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  Former Center Middle Teacher Gets 75 Days In Jail After Pleading Guilty To Sexual Battery  
  by BY JOHN A. DARNELL JR. associate editor   July 30, 2015 Edition  
      Facing a maximum penalty of more than 25 years in jail for date rape, sexual assaults on three women, former Center Middle School teacher and athletic coach, 54-year-old Jay Dana, escaped with a 75-day sentence last week in the Mahoning County Common Pleas Court of Judge Maureen Sweeney.
      One of two of Dana’s victims who addressed the court during his sentencing hearing told Judge Sweeney if she had known that Dana would ‘only get 75 days,’ she doubted she would have come forward.
      More than 3000 days ago, at the age of 42, Christine Smith told police she went on a date with Dana on Sept. 10, 2006.
      “I was given a drink by him, which at some point, caused me to black out,” Smith said last Wednesday at Dana’s sentencing hearing.
      She said she awakened at some pint to Dana telling her to “get up, g...Read More >>
  Restaurant Owner Gets Jail Time For Burning Down His Business  
  July 23, 2015 Edition  
     42-year-old Raj Ingle, former owner of the Spice of India Restaurant, 8395 Market St. at McClurg Rd., was sentenced to 18 months in jail on charges of arson and insurance fraud on Monday by a visiting judge in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court
      The restaurant Ingle owned was torched on Oct. 8, 2013, causing an estimated $225,000 damage.
      The investigation into the blaze led law enforcement officials to believe that Ingle arranged the fire during a meeting with two men at a restaurant in North Lima. Ingle and two suspected torch men were captured on a surveillance tape at the restaurant.
      On the morning of the fire, near 3:00 a.m., a cell phone that belonged to one of the torch men pinged off a telephone pole across from the restaurant, the investigation showed.
      Additionally, evidence of accelerants was foun...Read More >>
   
  July 23, 2015 Edition  
     ENJOYING A ROMP AT THE Marge Hartman Dog Park in Boardman Park last week are two ‘regulars,’ at left a mutt named Ziggy, and on right a poodle named Khaos. Khaos won’t get to play for a couple of weeks due to forthcoming hip surgery.
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