Barbecue goes bad
YOUNGSTOWN -- What began as a nice, peaceful family barbecue at a house in the 500 block of West Warren Avenue Sunday afternoon turned into a large fight that was reported several times to the 911 center, police said.
Quentin Burley, 18, of West Warren was arrested on charges of felonious assault and assault.
When officers arrived, they found 15 people outside, yelling and pushing one another.
Burley is accused of punching his 14-year-old cousin in the head and trying to smash the boy's head onto a porch column. When family members stepped in, Burley smacked his 27-year-old female cousin in the face, they said. She had a bloody lip and cut on her right cheek.
Police said they saw Burley come out of the house with a garden hoe and charge the father of the 14-year-old boy. Police said they used pepper spray on Burley to stop his attack.
Bank account scam
YOUNGSTOWN -- Over the weekend, an 89-year-old Sunshine Avenue woman told police that early in June she received a call from the "Guiding Light Foundation" and the man told her she had won something but he needed her bank account number to confirm the prize.
The woman gave the man her account number and then, later in June, she realized that $299.98 was missing from her account.
The bank investigated and said the check was cashed in Delray Beach, Fla.
Injured with beer bottle
YOUNGSTOWN -- In an argument at Cyrax West, a bar at 706 Steel St., Charles E. Feltner was hit in the head with a full beer bottle around 12:05 a.m. Sunday, police said.
When police arrived, Feltner, 33, of Florence Avenue, was sitting in a chair bleeding from his left cheek and his neck. The cut on his neck required surgery, police said.
The man with whom Feltner argued left before police arrived.
Gunfire wounds man
YOUNGSTOWN -- Carlos Peterson told police he was hit by gunfire when a group of men started shooting at one another on South Pearl Street Sunday afternoon.
Peterson, 25, of Kendis Circle, said he and his girlfriend ducked when the gunfire began around 3 p.m. and then he noticed his left middle and ring finger were numb.
When interviewed at Forum Health Northside Medical Center, he told police he didn't see who shot him.
Trash & amp; Treasure Sale
GIRARD -- A giant Trash & amp; Treasure Sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Girard City Gym, Market and Main downtown.
This is the fourth annual sale sponsored by the Girard High School FIRST Robotics Team and includes items of all kinds, including household, clothing, kids toys, electronics and furniture.
Those wishing to help the team by donating to the sale can drop off items at the city gym from 3 to 6 p.m. Sept. 10. There will be no early sales.
The Girard FIRST robotics team designs, builds and programs a robot for national competition in just six weeks each year.
The team then competes in regional events in cities such as Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Toronto and has been to the National competition four times.
This year the national event will be in Atlanta, Ga.
The team is the 2004 winner of the prestigious Chairman's Award at the Cleveland Regional, which automatically qualified them to compete in the national competition last April, which was also held in Atlanta.
No danger labels
CLEVELAND (AP) -- For the second year in a row, no Ohio school has earned the "persistently dangerous" label, the state reported.
The federal No Child Left Behind law required states to identify schools with chronic violence and allow pupils who attend such schools to transfer elsewhere in the district.
The Ohio Department of Education reviews crime data and determines whether to label the schools.
Despite reports of assaults, fights and other crimes at schools in Ohio, the state says none have fit the category in either of the past two years.
The guidelines take into account whether a school had two or more violent criminal offenses -- from assault to murder to robbery -- per 100 pupils in each of two consecutive years.