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Not-guilty plea


Marvin L. Tiggett Jr., 47, of Beal Street Northwest is in the Trumbull County jail in lieu of $500,000 bond after pleading not guilty to raping a girl in 2011 and 2012 and molesting her in 2012 and 2013.

Tiggett was arraigned Wednesday before Judge W. Wyatt McKay of Trumbull County Common Pleas Court on two counts of rape and two counts of gross sexual imposition.

The victim was between 11 and 13 years old when the offenses are alleged to have occurred, according to Tiggett’s indictment, which was unsealed Wednesday.

If convicted of rape, Tiggett could get a life prison sentence.

Tiggett was arrested last Thursday on a rape charge filed in Warren Municipal Court. That charge accused him of raping a child in 2006.

Mental evaluation


A woman accused of holding a man at gunpoint in a vehicle will undergo a mental evaluation to determine whether she’s competent to stand trial.

Benita Williams, 46, of Ravenna was in a vehicle the driver said he intentionally crashed in January when he spotted an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper on Interstate 80 because Williams was holding him against his will.

Judge Lou A. D’Apolito of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court approved the motion for an evaluation Wednesday.

Williams also expressed a desire to represent herself, which Judge D’Apolito said he would discuss after the mental evaluation.

Driver reports assault


A pizza-delivery driver told police a teenage girl used the leg of a bar stool to beat him, and then someone stole his pizza.

Officers were called about 9:30 p.m. Monday to a Market Street gas station on the South Side, where the driver told them he was attacked while he made a delivery to a home in the 300 block of East Florida Avenue.

The driver said when he got out of his vehicle, the girl met him in the yard then started beating him. As he was being beaten, he saw a male who was on the porch of a nearby home take the pizza.

Police checked that home and got permission to search it from the homeowner.

Reports said a person in the home, Javon Hill, no age given, was taken into custody for aggravated robbery after officers found pizza boxes in a room Hill said belonged to him. The boxes were from the restaurant the driver worked for. The driver had bruises but refused medical attention, reports said.

Fence panels damaged


Police responded to a call Tuesday evening of children breaking fence panels at Austintown Intermediate School’s outdoor amphitheater, 225 Idaho Road.

Upon arrival, police said they observed two boys attempting to replace broken panels, and two more boys sitting in the amphitheater.

Four boys admitted punching or kicking fence panels, the report said. Police said four panels were damaged.

Committee meeting


The Lordstown Village Safety Committee will meet in the caucus room, 1455 Salt Springs Road SW, at 4:30 p.m. today.

‘Move Our Mission’


Heartland Christian School students will experience a night of homelessness in Columbiana on Friday.

About 225 staff, students and families will be sleeping on the school’s playground to raise funds for the Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley’s Capital Campaign to “Move Our Mission.”

The students have named the project “MISSION 125.” Participants were challenged last school year to raise at least $125 to celebrate the 125 years of service the Rescue Mission has provided to the community.

A soup-and-bread dinner will begin at 6 p.m., followed by a service featuring current and former Mission clients at 6:45 p.m. About 8 p.m., participants will set up cardboard boxes, tents and cars to sleep on the school’s playground and parking lot.

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