Records: Attorney owes $167,000 in back taxes
YOUNGSTOWN - Attorney David Engler, who filed several highly publicized lawsuits against Trumbull County government officials, owes the IRS $167,000, according to Mahoning County Recorder's office records.
The Recorders' Office has recorded several outstanding liens against Engler from the IRS, Tribune Chronicle news partner WYTV reports. Engler is disputing the amount.
Engler represents three women who claim they were sexually abused as minors by a former youth leader with Trumbull County Children Services. A federal judge threw the case out almost a year ago, but Engler refiled in a different court.
Engler represents septic installer Berry Meadows, his wife Deanna and their company, Digging Dirt LLC, in a lawsuit filed against many county officials. Many of the defendants, including all three county commissioners and the sheriff, were removed from the suit.
And Engler represented a plaintiff in a case that targeted Champion Trustee Jeff Hovanic while the trustee was running for re-election.
Police: DUI driver lands in ditch near school
BAZETTA - A Warren woman was arrested for driving under the influence after her SUV went into a ditch in a school zone about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Officers responded to Bazetta Road at Johnson Plank Road near Lakeview Elementary, where they discovered Elizabeth Fournaris, of 125 Livingston Circle, with her SUV in a ditch and its rear wheels off the ground.
Fournaris told police she may have gone too fast around the curve and they noticed her speech was slurred. After initially denying that she had been drinking, Fournaris admitted to police she had been drinking orange juice with vodka earlier in the day.
Officers conducted a field sobriety test, which Fournaris failed. She was then handcuffed, which she did not recognize until later. A Breathalyzer test given at the police station showed she had a blood alcohol level of 0.181.
She was released with a court date for driving under the influence and operating a vehicle without control. Her vehicle was towed from the scene.
Bond set for former coach accused of attack
BOARDMAN - Bond for a former school wrestling coach accused of beating a woman outside a bank was set at $3,500 during his arraignment on Tuesday.
Matthew Kuti, 25, of Youngstown is charged with domestic violence, resisting arrest, OVI and obstructing official business stemming from an incident Saturday night.
According to police, Kuti, who pleaded not guilty, physically assaulted the woman during an altercation that began in a vehicle they were in and then continued in front of First Place Bank on Market Street after the woman jumped out of the car and attempted to run away.
Kuti is accused of punching the woman with an open fist and hitting her head against the concrete outside the bank.
Police arrested Kuti at his Helena Avenue home in Youngstown.
Kuti was a coach with the Austintown Fitch wrestling team working under a supplemental contract. The contract expired last week when the season ended.
Tribune Chronicle news partner WYTV Channel 33 contributed to this report.