wanted for selling fake Rolex watches in several states.

City man charged


A 27-year-old Youngstown man faces charges of receiving stolen property and improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle after police arrested him shortly before 3 p.m. Monday during a traffic stop.

During the stop, police found a handgun under the seat where Brian L. Williams of Almyra Avenue was seated. The gun was confirmed as stolen through the New Castle (Pa.) Police Department.

Police also cited Williams, who appeared Tuesday in Campbell Municipal Court, for driving under suspension and driving in a no-passing zone. His bond was set at $8,500, 10 percent cash or surety, and his next court hearing is Tuesday.

Car accident downtown


A pregnant woman was taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center to be checked out after a two-car accident Tuesday afternoon at the intersection of West Federal Street and Fifth Avenue.

The accident happened at 2:05 p.m., police reported.

Police said the Youngstown woman, in her 20s, was not seriously hurt. Her 9-year-old daughter was with her in the car and also was uninjured.

Police said she ran a red light at the intersection and hit another car. That driver was not hurt.

The woman, whom police would not name, is expected to be cited with failing to stop for a red light and for having an expired driver’s permit.

Sentenced in drug case


Derrick Eggleston, 27, of Fourth Street Southwest, convicted at trial in May of heroin trafficking and heroin possession received a one-year prison sentence Tuesday.

Judge Andrew Logan of Trumbull County Common Pleas Court handed down the sentence.

A Warren police officer made a traffic stop on Eggleston’s car at the corner of Austin Avenue and Front Street Southwest on Jan. 3 and found heroin and $1,588 in Eggleston’s possession.

Issue gets signatures


Trumbull County Board of Elections has notified Newton Falls that more than enough valid signatures were submitted to put a referendum on the Nov. 4 general election ballot regarding repeal of the village’s income tax credit, or “forgiveness tax.”

The petition required 141 valid signatures, and the elections board determined a group led by Newton Falls resident Werner Lange turned in 275 valid signatures.

Kelly Pallante, elections board director, said it will now be up to village officials to decide whether to ask the board to place the issue on the ballot.

The village has until Aug. 6 to file the issue with the elections board.

The petition seeks to reverse a June 16 decision by village council that would require village residents to pay the 1 percent village income tax regardless of whether they pay 1 percent or more in another community.

Waterline break fixed


A waterline break on Market Street, near Williamson Avenue, has been repaired, said Eugene Leson Jr., the city water department’s chief engineer.

The break occurred early Tuesday and was fixed by water department workers about 7:30 a.m., he said. The break caused damage to the street. A city road crew made repairs.

I-680 truck-car crash


The Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Canfield Post cited a Parma Heights truck driver for failure to maintain assured clear distance ahead after a Tuesday afternoon traffic crash that injured a New Middletown woman.

An OSHP trooper said traffic along Interstate 680 near Western Reserve Road was slowed shortly before 5 p.m. because of construction when the truck, driven by Francisc Tamas, 52, of Parma Heights, struck another car, which in turn struck the car in front of it, injuring Nova Rishel, 34, of New Middletown.

Rishel was transported to St. Elizabeth Health Center for what the trooper called minor injuries.

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