DA to host forum on child abductions

DA to host forumon child abductions
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- Lawrence County District Attorney Matthew Mangino will host a forum on child abductions that will dispel the myths at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the New Castle Public Library. The forum will feature Special Agent Denise R. Valentine of the FBI and coordinator of the Crimes Against Children Task Force, Susan Toback, Ph.D., of A Child's Place at Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh. FBI statistics indicate child abductions are declining. Abductions by strangers dropped from 115 cases in 1998 to 93 cases in 2001. For more information, call the district attorney's office at (724) 656-1916.
Day of Caring setin Lawrence County
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- More than 100 volunteers are expected to pound, sweep and paint at health and human service agencies for Lawrence County's Day of Caring on Thursday. The major sponsor for the day is Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania. A closing reception hosted by Giant Eagle will take place at the Sankey Center after the work is finished.
Assault charges
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- Dennis James Altenburg Jr., 24, of Darlington, Pa., is charged with aggravated assault, simple assault and making terroristic threats. State police found Altenburg, who was wanted on domestic violence charges, at a home on Pa. Route 18 in Taylor Township at 2:05 a.m. Saturday. When they tried to arrest him, he threatened officers before head-butting one of them, police said.
Gunshot wounds
YOUNGSTOWN -- Timothy Hobbs, 43, of South Jackson Street was in critical condition this morning at St. Elizabeth Health Center with multiple gunshot wounds to his back and legs. Hobbs ran to and collapsed on a neighbor's porch after being shot about 9 p.m. Monday, reports show. Neighbors heard gunfire. Police found a handgun in Hobbs' car. Earlier in the day, Hobbs filed a burglary report with police, telling officers that his home had been broken into Aug. 22 and that two guns and ammunition had been stolen.
Calls sent to cops
YOUNGSTOWN -- An East Warren Avenue woman who had been receiving harassing phone calls used call forwarding early Monday to send the calls to the police department's nonemergency seven-digit number, reports show. Tracie A. Gilmore, 27, who voluntarily told officers what she had done, was arrested at 2:17 a.m. Monday on a felony charge of disrupting a public service. At least 20 calls intended for Gilmore were forwarded to the police department. She was due in municipal court today for arraignment.
Workshop for parentsplanned in Warren
WARREN -- Catholic Charities is offering a free workshop for parents of children 7 to 12. Topics include handling stress, developmental stages and expectations and keeping a positive relationship with children. The sessions will be conducted at the agency's office at 175 Laird Ave. N.E. on four Tuesdays: Sept. 17, Oct. 1, Oct. 15 and Oct. 29 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Purchase of a workbook is optional at $10, payable at the first session. Pre-register by calling the agency office at (330) 393-4254 by Sept. 11.
Talking about Sept. 11
CORTLAND -- Workers from the Trumbull County Chapter of the American Red Cross who were in New York City during and after the Sept. 11 terrorist attack will share their experiences at 10 a.m. Sept. 12 at the Lake Vista Club at 303 N. Mecca Road (state Route 46). Refreshments will be served. Call (330) 638-2420 by Sept. 10 for reservations.
Support for amendment
COLUMBUS (AP) -- Ohio voters appeared to be in favor of a proposed constitutional amendment that would provide treatment instead of jail time for some nonviolent drug offenders, according to a statewide poll released on Monday. But the poll also showed that one-fifth of the voters haven't made up their mind about it. The amendment, which will be state Issue 1 on the Nov. 5 ballot, was supported by 43 percent of respondents to the first Columbus Dispatch Poll of 2002. It was opposed by 37 percent, with 20 percent undecided. The poll, conducted from Aug. 23 through Friday, was based on returns from 1,516 registered Ohio voters who said they intend to vote on Nov. 5.

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