Fire damages garage
AUSTINTOWN -- Fire caused $12,000 in damage to a garage this morning at 5131 Clearfield Drive. There were no injuries. Firefighters arrived at 6:46 and had the fire under control by 7:30. The cause remains under investigation.
Stabbed girl released
AUSTINTOWN -- Police say a 7-year-old girl who was stabbed three times a week ago has been released from Children's Hospital Medical Center in Akron. Zabrina Battles, formerly of Westchester Drive, is in foster care, police said. Her grandmother, Mildred Battles, 74, of Westchester Drive is in Mahoning County jail, charged with attempted murder and felonious assault.
Poster contest winners
YOUNGSTOWN -- Mahoning County commissioners recognized winners Thursday of the annual Earth Day poster contest, sponsored by the county recycling division and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Winners were Joseph Ciarniello, Anna Patoray, Franchesca Noday, Jasmine Jones and Matt Rosile, all from St. Anne School; and Catey Beede of St. Luke School.
Federal jury indicts man
CLEVELAND -- A federal grand jury has indicted a Youngstown man on a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Solomon Clay IV, 22, of Hillman Street, possessed a 9 mm semiautomatic pistol Oct. 12 after having been convicted of carrying a concealed weapon, the indictment said. Under a program that targets armed criminals for federal charges, the case is being prosecuted by Youngstown-based assistant U.S. Atty. Linda H. Barr after an investigation by city police and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Homeless man arrested
YOUNGSTOWN -- A TV, fan, stereo speakers and other items sailing out of a broken second-floor window at 24 W. Delason Ave. is what police saw when they arrived around 9:40 p.m. Thursday. A neighbor had called, saying someone was inside tearing up the place. Police found Lucky T. Mitchell, 21, who is listed as homeless, hiding in the basement and arrested him on charges of criminal trespass, criminal damaging and failure to comply with a police order.
Suspected drugs found
YOUNGSTOWN -- Suspected powdered and crack cocaine concealed in breath-freshener cans and a suspected marijuana cigarette hidden in a cigarette box were found during the arrest of Brian P. Sexton, 49, of Lisbon Road, Salem, at 1 a.m. today on a charge of loitering to engage in solicitation, reports show. Sexton also faces charges of drug possession and drug paraphernalia (crack pipe). The woman in his pickup truck, Cecilia M. McClendon, 48, of Parkcliff Avenue, was charged with loitering to engage in solicitation. Police said they saw McClendon flag down Sexton near Hillman Street then get into his pickup.
Police seek robber
BOARDMAN -- Township police were looking this morning for the man who robbed an Oregon Trail woman Thursday evening.
The 29-year-old victim got money from an ATM on Market Street, then drove home, according to police. As she walked from her car to her house, a man shoved her to the ground and snatched a checkbook containing $1,100. The woman suffered an abrasion on her right knee.
Woman injures officer
BOARDMAN -- A township police officer was treated at St. Elizabeth Health Center just after 11 a.m. Thursday after being punched in the chest and kicked during an arrest.
According to police reports, Patrol Officer Rick Blomstrom went to a Sahara Trail doctor's office in reference to a patient who would not leave. Reports say that the officer was kicked and punched as he attempted to arrest a woman on a charge of disorderly conduct.
The woman was taken for psychiatric evaluation; charges against her are pending.
Senior advisory council
U.S. Sen. George Voinovich, R-Ohio, has established a 145-member senior advisory council to help him identify issues of concern to senior citizens and find ways to best address those concerns. These Mahoning Valley residents were appointed: Allan Chamberlin of Leetonia, Barbara A. Lynch of East Palestine, Eugene Dempsey of Youngstown, Alan G. Brant of Warren and Paula Snyder of Warren.
KENT -- PBS 45 & amp; 49 will suspend production of "Youngstown Report" after tonight's broadcast at 10. After four years, the series is being put on hiatus because of station budget constraints.
Executive Producer Don Freeman hopes to relaunch the series in the fall, pending local underwriting, and will take advantage of the break to make the series stronger in reflecting the importance of the Mahoning Valley and its people.