Girls plead guilty, get
probation in harassment
STEUBENVILLE - Two 16-year-old girls who used social media to send messages to a 16-year-old Weirton rape victim entered guilty pleas Friday to a telecommunication harassment misdemeanor charge and were placed on probation for six months.
The two Steubenville High School students also were sentenced by Jefferson County Juvenile Court Judge Samuel Kerr to 30 days in juvenile detention, but the judge suspended the sentence in favor of the probation and 40 hours of community service.
The two were initially charged with felony intimidation of a witness and aggravated menacing and telecommunication harassment, both misdemeanors.
Second spa employee
pleads to prostitution
NEWTON FALLS - The on-site manager of the former Rose Spa in Braceville was fined $1,500 and given a 60-day suspended jail sentence on each of three counts of misdemeanor prostitution that she pleaded no contest to Thursday.
Sun Cha Chae, 68, 950 Sandpiper Trail S.E., Warren, was originally charged with seven felony counts of promoting prostitution after Braceville police raided the spa April 4 after several patrons told police they paid for sex at the site.
Police found more than 200 condoms and nearly $8,000 inside the spa.
An employee at the former Rose Spa in Braceville pleaded no contest April 23 to reduced charges and was ordered to pay a fine.
Kyong Hwa Nguyen, 56, also of 950 Sandpiper Trail S.E., Warren, was charged with two third-degree misdemeanor counts of prostitution. In a plea deal, she was offered the chance to plead no contest to fourth-degree misdemeanor charges of criminal trespass. She was fined $250 on each count and ordered to pay additional court costs.
Ride of Silence set for
May 15 near Harding
WARREN - A Ride of Silence will take place at 7 p.m. May 15, starting at Elm Road and Atlantic Street N.E., near Warren G. Harding High School.
The Ride of Silence is an annual event that started in May 2003 in Dallas after a bicyclist there was killed by a bus driver. It has grown every year and now occurs on the third Wednesday in May.
This will be the first time the event is taking place in Warren.
The ride is seven miles, and its pace is no faster than 10 miles per hour.
Ride in Silence Warren is honoring the memories of Garrett Wonders, Greg Snyder, Emil Manus and Larry Furniss, as well as more than 700 cyclists killed nationwide each year while riding.
"With this ride, we hope to educate motorists and cyclists the rules of the road that cyclists have the legal right to the road and to watch out for us," Jay Wonders said.
Wonders' son, Garrett, 25, was killed nine years ago while training in South Carolina.
Wonders said there are Rides of Silence that take place in Columbus and Cleveland.
"I wanted to bring it closer to Warren," he said.
Girard detective gets
task force award
GIRARD - A city police detective was nominated Thursday for a special award honoring officers who work for the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force.
Greg Manente, who has worked with Girard police since 1989, was among six officers singled out for the award that was given to Ray Burant, with Cleveland police.
The Task Force held an awards ceremony Thursday at Ashland County Sheriff's Office, honoring officers for their work in 2012.
of unwanted pills
COLUMBUS - Attorney General Mike DeWine and the Drug Enforcement Administration said Ohio residents disposed of more than 32,300 pounds of unwanted prescription medications during Saturday's drug take-back day, according to a release from DeWine's office.
According to Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, the DEA's National Prescription Drug Take-Back Initiative provides a safe, convenient, and responsible means of prescription drug disposal.
"Improper use of prescription medications can be deadly, and it's clear that Ohioans want to do everything they can to prevent abuse," DeWine said in the release.