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Jewish center fire



Published: Tue, February 26, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



Jewish center fire

YOUNGSTOWN -- A dryer fire in the laundry room at the Jewish Community Center, 505 Gypsy Lane, caused little damage but required the building to be evacuated around 7:30 this morning.

"We lost a dryer and a few ceiling tiles, but there was smoke throughout the building," said Artie Allen, center director.

Because of the smoke, between 25 and 30 people -- employees, members and a few children who had been dropped off at the day care center -- were evacuated for about half an hour.

Austintown zoning

AUSTINTOWN -- Trustees accepted a zoning recommendation that clears the way for the construction of an assisted-living facility near state Route 46 and Ashley Circle.

The recommendation from the township zoning commission called for the future site of the facility to be zoned for business. A portion of the site near Rutland Avenue also was zoned to ensure that it could be not become the site of retail development.

Trustees accepted the recommendation at their Monday night meeting.

The facility will be run by the management of the Briarfield at Ashley Circle nursing home. Construction is expected to start late this summer. There is no cost estimate available for the facility.

Assault reported

CAMPBELL -- A 37-year-old Youngstown man told police he was assaulted by three men in front of Iron City Wood Products, 3125 Wilson Ave., where he is employed.

He said he had just clocked in to work at 11:34 p.m. when the three men, about 18 years old, stopped him and told him to "give it up."

He told police the men had dark rags covering their faces and one had a silver handgun. The gunman hit the victim on the left side of his face with the gun, knocking off his glasses. The victim then ran away.

Police have not located the trio.

Courthouse break-in

YOUNGSTOWN -- The Mahoning County Sheriff's Department is reviewing surveillance video of the county courthouse after a rear window was broken.

Maintenance workers discovered the broken window at a rear entrance when they arrived for work around 5 a.m. Monday. No object that could have been used to break it was found.

Student suspended

CANFIELD -- A high school student was suspended for five days after she showed a small item she said was a nail file to another student at the school Thursday. A teacher noticed the item, which was attached to a key chain, and told school officials. School policy prohibits students from bringing items that could be weapons. The girl was given three days of out-of-school suspension and two days of in-school suspension.

Theft from home

AUSTINTOWN -- A Burkey Road man told police that $402 in gold items and change were taken from his home Monday. The items and change were kept in a glass jug.

The man said someone used a pry tool to open a window and enter his home.

Services for homeless

COLUMBUS -- Mahoning and Trumbull county nonprofit organizations are among 50 in the state to receive more than $2.3 million to provide housing and supportive service for the homeless.

Area nonprofit organizations that are to receive money are:

* Mahoning County: Beatitude House, $39,300; Meridian Services, $16,000; Youngstown YWCA, $38,800.

* Trumbull County: Humility of Mary Housing, $14,300.

The grants are awarded through the Supportive Housing for the Homeless Program administered by the Ohio Department of Development. Statewide, the grants are expected to create or maintain 1,477 units of short-term transitional or long-term permanent housing; supportive services to 2,930 low-income households; and $87,900 for rehabilitation activities.




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