Deputies, city policeprobe bomb threat
YOUNGSTOWN -- Deputy sheriffs and city police searched the empty Mahoning County Common Pleas Court building on Market Street Wednesday night after receiving a bomb threat. Nothing suspicious was found. The threat was received at the Austintown Township 911 center at about 11 p.m. from a cell phone caller. The male caller, whispering, said there was a bomb at the courthouse and also at the BW-3 restaurant at 50 Federal Plaza. City police and a restaurant manager checked the restaurant and found nothing out of the ordinary.
Woman reports threat
YOUNGSTOWN -- A 26-year-old North Side woman told police that she had been threatened with a handgun by the 33-year-old former live-in boyfriend who fathered her child. The woman said the man forced his way into her Bissell Avenue home about 11:15 p.m. Wednesday, held a gun to her head and ordered her to sign a document authorizing the transfer of the title of her 1986 Buick LeSabre to him. She signed the document and he placed the gun on a dresser before choking her, throwing her on the bed and fleeing in her car, she said. Four children were in the home at the time.
2 assault woman, man
YOUNGSTOWN -- A West Side woman reported to police that a man she knows had broken into her home, threatened to rape her, punched her in the head and face and threatened to kill her if she told police. The Randolph Street woman said she was on the telephone at about 10 p.m. Wednesday when her assailant kicked in her door. As she was being hit, a man who lives in the house came into the room and attempted to help her. The assailant and a man who was with him beat the other man, then fled.
Accident injures girl
SALEM -- A 4-year-old Hanover Township girl was in guarded condition at Children's Hospital Medical Center of Akron this morning with head injuries after a tractor-trailer struck the vehicle in which she was riding Wednesday morning on state Route 14 just east of Salem. Paige Balasz of Spillway Road was brought to Salem Community Hospital and then taken to Akron. David Balasz, 33, the driver of the eastbound car, and Thomas Balasz, 3, both of the same Spillway Road address, and Tammy Dinsio, 39, of Prospect Street, Salem, occupants of the car, were treated at Salem Community Hospital. The car stopped to turn left into a private drive about 10:45 a.m. when and an eastbound tractor-trailer driven by Mackie Lawrence, 42, of Cookville, Tenn., failed to stop and hit it, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol in Canfield. Lawrence was not injured.
Dog owner to be jailed
POLAND -- A village resident convicted of having vicious dogs at large will spend two weeks in jail and pay fines and restitution. Carol Coleman was sentenced Wednesday to 30 days in jail with 14 days suspended. She was also fined $250 plus court costs and must pay the doctor bills of the high school student her dogs attacked. She must keep the animals in a pen with a top, obtain liability insurance of at least $50,000 and keep the dogs on a chain of no more than 6 feet while walking them.
'Safe Streets Blitz'
NORTH JACKSON -- Jackson Township police will have a "Safe Streets Blitz" Feb. 3-9, Officers participating in the blitz will step up enforcement of speed and alcohol-related violations, as well as enforcement of violations of safety-belt and child passenger restraint laws.
Inferior video copies
AUSTINTOWN -- A 22-year-old township man is accused of making illegal copies of a rented video and returning an inferior copy to West Coast Video, 1502 S. Raccoon Road. A store employee told police Wednesday that the man rented a video valued at $108. When he returned it, employees discovered that the interior mechanism had been replaced. The man returned a second copy of the video, which was also inferior, after being contacted by the store manager.