Niles spa owner pleads not guilty to bribery
NILES - The owner of Susi Kim's Spa pleaded not guilty Monday to two counts of bribery after she was arrested Friday for allegedly trying to pay off a fire inspector.
Chong Suk Williams, of Mercer, Pa., remains free on $5,000 bond pending a preliminary hearing scheduled for Sept. 6 by Judge Thomas Townley.
Andrew Bickerstaff of the Niles Fire Department said Williams tried to give him $230 on July 10 after his inspection showed electrical violations at the Youngstown Warren Road business.
Bickerstaff photographed the money and refused to accept it.
Two days later, Bickerstaff returned with a police officer and found the violations were fixed. But he said Williams twice tried to hand him him more money, referring to the cash as ''lunch money.''
Separate shootings at Warren gas stations
WARREN - Police were investigating two shootings from over the weekend - both of them at local gas stations.
Jerald L. Jones, 49, of Burton Street S.E., told police he had ridden a bicycle to Pit Stop on Youngstown Road S.E. and was shot in the leg Saturday about 6 a.m. He was taken to Trumbull Memorial Hospital for a non-life threatening injury.
Russell E. Surrena, 31, of Natchez, Miss., told police he was at the Sunoco station on West Market Street about 4:30 a.m. Saturday when he was beaten up by three unknown men. He said one of the men pulled out a gun and fired two shots at him.
He was struck by gunfire and also taken to Trumbull Memorial Hospital.
Health aide pleads not guilty to sex charges
WARREN - A 73-year-old aide at a Kinsman facility that cares for developmentally disabled clients pleaded not guilty Monday to four counts of gross sexual imposition.
Donald Church of Chestnut Street, Andover, was secretly indicted on those charges after an adult woman reported being repeatedly molested in May at Boyd's Kinsman House on state Route 5.
Assistant county prosecutor Gabe Wildman said staff members and a detective with the Trumbull County Sheriff's Office investigated the case.
Church's bond was set at $10,000 and a pre-trial was scheduled for July 29 before Judge Peter Kontos.
Man claims he was attacked by woman
WARREN - A 32-year-old local woman was free on $3,500 bond after pleading not guilty Monday to charges of felonious assault in connection with an attack Saturday on a Milton Street S.E. man inside his home.
Farrah Jones, of Willard Avenue S.E., is due back in Warren Municipal Court for a preliminary hearing Aug. 15.
She was arrested after police said Deion White, 2119 Milton, accused the woman of throwing a coffee cup or a bottle at him and then picking up a broken piece of the of the cup or bottle and cutting him on the left side of his face and the left side of his chest.
White refused medical treatment by ambulance technicians who were called to the scene.
Hospice of Valley opens Pennsylvania office
VILLA MARIA, Pa. - Hospice of the Valley has expanded its service area to western Pennsylvania with the opening of its office at Villa Maria, Pa.
The Pennsylvania office serves Mercer, Lawrence and Butler counties. All Hospice of the Valley services are available to qualified patients in their homes, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, hospitals or anywhere the patient calls home. Services include support for the patient and family from staff specially trained in end-of-life care. The faith-based, not-for-profit service is CMS / Medicare approved and all staff members are licensed by the state of Pennsylvania.
The new office will open Monday. For more information, contact clinical manager Gerianne Costantini at 724-964-1082. HOV also serves patients in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties in Ohio.