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City park board plans to focus on the future
A special meeting of Youngstown Park and Recreation Commission has been scheduled to discuss the future of South Fieldhouse, fracking and drilling in the parks and the Master Scope Plan for the park system.
The meeting will take place at 5 p.m. Nov. 27 in city council chambers, sixth floor, city hall, 26 S. Phelps St. All residents interested in addressing the commission must complete a speaker form located in the parks office, first floor, city hall, no later than 4 p.m. Tuesday.
The commission will discuss the outcome of the special meeting in addition to any routine business at their regular meeting, which has been scheduled for 11 a.m. Nov. 29 in the city council caucus room, sixth floor, city hall. Contact the parks office at 330-742-8711 with any questions.
Man ordered to strip at gunpoint, take ride
A North Belle Vista Avenue man told police he was ordered at gunpoint Thursday afternoon to strip and get into the trunk of his car, then driven around and back to his neighborhood.
The victim, 38, told police he saw a man he knew at about 2:45 p.m. He got out of his car and the man walked up to him, pulled a gun and told him to lie down behind his car and take off his clothes.
The victim believes the gunman, who had told him he was going to go to the victim’s house and take everything, drove the car to Division Street and to Belle Vista where the victim got out and ran, jumping into the bed of a pickup truck.
The gunman drove away, and the truck driver drove to a Circle K gas station, tossed the victim a poncho, and told him to get out of his truck. The victim then walked home, he told police.
Get ID for your pet
A pet-identification event will be at Ohio Puppy, 3620 Belmont Ave., from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The event is sponsored by Baltimore Life Insurance Co. in conjunction with Ohio Puppy as a free public service to pet owners in the community. Guests will create a credit-card-sized ID card that will have pertinent information about pet and owner that can be used in case a pet is lost.
2 new cops in Warren
Two new Warren police officers will be sworn in to duty at 10 a.m. Wednesday at city hall, 391 Mahoning Ave NW. Their effective start date will be Nov. 26, according to Mayor Doug Franklin’s office.
AAA honors Canfield, Falls police agencies
Two Mahoning Valley police departments were honored Thursday for their community safety efforts.
Canfield police received a Bronze Award and Newton Falls police got a Commendation Award from AAA East Central at a Thursday luncheon.
The departments were honored for excelling at making their communities safer.
Tree falls on man
A Jefferson Township man was flown to a Youngstown hospital Thursday after being hit by a tree. Authorities told Vindicator broadcast partner TV 21-WFMJ that Mike Miller, 51, was clearing brush from his Clay Furnace Road property when a tree fell on him. His condition was unavailable. The township is located about 85 miles southeast of Hermitage.
Priest jailed in Ohio
A Roman Catholic priest accused of taking a 10-year-old boy to West Virginia for sex more than two decades ago was jailed on Thursday.
The Rev. Robert Poandl, of the Cincinnati-based Glenmary Home Missioners, was in Butler County Jail in southwest Ohio following an order by a federal magistrate judge that he be taken into custody.
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