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City woman receives two years probation for possessing drugs

YOUNGSTOWN — City resident Christina Sarno, 31, was sentenced to two years probation Wednesday after pleading guilty to having cocaine and heroin in a car with her while her children played at a Mill Creek Park playground.

She also pleaded guilty before Judge Maureen Sweeney of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court to child endangering.

Sarno and Jasmine Riddle, 39, also of Youngstown, were charged after police saw the women leaning over the console of their car attempting to smoke a pipe Aug. 8 near the Scholl Recreation Area off Bears Den Road, park police said.

The women tried to hide the pipe as officers approached the car. Police also found suspected cocaine in the area of Sarno’s bra.

Four children came over to the car from the playground and said Riddle and Sarno were their parents.

Riddle admitted to police that they let their kids go to the playground while they stayed in the car to do drugs.

Sarno’s attorney, Brian Tareshawty, told the judge Sarno received a month of inpatient treatment at a local treatment facility through mid-October and continues getting treatment there as an outpatient.

Riddle was indicted on similar charges as Sarno, and her case is still pending.

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