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Boy gets chance to be Air Force pilot



Published: Wed, May 9, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.



Boy gets chance to be Air Force pilot

VIENNA -- Over the past few months, Louis F. Hayes has learned to be pretty brave. So when the Youngstown Air Force Reserve Station made him an honorary 2nd Lieutenant, he was ready.

The 9-year-old Boardman boy is battling leukemia. He's been on a treatment schedule at Forum Health Tod Children's Hospital since March.

He visited the base Tuesday, though, as the featured guest for the Reserves' "Pilot of the Day" program, which offers a base tour to children who live with a life-threatening disease or illness.

He is the sixth child to participate in the program at the King Graves Road base since the program began last spring.

He rode in a C-130 cargo plane, operated a fire hose, and participated in a simulated parachute landing and small-arms programs.

"Pretty exciting," he said, but he's not sure he wants to be a pilot.

"When I was a couple years old, I did," Louis said. "But now I want to be a sports star."

Boys are shot

YOUNGSTOWN -- Gunshots fired from a passing car injured two teen-age boys Tuesday evening as they walked on Lilburne Drive.

Lamont Wagner, 16, of Duncan Lane was hit in the right ankle and Anthony Hightower, 17, of Mumford Drive was hit in the left leg. Both received treatment at St. Elizabeth Health Center about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday. Police collected 13 spent shells from the 100 block of Lilburne. Reports show an argument likely led to the gunfire.

Fraud victim

YOUNGSTOWN -- Police said an 81-year-old East Midlothian Avenue woman was the victim of a fraud.

She told police that two men in green uniforms who offered to clean up her back yard for $150 said they worked for the city.

The woman said the men came to her home last Thursday and, after taking her money, said they would go get something to eat before doing the work. The men never returned, the woman told police Tuesday.

911 upgrades

YOUNGSTOWN -- RCC Consultants of Edwardsville, Ill., SSI Services of Harrisburg, Pa., and Robert Kimball & amp; Associates of Pittsburgh have been selected as finalists to serve as the consultant for a $1 million upgrade and relocation of Mahoning County's 911 system.

The companies will be evaluated and rated by a seven-member committee of county officials and system users. The finalists were chosen from a field of 11 applicants.

Meeting canceled

YOUNGSTOWN -- Mill Creek MetroParks board canceled its Monday meeting and will have a special meeting at 4 p.m. Thursday at the park offices at Mahoning County Experimental and Education Farm in Canfield.

Pipe bomb hurts boy

HILLSVILLE, Pa. -- A boy playing in the Hillsville Quarry with two friends was hurt when a pipe bomb went off. Pennsylvania State Police said the boy was treated at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown for injuries and later released.

Police said the boy saw the pipe bomb and threw a rock at it, causing it to explode at 4:30 p.m. Sunday. His two friends were not hurt. No other details, including the ages of the boys, were available from police.

Summer program

LISBON -- The Columbiana County Career Center will offer a "Summer Hands-On" program from 8 a.m. to noon June 4-7 for any pupil entering seventh, eighth or ninth grade in the fall.

Each program participant will choose four courses and spend one day in each. Cost is $20; registration deadline is May 30.

Course offerings include: auto body/collision repair, American Red Cross baby-sitting, auto mechanic technology, business technology, cosmetology, food service, landscaping/ horticulture, outdoor living, small engines and welding. To register, or for more information, call 424-9561 Ext. 10.




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