Reading meeting at Howland restaurant

Reading meetingat Howland restaurant
WARREN -- The Trumbull Area Reading Council, the local council of the International Reading Association, will conduct its first dinner meeting of the year at 5 p.m. Sept. 24 at Leo's Ristorante, Howland.
Jeff Moyer, a nationally recognized speaker, will deliver a presentation on inclusion.
Membership in the council is open to anyone interested in reading and literacy.
Call Tina at (330) 609-8444 if you are interested in becoming a member or call Cindy at (330) 539-1449 by Sept. 16 to make a dinner reservation.
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.
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.
2 rob woman at home
NILES -- Police are looking for two men who robbed a woman in her Forest Street home.
According to reports, the 69-year-old woman was at her home about 10 p.m. Monday when two men wearing masks entered, held a gun to her head and struck her with an unknown object.
The men took a box with an undisclosed amount of money in it.
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 his home was broken into Aug. 22 and two guns and ammunition were 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.
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.
Support for amendment
COLUMBUS (AP) -- Ohio voters appear to favor a proposed constitutional amendment that would provide treatment instead of jail time for some nonviolent drug offenders, but a statewide poll released also shows one-fifth of the voters haven't made up their mind.
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.
Forum on 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 FBI agent Denise R. Valentine and coordinator of the Crimes Against Children Task Force, Susan Toback 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.

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