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Suspect sought


Police have what they believe are identifiable photos of a robber who took an undetermined amount of cash Tuesday morning from National Cash Advance on Youngstown-Warren Road.

Ken Criswell, chief of detectives, said that the man, wearing a white hooded sweatshirt, asked to purchase a money order, then jumped behind the counter and kept his hand in his pocket as though he had a gun. Criswell said the man never showed the weapon. The robber took the cash and forced two employees into a back room before fleeing the store.

The security camera photos show the mustached robber wearing a cap with a football- helmet logo under the hood. Police have distributed the photo and have asked anyone with information to call 330-652-9944.

Hubbard school board


The Hubbard school board will have a special meeting in executive session at 4 p.m. today. The meeting will take place in the board room at 108 Orchard Ave. During the meeting, the board will discuss the possible sharing of personnel with Liberty School District. Action may be taken.

Siren test planned

Hermitage, Pa.

Hermitage Fire Department will conduct its monthly test of the area’s weather warning sirens at 10 a.m. Thursday.

The test will include the activation of the Clark, Farrell, Sharpsville, West Middlesex and Wheatland weather sirens. Citizens are asked to disregard the alerting sirens during the test.

Holiday tasting Sat.


The Northside Farmers Market will host a holiday tasting from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Unitarian Universalist Church, 1105 Elm St. The entrance to the event will be through a wrought-iron gate, down steps and through a door on the right.

Cakes, cookies, freshly baked bread, produce, farm-fresh eggs, handmade soaps, gifts, crafts and maple granola will be available. Vendors will take holiday orders.

Concert of giving


The Youngstown Area Community Concert Band and Stambaugh Chorus will host the second annual Holiday Concert of Giving at 4 p.m. Sunday at Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Ave.

The Youngstown Area Community Concert Band, conducted by Joe Pellegrini, and the Stambaugh Chorus, under the direction of Dr. Hae-Jong Lee, will perform holiday favorites. Santa Claus will make a special appearance.

Admission will be a cash donation to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley. All funds will benefit hungry families in Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties. For every $1 given at the concert, the food bank can distribute $15 worth of food to needy families during the holidays.

Campaign reports


Thursday is the deadline for candidates, treasurers of political committees and lobbyists in Pennsylvania to file post-general-election campaign expense reports with county bureaus of elections in the state.

Holiday event


Master Park Martial Arts Center, 224 Boardman-Canfield Road, is having its annual holiday spirit community event from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The event includes both a food and toy drive. There will be a meet-and-greet with Marines and martial-arts demonstrations.

The students and their families are collecting food for donation to Second Harvest Food Bank, as well as toys for Toys for Tots. Those donating toys or nonperishable food will receive a gift certificate for martial-arts training at Master Park.

Food items most needed are peanut butter, cereal, canned vegetables, tuna, dry pasta, canned soup and macaroni and cheese. Hours for accepting donations are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. For information, go to

12-foot snow globe


An interactive snow globe is coming to the Southern Park Mall from noon to 6 p.m. Friday.

Patrons can step inside the 12-foot-tall snow globe, sponsored by Horseshoe Casino in Cleveland, at the mall’s center court and take pictures.

Although the snow globe is a one-day event, Santa Claus will be at the mall through Dec. 24 in the Sears concourse.

Vandalism in cemetery


Police are investigating vandalism that occurred in the Girard Cemetery on North State Street.

According to reports, black and gold graffiti was spray-painted on the cemetery’s equipment shed and mausoleum early Saturday morning. The graffiti included vulgar language, a racial slur and a picture of male genitalia.

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