New US citizens
Visiting Judge Thomas Pokorny shared remarks, and Mahoning County Clerk of Courts Anthony Vivo administered the oath of allegiance for 12 people who became U.S. citizens in a naturalization ceremony Thursday in the county courthouse.
Their names, hometowns and countries of origin are: Tara Thi Pham, Canfield, Vietnam; Islam Ahmad Qassem Abuhashish, Canfield, Jordan; Stefanos Ioannis Tiliakos, Campbell, Greece; Jacob Allen Whitford, Boardman, Canada; Rolando Antonio Villegas Nunez, Boardman, Peru; Yusdenis Labrada Perodin, Austintown, Cuba; Supreet Kaur Dhaliwal, Canfield, India; Olufemi John Joshua- Morgan, Campbell, Nigeria; Marc Elie Habbouche, Boardman, Lebanon; Jessie Francis Akpadock, Canfield, Nigeria; Luigi Perez Perez, Austintown, Cuba; Peter Adewunmi Salu, Boardman, Nigeria.
Officers find jars with suspected marijuana
Members of the police department’s Vice Squad found several mason jars filled with suspected marijuana and a small amount of suspected heroin while serving a warrant at a home in the 500 block of West Judson Avenue on the South Side about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Also found were nine bags of suspected marijuana, a digital scale and $62. The suspected heroin was found in a car parked in the drive that reports said belonged to Woody McMullen Sr., 38, of Youngstown. He was arrested on the charge of possession of drugs (heroin) and taken to Mahoning County jail.
Arrested on a charge of trafficking in drugs was Arthur Drayton, 33, of Youngstown. He also was taken to the jail. Reports said officers cited the homeowner, Gary Janis, 46, on a charge of permitting drug abuse.
Habitat for Humanity receives $6,000
The Home Savings Charitable Foundation on Thursday presented a $6,000 check to Habitat for Humanity of Mahoning County. The money will be used to replace the roof on Habitat’s ReStore, 480 Youngstown-Poland Road.
Special Olympics tournament planned
A Columbiana County contingent is among teams from 13 Ohio counties that will vie for state championships and gold medals at the Special Olympics Ohio State Softball Championship Tournament Saturday at William P. Coontz Complex in Oregon, Ohio. All events are free and open to the public.
Nearly 325 Special Olympics Ohio athletes will compete in the tournament games that begin at 9 and 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. Also, some 120 Special Olympians will vie for gold medals in a Softball Individual Skills competition in running, batting and throwing, beginning at 9 a.m. For information, visit sooh.org.
State champions will be crowned in five divisions determined by levels of ability, including a Unified Division, in which teams with about equal numbers of Special Olympians and athletes without intellectual disabilities compete.
Free brunch, forum
Dannielle Macduff, naturopath and nutritional adviser, and Dr. Bryan Cecil are offering a free community brunch and interactive forum at 11 a.m. Saturday in their Howland Office at 1219 Niles-Cortland Road SE (state Route 46).
It is an opportunity to learn to cook and prepare easy, healthful meals and learn about a variety of foods that deliver nutrients to help feel better and fight off disease. For a reservation, call 330-505-3515.
The Brookfield Township trustees will have a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. today to review a gas-pipeline lease and to discuss the road program. The meeting will take place in the township administration building, 6844 Strimbu Drive.
Amended ordinance for sex offenders
The city council has amended an ordinance that establishes restrictions for registered sex offenders during trick-or-treating.
Offenders are not allowed to leave lights on between 5 p.m. and midnight. They can’t decorate their yards or answer the door to children.
The amendment doesn’t apply to homeowners with whom a sex offender lives. There are six registered sex offenders in the city.
Police are investigating an aggravated burglary on Taylor Street.
A 41-year-old woman and her 17-year-old son were home when the burglar broke in about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday.
They told police that the woman was in the basement when she heard a noise in the living room.
She texted her son, who was upstairs in his room.
When he went to investigate, the burglar flung the enclosed-porch door open and knocked him down.
He got up and chased the burglar into the kitchen, where the two struggled.
The burglar got away and fled through backyards. The case was turned over to detectives.
Police find drugs
Police found 55 pills and 10 bags of marijuana on a man they found in a parked car on a South Side street about 1:10 a.m. Thursday.
David Oliver, 21, of Youngs-town, is in the Mahoning County jail and is expected to be arraigned on charges of possession of dangerous drugs and trafficking in marijuana in Municipal Court today.
Reports said officers were driving down the 3600 block of Erie Street when they saw three people inside a parked car who ducked when a cruiser passed by. Officers stopped to talk to them, and Oliver appeared very nervous, reports said. When he was walked to a cruiser for further questioning, the pills fell out of his shorts and the marijuana was found during a search, reports said.
The two women with Oliver were released at the scene, reports said.
Home targeted a second time
Eight days after a 68-year-old Ford Avenue Northwest man reported that someone attempted to light his house on fire, the home was targeted a second time.
James Hamilton of 149 Ford reported that someone threw an explosive device through the front window of his house at 12:35 a.m. Thursday, causing a burn on the living room couch but going out on its own.
Hamilton said he heard an explosion, but very little of the device remained when firefighters arrived, so it’s not clear what type of device it was.
The fire reported at 7:45 a.m. Sept. 4 damaged an exterior door. Both fires caused a small dollar loss but are serious because they involved an occupied structure, said Ken Nussle, Warren fire chief.