IRS warns of telephone scam
With completion of the 2014 tax filing season, the Internal Revenue Service issued a warning for consumers to guard against sophisticated and aggressive phone scams targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants.
Reported incidents of this crime continue to rise nationwide, and the IRS is reminding residents it always will send written notification of taxes due via the U.S. mail.
The IRS never asks for credit card, debit card or prepaid card information over the telephone. For more information or to report a scam, go to www.irs.gov and type "scam" in the search box.
People have reported a particularly aggressive phone scam in the last several months. Immigrants are frequently targeted.
Potential victims are threatened with deportation, arrest, having their utilities shut off or having their driver's licenses revoked.
Life sentence for man in store robberies
DETROIT - A 29-year-old Detroit man convicted of using a gun to rob phone stores in Warren and Detroit has been given an extraordinary sentence of 116 years in federal prison.
Timothy Carpenter's sentence is long because he was convicted of crimes that carry mandatory, consecutive sentences under federal law. He was accused of robbing phone stores in Warren and Detroit over a two-year period.
Carpenter was sentenced Wednesday by Detroit federal Judge Sean Cox.
Ahead of the hearing, defense attorney Harold Gurewitz said the punishment would be "grossly disproportionate" to the crimes and unconstitutional. He says guns were used but never fired.
U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade says the sentence sends a "powerful message" that using guns to commit crimes won't be tolerated.
Democratic Party hosts meet-and-greet
NILES - The Trumbull County Democratic Party will host a ''14 for 14'' meet-and-greet from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 1 at their campaign headquarters in the Mall View Plaza, 5580 Youngstown Road, Suite 1.
At the event will be party officers, Democratic elected officials, candidates, Central Committee members and activists. Pizza and refreshments will be served.
Tickets cost $14 and can be obtained by calling 330-501-3628 or 330-233-2024.