METRO DIGEST || Coat giveaway for kids 3-14

Coats for kids


The Salvation Army is hosting “Project Warm,” a coat giveaway for children ages 3 to 14. Preregistration will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the Salvation Army at 1501 Glenwood Ave. Those interested must be a Mahoning County resident with a child 3 to 14 living in your home. To qualify, bring valid picture identification, proof of custody or guardianship, such as birth certificates, and proof of residency, such as a bill.

Burglar gets 12 years


A man who pleaded guilty to 13 burglary counts and one count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.

John A. Woods, 31, of New Middletown, drew the sentence from Judge Lou A. D’Apolito of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court.

Woods was among eight defendants indicted in July in what authorities said was a large-scale burglary ring.

Martin P. Desmond, an assistant county prosecutor, said items stolen in the residential burglaries, such as jewelry and computers, were sold and the money was used to buy heroin.

Woods pleaded guilty to burglaries in Petersburg, Poland, New Middletown, Struthers, Boardman and Girard. The Mahoning County Law Enforcement Task Force investigated the case.

YSU alums to meet


Nearly 50 YSU alumni will return to campus at 1 p.m. Sunday for a special event at the Alumni House, 606 Wick Ave. The group is gathering for fellowship and refreshments before a 3 p.m. performance of “Rent” at YSU.

The Office of Alumni and Events Management often invites YSU alumni to campus to reconnect with one another. Anyone wishing to join or give a membership as a gift can call 330-941-3497 or visit to join online.

I-80 restrictions


Beginning Sunday night, Interstate 80 between state Route 46 and Salt Springs Road in Austintown will have various nightly lane restrictions for road construction. These restrictions will occur from 6 p.m. until 6 a.m.

Boil advisory lifted


The Trumbull County Sanitary Engineer’s office has lifted the boil-water advisory for the Valley View allotment and Lincoln Avenue area of Brookfield. Call 330-675-2775 for information.

Produce safety


Crossroads Extension Education and Research Area, 490 S. Broad St., will host a produce safety workshop from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday. The program will teach farmers good agricultural practices to use at their farm businesses. Trained educators will share details on keeping produce safe, training family members/employees on the issue and getting ready for potential audits. Farm businesses participating in this program will learn about foodborne illness, how contamination can occur, water and soil safety and good handling practices. To register go to

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