YOUNGSTOWN -- The clerk at Uptown Book Shop at 2597 Market Street surrendered the money in the cash drawer after a man threatened her with a screwdriver. Police said a man who had been in the store the day before came in around 5 p.m. Tuesday. The clerk told police the man was wearing the same clothes he'd had on the day before. "Are you going to freak out if I rob you?" the man asked. When the clerk told him no, he pulled out the screwdriver. "If you freak out, I'm going to hurt you, so give me the money in the drawer," he said.Parade of Homes
YOUNGSTOWN -- The HBA of Mahoning Valley is holding the Summer Parade of Homes June 17-25 at Catarina Place in Poland. The show is being presented by Home Savings and 84 Lumber Co. Ricottilli Construction Inc. is the event's developer. The show will showcase nine new homes (2,500 square feet and above). Builders are PMD Builders, Mill Creek Construction, Fonderlin Construction, Master Plan Builders, Specialty Homes, Ross Builders, B.R. Knez Construction, Ricottilli Construction and Sudon Bros. A story in Sunday's Vindicator incorrectly said that the June parade of homes was canceled. For more information, call the HBA at (330) 965-9779, Ext. 204.
Arraigned in robbery
YOUNGSTOWN -- After his release from St. Elizabeth Health Center, police charged Bruce Clinkscale with two counts of aggravated robbery and he was taken to Mahoning County jail. Clinkscale, 33, of South Avenue, was arraigned Monday in municipal court. Bond was set at $200,000 and a preliminary hearing scheduled for next Wednesday. Police said Clinkscale and two teenage boys showed up at a Tod Lane house last Thursday in an armed robbery attempt. Clinkscale was shot during a struggle with a man at the house, police said. Charges are pending against the boys.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Jamarl Ceaser, 23, was arraigned Tuesday in municipal court on a robbery charge, and bond was set at $100,000. He will be back in court next Wednesday for a preliminary hearing. Police said Ceaser, of Bissell Avenue, grabbed a woman's purse in front of the Phar-Mor Building on West Federal Street just before noon Monday. Two construction workers who heard the woman scream gave chase and one of the men tackled Ceasar, reports show. Police who happened to be coming out of the Phar-Mor Building were on the scene within seconds.
Board approves raises
POLAND -- Superintendent Dr. Robert Zorn was among several school officials who were recently given new contracts. At its meeting Monday, the board of education approved a new five-year contract to begin Aug. 1 for Zorn, whose annual salary is $96,698. The board also approved a new two-year pact for Donna Cartwright as food services director and a three-year contract for Craig Sommers as special services director. Wage increases have yet to be determined.
House, garage fire
CAMPBELL -- A fire early Monday, caused by an electrical short in a side-by-side refrigerator-freezer in an attached garage, caused an estimated $20,000 damage to the garage and the house. The owner-occupants, Michael and Susan Reichert, of 54 Creed Circle, escaped the 4 a.m. fire without injury. The blaze caused fire and heat damage to the garage and a vehicle inside it, as well as the breezeway connecting the garage and the ranch-style house. Flames also traveled through the breezeway to the attic of the Reichert home. There was smoke damage throughout both structures, firefighters said.
Teen facing charges
YOUNGSTOWN -- Austin D. Young, 17, of Firnley Avenue was arrested after a police chase that followed an armed robbery he is suspected of committing at the Sons of Italy bar on Dearborn Street, reports show. Young was taken to the Martin P. Joyce Juvenile Justice Center on Monday to faces six counts of aggravated robbery, failure to comply with a police order, resisting arrest, carrying a concealed weapon, criminal damaging and receiving stolen property. Police said he jumped out of a stolen car on the East Side as he tried to elude capture.