Woman reports gang rape
YOUNGSTOWN -- A 24-year-old Champion woman told police she was held against her will and gang-raped at a house in the 500 block of Willis Avenue, where she had been given heroin and couldn't come up with $400 to pay for the drugs. The woman said she went to the house Sunday with a friend she'd met while both were in the Trumbull County jail. She told police that the resident of the house made her call her family several times to try to get the $400. When that failed, he forced her into the attic and threatened her with a metal pipe, saying, "You take care of these guys or I'll beat your a-- with this pipe," reports show. She told police she then had sex with five men. The woman escaped Monday and ran to a house on West Chalmers Avenue, where the resident let her in to call police.
Subway break-in, theft
YOUNGSTOWN -- Chunks of concrete were used to smash through the double-pane front door of Subway, 3212 Mahoning Ave., and an undisclosed amount of cash was stolen from the business around 1:30 a.m. today, police said. The owner told police that he will provide detectives with a copy of the surveillance videotape, which recorded the break-in.
AUSTINTOWN -- After receiving a report that a Lake Milton man had cashed a bad check from a Nigerian woman for $4,500, police are cautioning residents about making financial agreements with people on the Internet. The man told police the woman asked him over the Internet to cash a check she would send him from Nigeria. The man agreed, and cashed the check at National City Bank on Aug. 2. He told police he then wired the money from the check to Nigeria. The bank later called the man and told him the check was not good.
YOUNGSTOWN -- The Youngstown Area Urban League will host its August series of homeownership/financial literacy workshops titled "My House, Preparation for Homeownership and Wealth-building" at 5:30 p.m. Thursdays, Aug. 12, 19, and 26. All classes will be at 1350 Fifth Ave. On Saturdays, Aug. 14 and 21, make-up classes will be provided for those unable to attend the Thursday classes. For enrollment or information, please call the YAUL office at (330) 744-4111 or (330) 743-1384 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
BOARDMAN -- Township police charged Brent J. Whan, 22, of 729 Presidential Drive with using weapons while intoxicated, inducing panic and criminal endangering. Police said Whan was arrested after callers said a weapon was fired outside of his residence at 3 a.m. Saturday.
Arrested on warrant
BOARDMAN -- A Pennsylvania man was arrested Friday at a Boardman restaurant on a federal warrant on drug charges. Township police said they arrested Terrell L. Lindsey, 32, of Midland, Pa., at 1:47 p.m. Friday at Chili's Restaurant, 7401 Market St. Police then turned Lindsey over to a U.S. marshal in Youngstown. A federal grand jury in Cleveland returned an indictment that charged Lindsey with attempting to posses with the intent to distribute about 7.7 pounds of cocaine between July 13 and 27 in northeastern Ohio, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney's office in Cleveland.
Three city fires
YOUNGSTOWN -- Within a span of 50 minutes, firefighters responded to three fires late Monday and early today. The most damage occurred at 3153 Neosha Drive, where a fire started in the living room around 12:10 a.m. and caused $25,000 damage. The resident wasn't home at the time, said Capt. Alvin Ware, commander of the arson bureau. Earlier, at 11:20 p.m., a cooking fire at 945 Brentwood Ave. caused $5,000 damage, Ware said. At 11:23 p.m., fire started in the roof of an unattached garage at 74 E. Midlothian Boulevard and caused $500 damage, he said. The fires remain under investigation.
Girard school layoffs
GIRARD -- The school levy outcome is still undecided here, but that didn't stop the board of education from making personnel cuts before school starts for the 2004-05 year. The board agreed Monday to lay off eight noncertified employees -- seven bus drivers and one cafeteria cashier -- effective Aug. 25. This allows the board to give those employees at least 10 days' notice before they will be laid off. When asked whom the children would rely on to get to school, board member Jamie DeVore said, "The kids will have to find their own way to school."