METRO DIGEST || Swierz hospitalized
Longtime Youngstown City Councilman John R. Swierz, D-7th, suffered a mild heart attack at his home Thursday. Swierz is at St. Elizabeth Health Center and is expected to be released in a couple of days, said council President Jamael Tito Brown. “Our prayers are with him,” Brown said.
Brown joked that Swierz, known for his focus on community issues, “might do some house checking [for code violations] on his way back home.”
Trinidad, Tobago talk today at deli
Youngstown State University associate Prof. Zara Rowlands will discuss the multicultural history of Trinidad and Tobago at 10 this morning at Kravitz’s Delicatessen, 3135 Belmont Ave. The program is sponsored by the Ethnic Heritage Society, which is dedicated to supporting local immigrant and migrant communities. Rowlands, a Trinidad native, will describe the ways in which cultural influences such as Amerindian, European, African, and Indian shaped her homeland’s folklore, cuisine, music, holidays, and religious practices. The program is open to the public; admission is $5, and includes refreshments. For more information, contact EHS co-directors Tom Welsh at 330-792-7936 or Sandra Cika at 202-297-0362.
Locked in dog kennel
A 50-year-old man staying with a friend on West Princeton Avenue told police he was kidnapped and beaten late Wednesday, taken to a home on Ravenwood Avenue and placed in a dog kennel in the basement.
The man said he escaped from the house, which is near Rush Boulevard, and went to JQ’s Quick Shop on South Avenue Thursday afternoon to call police. The man said three men in their 20s in a pickup truck abducted him at 10:30 p.m. after breaking into the house. They took his cellphone and accused him of stealing $23,000 in drug money. They also tried to drown him in the bathtub at the Ravenwood house, he said. The man went to St. Elizabeth Health Center for treatment of his injuries.
Chased with knife
Alonzo Ball, 52, of Harvard Drive Southeast, pleaded innocent to misdemeanor aggravated menacing Friday in Warren Municipal Court after a woman and her 7-year-old niece reported that Ball chased them with a knife on Elm Road near Porter Street Northeast. The woman, 20, who lives nearby, said she and her niece were walking along the sidewalk on Porter Street at 2:56 p.m. Thursday when they noticed a man they didn’t know staring at them. The man pulled out a knife or razor and started running toward them, so the woman and girl ran across Elm Road toward the Family Dollar store, where an employee in the parking lot saw the females running from a man but didn’t see a knife because the man was too far away. When the females reached the store, the man turned around again. Officers apprehended Ball nearby a short time later, and the victims identified him as the person who chased them.
The Mahoning Soil and Water Conservation District will host this year’s Northeast Ohio High School Envirothon, an academic, outdoor competition for students in grades nine through 12. The theme this year is “Sustainable Rangeland Management: Achieving a balance between traditional agricultural uses with non-agricultural uses.” The event will be Wednesday at Mill Creek MetroParks Farm, 7574 Columbiana Canfield Road. The top four teams will compete at the Ohio Envirothon June 9-10 at Deer Creek State Park in Fayette County. For more information, call 330-740-7995.