Charged in sister's rape
BOARDMAN -- Township police charged a 13-year-old Youngstown boy with two counts of rape in the sexual assault of his 11-year-old sister.
Police said the boy, a pupil at Jackson Elementary School, assaulted his sister twice in April.
Police said the girl returned home from school crying Wednesday. She told her mother she had been assaulted by the brother twice while visiting their father at his home in a Boardman trailer park.
The siblings live with their mother in Youngstown, but police said the father, a Boardman resident, has visitation rights.
Township police will confer with representatives of the Juvenile Justice Center and Children's Services to determine what will be done with the boy.
Youngstown man shot
YOUNGSTOWN -- Phillip Shavers, 35, of Fairmont Avenue was in stable condition today in St. Elizabeth Health Center with gunshot wounds to both hands. Police said he was unwilling to say what happened.
AUSTINTOWN -- A 16-year-old Western Place boy is charged with domestic violence after being accused of threatening to shoot his mother with a loaded pellet gun.
The mother told police that at about 5 p.m. Wednesday, she hit the boy with an empty juice box when he refused to pick up some trash and cursed at her. She said the boy then pointed a loaded pellet gun at her head and said, "Don't make me do it."
He was arrested and taken to the Mahoning County Juvenile Justice Center.
Underage alcohol sale
YOUNGSTOWN -- Bilal Alhmeed pleaded innocent Wednesday in municipal court to selling alcohol to an underage person at Petra Food Market, 1354 Elm St.
Members of the vice squad, prompted by complaints about underage sales, sent in a 19-year-old cooperating witness who bought a bottle of malt liquor from Alhmeed Tuesday afternoon, reports show.
Alhmeed, 33, of East Dewey Avenue, will be back in court July 9 for a pretrial hearing.
Van is vandalized
COITSVILLE -- Somebody used red spray paint early today to write all over a white van that had been parked at Palace in the Pines, 4040 McCartney Road.
Four raw eggs also splattered the back window, trunk and passenger side of the vehicle, reports show.
Fee waiver on hold
YOUNGSTOWN -- City council is putting on hold the issue of waiving fees for the $180 million school building project.
Instead, the city first wants to work on resolving several lingering issues with the school board. Among them are a lawsuit between the school system and Corrections Corporation of America, and city demolition of vacant schools.
The school board is asking the city to waive more than $800,000 in fees on the building project. The school board wants to free the money for other projects.
STRUTHERS -- Two men are charged in the robbery of three people at a Morrison Street home. The victims told police that cash, electronic equipment, handguns and prescription drugs were taken.
Zoltan J. Kozic, 28, of New Middletown and George H. Boutras, 19, of New Castle are each charged with three counts of aggravated robbery, according to Detective Sgt. S.J. Ugolini.
Boutras posted $7,500 bond after arraignment, and Kozic is being held in jail pending arraignment Friday in Struthers Municipal Court.
Fire at Boardman park
BOARDMAN -- A fire at a storage shed in Boardman Township Park Wednesday afternoon caused about $20,000 worth of damage.
Fire reports said someone got inside the shed, located near the baseball fields in the park, and set fire to a set of shelves. Park personnel were using the shed for storage.
Civil rights panel
YOUNGSTOWN -- The Ohio Civil Rights Commission will have its May 23 meeting at 10:30 a.m. in the Ohio Room of Youngstown State University's Kilcawley Center.
Pastor in a bind
NORTH LIMA -- The youths of Calvary United Methodist Church stuck it to their pastor -- literally.
Church youth group members made a deal with the Rev. Bill Zeyer last month when they began collecting food for the area's needy: If they collected 250 cans of soup by the end of April, they wanted to duct-tape the Rev. Mr. Zeyer to a church wall. The pastor agreed.
After exceeding their goal by 50 cans, the youths used 10 rolls of duct tape to secure Mr. Zeyer to a concrete block wall Sunday.