Traficant files papers

Traficant files papers
YOUNGSTOWN -- U.S. Rep. James A Traficant Jr. filed 153 documents Monday in U.S. District Court as part of his effort to suppress 44 papers he contends are exempt from being used as evidence in his racketeering trial.
The 17th District congressman, who is not a lawyer, contends the papers are covered by the speech or debate clause in the U.S. Constitution, which allows members of Congress to say virtually anything on the House floor without fear of legal reprisal.
Traficant's trial is Feb. 4 in Cleveland federal court.
Seeking nurses
NILES -- The board of education is seeking applications for substitute school nurses. Both registered nurses and licensed practical nurses who have a current Ohio license are eligible.
Applications may be submitted at the nurse's office at the board of education building, 100 West St.
Escapee arrested
YOUNGSTOWN -- An escapee from the Federal Correctional Institute in Elkton was arrested Monday by members of the Mahoning Valley Violent Crimes Task Force.
Terrell Martin, 20, of Youngstown was found hiding inside 708 Broadway, according to the FBI. Martin, who was imprisoned on a drug conviction, escaped from Elkton Oct. 9.
Candidate forum
NORTH LIMA -- A candidate forum for Beaver Township trustees and South Range Board of Education races will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The event, sponsored by the South Range Ruritans, will be at the Beaver Township administration building, 11999 South Ave.
Embezzling charge
SEBRING -- An Alliance man has been charged with embezzling $4,000 from United Steelworkers of America Local 1013-L in Sebring.
The U.S. Attorney's Office in Cleveland said William A. Fast, 43, of Western Avenue took the money during a period from June 1997 to March 1998 while he was treasurer of the local.
T-shirts for sale
SALEM -- The Salem Memorial is selling "Operation: Enduring Freedom" T-shirts at the building on 785 E. State St. The cost is $10 per shirt and they are available in large, extra large and double extra large sizes.
Proceeds will go for the purchase of material and equipment for the building. For more information call (330) 332-5512.
Dog on patrol
ERIE, Pa. (AP) -- A 3-year-old German shepherd started her job Monday as a bomb sniffer at the Erie International Airport.
The dog, named Sirra, was brought in to search vehicles and patrol the terminal as airport officials tighten security in response to the Sept. 11 attacks.
Robbery reported
YOUNGSTOWN -- An 18-year-old Halls Heights Avenue resident told police he was robbed of $760 Monday when he went to a prearranged meeting to buy stereo equipment from a man he knew.
When the teen drove to the location on North Glenellen Avenue near Mahoning Avenue at 8 p.m., the man he thought would sell him the equipment grabbed him, drew a handgun, fired it once into the air, and pushed it into the victim's chest before fleeing with the cash taken from the victim's pocket.
AFSCME talks
WARREN -- Striking Trumbull County Child Support Enforcement Agency workers returned to picket lines for the second day this morning.
Talks between their union, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3808, and the Trumbull County commissioners broke down Sunday. Unresolved issues include the proposed elimination of workers' hourlong paid lunch break and a request for employees to pay a portion of health insurance costs.
No further talks are scheduled.
Walking at gym
GIRARD -- The city's gym will be open for walking from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday beginning Nov. 12. The gym is in the city building, 100 W. Main St.
Volleyball in Girard
GIRARD -- City Recreation Director Mark Zuppo has scheduled a meeting for 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Girard City Gym for men and women interested in joining a volleyball league. Participants must be city residents or Girard High School graduates.