NILES -- The enrollment period for a city-endorsed natural-gas program has been extended to Aug. 10.
The program is offered by AMPO Inc., a subsidiary of American Municipal Power-Ohio and the New Power Co.
"This extension will allow more people the opportunity to take advantage of the significant savings ...," said Mayor Ralph A. Infante Jr. City council endorsed the program as a way for residents and small-business owners to save money on their winter heating bills.
Doctor pleads innocent
WARREN -- An area pediatrician has pleaded innocent to two counts of sexual imposition.
Detective John Delbene said Dr. Jitander Kalia, who lives in Cortland but has an office on Homewood Avenue Southeast in Warren, fondled two of his secretaries June 13.
Trial is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Aug. 22 in Warren Municipal Court.
The secretaries no longer work for Kalia, Delbene said.
More charges expected
NILES -- Police expected to file additional charges today against a Weathersfield Township woman who already faces several misdemeanor charges.
Linda Everman, 48, of Valencia Drive, is charged with domestic violence, two counts of resisting arrest and four counts of disorderly conduct, all filed between July 10 and Thursday. All of the charges stem from domestic dispute calls at the Valencia Drive home.
Everman is scheduled to appear in Niles Municipal Court on some of the charged today and others Aug. 17.
Rains flood lots, homes
NILES -- Brief but hard rains that pounded parts of Trumbull County on Thursday evening caused alarms to sound at Eastwood Mall and flooding in parking lots and a few homes.
Firefighters said the alarms were triggered by leaks in the building.
The police department, which receives all city complaint calls after hours, got calls about basement and street flooding on John and Helen streets, Ridgelawn Drive and other areas.
Police Chief Bruce Simeone said dispatchers who answer the calls are sometimes verbally abused by the callers.
"We want the information, but please be understanding," Simeone said.
Officials at the Warren and Howland fire departments and Trumbull County 911 Center said they received no reports of flooding.
Waters receded in most spots within a couple of hours of the downpour.
BRACEVILLE -- The Trumbull County Sheriff's Department is investigating break-ins to three garages in the 600 block of Benedict Leavittsburg Road. Detectives said no arrests have been made.
Tractor thief sought
WARREN -- Police are searching for the person who broke into a shed at 1300 Niles Road and stole a riding tractor belonging to St. Mary Church. The break-in occurred sometime Wednesday but wasn't discovered until Thursday.
Yellow Pages arrive
NEWTON FALLS -- Distribution of more than 4,500 copies of the 2001 Sprint Yellow Pages should be complete here by the end of the month. The Newton Falls edition features a photo taken by Diana Lynne of a rustic white door framed in red brick.
Mother faces charges
YOUNGSTOWN -- The 22-year-old mother of twin 2-year-old boys found wandering alone in Pemberton Park clad only in dirty diapers about 9 a.m. Thursday has been charged with child endangering.
A teen-ager who saw the twins come out of an Aberdeen Avenue home with a dog called police, who pounded on the back door of the house and yelled to rouse the boys' mother, who was asleep upstairs with her boyfriend.
Police described the house as being filthy with only a minimal amount of food. Mahoning County Children Services was seeking relatives to care for the children.
Shots injure brothers
YOUNGSTOWN -- Two brothers are in St. Elizabeth Health Center after being shot outside Smokey Joe's Lounge in the Uptown area of Market Street at 1 a.m. today.
Nakia L. Sharpe, 26, of Fairgreen Avenue was in critical condition this morning with several wounds.
A security guard at another South Side bar told police he saw a man in khaki shorts and a red flowered shirt open fire, then ran.
Derek S. Sharpe, 23, also of Fairgreen, was in stable condition with a gunshot wound.