Pavlik pleads not guilty to theft in cab case
CANFIELD - Former middleweight boxing champion Kelly "The Ghost" Pavlik pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a first-degree misdemeanor charge of petty theft.
Pavlik is being accused of refusing to pay a $25 cab fare early on the morning of Sept. 18.
The cab driver, Santino A. Bleggi, told a deputy from the Mahoning County Sheriff's Office that he was "ripped off" by a drunken Pavlik, according to an incident report.
Bleggi told deputies that Pavlik requested to be taken to his Canfield residence at 3692 Sugarbush Drive. However, when they arrived at the home just before 3 a.m. and Bleggi told Pavlik the cab fare was $25, Pavlik refused to pay it, reports state.
In addition to the not guilty plea, Pavlik's lawyer filed a waiver for his client's right to a speedy trial. A pre-trial hearing is set for 9 p.m. Nov. 8 in Mahoning County Canfield Area Court.
Four dead cats possibly were shot
WARREN - Four cats, at least three of them kittens, were found dead in a northwest side yard after possibly being shot.
The animals were found Monday afternoon in a front yard on Northfield Avenue N.W. home.
According to reports, residents in the area may have been feeding the kittens that appeared to be strays.
Animal Control Officer John Onatz is investigating.
Two people arrested on robbery charges
WARREN - Two 20-year-old local men were arrested Monday night after police said they robbed a man they know while he was walking along Parkman Road N.W.
The victim, Daric Simpson, 19, of Lexington Avenue N.W., said the two men came up to him and started a conversation while all three walked in the 1400 block of Parkman, where Simpson said he felt the barrel of a gun in the small of his back.
One of the men grabbed his arm and directed him to a poorly-lit area of a parking lot where they went through his pockets, removing about $40 and his cell phone.
After they ran off, Simpson called 911 from the nearby Fast Way Gas Station.
Police caught and were holding Marcus Williams, of Williamsburg N.W., and Jumal Rowe of Red Fox Run Drive N.W., who were identified by Simpson.
Warren man gets probation in gun case
CLEVELAND - A Warren man was sentenced to five years' probation including one year on house arrest for illegally selling firearms without a license at a Warren flea market.
Walker, 60, and his brother Ricky, 54, both pleaded guilty in June in federal court to charges of conspiring to defraud the government by selling the unlicensed weapons and possessing the unregistered firearms.
Sentencing for Ricky Walker was continued until Nov. 5.
Nine of the rifles, handguns and shotguns were sold on Nov. 7, 2011, and 22 were sold on Oct. 20 of that year.
Niles police looking for stolen vehicle
NILES - A woman was visiting a friend in the area of West Park Avenue Tuesday evening when her vehicle was stolen, police said.
Niles police said the blue Honda Odyssey was left running in a driveway about 8:30 p.m. when it was taken.
Police searched the area but were unable to locate the vehicle.
They also attempted to contact AT&T to track a phone that was left in the Honda, according to police, but the phone service said since it was not a matter of life and death, they could not provide any information.
As of 10 p.m., Niles police were still looking for the vehicle.