Mon. 6:14pm: Niles funeral director appealing revocations

WARREN – A judge has ordered written arguments from attorneys by the end of the week before he decides whether to issue a stay in the permanent revocation of state licenses held by Niles funeral director Robert P. McDermott.

McDermott, who was sanctioned by the Ohio Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors, seeks to continue operating out of his Warren Avenue business while he fights the action taken by the state governing board.

The board informed McDermott of the action centering on mishandling of money from pre-need, or pre-paid, funeral service contracts last month. He quickly filed an administrative appeal in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court.

The case was assigned to Judge Peter Kontos, who heard evidence in the case Friday in a brief hearing on the stay.

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