Stolen ATVs recovered
GIRARD -- Three Youngstown teenagers have been cited into Trumbull County Juvenile Court and three stolen all-terrain vehicles recovered.
Patrol Officer Greg Manente said police had received calls of suspicious people in the South Side neighborhood of Davis and Dearborn streets and Amherst Avenue. Manente, patrol officer Chris O'Brien and Detective John Norman responded to a call in the area about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday and spotted four or five juveniles with three ATVs stolen from a Dearborn garage.
The juveniles fled, and a 14-year-old and two 15-year-olds were captured with criminal tools. One or two others got away. Manente said two of the boys are on probation in Mahoning County for similar offenses.
House fire in Niles
NILES -- Fire extensively damaged an occupied house at 142 W. 2nd St. today. The fire department responded at 1:23 a.m., and after four hours, the flames were extinguished. No one was injured.
The cause is under investigation, the fire department said. The house has been the site of two previous fires.
MINERAL RIDGE -- Following the advice of its auditors, the Mahoning Valley Sanitary District is accepting proposals from lawyers interested in representing the district.
A recently released performance audit of the district, which provides water to the cities of Youngstown and Niles, recommended that the MVSD periodically solicit and evaluate proposals from lawyers to make sure they are getting the best deal.
The last time the board went through the process was in 1998, said David G. Tabak, the district's chief engineer. The district's current lawyer, Charles Richards, has been on the job for about five years, he said. He is paid $95 an hour.
Ammunition plant tour
RAVENNA -- The Ravenna Army Ammunition Plant's restoration advisory board will tour four sites on the base on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Those interested will be transported around the base by bus after leaving their cars at building 1037.
NILES -- A new book from the Niles Historical Society gives a guide to the nicknames of local residents.
The society began collecting the names as a small project after realizing how many people had nicknames -- and how many people were known only by those names. Word got out and contributors from Niles, as well as out of state, sent in nicknames and the stories behind them.
Because of the volume of responses, a booklet was compiled and a limited number was printed. They will be on sale at the annual Heritage Day at the museum on Brown Street from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information, call (330) 544-2143.
Gas leak repaired
CANFIELD -- Columbia Gas workers were called to the corner of South Raccoon Road and U.S. Route 224 Tuesday afternoon to fix a gas leak. Cardinal Joint Fire District firefighters said the workers had the leak repaired in about 90 minutes.
The leak began around 12:30 p.m., when construction crews working on a new Sheetz struck a 3-inch gas line. The area around the construction site was evacuated as a precaution.
CANFIELD -- Township trustees are asking some local residents here to conserve water.
Residents in The Cloisters, Muirfield Estates, St. Andrews, Indian Run, Tippecanoe Estates, Tippecanoe Woods, and Villa Rosa Gardens developments are asked to limit water usage and water lawns between midnight and 6 a.m. The area has low water pressure.
Road will close
YOUNGSTOWN -- Midlothian Boulevard at the intersection of Southern Boulevard will be closed from 5 p.m. Friday until 7 a.m. Sunday. Detour routes will be posted.
The closing is for replacement of the railroad grade crossing owned by the Central Columbiana and Pennsylvania Railway.
Charged in stabbing
CAMPBELL -- Luis Lafaye, 18, of Tremble Avenue will be arraigned on charges of disorderly conduct and felonious assault Friday in municipal court in the stabbing of his brother.
Police reports say Lafaye held a knife to his brother's head and stabbed him in the hand around 4 p.m. Friday. His mother and 13-year-old sister told police that he had been threatening them and flashing a knife often recently.