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Teen-ager sought in attack on girl



Published: Wed, August 1, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.



Teen-ager soughtin attack on girl

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.

Man arrested in damage

NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- Police arrested a Mount Jackson man in connection with damage done to the Jackson Knolls baseball field in North Beaver Township. Pennsylvania State Police charged Garth Curtis Rafacz, 20, with criminal mischief and scattering rubbish.

An estimated $1,000 in damage was done to the field when a car was driven over the grassy areas and into the backstop at 12:55 a.m. Saturday, police said. The car was abandoned, but police said they found several forms of identification inside.

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.

Community garage sale

NORTH JACKSON -- The North Jackson Citizens' Committee is sponsoring a communitywide garage sale here this weekend.

The sale will run Friday and Saturday at several locations throughout Jackson Township. A spokesman for the committee said the sale was designed to give township residents an opportunity to meet one another.

Maps to the garage sale are available at 11349 Mahoning Ave.

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.

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.




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