Lordstown man accusedof raping 9-year-old
LORDSTOWN -- A village man is in the Trumbull County jail, accusing of raping a 9-year-old girl.
No bond has been set.
Lloyd Allen Grate, 53, of Hallock-Young Road, is charged with one count of rape and three counts of gross sexual imposition.
Capt. Brent B. Milhoan said the episodes occurred in Grate's home and vehicle since September.
They were reported by the girl's mother.
The Trumbull County grand jury secretly indicted Grate this month. Police arrested him Thursday afternoon during a traffic stop.
Woman reports attack
WARREN -- An Atlantic N.W. woman told police that someone entered her home and attacked her early this morning.
Police reports say a man entered the home around 1 a.m. and began punching, kicking and choking the woman.
She fought back and threw household items at the man, who fled.
The woman was treated at a hospital.
School chief evaluation
VIENNA -- Mathews Board of Education will meet in special session at 11 a.m. Sunday to evaluate the district superintendent.
The meeting will be in the board offices at 4434B Warren-Sharon Road.
Cause of fire
WARREN -- The fire department says a light bulb that fell from the ceiling of Russell's Automotive at 1566 Niles Road S.E. caused a fire that destroyed a vehicle and did $50,000 in damage to the building and its contents just before 1 p.m. Thursday.
Firefighters said the bulb likely caused a spark when an employee was removing a vehicle's gas tank.
The blaze was brought under control in minutes.
Holiday open houseslated at museum
NILES -- The Niles Historical Society's annual Christmas open house is from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday in the Ward-Thomas House.
Displays include Anne Townley's collection of Santas in the dining room, Carol Leventis' Nutcracker collection in the library and Lynn Gombos' collection of snowmen on the piano in the library.
A collection of old-fashioned paper dolls and Christmas cards also will be featured.
The display also will be open from 2 to 5 p.m. Jan. 6 for those who can't make the December open house.
Ward-Thomas House is on Brown Street, off state Route 46.
$25,000 donatedto river cleanup
WARREN -- Trumbull County companies and organizations have donated $25,100 toward paying the county's share for the next phase of the Mahoning River cleanup.
Thus far, donations include $18,000 from Trumbull 100, $6,500 from Home Savings and Loan, $500 from McDonald Steel, and $100 from Brainard Rivet in Girard, said Gary Newbrough, director of the Trumbull County Planning Commission.
The deadline to raise the $10,900 still needed from Trumbull County sources has been extended to the end of January, he said.
The money from Trumbull County will be combined with $39,000 from Mahoning County sources to allow the Mahoning River Consortium access to a total of $3 million in state and federal funds for a study on how to clean the river in both counties.
Student handbookfor extracurriculars
GIRARD -- Girard School District has published a comprehensive handbook to help students become involved in extracurricular activities.
Superintendent Joseph Shoaf said the handbook was compiled by freshmen Amanda Archer and Lindsey Boomhower.
It describes 49 areas -- 29 activities and 20 athletic programs -- in which junior high and senior high school pupils can participate, identifies eligibility requirements, time of commitment, activity time periods, membership limits, procedures of joining and staff sponsors and coaches.
The handbooks have been distributed to pupils in grades seven through 12, school board members and the business community.
BOARDMAN -- Boardman Township Park will sponsor a community Christmas celebration from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The event will include tree decorating by school groups, businesses and others; music and caroling; and candle, tree and display lighting.
Boardman PTA will serve refreshments in the St. James Meeting House and Santa will make an appearance.