Theft at McDonald's
YOUNGSTOWN -- A man with a black bag covering his face took an undisclosed amount of cash from an open safe at McDonald's restaurant, 3034 Mahoning Ave., about 9:15 p.m. Tuesday, the manager told police. The thief came in through a rear door that had been opened to take out the trash, the manager said. No weapon was seen or implied. Police searched surrounding neighborhoods but didn't find anyone who matched the description.
YOUNGSTOWN -- A 28-year-old man and his girlfriend had their hands bound with duct tape about 5:45 p.m. Tuesday by two gunmen who kicked in the door at an East Glenaven Avenue house, according to reports. The suspects then ransacked the kitchen and living room and took $1,500, police said. One of the gunmen made four children in the house go under a bed while he assaulted the man.
Lordi ordered to prison
YOUNGSTOWN -- A judge has ordered former Mahoning County commissioner Frank Lordi to report to the county jail Friday. He will then be taken to a state prison to serve 18 months for theft in office. Lordi, 54, of Canfield Township, was convicted by a common pleas court jury in 1999 but was allowed to remain free while he appealed.
Last week, the Ohio Supreme Court declined to hear his case, which prompted visiting Judge Mark K. Wiest to issue his order for Lordi to surrender and begin serving the sentence. Lordi's attorney, David L. Engler, said they might ask the high court to reconsider.
Forum Health talks set
YOUNGSTOWN -- Forum Health and its striking nurses will return to the bargaining table Thursday.
Hospital officials and the Youngstown General Duty Nurses Association have not met since last Thursday, when they exchanged proposals on mandatory overtime but failed to reach an agreement. Also on the table are pay, pension and other issues.
Vehicular homicide case
NILES -- Fred R. Brinsky Jr. of Youngstown has pleaded innocent in municipal court here to charges of aggravated vehicular homicide and aggravated vehicular assault.
His attorney, Dennis DiMartino, filed the plea Tuesday on behalf of Brinsky, 44, who remains in satisfactory condition in St. Elizabeth Health Center after a head-on automobile collision that killed 19-year-old Taylor L. Veisz of Youngstown on Salt Springs Road in Weatherfield Township around 9:40 p.m. May 19.
Ohio State Highway Patrol officials said Brinsky crossed the center line when his van struck the woman's car near Interstate 80.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. June 29.
Remodeling of school
McDONALD -- The board of education has approved paperwork to be sent to the Ohio School Facilities Commission for permission to proceed with the $5.1 million remodeling of the high school.
The board met in special session Tuesday to review the form prepared by architects Riccuiti, Balog and Partners of Youngstown.
The work is part of an overall $17 million improvements project in the district. The high school job will cost $7.5 million. The paperwork going to the state for approval is for general trades construction, heating and air conditioning, plumbing, fire protection, electrical and windows. Treasurer Thomas Radabaugh explained that bids for work at the high school will be opened June 19. Some work will begin this summer and take about a year.
The board has changed the date of its next regular meeting to 7:15 p.m. June 18 in the high school library. There will be an executive session at 7:15 p.m. June 11 to evaluate district administrators.
MINERAL RIDGE -- The Weathersfield Township Responsible Citizens Association will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in Summit Assembly of God, 2615 Salt Springs Road.
Speaker will be David Pugh, township administrator.
The group meets the last Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. and is open to the public.