Woman must face charges

LISBON – The Salem woman accused of extorting money from former Mahoning County sanitary engineer J. Robert Lyden was denied intervention in lieu of conviction on an aggravated burglary charge in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court this week.

Gloria J. Prottengeier, 37, Walnut Street, Salem, is charged with aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony. Court documents allege Prottengeier seriously harmed Rebecca Stoffer while attempting or committing a theft offense on Dec. 7, 2011.

Columbiana County Common Pleas Court Judge C. Ashley Pike denied the request by Prottengeier’s attorney, James Hartford. Her attorney noted Prottengeier’s record shows she is either addicted or in danger of becoming addicted to drugs.

Although Assistant County Prosecutor John Gamble said the prosecutor’s office was not opposed to intervention, he did note a report shows Prottengeier was previously unsuccessful as an outpatient in a counseling program. She also faces drug-related charges in Mahoning County. In February, Prottengeier was indicted by the Mahoning County grand jury with charges of possession of heroin and possession of drugs.

Gamble also noted the extortion charge in Mahoning County remains unresolved. While Prottengeier faces a third-degree felony in the case, Lyden, who was accused of having a personal relationship with her on county time, left his job last year.

In Columbiana County, a new date has been set for a June 12 jury trial for Prottengeier.