Charges of domestic violence and child endangering were dropped Thursday against Mary Rowan, 37, of Palmyra Road. She had been accused of pouring baby soap into the mouth of a 9-year-old Aug. 25. She is an intervention specialist at West Boulevard Elementary School in Boardman. The incident did not involve a student.
Rowan, who is pregnant, told police that she attempted to discipline a child, who is not her own, at her home by pouring soap in his mouth. She reported that a struggle then ensued.
A deputy reported that the child “had several red bruises and scratches on the right side of his face.”
Boardman school officials had placed Rowan on administrative leave. Superintendant Tim Saxton said the district will keep her on administrative leave until she can go on maternity leave.
Facing sex charges
Benny T. Hunt, 40, of Akron has been indicted in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court on five sex charges involving a girl, 14, of Girard.
Hunt was indicted on four counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and one count of importuning. Hunt was arrested after an investigation by the Girard Police Department and Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
The investigation involved monitoring of Hunt’s use of computer applications to communicate with the girl. He also met the girl personally for sex in June and July, according to the indictment. He is in the Trumbull County Jail.
Trying to end hunger
This month, Hunger Action Month, Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley together with the Feeding America nationwide network of food banks, will mobilize across all 50 states in an effort to bring an end to hunger.
In the Mahoning Valley, Second Harvest member agencies fill nearly 15,000 requests for food assistance each week.
On Hunger Action Day, Thursday, Second Harvest asks supporters to share what they couldn’t do without for adequate nutrition by writing on an empty plate. Also on that day, the food bank is asking the Valley community to wear orange, the symbolic color of hunger, and post the photos on social media with #HungerActionMonth and @FeedingAmerica and tag them on Facebook, www.Facebook.com/SHFBMV.
Admitted firing gun
A man was taken into custody about 4 p.m. Wednesday after police responded to a report of a shot fired in the 1800 block of Pointview Avenue.
Victor Sanchez, 20, was taken into custody on charges of discharging a firearm in city limits and carrying a concealed weapon.
Sanchez was one of several people in a car in the driveway of the South Side home, and he walked away from police, who heard something drop. He later told police he threw a 9 mm handgun on the ground; police found the gun and he admitted firing a shot, reports said.
Reports said Sanchez told police he got the gun from “some dude in Warren.”
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