Take a night out
YOUNGSTOWN -- National Night Out, from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, will begin on Elm Street with a parade around Wick Park on the North Side. The annual nationwide effort is a way to unify neighborhoods against crime. Residents are encouraged to put their porch lights on.
Block watches from throughout the city will attend, and free refreshments will be served in the park. Cruisers from nearby police departments, limousines, antique cars, police on bikes and a city firetruck will be in the parade. This year's event is sponsored by the Black Knights Police Association.
Legal Services grant
YOUNGSTOWN -- Northeast Ohio Legal Services received a $1,000 grant from the Frances & amp; Lillian Schermer Charitable Trust. It will be used for technology upgrades.
NOLS provides legal assistance for low-income residents of Mahoning, Columbiana, Trumbull and Wayne counties.
Boy attacked by burglar
AUSTINTOWN -- A 15-year-old boy told police he was punched and kicked in the face and ribs by a burglar on South Main Street late Tuesday night.
The boy said he was looking out the window of his home around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday when he saw a man run out of his neighbor's garage and toward a red Chevrolet Cavalier parked in the driveway. He said he believes the man has been "casing" the South Main Street neighborhood over the past two months.
The boy told police he ran out of his home, confronted the man, and punched him in the face. The man then punched the boy in the face, knocked him to the ground, and kicked him in the face and ribs before getting in his car and driving away.
The boy said he remained on the ground in pain for about 30 minutes before he was able to stand up. The couple who live at the home found the boy sitting on their porch when they arrived around 1 a.m. today.
Eight rolls of quarters worth a total of $80 and a pair of amethyst earrings worth $100 were stolen from the home. Police reports do not say if the boy was taken to the hospital.
Eagle Heights principal
YOUNGSTOWN -- The Eagle Heights Academy Board of Education hired Gail Faison-Tigner as principal for grades 5-9 at $48,000 a year. Faison-Tigner, who was a teacher in the Atlanta schools for 18 years, will be employed on a day-to-day status pending receipt of her license from the Ohio Department of Education.
Also at its Tuesday session, the board hired DeAnna Hardwick, most recently a teacher in the Canfield schools, who will be paid $43,000 a year as dean of students in kindergarten through grade four.
With almost 1,000 pupils in kindergarten through ninth grade housed in the former South High School, Eagle Heights is Ohio's largest charter school. Ninth grade is being added this year.
LISBON -- Columbiana County deputy sheriffs are searching for a teen-age boy accused of exposing himself to two teen-age girls and attacking one of them. The episode occurred July 26 on the Greenway Trail, a county-owned hike-bike path.
The two girls, ages 17 and 18, were walking on the trail at about 2:30 p.m. in a residential area known as Logtown, near Lisbon. The boy, riding a bicycle, stopped and exposed himself, they said. As the girls continued walking, he jumped on the 17-year-old, pinning her to the ground, they said. With help from her companion, the girl freed herself.
The boy, thought to be between 14 and 16, fled on his bicycle toward Logtown. Neither girl required medical treatment.
Rescue 40 name switch
BEAVER FALLS, Pa. -- Rescue 40 has changed its name to U.S. SARR-SRRC (Search, Rescue and Recovery Corps) to better reflect the broadening scope of its endeavors.
The 28-year-old nonprofit organization provides all-volunteer searches for missing people free of charge to public safety agencies requesting the organization's assistance in the tri-state area.
New members of the SARR Corps must complete extensive training through the organization's academy.
The organization's director, Ron Wisbith, can be reached at (724) 843-5378 or (330) 227-3053. Inquiries may also be made to U.S. SARR, 318 8th St., Beaver Falls, Pa. 15010.