Woman robbed, shot at
CAMPBELL -- Police are searching for a man who robbed a woman at gunpoint and fired shots at her as she drove away. According to police reports the woman was parked at Chambers and Jackson Streets around 9 p.m. Thursday when a black man with a hat and red scarf around his face pointed a gun at her through the open passenger door and demanded her money. The woman put the van into gear, and the gunman grabbed a brown leather purse containing $125 in cash and miscellaneous jewelry. As she drove away, he fired at her. She called police from a gas station on Struthers-Liberty Road.
AUSTINTOWN -- Police are investigating a report that the mother of a 12-year-old Youngstown boy bound the boy to a chair at a Marcia Drive home. The boy, of North Hazelwood Avenue, told his stepmother that his mother would use duct tape to bind him to the chair before leaving to run errands. The boy said his mother would tell his younger half brothers and half sisters to pull him out of the house by his hair if the house caught fire. The stepmother, also of the North Hazelwood Avenue residence, also told police that the boy had been bitten by fleas while living with his mother at the Marcia Drive home, which is vacant. The stepmother said she has photos of the bites. The boy's mother moved to Texas.
Hollywood Video theft
AUSTINTOWN -- Several videotapes, DVDs and video games were stolen from a drop box at Hollywood Video on Mahoning Avenue early Thursday. Reports do not state how many items were stolen.
A store employee said the padlock had been cut on the drop box, and that similar thefts have occurred recently at Hollywood Video stores in Boardman and Niles. Police are investigating.
STRUTHERS -- The U.S. Postal Service and local police are investigating a series of threatening letters sent to witnesses scheduled to testify Aug. 29 at the trial of Kevin Clinkscale, a juvenile charged with robbing the Wagonwheel tavern, 90 S. Bridge St., on Oct. 25, 2001. Police reports say at least six letters were mailed from Youngstown on July 17 to individuals who witnessed the robbery. All of the letters warned the recipients that they would "die soon." The same individuals received a second round of letters with the same warning July 25.
One individual also reported being shot at by a 17-year-old who is believed to have helped plan the October 2001 robbery, reports say. Police think the sender may be acting on Clinkscale's behalf.
Surplus vehicle auction
COLUMBUS -- The Ohio Department of Administrative Services will have a state surplus vehicle auction open to the public at 10 a.m. Aug. 10 at 4200 Surplus Road. Bidders will be permitted to inspect the vehicles Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vehicles up for bid include Fords, Chevrolets and Jeep Cherokees. For more information, contact Ben Piscitelli or Gretchen Hull at (614) 752-9521.
YOUNGSTOWN -- The Mahoning County Recycling Division received fourth-place honorable mention in a nationwide competition of recycling programs sponsored by the Solid Waste Association of North America.
The county's entry focused on its efforts to increase recycling awareness through education. Entries were judged on educational goals, originality of program design, program evaluation, technical accuracy and overall quality.
Old Timers Day
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- Lawrence County Old Timers Day is planned for noon Aug. 14 at Cascade Park. The free event includes refreshments, dancing, prizes and souvenirs.
The Tom Natale Band will perform and WBZY radio will broadcast live. Old Timers Day started as a picnic in 1907, which drew 7,000 people, and has continued to grow each year.
College receives grant
GREENVILLE, Pa. -- Thiel College has received a $1,410 grant from the Aid Association for Lutherans/Lutheran Brotherhood. The money is a match for contributions received by Thiel from Lutheran Brotherhood members during the first quarter of this year.
The brotherhood, a fraternal benefit society, will match gifts of $25 to $100 made by its members to Lutheran-affiliated schools. Thiel has received a total of nearly $300,000 since the match program began in 1979.