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Prostitution charges

Saturday, January 31, 2004

Prostitution charges
YOUNGSTOWN -- The crackdown on prostitution by the vice squad continued Wednesday, with four arrests made on the South Side.
Working undercover on Hillman Street, two officers arrested Carrie L. Williams, 38, of Delaware Avenue, and Theresa Mills, 34, of West Chalmers Avenue and charged them with soliciting. The undercover officers alleged that each woman quoted $5 for a sex act.
Surveillance near Oak Hill Avenue resulted in the arrest of Leonard F. Grazier, 62, of Southern Boulevard, Boardman, and Susan A. Cooper, 48, of West Dewey Avenue on charges of loitering to engage in solicitation. Police reported that Cooper, who has been convicted of prostitution-related crimes, flagged down Grazier, then got into his car.
Verdict in assault case
YOUNGSTOWN -- A jury found 38-year-old Aaron D. McGilvary guilty of one count of assault Wednesday, and innocent of another count. He faces six to 18 months in prison when he is sentenced later by Judge Charles J. Bannon in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court. McGilvary also could be placed on probation.
McGilvary, of Hillman Street, was accused of assaulting two Youngstown police officers who were trying to arrest him at Hillman Street and Kenmore Avenue on possession of drug paraphernalia in April 2003. The jury deliberated just over an hour Tuesday and four hours Wednesday before returning with the verdicts.
Concealed-weapon charge
YOUNGSTOWN -- Raymond Briskey, the rear-seat passenger of a car stopped on West Dewey Avenue at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, was arrested on a charge of carrying a concealed weapon.
Members of the Street Crimes Unit said they saw Briskey, 18, of West Glenaven Avenue, shove an object under the rear seat as they approached. The object turned out to be a loaded 9 mm handgun, reports show. The driver was cited for having only one headlight.
Counterfeit bills at school
YOUNGSTOWN -- Copies of a $10 bill made on a home computer by a 17-year-old Magnolia Avenue boy have been circulated at The Rayen School, police said.
The boy's grandmother informed school officials of the copying Wednesday, saying he also passed a bill to a man on the street to obtain change. The grandmother said the boy told his sister he copied the currency for a school project. Two teachers at the school each accepted a phony $10 and made change for the boy, then realized the bills were fake, police said. The bogus bills will be turned over to the U.S. Secret Service.
The student will be dealt with administratively pending the outcome of the investigation, authorities said.
Liberty school board
LIBERTY -- The board of education will meet in special session at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the board conference room at Guy Middle School to discuss insurance.
Health department
WARREN -- Trumbull County commissioners postponed voting to reject a lease to house the Trumbull County Health Department in a building on North Park Avenue, and to re-advertise for bids.
County Administrator Tony Carson said the commissioners didn't act because they wanted to give their attorney, First Assistant Prosecutor James Misocky, a chance to review the measure.
Carson recommended rejecting the lease offered by Parker-Porter Ltd. because it was the only company to submit a bid. He said landlords may be more responsive if they offered to sign the lease for a longer term.
New development rule
HOWLAND -- Developers in the township will have to pay between $2,000 and $3,000 to have their plans reviewed with an eye toward drainage and storm water issues.
Wednesday, trustees approved a contract with URS Corp. of Akron, to review builders' plans and inspect new building locations. The rule will apply to nearly any development except construction of a single-family home on a small lot, said township administrator Darlene St. George.
The county engineer had been conducting a less-detailed review of plans for free, she said.
The exact amount of URS' fee will be based on the amount of time spent on a particular plan, St. George said.
Trustees hope the contract with URS will prevent development from creating more flooding problems for residents, said trustee Richard Clark.
The company been working with trustees since October to identify areas where flooding is a problem and to propose solutions. Their survey will include a questionnaire that will be mailed to all township residents, St. George said.