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Teacher on paid leave following arrest

WARREN — A Warren G. Harding High School teacher was placed on paid administrative leave Thursday by the district pending an investigation after she was arrested in Boardman on a charge of operating a vehicle while impaired.

Victoria Manzo, 59, of East Liberty Street, Girard, was arrested shortly before 11 p.m. April 17 outside Aqua Pazzo restaurant, 492 McClurg Road, after being accused of hitting a wooden fence that was in front of her vehicle, then backing her car across the parking lot and striking another vehicle, which was forced through a wire fence belonging to the Fields of Dreams baseball complex, according to a Boardman police report.

She pleaded not guilty during an April 21 court hearing in Boardman to charges of operating a vehicle impaired and failure to control. An arraignment is scheduled on Tuesday. A pretrial hearing is scheduled before Judge Joseph Houser on May 27 in Mahoning County Court No. 2.

Manzo was driving a black 2018 Nissan Rogue. According to a witness statement, the woman backed into the car sitting next to her and then backed into a second vehicle.

The woman’s keys were taken away. When officers arrived, Manzo, who was sitting in the passenger seat of the vehicle, refused to provide a statement.

The manager of Aqua Pazzo informed officers that there should be a video recording of the parking lot. A witness described Manzo as “feeling good” as they left the restaurant. The witness described begging Manzo to allow him to drive her home.

She refused, according to the report.

Manzo would not submit to field sobriety tests, according to the police report. She smelled of alcohol, had slurred and stuttered speech, and her eyes were watery and bloodshot, it states.

During the Warren schools investigation, Manzo will not be allowed on school property or to have contact with students or other school employees. Her only contacts with the district are to be Superintendent Steve Chiaro and the district’s Ohio Education Association president, Melani Hameed, according to a statement from Chiaro’s office.

Manzo is a technology teacher, according to the school district’s website.

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