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10 counts of rape


Richard A. Benchea, 61, of Belvedere Avenue Southeast, remained in the Trumbull County Jail late Friday in lieu of $1 million bond after his arraignment on 10 counts of rape. Warren police arrested Benchea on Thursday afternoon. He is charged with raping a female under age 16 multiple times over the past year. He pleaded not guilty Friday in Warren Municipal Court.

Gun threat


A man who fled from police investigating a fight call about 11:15 a.m. Thursday at a home in the 900 block of West Woodland Avenue is in the Mahoning County jail after his arraignment.

Mickele Glenn, 24, was given a bond of $20,000 in municipal court Friday on a charge of carrying a concealed weapon as well as a misdemeanor assault charge, for which he was given a bond of $2,500.

Reports said officers were called for a report of a woman being threatened with a gun. When they arrived, Glenn ran out of the home toward Parkwood Avenue. A pair of detectives backing up patrol officers spotted Glenn and ordered him to the ground.

Reports said a 9mm semiautomatic pistol was found underneath Glenn when he was rolled over by police.

Hostage report is expected next week


Judge Andrew Logan of Trumbull County Common Pleas Court is likely to have a report from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation by next week regarding the April hostage-taking at the county jail and the role David Martin may have played in the incident. Martin, 29, of Cleveland is scheduled for trial Aug. 28 in the killing of Jeremy Cole, 21, of Warren, last year and wounding of a woman at a house on Oak Street Southwest. If convicted, Martin could get the death penalty.

Judge Logan will decide whether information on the hostage situation will be admissible at trial. The situation involved a corrections officer being held in a cell area for about five hours.

Authorities identified Martin as one of three men who participated. Two mental-health professionals evaluated Martin to determine if he’s competent to stand trial. Judge Logan will make the final determination. A pretrial hearing is set for Aug. 12.

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