Parking lot theft
BOARDMAN -- Youngstown police arrested an undisclosed number of suspects after two cars in the parking lot of a Boardman movie theater were burglarized early today. A Boardman police report said the suspects broke into two cars in a parking lot near Movies 8 around 12:30 a.m. today and stole several hundred dollars' worth of stereo equipment. The report said Youngstown police later arrested the suspects in the crime, but Youngstown police had no information on the arrests this morning.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Complaints about exploding drain-cleaner bombs at the dead end of North Pearl Street on the East Side sent police and firefighters to the wooded area Wednesday evening. Police who saw a 15-year-old Oak Street boy walking out of the woods around 8 p.m. with a bottle of the drain cleaner took him to the juvenile justice center. In the woods, officers found a smoking bomb ready to explode and a crowd of 30 to 40 teen-agers and adults. The boy told police he's been making the bombs for a while. A woman who lives in the neighborhood told police that the bomb-making has been going on for about a month and some of the explosive devices have been hurled at her children, in yards and in sewers.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Police didn't give up until they tracked down and arrested three West Side teen-age boys suspected of trying to rob an 85-year-old Milton Avenue man while he sat on his porch Wednesday afternoon. The man told police the suspects tried to get cash out of his pockets and one of the boys fell on top of him. The would-be robbers ran when he said he was going to call 911. The victim and a woman visiting nearby who saw the boys run described them to police. One pony-tailed suspect sounded familiar to Patrolman William Golec, who found the 18 year-old with a 16-year-old boy on South Lakeview Avenue. The victim identified both as the ones who tried to rob him. The third boy, 17, was taken into custody when police learned he was at his South Lakeview home.
CANFIELD -- Someone entered a house under construction in the 4600 block of Bunny Trail between 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and 8:30 a.m. Wednesday and made large holes in the finished drywall, the owner told a Mahoning County deputy sheriff. The vandalism included a bucket of drywall mixture poured on the floor in one room.
CAMPBELL -- City council approved putting a charter amendment on the November general election ballot during their last regular meeting of the summer Wednesday. The amendment would allow the city to keep at least 16 police officers, and no more than 18, without regard to population figures. The current charter allows one police officer for every 650 residents. Currently the department has 15 officers on staff, including the chief, one for about every 600 people. The charter calls for one officer to be cut.
CLEVELAND -- A former bank vice president living in Poland is facing a federal charge of embezzling and willfully misapplying a total of $31,412 from his employer. John C. Leek, 41, of Springhill Trail, former mortgage originator, department manager and vice president of Cortland Savings and Banking Co., is charged with embezzling $13,641 and willfully misapplying an additional $17,771 from the bank between February 1998 and May 2000, the U.S. attorney said. The Youngstown FBI office investigated the case.
Zoning board to meet
AUSTINTOWN -- The township zoning board of appeals will have a public hearing at 7 tonight on a variance request by John Stacey of East Main Street Canfield for property he owns on South Turner Road. The hearing will be at the township building on Ohltown Road.
Speech, debate winners
WARREN -- Five area high school students are among the best in the nation in speech and debate. The local students competed with about 2,000 others June 10-15 at the 2001 National Speech and Debate Tournament in Norman, Okla. Nicholas Verina of Niles McKinley High School finished eighth in humorous interpretation; Danielle Tabor of Niles, 15th in original oratory; Dana DeLorenzo of Boardman, 15th in dramatic interpretation. Ric Diaz of Howland finished in the top 35 in Lincoln-Douglas debate, and Christopher Orlosky of Warren JFK was in the top 35 in original oratory.