Newton trustees asking for cemetery levy
NEWTON - Trustees are hoping to pass a levy to support their cemeteries that would cost a little less than $18 annually for owners of homes valued at $100,000 in the township and in Newton Falls.
The 5-year, 0.5-mill levy would bring in about $65,000 a year and would be the only levy supporting the cost of maintaining the township's seven cemeteries, according to trustees.
The cemeteries cost about $46,000 to maintain per year and are currently funded through fees for various cemetery services and the sale of plots, trustees said. The cemetery fund had a deficit of close to $69,000 at the end of March.
Trustees said the levy, if passed, should rectify the deficit and maintain the cemeteries.
Police: Sex toys, snake taken in burglary
YOUNGSTOWN - A large-screen television, sex toys and a snake were reported stolen from a Reel Street apartment late Tuesday, police said.
Officers were called about 10:45 p.m. on a report of a fight. A man and a woman outside the building told them they had been robbed. The couple said they rent an upstairs apartment and left at 10 p.m. only to be told moments later in a phone call that their apartment was broken into, but not the downstairs apartment.
They returned home and found their 51-inch television, his 3-year-old snake and the toys gone. A report noted that the man worked for an adult gift shop and had recently returned from a sex seminar.
Reports state there was damage to an outside door frame but no damage to the inside.
An officer was called back at 1:15 a.m. on a report that the downstairs tenants returned the snake, police said.
Driver with wrench arrested after chase
YOUNGSTOWN - Police say a Hubbard man was charged with driving under suspension and aggravated menacing Tuesday morning after he followed a man downtown from the East Side and threatened him with a wrench.
A man reported about 7:40 a.m. that a person in a white truck started following him on Youngstown Hubbard Road and tried to run him off the road, at one point running his truck into a ditch on Jacobs Road, a police report states.
Officers caught up with the victim at Wood Street and Belmont Avenue downtown. The man in the truck, later identified as Walter Spinic, 62, ran toward the victim with a wrench and threatened to hurt him, reports state. Officers took the wrench and arrested Spinic.
The victim said he did not know why he was being followed.
Former library treasurer pleads guilty to thefts
WARREN - A former clerk / treasurer of the Kinsman Free Public Library pleaded guilty Wednesday to six counts related to theft in office and agreed to undergo a presentence investigation.
Sharon R. Vankanegan, 47, 8560 State St., Kinsman, was found guilty by Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge W. Wyatt McKay of one count of theft in office, one count of misuse of credit cards and four counts of forgery.
She agreed to repay $6,990 - the amount an audit shows was stolen from the library between August 2010 and January 2013. Assistant county prosecutor Chris Becker said Vankanegan used a library credit card at Sam's Club to buy beer and other items.
Vankanegan was accused of forging library checks in late 2011 and early 2012. She has repaid the more than $5,000 from the forged checks, court records state.
Boil advisory lifted
BROOKFIELD - The boil advisory that was issued Tuesday due to a water main break in the township has been lifted for the following areas: Warren-Sharon Road between Golf Drive and Yankee Run Road, Yankee Run Road, Brookfield and Lincoln avenues.