Fire department grant
AUSTINTOWN -- Austintown Fire Department is receiving a $300,000 federal grant as part of the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grant Program, according to U.S. Sen. Mike DeWine, R- Ohio.
Fire Chief Andrew Frost said the money will be used to hire three or four more full-time firefighters.
The program provides competitive grants to local fire departments to meet industry minimum standards and attain 24-hour staffing.
DeWine, co-chairman of the Congressional Fire Caucus, wrote and passed the FIRE Act in 2000, establishing a grant program dedicated to providing federal assistance to local fire departments. The legislation increased the federal commitment to firefighting and emergency response services.
Bond set in assault
YOUNGSTOWN -- At arraignment Thursday, bond was set at $100,000 for Annia Tellington, 33, of East Lucius Avenue, who is charged with felonious assault. Police said she stabbed her 16-year-old son in the head during an argument late Wednesday. The boy received eight staples at St. Elizabeth Health Center. Tellington will be back in municipal court Oct. 5 for a preliminary hearing. The victim told police that he came home late from church and his mother argued with him when he refused to get water for her feet.
Tellington's version is that her son grabbed the knife and he was cut when she struggled to get it away from him. The boy and his sister were turned over to a grandmother who had custody before when Tellington was in prison, reports show.
Guilty of burglaries
YOUNGSTOWN -- A Sebring man will spend four years in prison for his guilty pleas to two burglary charges.
Edward R. Mills Jr., 22, of E. Pennsylvania Avenue, was sentenced Thursday to two four-year prison terms -- to be served concurrently -- by Judge James C. Evans of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court.
Police, fire levies
NEW SPRINGFIELD -- Several meetings have been set to give residents a chance to learn about the police and fire levies that will be on the November general election ballot.
Springfield Township Fire Chief Brian Hughes said meetings are set for:
U7 p.m. Monday at the New Springfield Fire Station, 13775 Woodworth Road, New Springfield.
U7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17 at the Petersburg Fire Station, 13885 state Route 170, Petersburg.
U7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3 at the New Middletown Fire Station, 10720 Struthers Road, New Middletown.
Hughes said one more session also may be scheduled.
New five-year 1-mill levy requests for both police and fire operations will appear on the ballot.
Credit counseling
GIRARD -- Free credit counseling programs will be at 6 p.m. Oct. 6, 13, 20 and 27 at Charter One Credit Counseling Service, 35 S. State St.
The programs will include such topics as:
UWhat is a budget and why is it important.
UWhy accounts are necessary.
UWhat is credit, how important is it and why do you need it.
UHow to prepare for an application and home buying process, documentation needed and closing costs.
UWhat is underwriting and why is it important.
For more information, call Gwendolyn Fish at (330) 545-0925.
WR band night
BERLIN CENTER -- Western Reserve High School, U.S. Route 224, will host its annual band night at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Besides Western Reserve, other bands performing are Matthews, Mineral Ridge, Sebring, Southington, West Middlesex and Woodrow Wilson high schools and Youngstown State University's marching band.
Cost is $5 for adults; $3 for students and senior citizens.
Rural crime prevention
SALEM -- Goshen Police District in conjunction with the Green Township trustees will host a course for citizens on rural crime prevention. The course is free to residents and will be held in the Green Township Hall, Lisbon Road behind Green Township Fire Department, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Topics covered will be basic crime prevention, juvenile issues, senior citizen issues and tips for reporting crimes. Refreshments will be provided.

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