Man who escaped from hospital found

Man who escaped from hospital found


A man police were looking for who escaped from St. Elizabeth Health Center early Wednesday morning was found hiding behind a tree, reports said.

Reports said officers were looking for 53-year-old Dennis Ray, no address listed, who was being treated at the hospital for an undisclosed ailment after he was arrested on an earlier burglary call. He later walked out of the hospital.

He was found hiding behind a tree about 8:20 a.m. at the East Bound Service Road and Belmont Avenue on the North Side and was arrested on a charge of obstruction of official business and taken to the Mahoning County jail. He is expected to be arraigned in municipal court today.

Home maintenance program Saturday


Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership will partner with Tru Cut Landscaping to conduct a landscaping and exterior home maintenance program at 10 a.m. Saturday at 453 Vine Ave.

The hands-on program is designed to teach interested individuals the skills needed to improve and maintain their home’s exterior. Appropriate attire is recommended.

For more information, visit or call 330-219-7024.

Police probe report


City police are investigating a report of a man with a gun threatening another man who was driving on Devitt Avenue.

Officers responded to the 400 block of Devitt at 8:34 p.m. Wednesday. There, they spoke with a 21-year-old man who told police that a man with whom he recently got in a fist-fight saw him driving, then pointed a black and silver handgun with a laser on it at him.

The man said he drove away and called police, and that the man with the gun had been driving alone in a gold car.

Police searched the area along with the suspect’s home, but were unable to find anyone.

Men report robbery


City men 22 and 20 years old, respectively, reported being robbed in the parking lot of the Big Apple convenience store at 1650 Youngstown Road by two males at 10:45 p.m. Wednesday.

The victims told police one suspect had a gun, the other had a knife. Both suspects were young and took a wallet from one victim and a cellphone from the other.

Coffee and doughnuts


St. Patrick Church will sponsor a coffee-and-doughnut event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at Oak Hill Collaborative, 507 Oak Hill Ave. on the South Side.

Visitors will have the opportunity to visit the nonprofit, faith-based facility. It has grown out of the social justice and community-improvement activities that focus on improving the quality of life along the Oak Hill corridor.

Pat Kerrigan, collaborative director, will answer questions about the organization’s mission.

Tom Welsh, public historian and author, will sign copies of “Classic Restaurants of Youngstown,” which he co-authored with Gordon F. Morgan.

For information, contact the church office at 330-743-1109.

Girlz Rock Camp!


Trumbull Community Action Program, in partnership with Girlz Voices Inc. and the YWCA of Warren, is hosting Girlz Rock Camp! Ohio from Monday through Sunday at TCAP, 1230 Palmyra Road SW.

The weeklong day camp is for girls age 7 to 17 in the area who have no musical background. The camp’s objective is to build self-esteem through musical performance.

Campers learn how to play an instrument, write songs, sing and play as a band. They also participate in workshops and activities that include the history of women in rock, conflict resolution and health and fitness.

The camp ends with a live performance from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday in the auditorium at TCAP’s Warren West Community Center. For information, contact Heather Jakubec at 330-974-5445.

Charged with rape


Richard A. Benchia, 61, of Belvedere Avenue Southeast, has been booked into the Trumbull County Jail on 10 counts of rape.

He will be arraigned in Warren Municipal Court today. If convicted, he could get 100 years in prison.

His purported victim is a girl under 16 years of age, and the offenses occurred over the past year, police said.

Trumbull board waits for word about grant


The Trumbull County Board of Health expects to know by September whether it has been approved for a grant from the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley to enable it to begin a Narcan program.

Narcan, also known as Naloxone, is a drug that reverses the effects of an overdose of opiates such as heroin.

The board of health said in May it wanted to offer free kits containing the drug, an atomizer that allows it to be administered nasally and educational materials such as a DVD and pamphlet.

The program will begin this fall if the grant is approved, said Natalie Markusic, accreditation coordinator for the board of health.

Wheelchair ramp built


Six members of the Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters Local 171 donated approximately 40 hours to the design and construction of a 30-foot wheelchair ramp for a Champion woman and her son.

In May, the carpenters built a ramp at the home of Mary Ann Fleischer, whose son had been unable to come to her house because it is not wheelchair accessible.

“As an organization, we really promote helping those who need it, and we are always proud to see our members happily give of their time and talents to make a difference in the lives of our fellow community members.”

Mill Creek board


The Mill Creek MetroParks Board of Commissioners will meet at 6 p.m. Monday in the D.D. and Velma Davis Education and Visitor Center at Mill Creek MetroPark’s Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave. It will be the first park board meeting since 238 geese were rounded up and euthanized June 26 at Mill Creek Park’s Lily Pond, Lake Glacier and Newport Wetlands.

Brown attempting to expedite process for Delphi retirees


U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown is attempting to expedite the process of getting money owed to Delphi salaried retirees, according to The Vindicator’s broadcast news partner 21 WFMJ-TV.

Brown is drafting a letter with other senators to put pressure on the U.S. secretary of Labor to make a decision soon.

A deadline of 2016 was given on that decision.

Labyrinth dedication


Christina’s Garden Labyrinth, a new garden area in Mill Creek MetroParks’ Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., will be dedicated at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Created in memory of Christina Camardese Savage by her friends and family, Christina’s Garden Labyrinth will provide a place for visitors to engage with the beauty of the gardens at a personal level.

Consisting of a walkway, sculpture, bench and interesting plants, this new feature connects to the healthy-living opportunities at Fellows Riverside Gardens. The labyrinth is next to the South Terrace with a view of the Rose Garden.

The space is open for individuals as well as a group programs.

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