Woman police said ran crack house indicted

MASURY — A woman police say dealt crack cocaine from her Masury home was indicted Monday by a Trumbull County grand jury.

Cyndi Marie Isenberg, 48, of 748 Brookfield Ave., was indicted on three counts of trafficking cocaine and a possession of cocaine charge.

Police said they seized over 4è grams of cocaine on April 4 from Ms. Isenberg’s home.

An informant bought $30 worth of crack cocaine three times between March 13 and April 1 from her, police said, before they obtained a search warrant and raided her home.

A pretrial for Isenberg, who police said is also known as Black Lyndi, is set or July 22 before Trumbull County Court of Common Pleas Judge Andrew D. Logan. She is free on bond.

Sex offender pleads to lesser charge

SHARON — A Sharon man charged last summer for failing to comply with sex offender registration requirements pleaded guilty recently to lesser charges.

Richard Lee Marvin Sr., 50, of 414 Orchard St. Apartment A, Sharon, was arrested over Labor Day weekend by Sharon police for failing to report a change of employment address.

Marvin in May pleaded guilty in Mercer County Common Pleas Court to two counts of disorderly conduct and the failure to comply charge was withdrawn. He was fined $400 and costs.

Mercer County Assistant District Attorney Neil McEwen said that the plea bargain is not a policy decision but based on this particular case. He said Marvin has a history of complying with all regulations and officials believed that his failure to notify the state of the change was inadvertent.

According to Pennsylvania State Police’s Megan’s Law Web site that lists registered sex offenders, Marvin was convicted in 1991 for involuntary deviate sexual intercourse.

Mercer schools will let AVI group run lunches

MERCER AREA — Mercer Area School Board approved a 5-year contract Monday with a private food service company to run the cafeterias in the junior-senior high and elementary schools.

AVI Food Systems, Warren, Ohio, will run the cafeterias, although for the first year of the contract the school board will continue to employ the cafeteria workers, said Superintendent Dr. William D. Gathers.

The following four years, AVI is in charge of the employees. Senior Vice President Richard Martin said they want to keep their transition “seamless” from year one to year two.

The chain of command means AVI is still in charge, but that paychecks and the final call on hiring and firing for the next year will come from the school, said School Board President Cedric Butchy.

AVI guaranteed that each year the school board is in charge of the employees, they could operate the $494,495 cafeteria at about a $500 loss, Gathers said. For each year they are in charge of employees, they can operate the cafeteria with about a $5,000 surplus, their proposal said.

Gathers said once AVI takes over operations totally, including employment, the savings on personnel will probably come from benefits being reduced or hiring fewer people in the future. He added that hourly rates would likely stay the same.

School directors to hold special meeting

BROOKFIELD — Brookfield school directors will hold a special meeting at noon on Monday in the high school cafeteria.

The meeting’s purpose is to approve the district’s final appropriations for the current year and discuss other financial issues, a news release from Superintendent Steve Stohla said.

The meeting will be the second without board President Joseph Pasquerilla, who was suspended for three after being found guilty of slapping school director Dr. Ronald Brennan at a March 5 meeting.

Taxes going up to cover rising school costs

GROVE CITY — Grove City Area School District approved raising property taxes by 1.99 mills for the 2008-09 school year, a hike attributed to rising energy costs.

The school board voted unanimously to raise millage in the district from 51.5 mills to 53.49 mills last week. The average increase for district residents will be $48 per year.

The school board also voted unanimously to adopt its 2008-09 proposed final budget of $29,629,350, which is an increase of more than $1.3 million from last year’s budget.

Superintendent Robert Post said the main reason for the tax increase is inflation.

“We have (inflation) due to increasing costs of fuel, which is then passed on to other areas,” he said.

Hearing set for parents of wandering toddlers

SHARON — A hearing for parents of two toddlers found June 13 wandering the streets of Sharon has been set for July 15 before District Judge James E. McMahon, Sharon.

Adam J. Blauser, 27, and Beth Blauser, 25, both of 394 New Castle Ave., Sharon, are each charged with endangering the welfare of children after police found their sons at 8:35 a.m. at Liberty Street and Alderman Avenue.

Police said the boys weren’t wearing shoes, were dirty and had overflowing diapers and scratches on their legs, police said.

Mrs. Blauser was picked up Tuesday on a warrant and her husband’s hearing, which had been scheduled for that morning, was continued.

Mrs. Blauser told police she was sleeping and her husband was awake and she had no idea the boys weren’t inside the home, court documents said.

COG seeks more money to buy bucket truck

MERCER COUNTY — Mercer County Regional Council of Governments has received a second state grant to buy a bucket truck, but still needs another $10,000 to actually place an order.

The $15,000 Community Revitalization Assistance Program grant awarded this month goes with a $25,000 Shared Municipal Service Grant COG was awarded last year. Both grants came from the state Department of Community and Economic Development.

However, COG needs $10,000 to match the $25,000 grant, said COG Executive Director Thomas R. Tulip.

COG had asked Mercer County state legislators to designate CRAP funds for the match. Tulip said Tuesday he will have to find out which legislators were involved in the $15,000 CRAP grant, and then approach the others for more money.

COG wants to buy a used Altec truck with a 40-foot boom that could be used by member municipalities for chores such as trimming trees, changing lights, maintaining traffic signals and putting up Christmas decorations.

The municipalities would pay an annual assessment and a per-use fee for truck upkeep.

Sharon, Wheatland, West Middlesex and the townships of Jefferson, Pymatuning, Wilmington, Findley and New Vernon have said they want to use the truck.

Commissioners plan to hire human resource chief

MERCER COUNTY — Mercer County commissioners are expected today to hire Jennifer Hamilton, formerly Medina, Ohio, as the courthouse’s new human resource director.

Ms. Hamilton, who recently moved to Mercer, will be paid $44,006 to do a job that in part replaces a job done by retiring personnel director Bill Boyle.

In March, commissioners said they planned on splitting Boyle’s position into a human resources director and a director of operations. Boyle’s last day is July 3.

Commissioner Brian Beader has said the human resources spot is being filled first since it’s more needed at the moment.

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