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Police: Tangled tails not case of animal cruelty

LIBERTY Township police are not treating the discovery of five baby squirrels found Sunday with their tails tied together as a case of animal cruelty.

Rather, police said they believe the animals’ tails got entangled while nesting.

A Shannon Road man reported finding the squirrels under his car with their tails entangled Sunday morning.

Police responded to the area and untangled the tails.

Ryan weds Struthers woman over weekend

WARREN – U.S. Rep. Timothy J. Ryan, a Democrat from Niles, got married over the weekend to Andrea Zetts of Struthers in a private ceremony in New York City, his office said Monday.

After the couple tied the knot, there was a carriage ride in Central Park followed by a quiet dinner. Zetts is a teacher at Seaborn Elementary School in the Weathersfield School District.

This is the second marriage for Ryan, who was elected last year to a sixth term in Congress.

Insanity plea entered in phone calling case

WARREN A 66-year-old Newton Falls man remained in Trumbull County Jail after a judge earlier Monday set a bond of $25,000 for the man, who often has been arrested for calling authorities without having an emergency to report.

Rudy Domyanich Jr., of Randall Drive, had been held in jail when his bond was revoked shortly after he was indicted in March with five counts of telecommunications harassment.

The latest indictments accuse Domyanich of calling mostly the Ohio State Highway Patrol with an emergency to report on Jan. 8, 16, 24 and Feb. 12 and 7 this year. He has seven previous convictions for the same charge dating back to 2000, including three convictions last year.

An attorney for the man entered a plea Monday of not guilty by reason of insanity.

Officials believe truck fire was intentional

WARREN City fire officials are investigating a Saturday morning blaze that destroyed a pickup truck.

The vehicle had been reported stolen about an hour earlier.

At 3:44 a.m., Mark Morrison, 54, 157 Hall St. N.W., Warren, told police his 2008 GMC pickup truck had been stolen, according to a police report. Morrison told police the vehicle was locked and had been parked in his driveway.

About 5 a.m., the vehicle was discovered engulfed in flames in the 200 block of Martin L. King Boulevard N.W., near some railroad tracks.

Warren Fire Department was called in to investigate. City fire officials said they believe the fire was intentional.

Woman claims man spit in her face

WARREN A fast-food worker told police a man spit in her face when she opened the drive-through window at the Parkman Road establishment early Saturday.

Brittany Miller, 19, of Lynnwood Drive N.W., said two men came to the McDonald’s where she was working at 2:50 a.m., according to a police report. Miller told police she did not know the men. However, one of them got out of the vehicle and started banging on the drive-through window, the report states. Miller told police when she opened the window the man spit in her face.

There was no damage to the window, the report stated. No injuries were reported.

Mahoning plans emergency exercises

YOUNGSTOWN The Mahoning County Emergency Management and the Mahoning County Local Emergency Planning Committee will conduct a functional exercise from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday at the EMA facility on Industrial Road.

Director Clark Jones said the exercise is coinciding with the Northeast Central Ohio Region 5 Hospital exercise and is a simulated traffic accident involving hazardous materials in Canfield.

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Police investigating Facebook prank

BAZETTA – Township police confirmed they are investigating reports that someone set up a Facebook account identifying themselves as a Lakeview Schools teacher.

Police said they have a suspect, but no arrests had been made as of Monday. They said it appears it could be a matter of one person harassing another. Police said the account may have been used to post false information and to contact students. Police said they could not elaborate because the matter involves an open investigation.

Telephone messages from a Tribune Chronicle reporter left for the school superintendent on Monday were not returned.

Police seize suspected synthetic marijuana

BAZETTA – Authorities said 100 bags of suspected synthetic marijuana were seized Monday at the Bazetta Mall.

Acting on tips from area residents, the Ohio Investigative Unit along with the Bazetta Police Department inspected the mall, 3649 Hoagland Blackstub Road, according to a release from the police department.

The suspected drugs were located and seized along with other documents.

Agents issued a violation notice to the premise, and charges will be filed by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, the release states.

Grand jury now seated in football rape case

COLUMBUS – A grand jury has been selected in eastern Ohio to investigate whether other laws were broken in the case of a 16-year-old girl raped by two high school football players last year.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has said nothing is off the table for the Jefferson County panel that was seated Monday in Steubenville.

Some of the outstanding questions in the case include whether anyone knew about the rape early on but didn’t report it and how dozens of teens attending a party that preceded the attack got a hold of beer and other alcohol.

DeWine spokesman Dan Tierney said Monday that the grand jury will begin hearing testimony April 30.

Warren man facing robbery charge

WARREN – Police charged a man with robbery Friday night after a Porter Street woman reported he beat her up and stole her medicine.

Jeffrey Osborne, 30, was arraigned on the felony Monday afternoon. He was ordered to remain at the Trumbull County Jail without bond because of probation violations.

He is scheduled to appear at a preliminary hearing at 10:15 a.m. Thursday.

Faidra Wildman, 37, said that just before 9:30 p.m., Osborne beat her up at her residence, stole her house keys, a box of insulin pens and six bottles of prescription medication, according to police reports. Police said Osborne left the residence before they arrived; however he was located a few blocks away.

Wildman, who said she knew Osborne before the incident, suffered a minor injury, according to police reports.

Osborne has addresses at 663 Porter St. N.E., Warren, and 24950 Rockside Road, Bedford Heights, according to police.

MLK’s letter to be read on 50th anniversary

YOUNGSTOWN – A reading of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” will be held at 1:30 p.m. today at the Mahoning County Courthouse rotunda.

The event is the 50th anniversary of when the Civil Rights leader began to write his famous letter.

Event organizers said the worldwide celebration was organized by the Birmingham (Ala.) Public Library encouraging people worldwide to participate in the reading of this letter.

Local children will read the letter as will children in schools and libraries across the Mahoning Valley.