County auditor lauded for continued training
WARREN - Trumbull County Auditor Adrian Biviano has been given the Distinguished County Auditor award from the County Auditor's Association of Ohio for completing more than 100 hours of continuing education during his term in office.
Biviano received training in valuing real property, financial audits, public records and mandatory classes in ethics and substance abuse. Ohio law requires auditors complete at least 24 hours of training per term.
The award was given to Biviano during the association's winter conference in November in Columbus.
Auditor's office receives excellence award
WARREN - The Trumbull County Auditor's Office has been given a certificate of achievement for excellence in financial reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for the office's comprehensive annual financial report.
The award is the ''highest form of recognition'' in governmental accounting and represent a ''significant accomplishment'' by the office, according to a GFOA news release.
GFOA is a nonprofit professional association that serves about 17,500 government finance officials.
Jury seated in slave labor case
YOUNGSTOWN - Jurors have been selected for the trial of two people from Ashland charged with enslaving a mentally disabled woman for two years with her child.
Opening statements in the trial of 27-year-old Jordie Callahan and 32-year-old Jessica Hunt are scheduled for today in Youngstown federal court.
Judge Benita Pearson says the trial could last three weeks, and 60 witnesses may testify.
Seven women and five men were picked from a jury pool of 42.
Authorities say the victim was treated with cruelty and forced to do housework under the threat to her and her child from a python or pit bulls. The defendants allegedly looted her bank account and public assistance.
The case was broken when the woman apparently shoplifted a candy bar to draw attention to herself and appeal for help.
Man convicted of sex trafficking, drug crimes
AKRON - An Elyria man accused of forcing four women, including a teenager, into prostitution has been convicted of human trafficking, drug crimes and obstruction of justice.
Federal authorities say 38-year-old Jeremy Mack was found guilty Tuesday of nine counts in U.S. District Court in Akron. His sentencing is scheduled for May 29.
Mack was arrested last April along with 24-year-old Ashley Onysko of Avon Lake. She previously pleaded guilty to charges related to her role in the case.
U.S. Attorney Steven Dettelbach alleges the pair used narcotics to gain control over the four victims.
The indictment says after the victims incurred drug debts, Mack used force, threats, fraud and coercion to compel them to engage in commercial sex acts.
3 indicted after girl's email plea for help
PORTSMOUTH - Two parents and a grandmother accused of tying three children to their beds for weeks, beating their naked bodies with belts and paddles and depriving them of food until one of them emailed her online school teacher for help were indicted Tuesday on child endangerment charges.
The indictments came a week after the three adults were arrested in their home in Wheelersburg, in southern Ohio's Appalachian country.
The adults are charged in Scioto County Common Pleas Court with three counts each of child endangerment. One of them, a 44-year-old stepfather, also is charged with raping two of the children, girls ages 9 and 11.
Since at least May, the three adults are accused of tying and chaining the girls and their 8-year-old brother to their beds so they were "unable to move or get out of the bed" for weeks at a time.
Staff, wire reports