Teen arrested at school
YOUNGSTOWN -- A pupil at Adams School was arrested by deputy sheriffs Thursday morning after he "blew up" in a classroom, yelled in a hallway, acted aggressively toward teachers and an administrator, left the school without permission and yelled obscenities when he returned, police reports show.
The 15-year-old Campbell teen also kicked a door. He was charged with juvenile delinquency by way of disorderly conduct and released to his mother.
Probing marijuana case
AUSTINTOWN -- Township police are investigating marijuana cultivation at a home on Forest Hills Drive. A press release issued by the police department Thursday states that officers seized marijuana and cultivation material from the home last week. Items are being tested and charges are pending against the homeowner.
Police were investigating an unrelated complaint when they found the items. They received consent from the homeowner to enter the residence.
GIRARD -- About 25 representatives of area unions met here Thursday morning to express their support for state Sen. Tim Ryan, a Niles Democrat running for Congress.
Ryan is seeking the U.S. House seat from the 17th District. Carl McConnell, the president of the Western Reserve Building and Trades Council, said the unions want to, "send the youngest, best person" to Congress.
Top Ohio teacher
CANFIELD -- Roseanne Peluso, a director and teacher at Canfield United Methodist Church preschool, has been named "Ohio Teacher of Teachers" by the Ohio Association for the Education of Young Children. The award honors achievements in early childhood education. Peluso will receive the award at a lunch Saturday in Columbus.
Failed to file petitions
AUSTINTOWN -- Opponents of home rule here have failed to file petitions needed to place the issue on the ballot in November. The opponents needed to collect 1,696 signatures on petitions that had to be filed with the township clerk by 4 p.m. Thursday.
Clerk Michael Kurish said he hadn't received petitions Thursday night.
Home rule is a limited form of self-government that the trustees approved March 11. Township resident Gary Brant, who was collecting signatures to put home rule on the ballot, could not be reached to comment Thursday. Home rule will be in effect today.
Cause of man's death
YOUNGSTOWN -- Police said Joseph Nyalka, 73, of Canfield, who was found in his car in a ditch off I-680 died of natural causes. City police and firefighters were called to the 1990 Oldsmobile, at the bottom of the Oakwood Avenue on-ramp, about 2:15 p.m. Thursday, police reports show.
Nyalka, who was unresponsive, was later pronounced dead of natural causes at St. Elizabeth Health Center.
Dog attacks boy
YOUNGSTOWN -- An 11-year-old boy was bitten by a German shepherd that broke its chain and lunged at him on the city's West Side, police reports show. The boy was walking with a friend, also 11, on Russell Avenue about 6:30 p.m. Thursday when the dog came toward him, police reports show.
The boy had a bruise and bite mark on his right hip. The dog's owner said he saw the dog break the chain and bite the boy. He had no licensing or vaccination papers. The child was taken to Forum Health Northside Medical Center for treatment.
Car hit me, man says
YOUNGSTOWN -- A 44-year-old South Side man reported to city police that his ex-girlfriend, 37, had run into him with her car, police reports show. The man said he was in the driveway of his Southern Boulevard home about 5:10 p.m. Thursday when the car pulled up at a high rate of speed and struck him.
YOUNGSTOWN -- A 12-year-old girl has reported to city police that she was sexually assaulted by a 14-year-old boy in Schenley Park on the city's West Side. The girl told police she went to the park with two female friends about 8:30 p.m. Thursday and there were several boys at the park.
One boy had followed them as they went to a friend's home and returned to the park. He asked the girl to have sex. When she said no, he punched her in the face, pulled down his and her pants and jumped on her, police reports show. The girl was not sure if she was raped. The girl is listed as a sixth-grader in police reports; the boy is referred to as a special-education student.