The owner of a Braceville massage parlor raided in April for operating it as a brothel agreed with city officials to keep the spa closed.
Owner Ted Kolacz agreed with officials Friday during a hearing in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court to never open the business as a spa, though he is allowed to open another business at the 4300 state Route 5 building.
Police raided the spa twice in the past year.
In the most recent raid, the manager of the Rose Spa, Sun Cha Chae, 69, of 950 Sanpiper Trail in Warren, pleaded no contest in Newton Falls Municipal Court to three counts of third-degree misdemeanor prostitution for her role in the running the Rose Spa at 4300 state Route 5 that officials shuttered shortly after the raid.
She was fined $1,500. Chae originally faced seven counts of fourth-degree felony promoting prostitution charges.
An employee arrested during the raid, Kyong Hwa Nyguyen, 56, pleaded no contest April 23 to two reduced charges of criminal trespassing and was fined $250. Part of the sentencing included Nyguyen must refrain from committing a similar offense for one year.
Braceville police found 206 condoms and $7,898 inside the spa.
Police raided the spa in April after several patrons told police they paid for sex and sex acts at the spa.
There has been a massage parlor at that location for at least a decade. The Four Seasons Spa, owned and operated by different people, was raided in July and an employee and manager were subsequently convicted of lesser crimes of trespassing.
In both raids, officers found a customer engaged in sex acts with employees.
Officers reported finding 10 security cameras, 246 bootlegged CDs, two televisions, four DVD players, 12 checks, including eight that were filled out, unidentified pills, three Chase bank deposit bags, a Samsung security system that included a DVR and four cameras and miscellaneous paperwork following the April raid.
Investigators said at least six men paid a $50 entrance fee and up to $120 for sex and sex acts at the spa.
Police also raided the spa, then called the Four Seasons Spa, on July 3, catching one customer engaged in sex acts with an employee.
Two people, including the alleged owner, Kay Owens, 62, of Canfield, were charged with crimes. Owens eventually pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated trespass after charges of promoting prostitution were dropped.
Court records say she forfeited more than $11,000, two cell phones, a laptop computer, four televisions, a VHS and DVD player, seven surveillance cameras and a 2007 Toyota Camry. She also agreed to close her business.
The employee, Kyung Hee Lee, was charged with prostitution and eventually pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct.
The spas have been targets of law enforcement during the last year.
Investigators with the state's Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation raided eight of the city's 10 massage parlors in May and the city later shuttered all eight for health code violations.
Christmas officially kicked off Saturday in the city of Youngstown.
A new burger was crowned "king" of the Mahoning Valley Saturday.
A fashion show was held in Warren Saturday to help children who are living in a shelter.
Another area of low pressure will send snow to the Valley. That snow will change over to a wintry mix Sunday night which could lead to slick roads.
Habitat for Humanity of Mahoning County dedicated its 39th house on Saturday. It's been a long journey to get to this day, including the cleanup after vandals and thieves threatened the project.
Eastern Gateway Community College in Youngstown held an open house Saturday. The event is just one of many the school will be hosting to attract more students.
The sounds of the holiday season could be heard in Niles Saturday as a Valley tradition returned to the Eastwood Mall.
American Red Cross workers stayed busy Saturday at a holiday blood drive in Boardman.
UPDATE: A Canfield student won big on national television Saturday.
Allegiant Airlines will begin charging a fee for printing boarding passes beginning May 1, 2014.
Several hundred fans made the trip to Massillon to cheer on the Youngstown Cardinal Mooney football team as it went for its ninth state championship.
A Salem woman was arrested on a drug charge after a raid at her home on Thursday.
After 40 years, Dr. Richard Billak, who started the Community Corrections Association, is retiring at the end of December.
A group of local drug store workers spent part of their day giving back to some of the area's less fortunate.
The Youngstown Air Reserve Station confirmed Friday that the "Thunder Over the Valley" air show will return in the spring.
Students from Leonard Kirtz School were at Pioneer Farm in Poland on Friday, picking out some Christmas trees for U.S. service members.