Annual cleanup set
YOUNGSTOWN -- The Know Your Neighbor Block Watch will have its annual cleanup starting at 8:30 a.m. Saturday.
Volunteers will meet at The Rayen School parking lot and are asked to bring rakes, gloves and lawn mowers. Volunteers will clean up lots in the Harding and Rayen school areas.
YOUNGSTOWN -- An 18-year-old Himrod Avenue woman told police she was kidnapped at gunpoint from her aunt's house on East Auburndale Avenue last Friday and held captive at a drug house on Edgar Street.
The woman, who filed the report Tuesday, said the suspects accused her of taking their drugs and guns. She said she was duct-taped to a chair in an upstairs bedroom but managed to escape Wednesday when the suspects fell asleep. The case is under investigation.
YOUNGSTOWN -- East Middle School will host a multicultural luncheon from 10:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday in the library at the school, 1544 E. High Ave. The luncheon's theme, & quot;Deep Roots -- Beautiful Flowers, & quot; was selected to celebrate and show an appreciation of diversity in the school community.
The event, coordinated by the Multi-Cultural Education Committee, is open to school staff and the community and will offer music, entertainment and prizes.
'Click it or Ticket'
NEW MIDDLETOWN -- The "Click it or Ticket" campaign will target drivers not using their seat belts from May 24 through June 6, said village Police Chief William Morvay. The goal of the stepped-up enforcement is to increase seat belt usage and save lives, he said. Village police will adopt a zero-tolerance policy for seat belt and child restraint violators.
Road surfacing program
WEATHERSFIELD -- Township trustees awarded a $78,469 contract to Butch and McCree Paving Inc., Hillsville, Pa., for this year's hot-mix resurfacing program.
Streets to be paved are:
UColumbus Avenue, from Chute Street to DeForest Townline Road.
UBroadway Street, from Robert Street to DeForest.
UGrove Street, from Heaton Boulevard to DeForest.
UHarrison Street, from state Route 169 to Grove Street.
UGrandview Avenue, from Route 169 to Columbus Avenue.
UAshland Avenue, from Route 169 to Grove.
UEast Chute Street, from Route 169 to Columbus.
UEast Emmet Street from Route 169 to the township/city line.
UTwo inches of leveling is also to be put on East Chute from Route 169 to Columbus and Columbus from Chute to Emmet.
Election law enforcement
WARREN -- Staff of the Ohio Elections Commission is expected to recommend this week that 26 area businesses that donated to the city schools bond levy campaign be found in violation for not reporting those donations to the Trumbull County Board of Elections.
The businesses aren't expected to face fines.
Businesses are required to fill out a form upon making a donation to a political campaign, documenting the donation. Norma Williams, elections board director, said the school district's levy campaign reported the campaign donors.
When the businesses didn't turn in forms by a designated deadline, the county board forwarded the matter to the Ohio Elections Commission. Commission staff said the businesses subsequently filled out the required paperwork.
Red Cross volunteers
WARREN -- The Trumbull County Chapter of the American Red Cross is looking for volunteer receptionists to answer phones, each for one day a week, Monday through Friday.
Shifts run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Candidates must be multitask-oriented and pleasant. Those interested should call Jackie Wolf or Teresa Jeffreys at (330) 392-2551.
Driver dies in collision
SALEM -- Roger Maze, 67, of Alden Avenue, Alliance was killed when his car was struck by a tractor-trailer in Perry Township just north of Salem about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. Maze was driving north on Goshen Road and failed to yield at a stop sign at U.S. Route 62. The truck driver, Steven Johnson, 30 of Elm Street, Leetonia, was not injured.