Ferrara to appear for arraignment
YOUNGSTOWN - The suspect in a 1974 triple homicide in Canfield is expected to appear in Mahoning County Court within the next week.
According to the Mahoning County Prosecutor's Office, James P. Ferrara, 64, formerly of Youngstown, will be arraigned on three counts of aggravated murder, one count of aggravated burglary and a count of aggravated robbery.
Ferrara was indicted last week by a Mahoning County grand jury in connection with the Dec. 14, 1974, killings of Ben and Marilyn Marsh, and their 4-year-old daughter, Heather. Their 1-year-old son Chris survived.
Detectives with the Mahoning County Sheriff's Office re-opened the cold case in 2009 after entering the decades-old prints into the AFIS database and getting a match with Ferrara, who is serving a 20-year sentence in Marion Correctional Institution for an unrelated double murder in Franklin County.
If found guilty, Ferrara will not be eligible for the death penalty but would be subject to a potential life imprisonment on each aggravated murder count.
Alleged donation jar thieves surrender
WARREN Two Mineral Ridge residents accused of stealing $50 in change earmarked for charity turned themselves in to authorities on Monday.
Kimberly Chupa, 42, of County Line Road, and Duane Moore, 45, of Main Street, were booked in the Trumbull County Jail on misdemeanor petty theft charges. They are to be arraigned in Niles Municipal Court.
A store manager at Ser Market, 3843 state Route 46, told police that the two often shop at the store but she couldn't remember their names. The manager gave police a copy of surveillance video that shows the woman grab change from the jar and leave the store. Shortly after, the man takes the jar and leaves as well. Another employee found the jar empty outside the store.
The donations were to go to a charity to fight leukemia, reports state.
OVI checkpoint nets two arrests
CANFIELD - The Mahoning County OVI Task Force has released results from the OVI checkpoint it held late last week in Jackson Township just east of Lipkey Road.
A total of 497 vehicles passed through the checkpoint, where 13 vehicles were directed into the diversion area for further investigation.
There were two arrests for OVI, one summons for driving under suspension, one citation for a seat belt violation, one citation for improper backing and one summons for open container.
Officers also seized an unknown spice and charges are pending laboratory testing.
The Mahoning County OVI Task Force is funded by a federal grant, which is administered through the Ohio Department of Public Safety. Officials said the task force will continue to conduct coordinated saturation patrol blitzes, corridor enforcement blitzes and sobriety checkpoints.
Father, adult daughter killed in house fire
SEAMAN - A southern Ohio coroner says a father and daughter have been killed in a house fire.
Adams County Coroner Larry Best says the 57-year-old father was blind and had health problems, and that his 21-year-old daughter was autistic.
It's unclear what started the fire, reported Monday afternoon at a home in the village of Seaman, about 60 miles east of Cincinnati.
Best says the daughter was pronounced dead at the scene, while the father died in an emergency room.
The coroner says it appears they both died of smoke inhalation and seemed to be the only ones living in the home.
It's unclear what caused the fire.
Their identities were not immediately released.
Staff, wire reports