Unauthorized solicitors

Unauthorized solicitors
YOUNGSTOWN -- Two teen-age boys are soliciting funds without authorization on behalf of Cornerstone Chapel in the residential neighborhood near the chapel, according to Pastor Kerry Dean. The chapel, located at 1224 N. Belle Vista Ave., solicits donations from its own congregation, but does not canvass for money, the pastor said.
2 early fires
YOUNGSTOWN -- Firefighters responded to two fires early today. A vacant house fire at 1:09 a.m. destroyed the 2 1/2 -story wooden structure at 432 Wiseman St. on the South Side, said Battalion Chief James Flynn. He said the house, valued at $5,000, was a total loss and arson is the suspected cause. At 3:22 a.m., a fire started in the living room of a Victory Annex apartment on the East Side. Flynn estimated the damage at $10,000 and said the cause is under investigation. No one was home at the time of the fire.
Power outage
BOARDMAN -- About 150 people were without power for several hours this morning in the U.S. Route 224-Tippecanoe Road area. Work crews from Ohio Edison were working to determine the cause as of 8 a.m. Company officials expected to have the power restored by 10 a.m.
Niles boy honored
NILES -- A city boy is one of 10 youths from across the country being honored for volunteering in their communities. Billy Martin Jr., 10, is being rewarded by Kohl's Department Stores as a national winner in its Kohl's Kids Who Care scholarship program for starting Bite the Bullet.
Bite the Bullet raises money to buy bulletproof vests for police dogs. He started the campaign just more than a year ago after learning about a police dog in Ashtabula County that was shot and killed in the line of duty. His goal is to outfit all the dogs in Ohio with the vests, which cost about $500 each.
The winners, selected from more than 4,300 youthful volunteers nominated at local Kohl's stores, will each receive $5,000 scholarships for post-secondary education. The Kohl's Kids Who Care scholarship program, launched earlier this year, identifies and recognizes the efforts of kids who contribute to their local communities.
Fire department grant
MILTON -- The Milton Township Volunteer Fire Department received a $97,934 federal grant for protective fire equipment. The grant, which requires a $10,881 local match, came from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Program. The award was announced today by U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr. of Poland, D-17th.
Drunken intruders
CANFIELD -- A 17-year-old girl woke up in a Topaz Circle home early Sunday morning to find a drunken man standing over her.
The man crawled up a set of stairs and left the house at 204 Topaz Circle after the girl woke up around 5:45 a.m. Sunday.
A few minutes earlier, a 48-year-old woman who had been sleeping on the home's second floor woke up when she heard noises downstairs. She found another drunken man standing in the hallway asking about her 20-year-old daughter.
The woman told the man to leave, which he did. A gold four-door car was seen leaving the home. Police searched the area but could not find the car.
The two men apparently entered the house through unlocked garage and front doors.
Mail from inmate
CANFIELD -- A Glenview Road woman called police after receiving unsolicited mail from an inmate at Lucasville state jail. The inmate, who said his name was Greg, asked the woman to send him a picture so he would know what she looked like. The woman said she did not know the inmate. Police told the woman Friday she should contact them if she receives any other mail from the inmate.
Car break-in
AUSTINTOWN -- A 32-year-old Monaca Avenue man placed a teen in a headlock early today after finding the teen in his car. The teen eventually broke free of the headlock and fled. Another teen who had been in the car also ran. CDs had been taken from the car, which was unlocked, as well as from three other unlocked cars.

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