Wed. 8:10 pm: Warren man on trial for third time

WARREN – A Warren man accused of possession of crack cocaine took the stand in his own defense Wednesday as a Trumbull County jury will get the case sometime Thursday to weigh a felony charge of cocaine possession.

A third trial for Vincent A. Croff, 33, 185 Beechwood St. NE, began Tuesday in the courtroom of Common Pleas Judge Peter Kontos. Twice this summer, two other juries deadlocked while deciding this case, causing Kontos to declare mistrials. If found guilty, Croff could face up to a year in prison.

The case centers around a Feb. 11, 2015, early morning traffic stop on Scott Street NE, in which police said Croff fled from the vehicle. Two police officers testified that  a baggie of crack cocaine was found in the yard where Croff eventually surrendered to police.

Read more in Thursday’s Tribune Chronicle.