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.