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Presentation canceled


The Native American Display and look at Native American life presentation planned for 1 p.m. today at the Austintown Library, 600 South Raccoon Road, has been canceled due to unavailability of the presenters.

Armed robbery


The election was on the minds of most of the country Tuesday night, including the man who robbed Convenient Food Mart, 3120 Parkman Road NW.

Police were called to the store at 7:50 p.m. Tuesday for an armed robbery.

A witness said the suspect, a black male wearing a gray sweat shirt and a bandanna covering his face from the nose down, entered the store with a gun and pointed it at the witness and demanded “everything.”

The suspect then turned his attention to the store clerk, Surendra Patel, who was standing at the counter, and demanded all of the money from the register. Patel complied.

“The suspect then pointed the gun at Patel and asked him who he voted for,” a police report said. “The suspect asked Patel several times who he voted for while pointing the gun at him.”

The witness “told the suspect ‘he can’t vote,’” the report said. The suspect stated, “Vote Obama. This is Obama, bitches,” and then fled the store.

He got away with about $800.

Spaghetti dinner


Before Sept. 19, 2012, Debbie Cope of East Palestine lived her life as she expected — time at home, time with friends and family and time at her job at Sheely’s Furniture and Appliance in North Lima.

But on Sept. 19 everything changed.

A blood clot at the opening of her small intestine required a Life Flight to the Cleveland Clinic. Several grueling surgeries followed.

Today, Cope is in an acute rehabilitation hospital waiting to undergo even more surgeries.

To help with medical expenses, Cope’s friends and coworkers at Sheely’s are hosting a spaghetti dinner Sunday from 12:30 to 6 p.m. at New Springfield Church of God, 3649 E. Garfield Road.

The event features a 50/50 raffle and basket auction.

Admission is $5 for children 10 and younger and $10 for those 11 and older.

For ticket information or donations, call Barb at 646-305-6942 or email

Tickets can be purchased at the door, and carry-out is available.

Recycling grants


The Green Team Recycling Division of Mahoning County is offering a state grant opportunity for recycling at local businesses.

The 2013 Market Development Grant, offered by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, will support the expansion of recyclable material markets.

The grant will help Mahoning County businesses to begin or expand their recycling efforts for aluminium, carpet, electronics, construction and demolition debris, glass, mattresses, cardboard, paint, plastics, tires, textiles and organic food waste.

If interested, contact Jim Petuch of the Green Team at 330-740-2060. Businesses may be required to supply a cash share and must provide financial information as specified in the grant application, which can be accessed at

Man free on bond


A 29-year-old township man is free on $2,500 bond after turning himself in on a warrant for cultivating marijuana.

Ryan A. Jenkins was arrested Tuesday at the police department.

A warrant was issued for his arrest after a July 20 investigation revealed 20 marijuana plants growing in the basement of Jenkins’ residence at 5989 Northlawn Ave.

Online court records do not indicate when Jenkins will appear in court.

Cigarette sparks fire

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Fire did $20,000 worth of damage to a house at 413 North Cedar Street, the city fire department reported.

The blaze began on the second floor of the house at 7:43 a.m. Wednesday after a child threw a cigarette into a crawl space there, the department said.

There were no injuries.

Five children and one adult escaped the blaze on their own.

Fire displaces women


Two women were displaced by a house fire at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, the Mercer County dispatch center said.

The fire was at 308 Fruit Ave., and there were no injuries.

The Farrell Fire Department had no more information Wednesday night.

Vacant house fire


The Youngstown Fire Department was called to a fire at a vacant house shortly after 9 p.m. Wednesday, a dispatcher said.

The blaze was on Delason Avenue.

No more information was available Wednesday night.

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