Police allege scam
GIRARD -- Police here and in Liberty are seeking Gilbert DeSoto II, 39, whose last known addresses were on East Lucius Avenue and Orange Avenue, Youngstown, who they say is a con man defrauding elderly people. DeSoto is described as a 5-foot 10-inch white man, weighing 240 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes and a tattoo on his right arm. He is wanted on warrant charges of theft and probation violation. Identifying himself as a utility employee or laborer, DeSoto cons elderly people into paying for work he says must be done or tells them they owe money to the utility company and can pay him, police said. In one case, police said, he attempted to defraud an 86-year-old Liberty woman of $3,750 and tried to cash her check at Farmers National Bank in Girard. Anyone with information is asked to call Capt. Frank Bigowsky of the Girard Police at (330) 545-0212 or Sgt. Don Mills of the Liberty Police at (330) 759-1511.
Roads to be closed
YOUNGSTOWN -- Newton Falls Road, north of Ellsworth Road in Milton Township, will be closed Tuesday while workers from the Mahoning County Engineer's Office replace a culvert. Pine Lake Road, west of state Route 45 in Goshen Township, will be closed Thursday, also for culvert replacement. Detours will be posted during both projects, which are each expected to be completed in one day.
Route 224 planning
BOARDMAN -- Township Trustee Kathy Miller wants Boardman residents interested in joining a focus group to discuss the future planning of U.S. Route 224 to contact her. She can be reached by telephone at (330) 726-4177 extension 1189, or (330) 550-5433. Community input is needed before an analysis of transportation issues along 224 is done by the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments and the state of Ohio, Miller said.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Demetrus Rogers, 34, of Arch Street, who broke his right ankle and shin bone in June when he ran from police in municipal court, has been sentenced in a unrelated federal case. Rogers, convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm, was sentenced Thursday in Cleveland federal court to 21/2 years in prison. He must surrender to U.S. marshals before 2 p.m. Monday. Rogers ran from police in June when told he was under arrest for not being in municipal court when his driving-under-suspension case was called for sentencing. That case is reset for Sept. 8.
Rogers was injured when he tripped as he ran down the steps at city hall.
NEW MIDDLETOWN -- Village police, from Aug. 27 through Sept. 12, will partner with the Ohio Department of Public Safety, Mothers Against Drunk Driving and law enforcement agencies nationwide to detect, arrest and prosecute offenders of impaired-driving laws. Officers will adopt a zero-tolerance approach, said Sgt. Vince D'Egidio.
Corps seeks vandals
CLARK, Pa. -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is looking for the vandal or vandals who did $3,000 damage to a restroom at the Mercer Recreation Area on Shenango River Lake.
Anonymous tips have been received but more detailed information is needed, said Pete O'Connell, resource manager.
A hole was knocked in the restroom block wall, windows were broken and graffiti was spray-painted on the exterior walls of the building, on East Lake Road near Pa. Route 18.
The corps is offering a reward of between $100 and $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the person or persons responsible.
Anyone with information should call the Corps Watch Property Protection Program at (866) 413-7970.
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- A 21-year-old inmate at the Lawrence County Jail died Friday. New Castle Police are investigating, and few details were available. Police said they were called to the jail at 1:08 p.m. Friday for someone in cardiac arrest. Police said that when they arrived, George A. Crepp was dead. He was pronounced dead at 2 p.m. by assistant Lawrence County Coroner Russell Noga. Police would not release any other information Friday afternoon.