METRO DIGEST || Poland intruder sought
Police are looking for a man who broke into a Kennedy Road home Monday. Brian Goodin, Poland Township police chief, said a 13-year old girl, who was home alone, heard banging and crashing coming from the second floor.
When she went upstairs to see what it was, she and the man made eye contact, and he immediately fled. The girl was unharmed, Goodin said.
2 fires on same street
Firefighters battled two blazes on the same East Side street Wednesday morning.
Crews were called about 2:15 a.m. to 1703 Lansdowne Blvd. for a report of a vacant house fire. Damage there was listed at $10,000.
About 8:30 a.m., crews were called to 223 Lansdowne for a fire at an occupied home. A department spokesman said a fire started in the attic and appeared to be caused by an electrical malfunction. The person inside managed to get out before firefighters arrived. Damage in that blaze is listed at $7,500. No one was injured in either fire.
New YMHA member
Dametreka Huff of Youngstown was sworn in Wednesday as a new board member of the Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority. She was appointed by Mayor Charles Sammarone. She replaces Nakita Lewis, who moved out of state, on the five-member board of commissioners.
Women report assault
Two city women, ages 20 and 22, reported being assaulted by four other women who got out of a car on Robert Avenue and Parkman Road Northwest between 11:07 a.m. and 1:51 p.m. Tuesday.
The 20-year-old said a known woman got out of the car and assaulted her at 1200 Robert, injuring her eye.
The three other women assaulted the 22-year-old woman on Parkman Road, kicking and hitting her in the face and head.
One of the suspects hit her with a whiffle bat, she said, and a sharp object was used to cut her from ear to chin. The women also took her cellphone.
She received treatment at ValleyCare Trumbull Memorial Hospital.
Park receives grants
The Mill Creek Park Foundation received grants from two local foundations that will benefit the new children’s play area under construction at the James L. Wick Jr. Recreation Area on Youngstown’s West Side.
Gifts of $25,000 each were received from the W. E. Bliss Foundation and the Frank & Pearl Gelbman Foundation, bringing the total raised for that project to slightly more than $100,000. Another $150,000 is still needed to complete the play area.
For information on how to help, call Mill Creek MetroParks’ Development Office at 330-702-3000.
Food bank gets funds
Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley received $76,923 through the Governor’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives to distribute fresh fruits and vegetables and shelf-stable food products to hungry families in Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties.
In May, Gov. John Kasich signed an executive order to provide $1 million in funds to be divided between Ohio’s food banks for the purpose of procuring and distributing food to hungry Ohio families, said Michael Iberis, food bank executive director.
Second Harvest’s 153 hunger-relief organizations provide emergency food assistance to 15,000 people each week.