Phone scam costs Valley man $3,000

Phone scam costs Valley man $3,000

New Middletown

Police are warning residents to be cautious after a recent phone scam.

An 80-year-old village resident was conned out of $3,000 Wednesday, police said. The elderly man received a call from a man claiming to be his nephew who said he was involved in a car crash in Bolivia and needed money for repairs. The caller told the victim not to tell his parents and to wire the money, which the victim did, police said.

“If anyone receives a telephone call claiming to be a relative and requesting money be sent and not tell anyone, it is a scam. Unfortunately, there is no way to recover the money,” said police chief Vincent D’Egidio.

The police department filed a consumer complaint with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office on behalf of the victim.

Meals on Wheels gets grant for $9,200


Meals on Wheels of John Knox Church received a grant from the Youngstown Foundation to buy new food carriers.

The $9,200 grant enabled MOW to update its food carriers to meet all city and state health regulations. Linda Jenkins, MOW director, said, “This grant has helped us maintain the nutritious quality of our meals and enabled uninterrupted service to our clients.”

MOW was established in 1979 and has served hundreds of people in the Austintown, Boardman, Campbell, Canfield, Poland, Struthers, and Youngstown areas. MOW prepares and delivers 100 meals a day at a minimal cost to clients. The Youngstown Foundation has provided MOW with support for many years.

Boil advisory lifted


The Trumbull County Sanitary Engineer Office has lifted the boil-water advisory issued Thursday after a water main broke in Brookfield.

The areas that were affected in Brookfield included Warren-Sharon Road east of Valley View Drive, Lincoln Avenue, Yankee Run Road, Brookfield Avenue, Golf Drive, Wintergreen Drive and Spring Road. Contact the sanitary engineers at 330-675-2775 for additional information.

Falls lottery winner


Thomas Blake, 47, of Newton Falls bought a winning Ohio Lottery ticket in Ravenna, earning a $1 million prize in the Money in the Bank instant game. Blake chose the $500,000 cash-prize equivalent.

After mandatory federal and state tax withholding totaling 29 percent, he will receive a lump sum of $355,000 that he said he will use for education pursuits.

The ticket was purchased from Circle K store, 1370 Main St. The store will receive a $10,000 selling bonus.

Donate items for pets


The third annual My Fluffy Valentine Animal Charity drive is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday on the second floor of Youngstown State University’s Kilcawley Center, where people can drop off donations.

Items needed include dry and canned dog and cat food, puppy and kitten food, paper towels, brooms, newspapers, dog and cat toys, small plastic grocery bags, big and small garbage bags, steel dishes, and cat litter.

Other items needed are pens and pencils, rawhides, big and small shovels, garden hoses, office supplies, disinfectant spray, air fresheners, laundry detergent, hand and dish soap, fans, copy paper, facial tissues, blankets, plastic sandwich bags, plastic totes with lids, towels, sponges, plastic/latex gloves and other items.

For information, contact Caitlyn Hicks at 330-941-7459.

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