Martin's murder trial scheduled for January
WARREN - Attorneys in the the murder case of David Martin completed arguments on motions Friday, leading up to a trial scheduled for Jan. 22 before Common Pleas Judge Andrew Logan.
Martin, 28, is accused of killing Jeremy Cole, 21, who was shot to death while tied up in a home on Warren's southwest side.
Cole was shot in the head, and Melissa Putnam was shot in the hand. The bullet traveled through her hand into her neck, and she spent several days in the hospital.
U.S. Marshals arrested Martin on Oct. 16 in Tallmadge shortly after the murder.
Another pre-trial is scheduled for Sept. 13.
Warren man charged in stabbing case
WARREN - Police charged a Hall Avenue man accused of stabbing another man Thursday afternoon with felonious assault.
Chris Kardizes, 50, 429 Hall Ave. N.W., remained at the Trumbull County Jail on Friday in lieu of $5,000 bond. He is accused of stabbing Curtis Shavers, 39, 1333 Tod Ave. S.W., about 1:40 p.m. in the area of 447 Hall Ave. N.W., according to a Warren police report.
The report indicates Shavers suffered possible internal injury and was taken to St. Joseph Health Center. An update on his condition was not available on Friday.
Brown co-sponsoring cell phone theft bill
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown will announce a plan Monday in Youngstown to deter theft by preventing the illegal reselling of stolen cell phones.
Brown, a Democrat, said in a news release Friday the legislation he is co-sponsoring would make it a crime to tamper with cell phone identity cards.
He said despite carriers agreeing to work with the Federal Communications Commission to create a database of cell phone identification numbers that would allow carriers to completely deactivate the phones, criminals are tampering with the identity cards to avoid detection.
Brown will be joined by a captain in the Youngstown Police Department and a former student of Youngstown State University who had her cell phone stolen. The event is 11 a.m. at the Youngstown Police Department.
Warren couple is robbed at gunpoint
WARREN - A city couple reported being robbed at gunpoint at their Lilac Place home Thursday evening.
Brad Bertuzzi, 28, Lilac Place N.W., told police three men forced their way into the home about 7 p.m., held him and his girlfriend, Tisha Ramsey, 27, at gunpoint and took their cell phones and rent money, according to a Warren police report.
Bertuzzi told police the men took off and that he was injured in the incident. The police report indicated he suffered apparent minor injury.
Crews clean up after produce truck tips
CANFIELD - Work crews spent several hours cleaning up a portion of state Route 11 after a produce truck overturned Friday morning.
No injuries were reported. Police said the driver was exiting Route 11 onto U.S. Route 224 when the truck overturned about 7:30 a.m.
Flag retirement ceremonies set
Flag Day is coming up on June 14, and a pair of communities are holding retirement ceremonies.
The Vienna Neighborhood Watch and the Vienna VFW are holding a flag retirement ceremony at 7 p.m. Monday behind the Vienna Fire Station. Mary Swift of the watch group said the public can bring flags to the station any time before Monday and participate in the ceremony.
VFW Post 7200 in West Farmington will have a flag burning ceremony from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 14 at the VFW Post 7200, 6006 state Route 534.
For more information, call Bob Fedor at 330-898-5521.