Man gets sentence

Man gets sentence
CLEVELAND -- A 41-year-old Poland man has been sentenced to 30 days in federal prison, five months' house arrest and three years' supervised release after pleading guilty to embezzlement and misapplication of bank funds.
U.S. District Judge John M. Manos also ordered the defendant, John C. Leek, of Spring Hill Trail, to make restitution of $11,385 to Cortland Savings Bank. Leek admitted embezzling $13,641 and willfully misapplying an additional $17,771 from the bank over two years, while he worked there. The bank previously recovered some of the funds, and Leek made partial restitution before sentencing, the U.S. attorney said. The Youngstown FBI office investigated the case.
Candidate leaves race
SEBRING -- Andrew A. Safkow of 596 W. Maryland Ave., one of eight candidates running for four Sebring council at-large seats in the Nov. 6 election, has withdrawn from the race because of health and personal reasons. He was one of the top eight finishers elected in a nonpartisan primary in September to advance to the general election.
Student arrested
YOUNGSTOWN -- A 17-year-old Choffin Career Center student was arrested by police at his Glacier Avenue home Wednesday on a charge of felonious assault and intimidation of a witness.
The teen is accused of using a stick to beat a witness who had evidence against him in a September theft case.
The 17-year-old witness told police he was in his car on Sheetz Street on Oct. 2 when the assailant approached and struck him, injuring his eye.
Council OKs transfer
STRUTHERS -- City council repealed a resolution Thursday denying the transfer of a liquor license to the former Blaze Bar & amp; Grille.
The repeal allows the state to transfer the license to the owners of the Blue Wolf Tavern, which opened in August, replacing the former bar, which closed in January.
City officials called the Blaze a public nuisance and an endangerment to the city when they originally opposed the transfer. Police officials said they received about 40 complaints in six months while the Blaze was open.
Open house celebration
BOARDMAN -- Township firefighters will have an open house in recognition of national Fire Prevention Week from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at all three township fire stations. Fire stations are located at 136 Boardman-Poland Road, 1200 Shields Road and 6169 South Ave.
Pupil assaults aide
YOUNGSTOWN -- A teaching aide at West Elementary School, North Hazlewood Avenue, was assaulted by an 11-year-old pupil she was disciplining around 3 p.m. Thursday, police reports show.
This is the second time the student has assaulted the aide, police said. The aide said the student was placed in a timeout room for being unruly. The aide said the girl left the room and was ordered to return when she charged at the aide, grabbed her wrists and pushed her into a wall. Police reports say the girl is on probation for a similar assault on the same aide last year.
Hacker reported
YOUNGSTOWN -- A service of Mahoning County Chemical Dependency Programs Inc. reported to city police Thursday that someone had hacked into their computerized phone system at a Fifth Avenue office and made three calls to the Philippines, police reports show. A worker at the Prevention Partners Plus office said the hacker had set up a voice mail system that dials out. The cost of the calls was unreported.
Suspect caught
HUBBARD -- Township police are crediting a cable worker with the capture of a burglary suspect. Police said a Time Warner Cable Co. worker called police about 12:45 p.m. Thursday after he spotted a man going through a window of a home in the 3000 block of Youngstown-Hubbard Road. He also got the license-plate number of the car the man was driving.
Police later stopped Robert Vaughan, 18, whose last known address is Woodbine Avenue. He was to be arraigned later today in Girard Municipal Court.
Halloween stories
YOUNGSTOWN -- A free Halloween storytelling hour will be from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the Youngstown State University Bookstore in Kilcawley Center. Refreshments will be served, and there will be a 20-percent discount on all children's titles that day.