STRUTHERS -- Police found a Grandview Avenue woman swimming topless in her pool after a resident complained Tuesday afternoon that the 27-year-old woman was always in or around her pool wearing only a thong. The resident told police that crowds of men gather in the area to watch. Police advised the woman that city ordinances prohibit the display of breasts and that she would have to build a privacy fence if she continued to go topless. Police told her further violations would result in her arrest.
BOARDMAN -- Township police are investigating a series of damaged mailboxes along Parkside Drive this morning.
Reports say eight mailboxes were struck or stolen from their posts. Officers questioned two people about the damage, but no arrests had been made as of this morning.
Ex-dean must pay
YOUNGSTOWN -- Judge John Durkin of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court has ordered a former dean at Youngstown State University to pay $7,500 to a YSU professor.
Clara Jennings, who resigned as dean of YSU's education school in July 2000, sued YSU professor Gabriel Palmer-Fernandez in May 1999 for defamation, claiming he falsely accused her of plagiarizing portions of a speech.
Jennings is now education dean at the University of Massachusetts in Boston.
In October 2000, Jennings and Palmer-Fernandez agreed to settle the lawsuit out of court, but the terms were to remain confidential.
In June, Palmer-Fernandez filed a complaint in Durkin's court alleging that Jennings had disclosed information about the settlement to three YSU administrators.
The judge ordered Jennings to pay the $7,500 after she failed to respond to Palmer-Fernandez's complaint, according to an entry filed Tuesday by Durkin.
School board candidate
YOUNGSTOWN -- Lock P. Beachum Sr., Youngstown Board of Education vice president, filed nominating petitions seeking another four-year term to the board.
YOUNGSTOWN -- The Ohio Department of Commerce will publish its annual list of Mahoning County unclaimed funds owners in Sunday's edition of The Vindicator.
The accounts consist of money or the right to money left dormant or forgotten. Some examples including dormant checking and savings accounts, forgotten rent and utility deposits, uncashed checks, uncashed insurance policies, and forgotten layaway deposits.
The Mahoning County list includes 47,755 accounts worth $6.1 million. The largest unclaimed account in the county is the trust of Robert A. Henkin at $109,434.
Grants for housing
COLUMBUS -- Girard will receive $550,000 and East Palestine and Columbiana County will each get $500,000 from the state to improve housing conditions in those areas.
The three are among 62 communities and counties receiving more than $31 million from the state's Community Housing Improvement Program.
The program helps local governments provide money for low- and moderate-income residents to improve their homes.
Money is given to communities and counties based on community distress, applicants' past performance and administrative capacity, cost effectiveness and leveraging.
YOUNGSTOWN -- A recently married couple in their mid-20s wanted their wedding photos badly enough that the husband snatched them from a secretary at Ron Chick Photos at 3721 Market St. and ran out without paying $270, Chick told police Tuesday.
In a report, Chick told officers that he has been in contact with the husband, who refuses to pay. No address was listed for the couple, but their phone number indicates they live in Canfield.
Illegal tobacco sales
YOUNGSOWN -- Vice cops hit four convenience stores Tuesday in response to complaints about sales of tobacco products to teen-agers.
Patrolmen Sam Mosca and Michael Brindisi used a 17-year-old cooperating witness, who bought small cigars at the Oak Street Super Market at 1804 Oak St., Gina's Drive-Thru, 1942 Glenwood Ave., JB's, at 2606 Glenwood Ave. and The Wine Cellar, 105 S. Meridian Road.
Mosca and Brindisi issued a municipal court summons to the clerks who sold the tobacco products. They are charged with illegal sales.
Crack found in court
GIRARD -- Judge Michael Bernard reported that someone may have been smoking crack in the girl's restroom at the municipal court. When the cleaning lady was changing a roll of toilet paper Tuesday evening, she knocked over a glass tube that had suspected crack cocaine inside it.