Coffee used in robbery
YOUNGSTOWN -- A thief used a cup of coffee Saturday to rob a West Side convenience store. The cashier at Valley View Gas, 1822 Mahoning Ave., told police a man walked in about 7 a.m. and made himself a cup of coffee. When he went to the counter, he threw the hot coffee on the cashier, reached over the counter and grabbed an undisclosed amount of cash from the register and fled out the front door. Another employee in a back room at the time heard the commotion and ran outside to see the robber flee in a red car.
WARREN -- The Trumbull Soil and Water Conservation District annual reorganization meeting will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday in the Trumbull County commissioners' hearing room in the county administration building on High Street. Election of officers of the district's board of supervisors will occur at the meeting. Judge Andrew Logan of common pleas court will swear in the two recently re-elected district supervisors, Peter Kepner and Richard Houk, who will begin three-year terms. That ceremony will be at 10 a.m. in Courtroom 1 of the county courthouse.
Mercer Co. gets grant
MERCER, Pa. -- Mercer County has been awarded a 137,822 grant from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency to provide advocacy for victims of adult offenders, including crisis intervention, notification of court proceedings and help for victims. The money is generated from penalties levied against offenders in the criminal justice system under the Rights and Services Act. The county also received 59,658 to assist victims whose offenders are juveniles.
Special council meeting
NEW MIDDLETOWN -- Village council has set a special meeting for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the village Administration Building on state Route 170 for action on a council member's resignation or removal. Mayor Robert Carson said council will either accept Curtis Massey's resignation or have a second reading on his removal. Council had begun the process of removing Massey at a meeting earlier this month because he no longer lives in the village.
New fire chief for city
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- The city has a new fire chief. Tom Bulisco, who was appointed to the position by Mayor Wayne Alexander, was sworn in at council's public meeting last week. He succeeds Jeffrey Scrim, who retired at the end of 2006. Bulisco introduced Robert Duncan, Joe Bongivengo, Mark Panella and John Onufrak as his assistants. Panella and Onufrak, each new assistants, replace two firefighters who retired. In other news, Rob Ratkovich was reappointed council president.