Lincoln Day dinner
GREENVILLE, Pa. -- The Mercer County Republican Committee's annual Lincoln Day dinner will be Saturday at Hempfield, Station One Banquet Hall, 20 Sixth St. The event will begin with a social hour at 6 p.m., followed by the dinner at 7. State Sen. Jeff Piccola, Dauphin County, and Matthew Kirk, vice chairman of the Pennsylvania State Republican Committee, will speak. Kirk, of Lancaster, was recently elected to the post. County and local candidates are expected to attend. For more information or to make dinner reservations, call dinner chairman Carol Ann Gregg at (724) 458-6108.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Three arrests were made by members of the Vice Squad who used search warrants to enter two homes Friday evening. At 921 Parkwood Ave., Earl K. Watson, 46, was arrested on a charge of possession of marijuana, and Erika Skinner, 31, was arrested on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia (crack pipe). Skinner was released on a court summons and Watson was taken to jail. Both live at the address. Police found a bag of suspected marijuana. At 417 Foster St., the resident, Mark Stanford, 44, was arrested on a charge of possession of crack cocaine. Police confiscated a bag with several rocks of suspected crack.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Divers Steel City Auto Crushers on Himrod Avenue was broken into around 3:30 a.m. Saturday. A window was smashed on the side door to gain entry. Police said the alarm system panel was ripped off the wall. The owner was expected to provide police a list of any items taken after he does an inventory. Earlier, at 10:45 p.m. Friday, someone smashed the front window at Family Discount Drugs on Canfield Road and stole bottles of the painkiller Vicodin, reports show. The store would report any further loss after an inventory.
Man accused in burglary
YOUNGSTOWN -- A homeless man who identified himself to police as James Ray Wright, 39, was arrested on a burglary charge Friday night after Patrolman Frank Bigowsky chased him on Youngstown-Poland Road. Items found on Wright, including a sewing case, rolls of coins, FOP ring and a graduation ring from The Rayen School, were positively identified by a couple in their 80s who live in the 1900 block of Medford Avenue. The elderly couple had returned home around 10 p.m. Friday and found their place ransacked. Police said Wright, who may be responsible for other burglaries in the city, gave a couple of different Social Security numbers and his true identity must be verified. Aside from burglary, he was charged with failure to comply with a police order and obstructing official business.
Weathersfield road work
MINERAL RIDGE -- Weathersfield Township trustees have hired Foust Construction, Girard, for $35,538 to make a safety upgrade to the County Line, Webb and Ohltown-Girard roads intersection. The project will change the intersection from a "Y" configuration to a "T" configuration. The work will be done when weather permits.