Extra police patrols
BROOKFIELD -- Police here are adding extra patrols during the Fourth of July holiday through Sunday.
An added 56 hours will be dedicated to enforcing drunken-driving, speeding and seat-belt laws.
3 men arrested
YOUNGSTOWN -- Police arrested three men after executing two search warrants.
Two 41-year-old men were arrested at a home in the 900 block of Campbell Street just after 2 p.m. Wednesday.
According to reports, one man had two small rocks of suspected crack cocaine and a crack pipe; the other had a plastic bag containing several rocks of suspected crack cocaine and a .22-caliber handgun.
Police arrested a 22-year-old man around 3:20 p.m. and charged him with drug trafficking after executing a search warrant at a home in the 400 block of West Ravenwood.
At that home, reports state, police found several small bags of suspected marijuana, $1,000 in cash, a scale, a bag with approximately 2 grams of suspected crack cocaine and a .45-caliber handgun.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Free gunlocks will be distributed from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday outside the Mahoning County Justice Center, 110 Fifth Ave. The Mahoning County Sheriff's Department has roughly 2,000 of the devices to give away, said Maj. Michael Budd. Project HomeSafe, funded by the shooting sports industry and a U.S. Department of Justice grant, provides the gunlocks statewide. Budd said deputies will demonstrate how to use the locks.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Computer classes are being offered to former graduates and participants in the North Star Patchwork Training Center, 192 Hazeltine Ave., through a grant from Ameritech. Class size is limited. Register in person from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 11 and July 12 at the center. The center's projects are designer dolls and quilts. For information call (330) 744-4064.
Grant to help homeless
COLUMBUS -- Forty-nine nonprofit organizations, including three in Mahoning County and one in Trumbull County, will receive more than $2.3 million to provide housing and supportive service to the homeless.
Governor Bob Taft announced the award recipients Wednesday.
In Mahoning County, Beatitude House will receive $39,100, YWCA of Youngstown will receive $38,600, and Meridian Services Inc. will receive $15,900.
In Trumbull County, Humility of Mary Housing Inc. will receive $14,200.
The grants will be distributed through the Supportive Housing for the Homeless Program and administered by the Ohio Department of Development. They are expected to create or maintain 1,424 units of short- and long-term housing and provide support services -- including financial management counseling, employment assistance, life skills training, and referrals to substance abuse counseling -- to 2,359 low-income households.
Short caused fire
ELLSWORTH -- Fire investigators have identified the cause of a fire Monday that caused $700,000 damage to a home at 8605 N. Palmyra Road.
According to Robert Sternburg, assistant township fire chief, the fire was caused by an electrical short.
Boy arrested in theft
YOUNGSTOWN -- Police arrested a 16-year-old boy at his Stratmore Avenue home around 1:40 p.m. Wednesday after they said he followed a 70-year-old woman from Home Savings & amp; Loan's Kirk Road branch and stole her purse.
According to police reports, the woman noticed the boy at the bank and again when she went to Cornersburg Smoke Shop, 3415 Canfield Road. When the woman left the store, the report states, the boy grabbed her purse and made off in a light-brown car.
Witnesses identified the boy, who is a student at Chaney High School. After obtaining photos of the boy from the bank's security system and other information from the school, police went to the boy's home, questioned his mother and arrested him when he arrived home.
DQ to honor vets
To honor our nation's military and veterans, Dairy Queen restaurants in the Youngstown-Warren area are offering complimentary five-ounce sundaes to members of the American Legion Family on Saturday. Proper membership or military identification cards must be shown.
Saturday is one element of Dairy Queen's Red, White & amp; Blue promotion which runs during July. From July 4-7, Dairy Queen will donate 25 cents to Tod Children's Hospital from the sale of each Blizzard Flavor Treat sold today through Sunday.