Mom pleads not guilty at arraignment in death
YOUNGSTOWN - The mother of a 14-year-old boy who police say was murdered by her boyfriend entered not guilty pleas at her arraignment Tuesday on the charges of three counts of manslaughter, three counts of endangering children and one count of obstructing justice.
Bail was set in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court at $200,000 for 32-year-old Shain Widdersheim of Creed Street in Struthers. Her boyfriend, 43-year-old Zaryl Bush, also of Creed Street, is charged with murder and other charges in the death of her son, Teddy Foltz, on Jan. 27 after six days in the hospital with severe head trauma.
Police say Widdersheim hindered their investigation of Foltz's death. Bush is in the Mahoning County Jail on $1 million bond and has a bond hearing set for Thursday.
Two hurt by shrapnel at Boardman store
BOARDMAN - Two teenagers were struck with shrapnel from a bullet Saturday at a Boardman sporting good's store after a federal Bureau of Prisons employee dropped a box of ammunition that set off an explosion and sent bullet fragments into the air, WYTV 33 News reported.
Donovan D. Edwards, 42, of Austintown and an employee at the minimum-security Northeast Ohio Correctional Center in Youngstown that houses federal inmates, was passing a box of .45-caliber ammunition to his daughter at Dick's Sporting Goods when he dropped the box, officials said.
A bullet was discharged and shrapnel struck his daughter, Briana C. Edwards, 18, a senior at Austintown High School, in the leg and an employee, Courtney P. Miller, 19, in the right eye.
Neither injury was serious, reports state. The shrapnel caused a red mark on Briana Edward's leg and Miller told police she felt a piece of shrapnel strike her eye but there was no visible mark, reports state. Both refused medical attention, reports state.
All parties, including the store manager, employees and Edwards, agreed there was no malicious intent and told police there was security footage of the accident if police wanted to view it, according to 33 News.
Cortland man accused of touching students
MIDDLEFIELD - A former Cardinal School District math teacher has been charged after accusations that he inappropriately touched several female students.
Samuel Paskey, 44, of Cortland, faces three misdemeanor counts of sexual imposition. He is to be arraigned today.
School officials said he was placed on administrative leave Feb. 26 after the allegations surfaced, according to WYTV 33 News. He resigned effective March 13 after working out a separation agreement with the school board, 33 News reported.
The incidents allegedly occurred at various school events and functions on school grounds in the Middlefield area, officials said.
Paskey ran for mayor of Cortland in 2011, losing to current Mayor Curt Moll, who was re-elected.
Fire crews battle Champion house fire
CHAMPION - Fire crews from several communities battled a house fire at a North Park Avenue Extension home Tuesday afternoon that caused fire damage to the basement and smoke and heat damage throughout.
Champion fire Capt. Chuck Joseph said crews were called out at 4:45 p.m. to a basement fire at 6921 North Park Ave. Ext. Three adults living in the home were outside the house before fire crews from Champion, Bazetta, Bristol, Farmington and Cortland arrived.
One adult was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation and another was transported to St. Joseph Health Center for treatment of smoke inhalation, he said.
Heavy smoke was noticed coming from the garage of the one-story wood frame home. Joseph said cause of the fire is under investigation, and the State Fire Marshal's Office is inspecting today.