Man wins top prize
WARREN -- A Warren man has won the top prize of $100,000 in the Ohio Lottery's online kicker game. Robert E. Walker, who filed a claim in the lottery's Youngstown office Tuesday afternoon, will get $71,500 after federal and state withholding taxes for selecting the winning number, 1-9-4-4-4-0, in the July 24 drawing.
He bought his winning ticket at Dairy Mart, 606 N. Park Ave., Warren, which will get a $1,000 agent bonus for selling it. The odds of matching all six numbers are one in 1 million.
GIRARD -- A 26-year-old homeless woman is awaiting extradition from Pennsylvania after her arrest in a robbery Aug. 15 of a Main Street man.
An extradition hearing for Michelle Cox will be held Thursday in Mercer, Pa. She was taken into custody Monday near Mercer on a charge of aggravated robbery. A second woman reportedly involved has not been charged.
Charles Kohut of East Main told police he was swimming with the two women. When he got out of the pool, he was struck over the head. They allegedly threatened to kill him and then took $3,000 from his safe, wallet and cell phone.
City Police Capt. Frank Bigowski said he received a tip that Cox was staying in a mobile home near Mercer. He called Pennsylvania State Police and she was arrested.
Clergy night to be held
CHAMPION -- The Tri-County Chapter of the Knights of Columbus, composed of nine councils within Trumbull and Ashtabula counties, will sponsor a clergy night Thursday at 7 at St. William Parish Center, 5411 Mahoning Ave. N.W. The evening will honor all active and retired priests of the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown within the two counties. The Rev. Father Donald Calloway, M.I.C., of the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy, Stockbridge, Mass., will speak about how he lived a life of rebellion before becoming a priest. He was ordained in 2003 after studying at Franciscan University in Steubenville and the House of Studies in Washington, D.C. The public and especially those interested in vocations are invited.
Career criminal arrested
YOUNGSTOWN -- A 45-year-old career criminal with 49 previous arrests dating to 1978 is a federal prisoner in Mahoning County jail after being apprehended Monday morning in a parking lot in the 1100 block of Otis Street.
Willie R. Lowery was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force on a federal charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm; charges of carrying a concealed weapon and carrying weapons under disability, both from Trumbull County; and three theft charges, one each from Salem, Boardman and Mercer County.
Lowery, whose last known address was on Palmyra Road in Warren, has had 18 known aliases, said Dean Michael, task force coordinator. Lowery's prior convictions include robbery, burglary, felonious assault, forgery, theft and drug and weapons offenses, Michael said.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol and Ohio High School Athletic Association are partnering with a simple message for the upcoming fall sports season: Buckle up for a successful season. The statewide partnership involves patrol posts and nearly all of the OHSAA's 833 member high schools in a coordinated community-level traffic safety effort to coincide with high school athletic events. Student athletes, coaches, cheerleaders, band members and fans are encouraged to use their safety belts when going to school, practices and games.
Charges in fireworks case
YOUNGSTOWN -- A Mahoning County grand jury will consider charges against three Boardman men arrested after what police described as a July 4 fireworks riot on the South Side that included officers' being injured. Carmelo Morales Jr., 23, is charged with two counts of assault. Carmelo Morales Sr., 40, is charged with one count of assault. Jonathan Morales, 19, is charged with aggravated riot and two counts of assault. The charges were bound over to a grand jury Tuesday by Municipal Judge Robert P. Milich.