Lupo to change plea in brine-dumping case
YOUNGSTOWN - The Poland businessman accused of ordering that oilfield waste be dumped down a storm sewer is scheduled to change his plea Monday to the federal charge stemming from the dumping.
Benedict Lupo, who owns D&L Energy and other related companies, is scheduled to appear 10:30 a.m Monday in U.S. District Court in Cleveland for a "Change of Plea" hearing. Lupo previously had pleaded not guilty to a single violation of the Federal Clean Water Act.
Documents compiled by environmental investigators noted that Lupo acknowledged ordering his employee at Hard Rock Excavating to empty the brine into a storm sewer on the Salt Springs Road property in 2012. The sewer drained into a tributary of the Mahoning River. Cleanup took months.
Lupo's former employee, co-defendant Michael Guesman of Cortland, pleaded guilty to the same charge and is awaiting sentencing set for 10:30 a.m. Thursday.
BP robbery with BB gun nets two years in prison
WARREN - A 24-year-old Howland man was sentenced to two years in prison Tuesday after pleading guilty to robbing the BP Service Station on Niles Cortland Road at East Market Street in November.
Brady Mowery, of Howland Wilson Road, also was ordered to make restitution of $761 dollars to the service station.
A firearms specification was dismissed after prosecutors said Mowery used a pellet, or BB, gun in the hold-up. He was identified through surveillance video and on Facebook and turned himself in to authorities.
Former Howland man faces jail in rage case
WARREN - A 20-year-old former Howland man will undergo a pre-sentence investigation after pleading guilty to a bill of information charging him with attempted felonious assault in a road rage episode at Howland Park.
Andrew Scott, now with an address in Venice, Fla., was arrested following an incident Aug. 26 when prosecutors said a group of people yelled at Scott to stop speeding in the park.
Scott left his car, and a confrontation occurred with a group of people watching a youth soccer game. Scott was tackled and police said he bit the thumb of a man who was there.
He faces between nine and 36 months behind bars, but also is eligible for probation since he has no prior criminal record, a prosecutor said.
Walsh bows out of race for Court of Appeals
YOUNGSTOWN - Area attorney Maureen Walsh withdrew her candidacy for the 7th District Court of Appeals, based in Youngstown.
Walsh states in a news release that a ''recent and unexpected health issue'' prevents her from devoting the time needed to campaign for the May primary race against appellate Judge Cheryl Waite.
''My candidacy was never against Judge Waite, but rather for Maureen Walsh. I continue to believe that I would have brought a unique and valuable perspective to the Court of Appeals due to my almost 30 years as a lawyer,'' Walsh states in a release.
Walsh said she has not ruled out the possibility of running for a judicial position in the future.
Youngstown Schools to hold Super Saturday
YOUNGSTOWN - Families are invited to explore new program choices in the Youngstown City School District for children in grades 3 to 12.
Super Saturday will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Youngstown City Schools Administration Building, 20 W. Wood St.
Student groups such as Destination Imagination teams and participants in the Chaney STEM/VPA Program will be in attendance to provide demonstrations such as robotics and visual and performing arts.
For more information, call Kathleen Good, supervisor of Student Services, at 330-744-5769.