Poland man chargedwith child enticement
WEATHERSFIELD -- A 26-year-old man was charged in Niles Municipal Court this morning with criminal child enticement and drug abuse.
Weathersfield police Capt. Joe Consiglio said two boys, both 8, who live in Suburban Mobile Home Park, were looking for frogs in woods near the trailer park about 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
According to police, Randall Bryant of Oak Drive, Poland, came into the woods and told the boys he'd take them to a pet shop and get them a frog.
One boy went with the man to a pet shop and then to a Dairy Mart, Consiglio said.
About an hour later, Niles police spotted a car that matched the description of the one driven by the suspect, and stopped it at Belle Terre Avenue and Pheasant Street.
Niles police filed the drug charge after finding marijuana on Bryant when he was arrested. Weathersfield police filed the child enticement charge.
The boy was returned to his family unhurt, Consiglio said.
NILES -- Billy Martin Jr., 11, has won a $5,000 Kohl's scholarship for his Bite the Bullet program.
Billy, the son of Bill and Melissa Martin, started the program last year to outfit area police dogs with bulletproof vests after reading about an Ashtabula County police dog that was shot and killed in the line of duty.
Billy will be honored during a demonstration at 2 p.m. Saturday at Kohl's Department Store, Niles-Cortland Road S.E., featuring the Niles and Warren police dogs. The Niles boy is one of 10 national winners in the Kohl's Kids Who Care program.
Break-in at flower shop
WARREN -- Police are investigating a break-in at Jensen's Flowers, 2741 Parkman Road N.W.
Reports state that someone broke in early Thursday and took a bag with an undisclosed amount of money.
Fire cause probed
WARREN -- Township firefighters are investigating a blaze that destroyed an equipment building at 6123 Park Road this morning.
The fire broke out around 5:12 a.m. and several area fire departments were called to assist.
Accident victim dies
YOUNGSTOWN -- A Youngstown woman involved in a one-car accident early last Friday on state Route 11 near Tibbetts-Wick Road in Liberty Township has died from injuries.
April D. Armour, 28, of Scioto Avenue, died Thursday in St. Elizabeth Medical Center, where she had been since the accident.
Her older sister, Adrienne Armour, 32, also of Scioto Avenue, died last Friday of injuries suffered in the crash.
Services for the sisters will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mount Zion Baptist Church.
MVSD president named
MINERAL RIDGE -- Mahoning Valley Sanitary District directors have named Alfred J. Fleming board president.
Fleming, one of the two Youngstown representatives on the four-member panel, will serve as president for one year.
Senior Celebration fairat Shenango Valley Mall
MERCER-- The Shenango Valley Mall and the Mercer County Area Agency on Aging will be host to their annual Senior Celebration from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 14.
This information and services fair will feature about 70 representatives from area health agencies, long-term care facilities, volunteer organizations, public interest groups, offices of local, state and federal government, travel industry representatives and others.
There will also be entertainment, including a senior fashion show presented by Sears, live radio broadcasts, question-and-answer forums and health and hearing screenings.
This event is free and open to the public. Prizes will be awarded throughout the day.
Call the mall at (724) 346-4564 or visit www.shopshenangovalleymall.com.
Gas savings offergood until Monday
AUSTINTOWN -- Residents looking for potential gas savings here have until Monday to review and lock into an agreement with Shell Energy that offers fixed natural gas rates for 12 billing cycles.
Township officials reached an agreement with the company to provide natural gas without a contract or cancellation and switching fees.
Those interested can lock into the program by logging onto www.shellenergy.com or by calling (877) 55-SHELL.
Residents must provide their natural gas utility account number, which can be found on gas bills.