Heroin conviction nets 6 years for Warren man
WARREN - A 37-year-old local man was sentenced to six years in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to trafficking in heroin.
Darius Simmons, formerly of Highland Avenue S.W., also forfeited $1,123 that Warren police and members of the U.S. Marshals Service found on him along with more than 100 bindles of heroin during a traffic stop July 19, 2012.
Simmons was a passenger in the car and still has another drug case pending before another common pleas judge.
The six-year sentence runs concurrent with a 15-year sentence Simmons got last week in federal court for having a gun while prohibited as a convicted felon and during the course of a domestic incident in Warren in January 2012.
Youngstown man jailed on harassment charges
AUSTINTOWN - A Youngstown man is behind bars on accusations that he repeatedly harassed and threatened his ex-girlfriend and her husband over the weekend by smashing the windows and slashing the tires on their three vehicles.
Brian Romine, 33, was arraigned Wednesday on charges of aggravated trespassing, telephone harassment and violation of a protection order, according to Tribune Chronicle news partner WYTV 33 News.
The victim, Daisy Berdis, said Romine, her ex-boyfriend and the father of two of her children, showed up with a tire iron and knife on Sunday. Berdis told police after he vandalized the cars, Romine knelt down on the sidewalk and waited for police to arrive and arrest him.
According to court records, Romine has been charged with numerous counts of telephone harassment, violation of a protection order, trespassing, criminal damaging and menacing by stalking.
Southington board discusses petitions
SOUTHINGTON - The Southington Water Board met Wednesday with 14 officials from Champion, Southington and Warren townships and the Trumbull County Sanitary Engineer's Office on what would be involved to get residents to sign a petition expressing interest in getting water.
Water Board Chairman Skip Hanes said although no official action was taken, the three communities are the area north of Interstate 80 and west of U.S. Route 422 that get water from wells, ponds and cisterns.
Hanes said petitions would need to be circulated and signed by residents in the three townships to show there would be interest in getting waterlines to the area.
Officials discussed how they would go about getting the petitions circulated.
Warren Rotary hosts chocolate fundraiser
WARREN - A chocolate lover's paradise will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday as part of the Rotary Club of Warren's ninth annual Chocolate Festival at Packard Music Hall. Confections will be provided by 12 area vendors. The event also will include wine tasting, beer tasting, auctions and a raffle.
Proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit the YWCA of Warren.
Tickets are $15 a person, $25 a couple and $10 for those 12 and younger from any Warren Rotarian, by calling the Packard Music Hall at 330-841-2931, by visiting the online box office at packardmusichall.com or at the YWCA of Warren, 375 North Park Ave. Tickets will be available at the door.
Annual Niles bike run rides on Saturday
NILES - The annual Niles Trailhead Community Bicycle Run will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday beginning at the Niles Trailhead downtown.
The run is sponsored by Stoneyard Grill and Tavern, and all proceeds will be provided to Niles Community Services. Donations are $10 for adults and $5 for children younger than 12. Refreshments and lunch following the ride are being provided by the Stoneyard Grill and Tavern.
For information, contact Stoneyard Grill at 330-544-9273.