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More allegations

MERCER

Pennsylvania State Police said more potential victims of a Sharon man accused of fondling children are coming forward.

“I can just say that I’m getting other phone calls from other potential victims. It’s an ongoing investigation,” said Trooper Troy Owen.

James Kopan, 46, of Andrew Street, is facing charges relating to accusations that he exposed himself, showed pornographic images and fondled four boys, age 7 to 12, during a November sleepover at his business, Tornado Alley, on Perry Highway.

During the sleepover, “there was Slip-n-Slide, and he had them slide down naked,” Owens said.

Task-force arrest

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Detective Greg Manente, who is assigned to the U.S. Marshal Service Violent Fugitive Task Force, and members of the task force arrested Mervin K. Powell, 45, at a residence on Crumlin Avenue on a felony warrant of four counts of gross sexual imposition. The arrest took place about 2:30 p.m. Thursday.

Powell was wanted by the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office. He then was taken to the police station to Trumbull County Jail awaiting extradition to Cuyahoga County.

Final auctions

BOARDMAN

Eckert’s Interiors will have its final auctions this weekend.

Eckert’s Interiors has been at 8574 Market St. for 30 of its 98 years in business. The owners announced the store was closing in August. The final auctions begin at 1 p.m. today, with a preview at 11 a.m. On Sunday, the preview also is at 11 a.m. and the auction at 1 p.m. The preview and auction begin at 4:30 and 6:30 p.m., respectively, on Monday and Tuesday. For more information, call 330-758-8340.

Suspects arrested

BOARDMAN

Police arrested two Youngstown men after a Boardman man was robbed at gunpoint.

William M. Robinson, 18, and Tyron Rodney Perry, 19, both of Elbertus Avenue, are charged with aggravated robbery and obstructing official business. Police said a man told them he was robbed while walking on Maple Drive near Grover Drive at 11 p.m. Thursday. The man said two men approached him, and one pulled out a revolver, demanding his backpack, which contained his work shoes, polo shirts, house key, cell phone and MP3 player.

The man with the gun took the backpack, fired one round into the air and ran with the other man toward Erie Street. Police arrived with dogs to track the men and said two men, later identified as Robinson and Perry, were found hiding in a house on Erie Street. A 15-year-old girl in the Erie Street home also was arrested for obstructing official business.

YWCA offices move

YOUNGSTOWN

The Youngstown YWCA staff offices will be closed Monday to facilitate the move from temporary quarters at the United Methodist Community Center on Pearl Street back to its newly renovated building at 25 W. Rayen Ave.

The telephone lines and Internet will be out of service Monday but will be back in service Tuesday , officials said.

The offices were moved while construction on the nearly $10 million renovation project, which is now nearing completion, was under way. As of last summer, about $9 million had been raised through private donations and state and federal funding, with about $1 million still to be raised.

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