Published: Thursday, November 2, 2006
False alarm, 46th time
False alarm, 46th time
YOUNGSTOWN On Tuesday evening, for the 46th time in October, police responded to an alarm at Lighthouse Ministries on Himrod Avenue that turned out to be false, reports show. Patrolman John Hull II requested in his report that Lighthouse Ministries be put on a "do not respond" basis as per a city ordinance that says five false alarms within a 12-month period can land someone on the list. Hull also requested that the prosecutor send the Rev. Leroy Jenkins a hearing notice charging him with negligent false alarms because of his failure to correct the problem. Hull said Jenkins has been left written warnings and does not respond to the alarms when requested by police. The officer attached records of 90 trips police made responding to false alarms at the location. Hull's report was forwarded to the chief's office. Jenkins could not be reached Wednesday. Chief Jimmy Hughes said Wednesday that action will be taken once he reviews the matter.
YOUNGSTOWN A city municipal court judge set bond Wednesday at $250,000 for Kaylon Blair, 18, of Linwood Avenue, on a felonious assault charge. Blair, whom police arrested Tuesday, is accused of shooting Steven Slade in the mouth Oct. 25. Police found Slade, 18, sitting on his Woodside Avenue porch bleeding from the mouth. Police found three teeth on the carpet near the door. Witnesses said the shooter fired through the door then ran.
Ruling in Moonda case
AKRON A federal judge has agreed that a Mercer County woman accused in the death of her millionaire husband does not require a speedy trial. U.S. District Judge David Dowd ruled that a continuance in the case far outweighed the best interests of the public and defendant Donna Moonda, 47, of Hermitage. Her lawyers asked for the continuance citing the need for more time to prepare her defense. Moonda is being held without bond in the May 13, 2005, death of her husband, Dr. Gulam Moonda. Dr. Moonda was shot and killed on the side of the Ohio Turnpike. Authorities contend Mrs. Moonda and 25-year-old Damian Bradford plotted to kill the doctor. Bradford has pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing. Donna Moonda's trial date is expected to be scheduled at a hearing next month.
Labor backs slots
YOUNGSTOWN Mahoning Valley labor leaders are supporting a proposed constitutional amendment to legalize slot machines in Ohio on Tuesday's ballot. Thirty percent of the slot machines' proceeds would go to a tuition fund beginning in 2009 to provide money to the top 5 percent of Ohio students going to colleges and universities in the state.
Those supporting the amendment include Larry Fauver of the Greater Youngstown AFL-CIO, Don Crane of the Western Reserve Building Trades Council, Bill Padisak of the Ohio Association of Public School Employees, and Debbie Bindas of the American Federation of State, county and Municipal Employees.
Model railroad festivity
AUSTINTOWN The Youngstown Model Railroad Association is celebrating its 50th anniversary at its fall open houses. They are Saturday and Sunday and Nov. 11 and 12.
The club is at Raccoon and Four Mile Run roads. Open house hours are noon to 6 p.m. The association is one of the few clubs in the country that has two complete displays: "O" scale and the smaller "HO." Both layouts have more than 100 scale miles of track each.
The HO layout is undergoing a major renovation. The creation of a complete steel mill complex and its track work are being built, so people can see how a model railroad is constructed. Donations are $3 a person. Children under 12 with an adult are admitted free.
Arrested on gun charge
AUSTINTOWN Township police arrested a man for having a gun in the parking lot of the Babylon strip club on Javit Court.
Police found three men in a car there at 3:55 a.m., according to a police report. They arrested a passenger in the car, James E. Rivera, 24, of Dennick Avenue, Youngstown, after seeing a handgun on the passenger-side floorboard.
Rivera appeared in Mahoning County Court here later Wednesday on a charge of improper handling of a firearm and pleaded innocent, according to court records.