Attempted abduction

Attempted abduction
NILES -- Three juveniles reported an attempted abduction.
They told police they were walking along railroad tracks about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday near the Belmont Street bridge when a man approached from under the bridge.
He grabbed one of the girls around the shoulders but let her go when one of the others struck him. The juveniles reported the run-in to their parents, who called police.
The suspect was wearing a black mask and gloves and a black long-sleeved shirt.
Vandalism, stolen car
NILES -- Two cars were broken into and another car was stolen from the Eastwood Mall area late Wednesday afternoon.
The door locks on the two cars broken into were damaged and CD players were taken from both.
The stolen car was parked at Great East Plaza.
Shortly after the reports were filed, police stopped a vehicle in the area with three males who matched descriptions of the suspects. The driver gave the officer permission to search the vehicle but no stolen items were found.
A passenger, however, had suspected marijuana on him and was issued a summons to appear in court.
Arrested in burglary
NILES -- Three suspects were arrested Wednesday night during a burglary at apartment on South Cedar Street.
Police said that shortly before 9 p.m. an officer on patrol saw a window screen in the street and the suspects inside. The landlord let the officer in.
One suspect was found hiding in the basement and two others were found outside. A VCR and remote control were found hidden in the stairwell.
Actors sought for play
WARREN -- Actors age 14 and up are sought for an original play about teen pregnancy.
The play will be performed in Warren City Schools through November.
Practices will be Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Shepherd of All God's Children day-care center.
Call Kim at (330) 369-2454.
Fashion show planned
HERMITAGE, Pa. -- Shenango Valley Mall will host a Back to School Fashion Show on Saturday at 2 p.m. in the mall's center court, featuring designs from J.C. Penney and Fashion Bug.
Pupils from the Children's Opportunities for Outside Learning program are planning parts of the show and will model some of the clothes.
The COOL program is designed to provide safe, drug-free recreation for pupils outside of school.
Denim and corduroy are big this season, as are fringed belts and hippie-style tops in solid suede fabric or patchwork prints, according to show organizers.
Contact the mall office at (724) 346-4564 or visit
Cats thrown at drivers
BOARDMAN -- Township police are looking for a man accused of hurling live cats at other motorists from the window of his red pickup truck while driving up Market Street just before noon Wednesday.
Dave Nelson, Animal Charity humane officer, recovered three of the animals, which had been hit by cars and killed.
Police arrest 5 teens
SHARON, Pa. -- Police arrested five teenagers after a series of fights broke out at a dance at Freddie Fresh's, a club for teens at 160 W. State St.
Police were called to the scene around 10 p.m. Thursday after reports of fights outside the club on the sidewalk and in the street. Officers ordered the club to be closed for the night, angering the crowd of between 100 and 150 people who shouted and swore at police and began banging on street signs in the area.
Sharon police called in units from Southwest Regional and Hermitage police departments as backup and began to disperse the crowd. They arrested four girls and one boy ranging in ages from 13 to 17 on charges of riot, failure to disperse and disorderly conduct. All were released to relatives, police said. One girl is from Farrell. The other teens are from Sharon, police said.
Voting on building plan
AUSTINTOWN -- Township trustees have scheduled a special meeting for 6 tonight to vote on a plan to build condominiums and duplexes near North Turner Road. The meeting will be in the township hall on Ohltown Road.
The plan calls for Mark IV Builders Inc. of Hubbard to build 39 units in a 15-acre planned unit development west of North Turner Road and north of Lake Drive. The zoning commission has recommended approval.
About 50 residents attended a July trustees' hearing to express concerns about the plan. The residents are worried the development will increase traffic and have a negative effect on the natural setting.

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