Man waits in jail after charge of rape
AUSTINTOWN - A 41-year-old Niles man was scheduled to appear later today in Mahoning County Area Court on charges of rape and domestic violence after police here said the mother of his son accused him of attacking her Monday.
Sean Watkins remains in Mahoning County Jail in the meantime.
Police said they were called to a Youngstown hospital where the woman was being treated after the incident in her Idlewood Road home.
The woman said Watkins punched her and shoved her head into the couch where she was sleeping when he let himself into her home. Police said a sexual assault evidence kit was taken at the hospital.
W. Farmington places renewal levy on ballot
WEST FARMINGTON - Village Council on Monday gave final reading to place a 6.6-mill general operating renewal levy on the Nov. 5 general election ballot.
Mayor Allen Patchin said the levy generates $26,424 annually for day-to-day operations and general needs of the village such as heating, lighting and electric expenses.
Reward offered in converter thefts
SALEM - Chrysler Jeep Dodge dealership owner John Kufleitner said he is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of persons responsible for stealing catalytic converters from 40 trucks at his Salem and Columbiana locations.
The thefts were reported Monday morning to police agencies in the two cities.
He said anyone with information about the thefts at either dealership needs to contact the proper police agency and give identification. The reward will cover information leading to the arrest and conviction of the thief and the return of the stolen property.
The catalytic converters were removed from new diesel Dodge Ram trucks. Columbiana police Chief Tim Gladis said there were 12 catalytic converters stolen from the Columbiana dealership the same time converters were stolen from the Salem dealership.
Salem Police can be contacted at 330-337-7811, while Columbiana Police can be reached at 330-482-9292. Anonymous tips also can also be sent directly to Gladis via www.columbianapd.org
Champion puts 2-mill police levy on ballot
CHAMPION - Township trustees on Tuesday took the final step toward placing a 2-mill continuous police operating levy on the November general election ballot.
Trustee Chairman Jeff Hovanic said if the levy is passed, trustees will remove two 1-mill continuing police levies from 1979 and 1982 that bring in $179,000.
The new levy would generate $338,000 annually for police personnel, equipment, building and other needs.
Also, trustees received a $2,450 donation form Shafer Industries Inc. to be used by Police Chief Chris Redick to purchase a used cruiser from the Ohio State Highway Patrol auction.