Police, USPS conduct mail theft probe

Police, USPS conductmail theft probe
CANFIELD -- Police and U.S. Postal Service inspectors are investigating mail theft from the Canfield Post Office after officials say they recovered several hundred pieces of stolen mail.
Officials said the recovered mail included several hundred checks. Police said they have a suspect but need to consult state and federal prosecutors.
They said customers who used the Canfield Post Office and suspect their mail was stolen or missing should call (330) 533-4903.
Drive-up window closedover safety concerns
BOARDMAN -- Because of safety and security concerns, the drive-up window at the Boardman Branch Post Office has been closed. Mail and parcels must be presented over the window in the lobby.
The Postal Service apologized for any inconvenience.
For more information, contact the Boardman branch manager at (330) 758-1213 or Karen Harding at (330) 740-8805.
Tree-lighting ceremony
CANFIELD -- The city will conduct its annual tree-lighting ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Friday on the village green. Santa Claus is to arrive at 7 p.m. and the Community Band will perform.
Police investigate death
YOUNGSTOWN -- Anthony Russo, 36, was found dead in his van outside a Howard Street home shortly before 7 a.m. Wednesday.
The homeowner told police he had checked on Russo, whom he knew, around 4 a.m. Wednesday and found him snoring. The homeowner told police he had been drinking with Russo the night before.
Police reports did not list Russo's address.
The death is not suspicious, said Dr. Jesse Giles of the Mahoning County Coroner's Office. Dr. Giles said he is waiting for toxicology results and noted that Russo had a bad heart.
Help Hotline officials
YOUNGSTOWN -- Edgar Manning of Boardman was elected 2001-2002 president of the Help Hotline Crisis Center board of directors.
Other officers are: Gary Marinelli of Boardman, vice president; Atty. Jeffrey Limbian of Youngstown, secretary; Mary Margaret Hovanes of Austintown, treasurer; and Jane Kestner of Youngstown, immediate past president.
I-80 lane restriction
GROVE CITY, Pa. -- Westbound traffic will be restricted to the left lane of Interstate 80 between the Grove City-Sandy Lake exit and I-79 from about 9 a.m. to about 3 p.m. Friday because of road work.
The work will consist of extending guide rails in front of weather information system controls.
Spotlighting planes
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- A New Castle man is accused of shining a spotlight on airplanes as they attempted to land at the New Castle Airport.
Pennsylvania State Police said James S. Szumianski faces a charge of recklessly endangering another person.
The charge was filed Wednesday. Police said a Warren, Ohio, pilot reported the spotlight pointed at his plane Oct. 21 at 8:25 p.m.
Ensemble to performfree concert Friday
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. -- The Westminster College Wind Ensemble will perform a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Orr Auditorium.
Under the direction of R. Tad Greig, this select group of 42 musicians will perform works from "Lord of the Rings," Schuman, Bagley, and Thuille, as well as holiday music.
Woman's dog shot
HERMITAGE, Pa. -- Two men in their early 20s, one of them carrying a rifle, kicked in the door of a 39-year-old woman's residence in the 100 block of Cohassett Drive, entered and shot one of her barking German shepherd dogs Wednesday afternoon, police said.
Around 12:55 p.m., the burglars told her to take the dogs outside, which she did, but then she ran screaming to the home of a neighbor, who called police.
The burglars fled.
The dog was taken to a veterinarian and survived.

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