Surrender program coming to Mahoning
Fugitive Safe Surrender, a program that allows fugitives with non-violent arrest warrants a chance to safely and peacefully turn themselves in to law enforcement, is coming to Mahoning County, Ohio Attorney Mike DeWine announced Tuesday.
The program will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 20 to 22 at First Presbyterian Church, 201 Wick Ave., Youngstown. A secular site also will be available.
Safe Surrender programs in Trumbull and Columbiana counties in July resulted in 135 people turning themselves in, according to an attorney general's office news release.
It's estimated there are about 15,000 outstanding warrants in Mahoning County.
The program started as a federal program in 2005, led by U.S. Marshals after a marshal in Cleveland was killed serving a warrant.
Memorial tribute set for Neil Armstrong
WARREN - A memorial tribute to astronaut Neil Armstrong, an Ohio native who died Saturday at age 82, will be held at noon today at the Neil Armstrong lunar module site on Parkman Road.
Olivia Simpson, granddaughter of former Warren resident Pete Perich, who was instrumental in getting the site established, said the event will include a military tribute by the American Legion and guest speakers Mayor Doug Franklin, Pastor James Holbrook of Warren Revival Center, Warren Councilman Eddie Colbert and Linda Perich Carpenter, Perich's daughter.
The site was dedicated in 2003.
Dems praise judge's provisional order
COLUMBUS - Two Democratic lawmakers are urging Ohio's elections chief not to appeal a federal judge's order requiring the state to change its rules for counting provisional ballots.
At issue are requirements for when a poll worker is permitted to reject a provisional ballot, typically a ballot cast in the wrong precinct.
Federal judge Algenon Marbley on Monday ordered Secretary of State Jon Husted to issue new rules making it harder for provisional ballots to be rejected. The ruling puts an even greater burden on poll workers to ensure provisional ballots can be cast.
A Husted spokesman has said an appeal was likely.
State Reps. Kathleen Clyde and Alicia Reece called on Husted Tuesday to accept what they say is a fair ruling and not fight the decision.
Ohio man pleads not guilty in threat
PITTSBURGH - An Ohio man charged with conspiracy for allegedly claiming to be part of the computer hacking group "Anonymous" and posting a YouTube threat to release confidential computer information belonging to the University of Pittsburgh pleaded not guilty on Tuesday.
Alexander Waterland, 24, of Loveland, and his attorney declined comment after his 15-minute arraignment before U.S. Magistrate Judge Maureen Kelly.
A federal grand jury earlier this month indicted Waterland and Brett Hudson, 26, of Hillsboro, on charges they posted the threats in April and May. Online court records don't list an attorney for Hudson, who is scheduled to be arraigned in Pittsburgh on Sept. 6. Hudson has previously told The Associated Press he won't comment on the charges.
Arrest in Ohio arson at gay-friendly church
SOUTH BLOOMINGVILLE - Authorities have announced the arrest in an arson that damaged a southeastern Ohio church whose minister said he believed the church was targeted because of the congregation's support of gays and lesbians.
The State Fire Marshal's Office said Tuesday that Donald Williams made statements incriminating himself in the Aug. 17 fire at South Bloomingville Christian Church.
Church pastor the Rev. Scott Davis has said he thinks the church was targeted for its support of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender worshippers.
Staff, wire reports