Austintown to vote on employees' discipline
AUSTINTOWN - The Austintown Board of Education will vote today on a recommendation to suspend two employees without pay.
The agenda for tonight's regular meeting shows a recommendation to suspend Cindy Todd, AELC cafeteria manager, for three days, and Beth Heinz, Fitch cafeteria manager, for one day. The recommended discipline is "consistent with the OAPSE collective bargaining agreement and in accordance with the severity of their misconduct," according to the agenda.
According to Austintown Superintendent Vince Colaluca, the two suspensions are not connected. One of the suspensions involves poor treatment of other school employees, while the second deals with improper labeling of food products in the cafeteria.
The BOE will vote during today's meeting at 6 p.m. at Austintown Middle School.
Lupo trial set to open April 8 in federal court
YOUNGSTOWN - The man accused of dumping oil field waste and brine into a storm sewer a year ago is scheduled to stand trial in April.
The trial date for Benedict Lupo of Poland is scheduled for April 8 in Cleveland Federal Court. His final pre-trial hearing is scheduled for March 24 before U.S. District Court Judge Donald Nugent.
Lupo, who owns D&L Energy and other natural gas and oil companies based in Youngstown, faces a single count of violating the federal Clean Water Act. He is accused of ordering an employee to dump the waste down the drain, leading to millions of dollars and months of cleanup.
A co-defendant, Michael Guesman of Cortland, has pleaded guilty to the same charge and is awaiting sentencing.
Girard land purchase will expand cemetery
GIRARD - At Monday evening's Girard City Council meeting, council voted to approve the purchase of a house, located at 1193 N. State St. in Girard. The house sits on property adjacent to Girard Liberty Union Cemetery.
Council approved a payment not exceeding $37,000 for the house itself.
Girard Mayor James Melfi said that the house is sitting on property that the city had separately purchased in 2012, but that the house purchase, which is expected to be completed in short order, will clear the way for expansion of the cemetery.
"The house will be demolished, and the plan is to use the land for future cemetery property," Melfi said.
Couple arrested in child endangering
FOWLER - Two people were arrested Monday after police found unfit living conditions in their mobile home where children were also residing.
Police said the trailer, located at 7 North Quail Road, had no hot water, dirty diapers strewn across the floor and the couple were even using a toaster oven for heat.
Tiffany Woody, 21, and Kristopher Clay, 24, were taken into custody on child endangering charges.
The couple has lived together in the mobile home for about a year and have two children together, a 3-month-old son and a 2-year-old daughter. Police found the 2-year-old's diaper leaking with urine and feces, the police report states.
Upon a search of the home, police also found a digital scale with marijuana residue on it.