Vehicle break-ins

Vehicle break-ins
NILES -- Several vehicle break-ins have been reported along three streets in a city neighborhood.
At least three cars were broken into overnight on Lincoln Avenue, North Bentley Avenue and Orchard Avenue.
The face plates were removed from the dashboards in attempts to steal the stereo systems in all three.
Cars along Vienna Avenue also were reportedly entered, but nothing of consequence was stolen.
Propane tank disposal
CORTLAND -- Residents of Geauga and Trumbull counties may dispose of propane tanks up to 20 pounds from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 24 at AmeriGas on state Route 5.
The Geauga-Trumbull Waste Management District is sponsoring the collection.
Only propane tanks will be accepted.
South Side carjacking
YOUNGSTOWN -- A 22-year-old Deerfield man who stopped at a South Side drive-through was carjacked by a man who held a gun to his chest.
The man told city police he was standing beside his car in the parking lot of Big A's on Glenwood Avenue when he was approached by the man who asked how much he had paid for the car and its 18-inch chrome rims.
When the car owner got into his car, the robber pulled a gun, ordering him to get out and leave his wallet and keys behind, police reports show.
When the driver hesitated, the robber said, "What do you think, I'm playing with you?"
Besides the driver, two male passengers, both of Boardman, got out.
Underage driving
STRUTHERS -- Police charged Jeremiah J. Balluck, 20, of 90 Center Street with child endangering after he allowed a 14-year-old girl to drive. A 6-year-old boy also was in the car.
The man told police he was teaching his girlfriend's daughter to drive about 8:15 p.m. Friday. A police officer behind the car became suspicious when the car stopped at an intersection and failed to proceed even though no traffic was coming, then pulled into the parking lot of a store, which was closed.
Police charged the girl with operating a motor vehicle without a license.
Trial dates set forformer Calcutta doctor
LISBON -- Two trials are set in December for a former Calcutta physician accused of sex crimes involving his patients.
Judge C. Ashley Pike of Columbiana County Common Pleas Court set a sexual battery trial for Dec. 3 and a gross sexual imposition trial for Dec. 17.
Dr. Anil Bajaj, 39, who now lives near Cleveland, is free on bond. He is not working as a doctor.
Authorities say he fondled two female patients July 27, 2001 at his Calcutta office.
Youth arrested
CAMPBELL -- Police arrested a 16-year-old Summit Drive boy about 6:30 p.m. Sunday after they found a black handgun in the waist of his pants during a traffic stop.
The arrest took place on Eighth Street after police radar indicated the car he was driving was traveling at 52 mph in a 35 mph zone. The boy also was charged with resisting arrest, speeding and driving under suspension.
Guns stolen from car
CAMPBELL -- A Seventh Street man told police two High Point automatic pistols were stolen from the trunk of his car between July 21 and July 27.
According to reports, the man placed the guns in the trunk of his car for safekeeping but discovered them missing around noon Saturday.
Garden fund-raiser
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- Area residents can tour gardens while helping raise money for the Lawrence County Women's Shelter/Rape Crisis Center. Tours will be given from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. There will be refreshments, demonstrations, lectures and more at the starting point, the Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts.
Featured gardens are those at the Hoyt and the homes of Linda Williams and Marianne Cirelli, Elinore Snyder and Stephen Shaftic, Robert and Linda Vinton and David Polding. Tickets are $10 at the event and $8 in advance. Call Michael at (724) 652-9206, Ext. 105.
Tickets also can be bought at the shelter, the Hoyt, Butz Flowers, Weingartner Flowers and Gifts, King's Jewelry, Tavern on the Square in New Wilmington and Elizabeth's Feed Mill.

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