Group home evacuated
YOUNGSTOWN -- Ten occupants of a group home at 264 North Heights Ave. had to evacuate at 2:46 a.m. Tuesday when one of the residents set a couch on fire because he wanted to use the bathroom and no one would unlock the door, according to fire Lt. Kevin Johnson.
Steve Makowsky, 60, was arrested and charged with aggravated arson and his bond was set at $50,000, Johnson said. He said damage was roughly $500 and a sprinkler system in the home kept the fire in check.
Woman escapes assault
WARREN -- A 25-year-old Atlantic Street Northeast woman told police she escaped from a woman who held a gun to her head. The 25-year-old was at a South Street Southeast residence when a woman she knows pulled the gun and threatened to kill her. She managed to escape to a nearby business and called police. No arrest was noted in the report.
Vandals hit business
YOUNGSTOWN -- Vandals spray painted three doors at the back of Winkle Electric on Hubbard Road and broke a globe in front of the building, police said. The damage, estimated at $500, was discovered Monday.
Chojnacki to retire
CORTLAND -- Lakeview Schools Superintendent Matthew Chojnacki told the board of education he will retire at the end of this school year, after eight years at the helm. The announcement Monday came as the district is gearing up its campaign for a 3.5-mill levy in May to keep finances in the black after 2006. The board dropped plans for a pay-to-play option or reduced busing for 2005-06, based largely on an unexpected increase in personal property tax collections.
Mathews board meeting
VIENNA -- Mathews Board of Education will meet in special session at 6 p.m. today at the board offices, 4434-B Warren-Sharon Road, to adopt a resolution for a 7.9-mill replacement levy, have a work session on the budget and five-year forecast, and other business. There will be executive sessions to discuss contract negotiations, and the compensation of a public employee.
Time for pirogis
WARREN -- Sts. Cyril and Methodius Church, Laird Avenue, is sponsoring a pirogi sale Friday. Advance orders may be placed by calling (330) 393-0781 todayand Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with pickup from noon to 5 p.m. Friday. Varieties are potato, sweet cabbage, sauerkraut and prune. Haluski is also available.
Warren fish dinner
WARREN -- Tod Avenue United Methodist Church will have an all-you-can-eat fish dinner from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday. Dinner includes ocean perch, home-fried potatoes, cole slaw, beverage and homemade dessert. Meatloaf also is available. Cost is $7 for adults and $2.50 for children. Take-outs are available from 3:30 to 6:15 p.m. Those who want meals to be delivered to the Tod and Buckeye senior apartments should call (330) 393-3859 before 3 p.m.
Vigil planned Friday
CANFIELD -- Valley Coalition for Peace & amp; Justice will have its weekly vigil from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Friday on the Green in Canfield. The group organized in fall 2002 to oppose the Iraq War and what it calls an assault on U.S. civil liberties. For more information, contact Gary Sexton at (330) 518-1625.
Coitsville elect leaders
COITSVILLE -- Township trustees have elected Walter Avdey chairman and Gerald Backo vice chairman. Trustees announced that they will hold regular meetings at 6 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month at township hall. Trustees reappointed John Macabobby to a five-year term on the zoning commission and Mary Jarrett to a five-year term on the zoning board of appeals. Trustees also promoted police officer Keith Brown to detective sergeant and officer Charles Marakovich to sergeant.