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WRITER: Guy Vogrin

Federal case may head to plea deal

YOUNGSTOWN — A Niles man accused of using social media to threaten a family may be nearing a plea deal with federal prosecutors. Court records show that the attorney for Caleb Hall, 25, of Niles, was in a teleconference Nov. 18 with prosecutors and made a motion to continue the case for about 30 days to review any plea offer with his client. Hall was indicted Sept. 24 on one count of interstate ...

City man arraigned in Liberty teen sex case

WARREN — A 36-year-old Youngstown man on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to a host of felony charges alleging inappropriate sexual behavior with a teenage girl with special needs. Reinaldo Camacho-Perez, 1109 Scioto St., was arraigned before Trumbull County Common Pleas Court Judge Andrew D. Logan on charges of importuning, disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented ...

Plea deal reached in meth ring prosecution

One man has pleaded guilty and another plans to change his plea to federal charges of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine in the Mahoning Valley. The plea deal Friday for Jason Hollister, 40, of 1501 Meadowbrook Drive, Boardman, headed off a trial that was supposed to start 9 a.m. Nov. 20 at the Carl B. Stokes Federal Courthouse in downtown Cleveland. Federal court records show that Hollister ...

West Side man faces charges in federal case

YOUNGSTOWN — A Youngstown man got a continuance of his federal case linked to an ongoing drug investigation in the Mahoning Valley. During a video hearing in U.S. Northern District Court of Ohio on Thursday, the attorney for Jarrell D. Martin, 32, of 21 S. Dunlap Ave., sought a waiver of his client’s speedy trial rights. According to court documents, attorney Sam Amendolara said the complications of the ...

Austintown man linked to $7M heist

YOUNGSTOWN — A Mahoning Valley man is in federal custody, accused of taking part in a conspiracy connected to a $7 million jewelry heist in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin, area. A criminal complaint was filed Tuesday against James Patrick Quinn, 55, of New Road, Austintown. A video conference bond hearing has been scheduled for Quinn at 10 a.m. Monday before Magistrate Judge Carmen Henderson at the federal ...

Woman gets jail time for $15K theft

WARREN — A Warren woman who failed a lie detector test in her theft case received a one-year prison sentence Thursday. Venita Y. McCall, 38, 841 Willard Ave. SE, Warren, appeared with her attorney Charles Mickens for a sentencing hearing before Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Ronald J. Rice. McCall pleaded guilty on Sept. 11 to an amended theft charge in the case of more than $15,000 in iPhones and ...

Salem child rapist gets 15 to life

WARREN — A Salem man who told the judge he has a “slight mental disability” pleaded guilty Tuesday to 18 felony counts, including 12 rape charges involving three children in Liberty. Brandon Schultheis, 37, of 193 W. Fourth St., Salem, was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison by Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Ronald J. Rice. Rice also labeled Schultheis a Tier 3 sexual offender, which means if he ...

Woman avoids prison for obstruction of justice in murder case

WARREN — A Liberty Township woman charged with harboring a suspect in a Youngstown shooting death in February was given probation reluctantly on Thursday by a Trumbull County judge. Jasmine M. Jackson, 24, of 1465 Townsend Ave., Apt. 6, Liberty, appeared for a sentencing hearing before Common Pleas Judge Ronald Rice, who said he wanted to send her to prison — but followed the recommendation of the ...

Mill Creek names new police chief

YOUNGSTOWN — The former chief of the Mill Creek MetroParks Police Department has been named Kent State University at Trumbull’s Public Safety and Police Academy program manager. James Willock brings a notable background and experience in law enforcement. Willock became chief of Mill Creek MetroParks Police Department in 2009. He also was police chief in Goshen Township. Meanwhile, Randall Campana, a ...

Area abuse cases on rise

A Warren woman is accused of leaving her children alone at home for a day to pursue a rap-singing career. That same week, police said another woman skipped out for a day leaving her 12-year-old girl in charge of the household. Later in September, another woman was brought in on a secret indictment because prosecutors said she watched her boyfriend strike her week-old son more than 50 times. These stories ...