Raid at house nets drugs, cash and guns

Raid at house netsdrugs, cash and guns
YOUNGSTOWN -- Members of the Mahoning Valley Drug Task Force and Youngstown vice squad raided a house at 422 Glenwood Ave. Thursday afternoon and seized about 10 ounces of powdered cocaine, drug paraphernalia, $17,000 and two handguns, said Lt. William Powell, vice squad commander.
Vernon Scott, 38, of that address, was charged with possession of drugs, and police were advised of a federal pick-up order on him on charges of drug trafficking, Powell said.
A resident of the home, Otis Woods, 70, was not arrested at the scene because of his health, Powell said, noting Woods said he uses a walker. The case will be presented to a federal prosecutor because of Woods' prior drug and weapons convictions, Powell said.
Assault charge filedagainst Boardman man
YOUNGSTOWN -- A charge of felonious assault has been filed against Edward Kraft, 24, of Garden Valley Drive, Boardman, a bouncer at Ernie McDoogell's bar, who police said beat up an off-duty Trumbull County deputy Nov. 22 inside the Rayen Avenue business.
Kraft was arraigned Thursday in municipal court.
Judge Robert A. Douglas Jr. set bond at $10,000, allowing 10 percent to be paid. He set a preliminary hearing for Dec. 26.
Witnesses told police that the deputy, John Tatarka, 23, of Austintown, was punched in the head and hit with a beer bottle.
Robbed at gunpoint
YOUNGSTOWN -- A 60-year-old Youngstown man told police he was robbed at gunpoint of his briefcase and $10, despite telling his attacker he had only work papers in the case.
The man said he was approached after getting off the bus around 4 p.m. Thursday near St. Louis Avenue and Hillman Street. He said the robber asked what was in the briefcase and produced a handgun.
Police said an attempt to locate the robber, thanks to information given by a witness, didn't lead to any arrests.
House fired upon
YOUNGSTOWN -- A 24-year-old Griffith Street woman said she left her apartment for one day, only to return Thursday to find three bullet holes in her living room window.
No injuries were reported. The woman told police she didn't know who would have shot her home.
Meeting date changed
CAMPBELL -- The city school board has changed the date of its special meeting from Tuesday to 6 p.m. Wednesday in the board office.
The meeting was called to set procedures for a future open forum to interview board candidates.
Fire damages homein Austintown
AUSTINTOWN -- No injuries were reported from a fire that caused a $25,000 loss to a DePauw Avenue home, Assistant Fire Chief William O'Hara said.
The fire started around 12:25 p.m. Thursday at 5681 DePauw. O'Hara said it was caused by the storage of combustible materials near a hot water tank. No one was home at the time.
Firefighters had the blaze out within 90 minutes.
New United Way leader
ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Brian Gallagher, president of United Way of Central Ohio in Columbus, has been named president and chief executive officer of United Way of America.
A 20-year veteran of United Way, Gallagher has since 1996 headed UW of Central Ohio, the nation's 16th largest UW with an annual $51 million campaign.
Christmas celebration
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.
Struthers events
STRUTHERS -- Officials have scheduled the city's annual Christmas tree lighting for 6 p.m. Dec. 6 in front of the municipal building, 6 Elm St.
Santa Claus will arrive aboard a Struthers firetruck to pass out treats to children.
Boardman Park
BOARDMAN -- Boardman Park officials will meet with township officials at 3:30 p.m. Monday at the township government building to discuss placing a veterans memorial inside the park.

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