Mahoning Ave. work
YOUNGSTOWN -- Work was to start today that will close one block of Mahoning Avenue between Oak Hill Avenue and Hogue Street downtown for about 90 days.
Drivers will be directed around the project using Marshall Street, Hogue and Oak Hill. Drivers should expect delays near the project and leave extra travel time during the morning and evening commutes, the city public works department said.
A new bridge to carry train traffic over Mahoning Avenue is being built.
Gun charge filed
CANFIELD -- A Warren man is to appear in Mahoning County Court at 6 p.m. Wednesday on charges of carrying a concealed weapon.
Canfield police said they saw a car driven by Atiim Smith, 27, of Garden Street following another vehicle too closely and stopped it about 1:40 a.m. Sunday on West Main Street. Police said they noticed the odor of marijuana, searched the vehicle and found a gun in a holster between the driver's seat and center console.
Smith was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, following too close and tinted windows.
Woman, son arrested
SHARON, Pa. -- Police arrested a Spearman Avenue woman and one of her sons in connection with injuries suffered by the woman's younger son.
Police said the younger son, 13, apparently misbehaved May 27, and his mother, Mary Allah, 41, instructed her older son, Sharife Martino, 22, of the same address, to discipline the boy. The boy suffered a broken wrist while being disciplined, police said.
A school nurse noted the injury the next day and called Allah to tell her that her son needed medical treatment. Allah refused to provide that treatment, and Thursday, police arrested her and Martino.
Allah was arraigned Friday on charges of criminal solicitation and endangering the welfare of a child and freed on her own recognizance.
Martino, who was already in jail on drug charges, was also arraigned Friday on charges of aggravated and simple assault and ordered held in jail on $25,000 bond. He remained in jail today.
Police said Allah's younger son is staying in a temporary home.
Prime Outlets burglary
GROVE CITY, Pa. -- State police said someone broke into the Sunglass World store at Prime Outlets in Springfield Township and stole 45 pairs of Oakley sunglasses with a retail value of $4,320.
The burglary occurred between 9:15 p.m. Friday and 6:15 a.m. Saturday.
Prank ends in charges
LIBERTY -- To help their pal out with a senior prank, two teens released chickens onto the grounds of Liberty High School Friday, police said.
Mark Hilliard, 18, of Vienna and Richard Mackall Jr., 19, of Girard are charged with cruelty to animals, disorderly conduct and criminal trespass.
School personnel rounded up the chickens and stuffed them into a plastic garbage bag, then returned them to their owner, a chicken farm on state Route 616 in Youngstown, police said. In the process, one of the chickens broke its leg. A 17-year-old high school youth also involved in the prank was suspended from school, police added.
MINERAL RIDGE -- Paid reservations are due by Friday for the Mineral Ridge High School Alumni Association annual banquet, which will be June 16 in the high school cafeteria.
The event begins with a social hour at 5:30 p.m., with a buffet dinner at 6:30.
Cost is $15 and advance reservations are requested.
Mail reservations to Mineral Ridge Alumni Association, P.O. Box 191, Mineral Ridge 44440.
Call Bill Stephens at (330) 652-9632.
Public zoning hearing
BROOKFIELD -- The township zoning commission will conduct a public hearing on a proposed zoning resolution at 7 p.m. June 26 in the township administration building, 6844 Strimbu Drive.
Text and a map of the proposal can be viewed from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.
Township trustees want to place a zoning issue on the ballot.