Garden dedication

Garden dedication
COITSVILLE -- The Coitsville Historical Society will dedicate its National Memorial Garden at 4 p.m. next Wednesday. The garden will be dedicated to the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks as well as all others who help to make this country great, said Dorothy Morse, historical society president.
The ceremony is free and open to the public.
The garden is on U.S. Route 422 at Begala Street.
For more information, call the Coitsville Historical Society at (330) 536-8331.
Shootings probed
YOUNGSTOWN -- A side window at One Stop Shop on Wick Avenue was shot out Tuesday night, and witnesses told police that occupants of a car and a pickup truck exchanged gunfire in the parking lot.
At least seven shell casings were found in the lot. While en route to the store, police were advised that a shooting victim was at a house on New York Avenue. Officers found William P. Johnson, 25, of Forestview Avenue at the house, shot in the knee and cheek.
He told them that he was the victim of a drive-by shooting while walking on Bryson Street about 10 p.m. and ran to his girlfriend's house on New York. He was in stable condition today at St. Elizabeth Health Center.
Police collected as evidence a holster Johnson had been wearing.
Teen faces charges
YOUNGSTOWN -- A speeding stolen car driven by a 17-year-old Roy Street boy that almost struck two school crossing guards on Oakwood Avenue crashed in a ditch on Interstate 680 during the driver's attempt to elude police Tuesday afternoon.
Aware of the potential danger of a high-speed chase on the interstate, police all but discontinued their pursuit, reports show. After crashing, the boy tried to escape by kicking and slapping at police, who handcuffed him. He was taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center for treatment.
The teenager faces charges at the juvenile justice center of receiving stolen property, failure to obey a police order and resisting arrest.
Watermelons stolen
STRUTHERS -- An 85-year-old Parkway Street man discovered several watermelons missing from his garden Monday morning.
The man told police that he has been having trouble with juveniles stealing produce and that gardening is how he keeps fit and happy.
Robbed at gunpoint
STRUTHERS -- A man claiming to be a police officer robbed a 76-year-old man at gunpoint early Sunday after pulling him over on Fifth Street, police said.
Police reports say the impersonator followed the Fifth Street man from state Route 170, pulled him over near St. Nicholas Church about 3:35 a.m., identified himself as a police officer and demanded the man's identification.
When the victim asked for proof that the man was a police officer, the impersonator pulled out a black handgun and demanded the victim's wallet and keys. He took $50 and the victim's car keys.
Sexual assault alleged
STRUTHERS -- The mother of an 11-year-old sixth-grader at Struthers Middle School filed a report saying her daughter was sexually assaulted by an 11-year-old classmate during a high-school football game here Friday evening.
The report says the girl was standing near a gate on the Struthers side of the football field when a boy from her school groped her.
The girl did not tell her mother until Saturday.
Water turned off
STRUTHERS -- Vandals turned off water service to a home in the 200 block of Sexton Street sometime between 8:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. Saturday.
The 35-year-old resident told police he discovered his water had been turned off when he returned home, and he immediately contacted Consumers Ohio Water Service. Because the water company did not disconnect the service, police reports state, a $100 charge would be incurred for reconnecting water service to the home over the holiday weekend.
The resident suspects some disgruntled tenants disconnected the water.
Spirit Nite's new date
LIBERTY -- Liberty Township Community Spirit Nite has been rescheduled for Sept. 22. The Aug. 22 program was canceled because of a tornado warning.
There will be games and food beginning at 4:30 p.m. with stadium festivities at 7 p.m. featuring the school's athletes, coaches, cheerleaders and marching band. It will conclude with a fireworks show by Zambelli Inc. of New Castle.

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