Man gets 4 years

Man gets 4 years

YOUNGSTOWN— A 27-year-old man is going to prison for four years for domestic violence for getting too involved in a fight between his girlfriend and his son’s mother last July. Judge Timothy E. Franken of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court imposed the sentence Thursday on Robert Bell, of Taft Avenue, who was convicted of the third-degree felony by a jury after a three-day trial in November. Shaniqua Rosemond, 21, of Humbolt Avenue, and Nakesha Hopson, 26, of Taft Avenue, fought outside Rosemond’s home. Dawn Krueger, assistant county prosecutor, said Bell punched Rosemond in the eye and encouraged Hopson to assault her, too. Both acts qualify as domestic violence, Krueger said. Rosemond suffered a swollen eye and a cut lip, police said. The charge against Bell was a felony because he has two previous domestic violence convictions. Bell’s lawyer, John Jeffrey Limbian, said an appeal will be filed.

Suspect arrested

PETERSBURG — An arrest was made two days after at least 50 CDs worth about $750 and some coins were taken from an unlocked car parked in the 14000 block of High Street. John A. Woods, 26, of Petersburg-Unity Road, was arrested Wednesday on a felony theft warrant after an investigation by Springfield Township police, said Chief Matt Mohn. The case is pending in Struthers Municipal Court. The victims, a man and woman, said they were in bed around 11 p.m. Monday when they heard a car door close. They looked out the window and saw Woods removing items from the vehicle, reports show.

Man held in robberies

YOUNGSTOWN — The case against Charles Zimmerman, 36, of Hunter Street, was bound over to a Mahoning County grand jury from municipal court on Thursday. Zimmerman is accused of robbing and assaulting an elderly South Side man on Jan. 7. He was caught at a house in Campbell the next day. He is charged with aggravated burglary, kidnapping and robbery. Court records show Zimmerman is also accused in the aggravated burglary of a West Calla Road house in Beaver Township on Jan. 1 and is accused in a Dec. 21 robbery that took place in Boardman. He remains in jail in lieu of bonds that total more than $2 million.

Fundraiser planned

BOARDMAN — The Mahoning County Sheriff’s Department is having a fundraiser for Capt. John Beshara, who has been diagnosed with a rare form of brain lymphoma. The event will be at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Ice Zone, 360 McClurg Road. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the door or by calling Lt. Candy Guzzy at (330) 480-5041. A Chinese auction and silent auction will be at the fundraiser. Donations also can be made to the “Benefit of John Beshara” account at any First Place Bank, said Deputy Glenn Kountz, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 141 president.

Several appointments

YOUNGSTOWN — Mahoning County commissioners have appointed Andrew R. Hamady of Poland and reappointed Angelo Pignatelli of Youngstown to the county planning commission, and appointed Harry L. Johnson III of Youngstown to the Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority board of trustees. The commissioners at their Thursday meeting also commended Bert Cene, director of Mahoning-Columbiana Training Association, for his agency’s receiving the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services’ best-in-the-state work force investment award.

Wages set for posts

NEW CASTLE, Pa.— Union Township auditors set wages for two supervisors’ paid positions when they met earlier this month. Supervisor Clair Damon was continued at $15 per hour in his job as township roadmaster. Supervisor Robert Eckert, who was named township secretary/treasurer at the reorganization meeting, had his hourly wage set at $12. Neither man will take benefits although both are eligible.