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Coat giveaway


The Salvation Army Mahoning County Services Area, in partnership with several civic organizations and businesses, will distribute 1,000 new winter coats to 1,000 pre-registered children free of charge today at the Salvation Army at 1501 Glenwood Ave. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For parents who did not register their children, additional winter coats will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis after 2 p.m. Families are required to bring identification for their children and proof of guardianship or custody.

Robbery arrest


Police have arrested a Youngstown woman in a robbery Wednesday afternoon at the Five Below store on Boardman-Poland Road. The U.S. Marshals Task Force arrested Quala S. Dates, 27, of East Philadelphia Avenue, Youngstown, at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at an Indianola Avenue address, also on Youngstown’s South Side. She was taken to the Mahoning County jail. Police said three women tried to steal merchandise, and when the store manager tried to follow them, one turned around, grabbed the manager by the hair and pulled her to the floor. The three women fled.

Bomb-threat update


The Columbiana County Sheriff confirms that a juvenile is in custody in the bomb threat at Beaver High School Thursday. According to The Vindicator’s media partner 21 WFMJ-TV, about 400 students, teachers and staff at the school had to be evacuated to the middle school as a safety precaution after the bomb threat was discovered. The Columbiana County juvenile in custody is with juvenile authorities, and likely will face discipline from the school as well as criminal charges.

Green Clean gets grant


Beatitude House Green Clean has received a $3,000 grant from the local Catholic Campaign for Human Development to assist with additional training for workers and transportation costs. Beatitude House Green Clean is an environmentally friendly commercial and residential cleaning service, using “green” cleaning products and techniques to safeguard the environment and customers. For information about the services, call 330-261-1584, or visit online at

Beatitude House Green Clean provides disadvantaged women with the opportunity to learn marketable skills while earning an income. CCHD is the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ national and local anti-poverty program that provides funds for community organizing, social change, community economic development projects and education on the causes of poverty.

DeGenaro presiding


Judge Mary DeGenaro, who won re-election to a third consecutive six-year term on the 7th District Court of Appeals, has been chosen by her three colleagues as that court’s presiding judge for 2013 and 2014. On Nov. 6, DeGenaro, 51, of Poland, a Republican, won a contested race over her Democratic challenger, Atty. Mark A. Hanni, 55, of Canfield, a Democrat, by a 6 percent margin in the eight-county district covered by the court.

Holiday open house


“A Moment for Me” Yoga and Wellness Center, 8309 High St. NE, will have a free holiday open house from 1 to 5 p.m. next Saturday.

Items will include unique jewelry, pottery and crafts from local artists. Shoppers also may purchase a gift certificate for classes or wellness sessions.

Refreshments will be available to purchase or sample from a consultant from Tastefully Simple and Wildtree. Some items are gluten free.

For information, call 330-568-0419 or 330-506-0612.

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