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Published: Tuesday, November 7, 2006

Plea deal in robbery



Plea deal in robbery

WARREN — Jennifer Halstead, the accomplice of a Newton Falls man convicted of robbing a bank in Warren on July 7, has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of complicity to robbery.

Halstead, 23, of 3667 Rio Terra N.W., Warren, accepted the plea agreement Monday in the Trumbull County Common Pleas courtroom of Judge Peter Kontos. She had been indicted on a second-degree felony complicity charge but pleaded guilty to a fifth-degree complicity charge.

She was accused of helping Adam A. Carson the day he robbed First Place Bank in the Elm Road Plaza. A presentence investigation will be conducted and she will be sentenced later. Carson, 24, was sentenced to two years in prison in September on one count of robbery.

Boardman vandals

BOARDMAN — Rather than throwing out their Halloween pumpkins, someone threw them at cars and mailboxes in the township. Six people on Lost Creek, Squirrel Hill, Jaguar and Parkside drives and Southern Boulevard reported damage to their vehicles or mailboxes between Friday night and Saturday morning. Tail lights on a truck and a car were cracked and four mailboxes were dented.

Health fair at YSU

YOUNGSTOWN — Tests for bone density, body fat, blood sugar and fitness are among the activities at a health fair 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday in the Andrews Student Recreation and Wellness Center on the Youngstown State University campus.

The free tests are available to YSU students, faculty and staff. The fair, which attracted 500 visitors last year, is conducted by the junior nursing community class taught by Renee McManus. The event also will feature booths providing health information.

Pizza driver robbed

AUSTINTOWN — Three masked men robbed a Pizza Hut delivery driver at 10:20 p.m. Sunday in the parking lot of the Compass West apartments on Burkey Road. They took the $5 and her pizza bag.

Beauty parlor break-in

WARREN — Police are investigating a Sunday morning break-in at a downtown beauty parlor after a witness to the event was threatened with a gun by two men.

At around 10:30 a.m., a man walking on the opposite side of the street noticed two unidentified men smashing the front windows of Hair Connection, 1180 W. Market St., N.W. When the two men saw the witness, they pointed a handgun at him before fleeing. The man called police, who couldn't find the men. The owner of Hair Connection said there was nothing missing from the building.

Wanted man arrested

HERMITAGE, Pa. — Police picked up a man in Kmart on East State Street who was wanted in Wisconsin. Hermitage Police said James Bivens, 54, of Hamilton Avenue, Farrell, was arrested at 1 p.m. Sunday on a fugitive-from-justice warrant. Police said he is wanted on charges of manufacturing and delivering cocaine. Bivens is being held in the Mercer County Jail while he awaits extradition.

Arson damages house

NEW CASTLE, Pa. — The house of a key drug informant was damaged in an arson fire, police said. Police said a neighbor noticed an orange glow at about 3:11 a.m. Saturday coming from 412 Waldo St. The house, which had no electric service, was once occupied by Joseph Ferrell III, who is currently in the state's witness protection program. Ferrell has testified in three drug trials and a preliminary hearing in the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Operation Detroit. Ferrell contends that he was a drug addict whose home was taken over by Detroit drug dealers and used as a crack house. Police Chief Tom Sansone said they do not believe the fire was connected to Ferrell's cooperation with authorities. Firefighters said the living room and kitchen had fire damage and the rest of the house sustained smoke damage.

Tuesday, November 7, 2006

Plea deal in robbery

WARREN — Jennifer Halstead, the accomplice of a Newton Falls man convicted of robbing a bank in Warren on July 7, has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of complicity to robbery.

Halstead, 23, of 3667 Rio Terra N.W., Warren, accepted the plea agreement Monday in the Trumbull County Common Pleas courtroom of Judge Peter Kontos. She had been indicted on a second-degree felony complicity charge but pleaded guilty to a fifth-degree complicity charge.

She was accused of helping Adam A. Carson the day he robbed First Place Bank in the Elm Road Plaza. A presentence investigation will be conducted and she will be sentenced later. Carson, 24, was sentenced to two years in prison in September on one count of robbery.

Boardman vandals

BOARDMAN — Rather than throwing out their Halloween pumpkins, someone threw them at cars and mailboxes in the township. Six people on Lost Creek, Squirrel Hill, Jaguar and Parkside drives and Southern Boulevard reported damage to their vehicles or mailboxes between Friday night and Saturday morning. Tail lights on a truck and a car were cracked and four mailboxes were dented.

Health fair at YSU

YOUNGSTOWN — Tests for bone density, body fat, blood sugar and fitness are among the activities at a health fair 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday in the Andrews Student Recreation and Wellness Center on the Youngstown State University campus.

The free tests are available to YSU students, faculty and staff. The fair, which attracted 500 visitors last year, is conducted by the junior nursing community class taught by Renee McManus. The event also will feature booths providing health information.

Pizza driver robbed

AUSTINTOWN — Three masked men robbed a Pizza Hut delivery driver at 10:20 p.m. Sunday in the parking lot of the Compass West apartments on Burkey Road. They took the $5 and her pizza bag.

Beauty parlor break-in

WARREN — Police are investigating a Sunday morning break-in at a downtown beauty parlor after a witness to the event was threatened with a gun by two men.

At around 10:30 a.m., a man walking on the opposite side of the street noticed two unidentified men smashing the front windows of Hair Connection, 1180 W. Market St., N.W. When the two men saw the witness, they pointed a handgun at him before fleeing. The man called police, who couldn't find the men. The owner of Hair Connection said there was nothing missing from the building.

Wanted man arrested

HERMITAGE, Pa. — Police picked up a man in Kmart on East State Street who was wanted in Wisconsin. Hermitage Police said James Bivens, 54, of Hamilton Avenue, Farrell, was arrested at 1 p.m. Sunday on a fugitive-from-justice warrant. Police said he is wanted on charges of manufacturing and delivering cocaine. Bivens is being held in the Mercer County Jail while he awaits extradition.

Arson damages house

NEW CASTLE, Pa. — The house of a key drug informant was damaged in an arson fire, police said. Police said a neighbor noticed an orange glow at about 3:11 a.m. Saturday coming from 412 Waldo St. The house, which had no electric service, was once occupied by Joseph Ferrell III, who is currently in the state's witness protection program. Ferrell has testified in three drug trials and a preliminary hearing in the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Operation Detroit. Ferrell contends that he was a drug addict whose home was taken over by Detroit drug dealers and used as a crack house. Police Chief Tom Sansone said they do not believe the fire was connected to Ferrell's cooperation with authorities. Firefighters said the living room and kitchen had fire damage and the rest of the house sustained smoke damage.

Tuesday, November 7, 2006
Jennifer Halstead, the accomplice of a Newton Falls man convicted of robbing a bank in Warren on July 7, has pleaded...






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