BOARDMAN -- Richard Duffett of Austintown, who is planning to run for Mahoning Republican chairman, was to make a statement at 10 a.m. today about his candidacy for chairman and his recent arrest on drug charges. The statement was to be made at the 1315 Boardman-Canfield Road headquarters of the Republicans for Real Reform.
19 become citizens
YOUNGSTOWN -- Nineteen people became United States citizens during a naturalization ceremony in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court. Judge Jack Durkin presided and music was provided by Maureen Collins of Easy Street Productions. Third-graders from Roosevelt Elementary School, Hubbard, attended and helped welcome the new citizens Thursday.
Community Cup season
YOUNGSTOWN -- The YMCA kicked off the 2002 Youngstown Area Community Cup season with a breakfast meeting Thursday.
Nearly 30 Mahoning and Trumbull County businesses and organizations expressed an interest in getting involved in the September event, which promotes fitness and company pride and spirit through a series of 14 athletic events. Events include running, swimming, cycling, tug-o-war, volleyball, basketball, golf, bowling, and two new events -- the T-shirt design competition and scavenger hunt.
Anyone interested in learning more about how to get their company involved can contact Tom Grantonic or Lisa Petzinger at the Youngstown YMCA, (330) 744-8411.
Police take gun in trunk
AUSTINTOWN -- Police confiscated an unloaded gun from the trunk of a car after a fight early Friday at The Mill club on South Raccoon Road. Reports state that a 26-year-old Fountain Square man was thrown out of the club around 3 a.m. after fighting with security. Police arrived and escorted the man, as well as a 22-year-old Fountain Square man and a 25-year-old Washington Square Drive man, to a car and told them to leave. As the men were being led away, the 26-year-old threatened to kill a security guard, police said.
Before the men left, a witness told police there was a gun in the car's trunk. Police ordered the men out of the car at gunpoint and searched the trunk, finding the gun. It was not stolen.
Stolen from storage bin
AUSTINTOWN -- One hundred metal concrete forms were among the tools reported stolen Thursday from a storage bin at Blake's Mini Storage on South Raccoon Road. No value was given for the tools, which also included a wheelbarrow, a tamper, a cutter, a ladder, a saw and a concrete float. The lock had been cut on the bin.
Man pleads innocent
AUSTINTOWN -- A Youngstown man whom police found with injectable testosterone has pleaded innocent to drug charges and driving under suspension. Mark Swantek, 26, of South Dunlap Avenue, is charged with drug abuse-testosterone, possession of drug abuse instruments and driving under suspension. Police said they found the testosterone in Swantek's pocket and two used syringes, an alcohol prep pad and bloody tissue in his car during a traffic stop Monday on Mahoning Avenue. Swantek's next court appearance is set for June 24.