Sept. 11 ceremony
POLAND -- The Western Reserve Fire District will commemorate the fifth anniversary of Sept. 11attacks Monday with a ceremony and remembrances from the public.
At 9:58 a.m. -- the exact time the first of the World Trade Center's towers fell -- the district will hold a brief ceremony at Station 91, 111 S. Main St. Refreshments will be served afterward on the second floor.
The fire district urges the public to attend.
Also, Poland residents are invited to leave flowers, candles and other personal mementos at any fire station throughout the district. The items will be displayed at the base of each station's flagpole.
For more information, contact the district at (330) 757-8268.
In court on assault
YOUNGSTOWN -- William Toth, 35, of Roy Street, pleaded no contest Friday in municipal court to a misdemeanor assault charge, the clerk of court's office said. Toth will be sentenced Sept. 23 by Judge Robert A. Douglas Jr. Police said that last month, Toth rammed his car into the rear of a motorcycle on Indianola Avenue that was ridden by a Lowellville man with whom he had been feuding.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Wall-mount speakers worth $1,500 were reported stolen from Immaculate Conception Church on Oak Street. A custodian discovered the break-in early Friday. Also missing is a cordless portable microphone worth $350, reports show. Any further loss will be reported after an inventory. It wasn't immediately clear how the church was entered.
New Habitat house
CAMPBELL -- Habitat for Humanity of Mahoning County will break ground at 12:30 p.m. today for a house to be built at 47 Fifth St. The house is being constructed through the joint efforts of Habitat and Holy Family Church of Poland. As part of Holy Family's 50th Anniversary celebration this month, parishioners collected enough money to fund the construction of one Habitat home. They also plan to provide all the volunteers necessary to complete the project. Since the local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International was formed in 1989, it has built 18 homes in the county.
Moonda case update
AKRON -- A federal judge has scheduled a status conference for 1 p.m. Dec. 8 for Donna J. Moonda, the 47-year-old Hermitage, Pa., widow accused of masterminding the death of her millionaire urologist husband in May 2005. U.S. District Judge David D. Dowd Jr. will set a new trial date at the conference. The trial had been scheduled for next month. Federal prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Moonda, who remains in federal custody pending trial. Her former lover confessed shooting Dr. Gulam Moonda to death and agreed to cooperate with the prosecution of Donna Moonda.
Canfield Fair rape case
CANFIELD -- An East Liverpool carnival ride operator charged with raping a 14-year-old girl at the Canfield Fair will have a preliminary hearing Oct. 6 in Mahoning County Court here.
Jermaine A. Jones, 30, of Orchard Grove Avenue, waived his right to a speedy trial at a court appearance Friday. He is being held in Mahoning County jail without bond. Jones is charged with raping a 14-year-old girl late Saturday at the fair.
The girl said Jones took her to a bunkhouse where he was staying and forced her to engage in a sex act.
Jones told police that the girl said she was 18 and the sexual contact was consensual, reports show. Police said a witness, whom they would not identify, corroborated Jones' account.
SRU hall expansion
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- Slippery Rock University is planning a $6.7 million renovation and expansion of its Booze Dining Hall. The university's trustees voted Friday to begin planning for the improvements to the 34,400-square-foot facility, built in 1969. The recent opening of suite-style residence halls on campus will require that Booze's facilities be expanded, a university spokesman said. Student dining hall fees will cover the project cost. In other business, the trustees voted to raise the semester University Union fee from $25 to $73. The $48 increase is necessary to help make the student union a self-supporting enterprise as required by the state, the spokesman said. The increase will take effect with the spring semester.