Woman reports attack
POLAND -- Village police are investigating a reported assault of a female employee at Friendly's Restaurant on U.S. Route 224 on June 1. The employee told police she was taking items out to a trash bin in the rear of the building around 9:30 p.m. when two male employees tried to throw her into the bin. One of the suspects covered her mouth and both tried to lift her into the bin, but she resisted and eventually was put down, she said. Then one of the suspects punched her in the stomach, reports said. The woman complained of stomach pain but did not report the matter to police until after her shift out of fear of retaliation.
Owner alleges theft
POLAND -- The owner of a Main Street gas station told police he believes two of his employees stole more than $3,700 that they were supposed to deposit at the bank. According to the station owner, the gas station manager took receipts from four shifts to make a deposit last Sunday. Before he could make the deposit, he was arrested by a village police officer for driving under suspension.
The station owner has not seen or heard from the manager since his arrest and does not know the location of the money. The station owner also has not seen or heard from a second employee with whom the station manager lives.
Batcho trial postponed
YOUNGSTOWN -- After a pretrial Monday in municipal court, Judge Robert P. Milich agreed to postpone until Sept. 24 the jury trial that had been set for today for admitted hitman Mark Batcho. Batcho is accused of beating a fellow inmate at Mahoning County Jail in February.
Batcho, who was recruited by mob associates to shoot and wound a lawyer and the Mahoning County prosecutor-elect in 1996, is serving an 18-year sentence for those crimes and has a murder trial pending.
Dog attack charges
YOUNGSTOWN -- If the victim of a dog attack is reimbursed roughly $420 by Rodney J. Moses for medical expenses, Municipal Judge Robert A. Douglas Jr. is willing to accept a plea agreement that amends the vicious dog charge to a minor misdemeanor, which carries no jail time. Moses, 26, of Erie, must pay by July 13 to a South Side man bitten by the dog in April. Moses has been free on $50,000 bond since March 5 in an unrelated drug case that involves the Ayers Street Playas, an East Side street gang. A conviction with jail time in the dog case could have triggered a bond revocation hearing.
Drugs found during stop
POLAND -- Township police charged a 53-year-old Lowellville man with possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia after a traffic stop shortly after 1:30 a.m. Monday. The man was stopped while driving along U.S. Route 224, east of Struthers Road, because his rear license plate light was out. Police then discovered and seized a measuring scale with suspected cocaine residue, a crack pipe and suspected crack cocaine.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Victory Lutheran Church, 2110 Glenwood Ave., will distribute free clothing from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. No identification is required. Bags will be available.
Ward results unchanged
WARREN -- A recount failed to change results in the race for the Hubbard 1st Ward council job, giving the seat to incumbent Bonnie Viele by a three-vote margin. The challenger, Albert J. Patrick, paid for the recount.
Truck found on fire
HILLSVILLE, Pa. -- Pennsylvania State Police say a truck found burning in the quarries off U.S. Route 224 had been stolen in Boardman. The truck, owned by Harvey Setinsek of Cavalcade Road, Austintown, was found at 3 p.m. Monday. Police did not say when the truck was stolen.
HUBBARD -- The city has received a $9,057 federal grant, safety director Robert Paterniti announced at Monday's council meeting. The money will be used to either upgrade software or for personnel matters, he said.
WARREN -- A Burton Street Southeast man told police Monday a group of males assaulted his 17-year-old son and tried to force the youth into a car.