Center evacuated

Center evacuated
AUSTINTOWN -- The main building at the Youngstown Developmental Center on County Line Road was evacuated Thursday after a kitchen fire, township Fire Chief Andrew Frost said. The blaze started around 2:45 p.m. when a box left on the stove caught fire, Frost said. He said flames were confined to the kitchen; there were no injuries.
Man, 18, faces charges
YOUNGSTOWN -- Avery Lightner, 18, of Crandall Avenue faces a charge of illegal conveyance of a deadly weapon onto school property. Lightner was arraigned Thursday in municipal court; bond was set at $5,000. Police said he had a knife in his jacket pocket and smelled of marijuana as he entered The Rayen School on Wednesday.
Shots fired into house
YOUNGSTOWN -- Shots were fired into a house in the 40 block of North Pearl Street on Wednesday night, police said. A woman at the house said a man she didn't know knocked on the door asking for someone who didn't live there. When he left she heard shooting and a car fleeing. Police discovered five bullet holes on the south side of the house.
Parking-lot robbery
YOUNGSTOWN -- A woman was robbed in the parking lot of St. Matthias Church on Shady Run Road as she approached her car around 6:15 p.m. Wednesday. The woman told police the robber held his hand in his coat as if he had a gun. She turned over her purse but he gave it back, demanding that she give him money from it. She handed him $6, but he grabbed the purse and found a $100 bill in a pocket and a cell phone and then fled, reports show.
Trumbull budget talks
WARREN -- Trumbull County commissioners will meet at 10 a.m. today at the commissioners' hearing room to discuss the 2006 budget. Commissioners have not approved the $40.9 million appropriation because Commissioner Daniel E. Polivka wants to cut more than $1 million. They have until March 31 to approve it.
Gasoline spill
CORTLAND -- Police are investigating the possible theft of gasoline Wednesday night that resulted in a spill at the Trumbull County Agricultural Building on Main Street, near Mosquito Reservoir. Fire Chief Bill Novakovich said the county's Hazardous Materials Team cleaned up 20 to 30 gallons that spilled on the parking lot and surrounding grass. It appeared to have been siphoned from a pickup truck, Police Chief Gary Mink said.
Charged with rape
WARREN -- A trucker with addresses in Warren and Elgin, S.C., faces 19 counts of rape and 12 counts of gross sexual imposition in a case brought by Warren police and the Trumbull County prosecutor. Eric Royster, 42, pleaded innocent during arraignment Monday, and appeared before Judge W. Wyatt McKay of Trumbull County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday without a lawyer. His bond is set at $200,000 cash or surety. A pretrial hearing will be March 22. Royster was secretly indicted by a grand jury in January. Diane Barber, assistant prosecutor, said the female victim in the case is now 14 but the alleged offenses occurred from fall 2000 through winter 2003. The rape counts carry life imprisonment.
Bookstore clerk robbed
YOUNGSTOWN -- A clerk at the Uptown Book Store on Market Street was robbed by a man who pulled out a screwdriver. The robber said, "I'm gonna rob you. If you freak, I'm gonna hurt you. Give me all your money out of your drawer," reports show. The clerk handed the man the cash and he ran out the front door around 5:15 p.m. Tuesday. The suspect is described as a white man, 35 to 40 years old, with a long reddish beard. He wore a gray hoodie under a jean jacket.
Chevy Centre changes
YOUNGSTOWN -- The city's board of control approved 19 change orders for the Chevrolet Centre that reduce its construction cost by $71,730. A change to the facility's seating design reduced that contract by $231,578. The 18 other change orders for the center added $159,848 to the project's cost. Also Thursday, the board hired Ronald Faniro, a Youngstown architect, at a price not to exceed $11,000, to develop plans to remodel the office of Mayor Jay Williams.

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