Baby's death not considered suspicious
WARREN - Investigators said that at this point they do not consider the recent death of a 5-month-old boy to be suspicious.
Trumbull County Coroner Humphrey Germaniuk said on Monday that there is no evidence to suggest foul play. He said that a preliminary investigation revealed that Carter Clark likely died of natural causes. The baby had been ill for a couple of days before he died, Germaniuk said.
An autopsy was performed Saturday. Germaniuk said his office is waiting for test results and toxicology reports, a process that could take about six to eight weeks.
Warren police were called to Clark's Adelaide Avenue home on Thursday. The infant was inside the residence and he was not breathing.
He was rushed to Trumbull Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Opening statements today in murder trial
WARREN - A jury was seated Monday and is expected to hear opening statements this morning in the murder trial of Richard Clark.
Clark, 39, faces charges of aggravated murder, aggravated robbery and possession of heroin in the March 25 death of Dwayne Hickman, 48, of Williamsburg Street, who was found stabbed repeatedly in his home.
The panel Monday afternoon was bused to the murder scene on Williamsburg and a home on Maryland Street where Clark was found later in a drug-induced coma.
Common Pleas Judge Ronald Rice is hearing the case.
Warren man charged with felonious assault
WARREN A city man accused of intentionally trying to hit a woman with his car at her Larchmont Avenue residence last week was released from the Trumbull County Jail on Monday after posting $5,000 bond.
Brian Zupp, 43, 1474 Hollywood St. N.E., is facing two counts of felonious assault. He pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in Warren Municipal Court on Monday. He is due back in municipal court at 2 p.m. Sept. 30 for a preliminary hearing.
Kimberly Jackson-Batcho, 32, told police Zupp came to her residence around 5:30 p.m. Friday and caused a scene, according to a Warren police report. Reports state Zupp threw items through a window at Jackson-Batcho and attempted to hit her with his vehicle. Police said they located Zupp at 1227 Laird Ave., where they arrested him and transported him to the county jail.
Police reports name a second victim, a 15-year-old, but do not indicate she was hurt.
Black Caucus dinner Friday in Youngstown
YOUNGSTOWN - The Youngstown Warren Black Caucus' fifth annual tribute dinner has moved to the McGuffey Center, 1649 Jacobs Road, Youngstown.
The keynote speaker will be Youngstown native, Dr. Ron Daniels. State Sen. Nina Turner will be mistress of ceremonies.
This year's honorees are William ''Ron'' Miller and his wife, Lynette, who have been active in the black community for 40 years and are mentors to children through the Harambee Youth Group.
Dinner begins at 6 p.m. Friday. Tickets must be purchased in advance and can be obtained by calling 330-519-6052 or 330-727-5758.
Man reports threats by his neighbor
WARREN - A Woodbine Avenue man told police his neighbor threatened him and spat at him after a dispute over children.
Bradley Newton, 56, 761 Woodbine Ave. S.E., told police the children next door were throwing rocks in the street and his wife asked them to stop, according to a Warren police report. Newton said the children ran into the house and a person came out of the residence screaming at him "for talking to the kids," the report states.
The report states the person told Newton he would put him in ICU and that he spat at Newton. Newton told police the children have hit his car with a basketball and football, causing the alarm to sound.
Sept. 11 event set for Austintown
AUSTINTOWN - The Mahoning Valley 9-11 Committee will mark the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on Wednesday.
The event will be held at 6 p.m. at the 9-11 Memorial, 1055 S. Raccoon Road. A fire engine that was used during 9/11 will be displayed. There will also be a Stat Med-Evac flyover.
Guest speakers will include New York firefighters who served at the World Trade Center.
In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held inside the Austintown Middle School.