Special board meeting
Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority has a special board meeting at noon today in the board room at Amedia Plaza, 131 W. Boardman St. The board will consider a partnership with Millenia Housing Development for the renovation of International Towers, among other business.
Fire destroys house
A house was deemed a total loss Monday night after a fire ripped through it.
Fire officials are continuing to investigate the blaze at 46224 Walnut St. that broke out just after 5:06 p.m. Fire crews from Negley, Rogers, East Palestine, Lisbon and New Waterford responded.
A passing motorist saw the garage on fire and stopped, knocked on the door and informed the occupants about the fire, firefighters said.
Everyone was able to get out safely, and the American Red Cross was called to assist the family. The cause remains under investigation.
Police are investigating two armed robberies Sunday — one at the Family Dollar store on Elm Road Northeast and one at the Sparkle Market on Parkman Road Northwest.
A man entered the Family Dollar at 378 Elm Road at 9:28 a.m. and stole money from the cash register at gunpoint, then fled, police said.
At 3:15 p.m. Sunday, a 51-year-old Nottingham Road Northwest man reported that he was getting out of his car to enter the Sparkle, 2587 Parkman, when two men wearing masks approached him.
One of them pulled a gun and demanded his wallet. The suspect took the $160 in the wallet, threw the wallet down, and the two fled on foot.
Mahoning County Operating a Vehicle Impaired Task Force checked 136 vehicles at a Dec. 29 sobriety checkpoint on New Road near Raccoon Road.
From 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., 15 police officers from participating agencies of the task force and the Ohio State Highway Patrol checked vehicles, with 10 vehicles being directed into a diversion area for further investigation.
Officers on saturation patrol also made 38 traffic stops from 1 to 3 a.m.
Two arrests for OVI (21 and over) were made, along with two summonses for driving under suspension, three summonses for drug abuse, two citations for expired license plates and one summons for drug paraphernalia.
One citation each was given for two headlights required, marked lanes, improper display of plates, fictitious plates and failure to transfer license plates.
Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley, in partnership with Kohl’s Department Stores, is offering Kohl’s Future Fitness Club program in Youngstown and Salem.
The program, designed for children 8-13, educates them about fitness, healthy eating habits and safe weight loss. Nutrition sessions for parents also are included. For information or for a complete list of locations, call 330-729-1391 or visit akronchildrens.org/kohlsfitness.
The starting date was Monday, but there still are openings at the Youngstown and Salem sites:
Youngstown YMCA Central Branch, 17 North Champion St, - eight-week session, cost $30. For information and to register, call 330-744-841; and Salem Community Center, 1098 North Ellsworth Ave. - six-week session, cost $22. For information and to register, call 330-332-5885.
Terrance Howard, 38, of Youngstown is charged with domestic violence, aggravated menacing and aggravated trespass. Police said Howard went to a McClurg Road business about 8 a.m. Monday, demanded to speak with his girlfriend, pulled out a folding knife and then struggled with his girlfriend and other employees.
In trying to disarm him, the employees hit Howard with wood and metal and held him down until police arrived, reports stated.
No employees were injured, police said. Howard was taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center and once released, taken to Mahoning County jail. He is expected in court this week.
Alliance Community Hospital, 200 E. State St., is offering “Fresh Start,” a free, three-week smoking cessation program that is open to the public and will take place on three consecutive Tuesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. starting today and ending Jan. 22. Smoking cessation patches are not offered as part of the program. For information or to register, call 330-596-7125.
Radhika Cruz, community education specialist, is guest speaker for the Wednesday meeting of The First Ohio Chapter of the Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health from 7 to 9 p.m. at the D&E Clinic, 142 Javit Court, Austintown. For information, call 330-538-0184.