2 officers get training
COLUMBIANA - Columbiana police officers Chris Dailey and Ryan T. Pike recently completed a weapons of mass destruction training course at the Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, Ala.
The center is operated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Office of State and Local Government Coordination and Preparedness.
It provides training for emergency responders from police departments, fire departments and emergency medical services, as well as agencies for hazardous materials handling, public works, health care, communications and other law enforcement services.
Trainees participate in advanced, hands-on training activities in dealing with chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear weapons, Responders receiving the training are specially selected from the nation's 11 million emergency responders, the center said.
Man sought in assaults
NILES - Police are searching for a white male who sexually assaulted two 11-year-old girls Saturday evening in Kennedy Park.
According to a statement from the Niles Police Department, the girls were approached about 7:30 p.m. by a man with a gun who told them to follow him into the woods between Fairhaven School and the park's basketball courts. After the assault took place, the man ordered both girls to start walking. He turned his back on them and they ran away.
The suspect is described as about 5-foot-10 to 6 feet tall, wearing blue jeans, a blue jacket, black hat, black boots and sunglasses. He was last seen driving away in a black sport utility-type vehicle with tinted windows.
Anyone with information on this crime should contact Chief Bruce Simeone, Capt. Charles Wilson or Detective Jim Robbins of the Niles police at (330) 652-9944.
Host families needed
Quest Exchange, a nonprofit organization, seeks volunteers to host English-speaking foreign exchange students.
The students are 15 to 18 years old and are from Brazil, Germany, Mexico, South Korea, Estonia, France, Thailand, China, Peru, Canada, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Ecuador.
They will spend five to nine months with the host family.
Students have their own health insurance and spending money.
Anyone can host a student, including singles, single parents, married couples and retirees. Students can share a room as long as they have their own bed.
For more information, visit www.questexchange.org or call Kelly Higby toll free at (866)540-4029.
2 pools are open daily
YOUNGSTOWN -- The city's two pools are now open daily from 1 to 8 p.m. until Aug. 17. The pools are in North Park off Belmont Avenue, and the Borts Pool on the West Side, off Belle Vista Avenue. Admission is 50 cents for children, and $1 for adults.
$36,000 DUI grant
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- The Neshannock Township Police Department has received a $36,000 grant to enhance DUI enforcement.
The grant paid for sobriety checkpoint signs, barricades, personal equipment, a trailer, lights and a generator, as well as officers' wages while working with DUI programs.
The grant is from the Department of Transportation and the Pennsylvania DUI Association in conjunction with the Western Alliance Team DUI Task Force.