Man picked up after getting high
WARREN - Police here said a 31-year-old local man was so anxious to ''get his smoke on'' that he left his 16-month-old daughter alone in an upstairs bedroom for two hours Tuesday afternoon.
Police working with the U.S. Marshals Task Force said they had been to Scotty Langham's home on Highland Avenue S.W. a couple times throughout the day. He was wanted on a warrant for failing to register as a sex offender.
At one point, officers said they found Langham's father at the home and he had called the toddler's mother to come home from work since the child was left alone.
The child's mother then called members of the task force after he returned home saying he had left to get high.
Langham pleaded not guilty to a charge of child endangering Wednesday and remains in Trumbull County Jail on a probation violation since he owes fines of $416 and $848 for prior convictions of failing to register his change of address as a Tier I sex offender who was convicted in Warren Municipal Court of misdemeanor sexual imposition. He served four months in jail on the charge in 2011.
Priest injured in two-car accident
POLAND - A priest from New Middletown, formerly of Austintown, had to be rescued from a vehicle after a crash Wednesday in Poland.
The accident happened about 9 a.m. on Struthers Road, between Route 224 and Dobbins Road, according to Tribune Chronicle news partner WYTV 33 News.
The Rev. Stephen Popovich was traveling north on Struthers Road when he lost control and hit an oncoming pickup truck, police said. The car then hit a tree before coming to a stop in a residential yard.
Popovich was taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center with serious injuries, police said. The driver of the pickup truck was not injured.
Police said icy road conditions were a factor in the crash.
Popovich has been a priest at St. Paul the Apostle in New Middletown since 2010. He also has served at Immaculate Heart of Mary in Austintown, St. Lucy Parish in Campbell and St. Paul Parish in Salem and was an associate principal at Cardinal Mooney High School from 1989 until 1991.
Volunteers, donations sought for dinner
WARREN - Anyone interested in volunteering or donating food for the annual ''Families Helping Families'' Christmas Day dinner is asked to meet 7 p.m. Wednesday at the McDonald's restaurant at the corner of East Market Street and North Road.
The meeting is being held to organize this year's dinner, 3 to 5 p.m. Dec. 25 at Aulizio's Banquet Center, 4395 Youngstown Road S.E. The free meal is being provided with the help of The Movement Church.
Questions should be directed to Dan Polivka at 330-233-2024.
Police investigate Salem fatal stabbing
SALEM - A Salem resident charged with assault after stabbing his brother during a 2006 fight is now charged with murder in the stabbing death of a Washingtonville man after an altercation early Wednesday.
Robert L. Harmony, 45, of 383 1/2 E. Fourth St., remains in the county jail after reportedly telling police that he stabbed someone.
Gerrod S. Lanzendorfer, 23, of 540 Union St., Washingtonville, was found lying in the middle of the street in the 400 block of South Broadway and declared dead at the scene.
He had multiple stab wounds, according to Salem Police Chief J.T. Panezott, who said the Summit County Medical Examiner's Office conducted an autopsy and advised investigators of the injuries. The Columbiana County Coroner's Office is also investigating.
Harmony is expected to be arraigned this morning in County Municipal Court.
At this point, police are still trying to determine exactly what happened. Detective Dave Talbert said there was an altercation between Harmony and Lanzendorfer, but he would not release additional details.