Dairy Mart robbed
NILES -- A Robbins Avenue convenience store reported being robbed early Saturday.
An employee told police a man approached the counter in Dairy Mart about 3 a.m. and ordered the worker to put money on the counter.
The man, described as white, about 5-foot-3 and 135 pounds and wearing a black-and-yellow jacket and a ski mask, kept his right hand in his jacket pocket as if he had a weapon.
The man left the store on foot with a small amount of money.
Police probe car fire
SHARON, Pa. -- Police are investigating a suspicious car fire outside the American Legion Hall.
A 1991 Ford Taurus caught fire at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday while the owner, a woman from Greenville, was inside the hall playing late-night bingo, police said.
Burglary at store
SHARON, Pa. -- Police are investigating a burglary this morning at Fast Check Food Mart at Budd Street and New Castle Avenue.
An automatic alarm sounded about 5:30. Someone had smashed a window with a large rock, police said. Inventory was being taken this morning.
Bingo money stolen
YOUNGSTOWN -- Police are looking for a man who took $87 from bingo workers at St. Casimir Church, 145 Jefferson St.
A man who was in the church social hall preparing for bingo at about 9:25 a.m. Sunday told police a man about 25 years old came in and said he wanted to see the cards, holding his hand as if he had a gun. The robber pushed the man to the floor and hit him on the head with a money drawer, grabbing about $400 but dropping $313 as he fled. A woman working at the church tried to stop the robber as he left, but he pushed her into a wall.
Man cuts own throat
YOUNGSTOWN -- City police arrested a 28-year-old East Side man on several warrants after he cut himself with a razor he reportedly was using to threaten his ex-girlfriend and the woman's 9-year-old son.
The woman told police the man broke into her Shady Run Road home about 3:15 a.m. Sunday. When police arrived, the man had the woman and her son cornered in the kitchen. When an officer drew his weapon and ordered the man to stop, he turned and began to cut his own throat. The officer knocked the razor out of the man's hand with a flashlight. He was arrested on two felonious assault warrants and an aggravated burglary warrant.
Rite Aid robbery
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- Two men wearing bandannas over their faces took off with about $90 from Rite Aid on East Washington Street.
City police said two white males entered the store at about 8:54 p.m. Friday. One man had a shotgun and the other a rifle.
The men drove off in a maroon pickup truck. Police did not have descriptions of them.
Juvenile center escape
GREENVILLE, Pa. -- Two Keystone Adolescent Center residents face escape charges, Greenville-West Salem Township Police said.
The two were missing for about three hours Saturday night before being picked up by police in Transfer.
An employee at the Last Minit Mart in Greenville told police a customer had picked up two suspicious men and that the trio was heading to a Sheetz Store in Transfer.
Police found the two at Sheetz about 12:10 a.m. Sunday.
The 17-year-old was taken back to the center on Pa. Route 18 in West Salem. A juvenile petition of escape is being filed in Mercer County Juvenile Court.
Antonio Gibson, 18, of Farrell, was charged in adult court with escape. He was arraigned before District Justice Henry Russo and placed in jail after failing to post bond. Police did not know the bond amount or the reason the two young men were in the Keystone Adolescent Center.
Poland design event
POLAND -- A design marathon, intended to produce a more aesthetic and pedestrian-friendly village, will be Friday through March 4 with help from a group of architecture students at Kent State University. A public input session will be at 9 a.m. Saturday in the public library. The students will give a final presentation of their findings to the public from 7 to 9 p.m. March 4 in the library.
Speech team show
COLUMBIANA -- The Columbiana High School Speech and Debate Team will perform at the high school at 2:30 p.m. April 7. Performances will include original oratory, oratorical interpretation, dramatic interpretation, humorous interpretation, duet acting, prose and poetry and debate. Ticket are $2 for adults and $1 for students.