Police: Man set fire that torched barn

BROOKFIELD — A Sharon man is charged with setting a fire that torched a barn on state Route 7, police said.

Thomas A. Thomas, 55, of 537 McClure Ave., is free from Trumbull County Jail on bond after turning himself in at 10:30 a.m. Friday on an arson charge, police said.

Firefighters had called the blaze suspicious after it was reported at about 12:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at a barn behind 1625 state Route 7 North, they said.

Flames were shooting from the 60-by-40 foot, two-story barn when they arrived, Capt. David Coffy said.

The property had been foreclosed upon and was for sale, Coffy said. Thomas had been the home’s previous owner, police Chief Dan Faustino said.

The blaze caused about $50,000 damage, firefighters said.

Thomas is set to be arraigned Thursday before District Judge Ronald J. Rice at Eastern District Court, Brookfield.

Disparity nets woman second prison reduction

SHENANGO VALLEY — A former Shenango Valley woman who had her sentence on a drug charge cut in half for cooperating with investigators has gotten another sentence reduction.

Faith Y. Teague, 35, formerly of Sharon, Farrell, and Hermitage, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute and distribution of 5 grams or more of crack cocaine. She was sentenced in November 2004 to 140 months in prison.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office, Pittsburgh, asked for a sentence reduction because of her cooperation, and U.S. District Court Judge David S. Cercone granted it in September 2006, setting the prison term at 72 months.

Ms. Teague, who is imprisoned in Danbury, Conn., filed a sealed motion Feb. 3. In an order signed Friday, Cercone said the motion dealt with the disparities in sentences between those convicted of crimes related to powder cocaine and crack, and reduced her sentence to 61.7 months.

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