Man gets probation
in computer sex case
WARREN - An interpreter certified by the Ohio Supreme Court was used Thursday in court when a man who couldn't hear was sentenced to five years of probation for using his computer to have sexual conversations with a 12-year-old girl.
Stephen D'Andrea, 23, of Warren, also pleaded guilty to another charge after authorities found he had naked photos of a relative on his cell phone in the fall of 2011.
Both charges were fourth- and fifth-degree felonies.
Judge Ronald Rice also declared D'Andrea a Tier II sex offender, requiring him to register his whereabouts with authorities twice a year for 25 years.
Rice also told D'Andrea he was required to write a letter of apology to the victim in the case, perform 200 hours of community service and was not to have access to the Internet while on probation.
warns of scams
WARREN - Trumbull County Recorder Diana Marchese is warning residents of a company from Northbrook, Ill., charging nearly $60 for uncertified copies of property deeds.
Marchese said certified copies can be obtained through her office for $5 and copies can be printed from her website for free.
People who are unable to come into her office, 160 High St. N.W., can send a request, $5 check and self-addressed, stamped envelope. Marchese said the request would be processed the day it's received.
A certified copy is stamped and can be used as an original document.
County hires two
WARREN - Trumbull County commissioners Thursday hired two men to work in the county's maintenance department.
Matthew A. DiCristofaro and Nick L. Massacci are set to begin Monday.
Both men will earn $9.76 an hour for the first six months of their employment then receive an increase to $10.36 an hour.
Woman beaten over baby-sitting money
YOUNGSTOWN - A city woman told police she was assaulted by a group of at least eight people, some of whom she knew, Wednesday night at her Lauderdale Avenue residence.
Christina Gradillas, 33, told police at least six females and two males came to her door just before 8:30 p.m. and forced their way into her home, locked her in a bedroom and beat her. She said at one point someone hit her in the head with a handgun, according to a Youngstown police report.
The report states Gradillas' purse, wallet, identification and $169 were taken.
Gradillas told police she owed one of the women $100 for baby-sitting, but had told the woman the day before the alleged assault that she did not have the money to pay her yet.
Police said Gradillas suffered visible bumps and bruises and that her lip was busted open, but she refused medical treatment.
Bristol BOE to interview candidates
BRISTOL - The Bristol Board of Education scheduled a special meeting for 5:30 p.m. Monday at the board office to interview candidates for the elementary principal position.
Current principal Christopher Dray will begin serving as the district's superintendent this summer. He is replacing Marty Santillo, who is retiring.
Earlier this month, the board hired Tracey Ryser as the new high-school principal to replace Gene Jones, who retired.
Action may be taken at the meeting.