Benefit carwash set
BOARDMAN -- A carwash Saturday at the Holiday Inn will benefit the charity Kids Give the World. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., employees of the hotel, 7410 South Ave., will wash cars and windshields for $5.
The hotel aims to raise $500 for the organization, which sends children with life-threatening illness to central Florida attractions. The fund-raiser is in its third year, with Holiday Inns participating nationwide.
Facing felony charge
BOARDMAN -- James George Pipoly, 47, of Tanglewood Drive, Youngstown, is free on $2,500 bond after being arraigned Thursday night in Boardman Area Court on charges of receiving stolen property, a felony.
Pipoly, co-owner of Boardman Supply Co., which recently was the first business to use a newly restored rail line here, was arrested this week after township police spotted a riding lawnmower, which had been reported stolen, in his home garage. He entered no plea Thursday and was scheduled for a preliminary hearing Monday.
Also arrested in the case is Ray A. Tate III, 25, of East Midlothian, who is charged with receiving stolen property and failure to appear on a previous DUI charge. He is free on $2,500 bond, and is set for a preliminary hearing July 16.
Crematory in garage
HERMITAGE, Pa. -- The John Flynn Funeral Home has decided to install a crematory inside its building at 2630 E. State St. rather than pursue a zoning variance to put up an additional building to house the structure.
Flynn initially sought the variance in an appearance before the Hermitage Zoning Hearing Board on April 2 but changed his plans after some neighbors expressed concerns about a crematory and the hearing board asked for more details on the project. He needed the variance to build within 20 feet of his rear property line instead of the 50-foot setback required by the city.
Now, the crematory will be placed in the garage of the building, Flynn said. The 25,000-pound crematory unit was to arrive today.
Chief: Case is arson
YOUNGSTOWN -- A fire at 424 Sunshine Ave. on the East Side at 2:43 a.m. today was deliberately set, said Battalion Chief Robert Hian. The fire, which started in the kitchen of the vacant house, did about $10,000 damage, he said.
Portable toilet stolen
BERLIN STATION -- A portable toilet worth $700 was stolen from a work site on state Route 534 between Tuesday and Thursday morning. The owner of the Job Time Jon Co. told Mahoning County deputy sheriffs that he delivered the toilet to the work site Tuesday morning. However, the toilet was not at the site when East Ohio Gas workers arrived Thursday morning.
CANFIELD -- The taillight of a car driven by a Blueberry Hill resident was smashed by two men late Thursday night near the intersection of state Route 46 and Shields Road, police said.
The Blueberry Hill man was driving home from Austintown at 11:56 p.m. Friday when a red Monte Carlo containing two men pulled beside him, police said. One of the men told the Blueberry Hill man to pull over. When he didn't pull over, one of the men in the Monte Carlo produced a baseball bat and broke the taillight.
When the man reached his home on Blueberry Hill, the men in the Monte Carlo drove off, police said.
Nature lecture slated
PORTERSVILLE, Pa. -- Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to a campfire that will begin at 9 p.m. Saturday at McConnell's Mill State Park, on U.S. Route 422. A naturalist will discuss star gazing, night creatures and other topics at the Kildoo Ball Field. A lecture about edible plants will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday in the Kildoo picnic area. Sample dishes will be provided.
A discussion on wild mushrooms will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday in the Kildoo picnic area. For details, call (724) 368-9320.
Grove City bike trail
GROVE CITY, Pa. -- The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is building a new bicycle trail in the borough. Rhino Construction Co. of Lower Burrell, Pa., was low bidder on the job at $182,973 and work is to begin by mid-June and be completed by late July.
The 1-mile trail will be paved and connect Greenwood Drive with North Liberty Road, giving bicyclists and pedestrians better access to the borough's Hunter Farm recreation facilities off Greenwood Drive.
Money, ammo missing
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- Owners of Robison's Bait & amp; Tackle arrived at work Thursday to find about $1,000 and rifle ammunition missing.
Police say it appears someone broke in to the Croton Avenue business sometime overnight from Wednesday to Thursday.