Supreme Court denies return of law license
WARREN - A 63-year-old former lawyer and chiropractor who served three years in prison for his role in a three-doctor scheme to illegally dispense painkillers out of a local clinic was denied the return of his law license.
The Ohio Supreme Court Monday followed the recommendation of the Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline to deny the request by Charles Theisler, who was convicted on 96 out of the 106 counts on which he was indicted. Counts included drug trafficking, engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, illegal processing of prescriptions and practicing medicine without a certificate.
Theisler completed his prison sentence in 2008 and has been off parole since 2011.
Girard sets deadline for cleanup at city cemetery
GIRARD - Spring cleanup at the Girard City Cemetery has been scheduled through March 30 for removing Christmas decorations from the graves.
According to Girard Director of Public Services Jerry Lambert, any decorations left after March 30 will be removed by city employees in preparation for Easter and Memorial Day.
Court appoints fill-in for Judge Belinky
YOUNGSTOWN - The Supreme Court of Ohio on Monday appointed retired Judge R.R. Denny Clunk, 84, as the temporary replacement for Mahoning County Probate Judge Mark Belinky.
Belinky resigned Friday in the wake of an investigation by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the FBI and the Mahoning County Sheriff's Office into unspecified dealings.
Clunk's appointment runs through June 17. In the meantime, the Mahoning County Republican Party is screening applicants to fill the unexpired term for probate judge, which ends in February. The party plans to submit three candidates to Gov. John Kasich, who will make the appointment.
Clunk is from Alliance and has practiced law for 29 years. He has been working by assignment in probate courts in 22 counties around northeast Ohio since retiring in 2003, according to Tribune Chronicle news partner WYTV 33 News.
YPD seizes guns, pot during traffic stop
YOUNGSTOWN - A Youngs-town man was arraigned Monday on drug charges after a weekend traffic stop turned into a seizure of 10 pounds of marijuana.
Police said they stopped Alex Stewart, 30, for failing to use his turn signal late Saturday night while he was driving on the South Side. During a search of Stewart's vehicle, officers found 10 one-pound bags of marijuana packaged and ready for sale. Police said it is worth approximately $20,000.
Officials displayed the 10 bags on Monday, and called it one of the largest drug seizures they have had from a traffic stop in more than a decade.
Vice squad officers also showed the nearly one dozen pistols and revolvers they have taken off the streets since January.
"We are concentrating on efforts in these high crime areas," Youngstown police Lt. Gerry Slattery told Tribune Chronicle news partner WYTV 33 News.