METRO DIGEST || Dog run today

Dog run planned


An inaugural Frankie “Mr. Lucky” Halfacre Memorial Dog Run will begin with a “doggy picnic” at 2 p.m. today at the old tennis courts on Tod Lane in Youngstown’s Crandall Park on the North Side.

Halfacre, a famous Youngstown disc jockey for more than 50 years, loved dogs. He died in June 2006.

All leashed dogs will be welcome. Organizers have asked that no very aggressive dogs attend. Participants are asked to bring treats and their own doggy waste bags.

For information, visit the event’s Facebook page at

Fun and Safety Day


The sixth annual Kid’s Fun and Safety Day is from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Woodworth Park, 256 Warren Ave. This is a free family event.

Children will be able to see the fire/police department, including its canine unit, Ohio State Highway Patrol-CSI van and helicopter, Army representatives, STAT Medevac helicopter and participate in a smoke trailer.

Jocko the clown will perform, and there will be a petting zoo, face painting, bounce-arounds, pony rides and train rides.

Historical society library closing


The Mahoning Valley Historical Society’s Archival Library 648 Wick Ave., will be closed to the public July 28.

It is closed in preparation to move the collection to the Tyler Mahoning Valley History Center. The projected date for the MVHS Archives to reopen at the center, 325 West Federal St., is early November.

The collection will be primarily unavailable to staff and researchers during the move, limiting the ability to answer reference questions and fulfill imaging requests.

Research inquiries should be emailed to or to the mailing address: MVHS Archives, 648 Wick Ave., Youngstown, OH 44502. Requests for on-site research will be taken on a case-by-case basis during the transition.

For information call 330-743-2589 or visit

Man arrested, faces gun charge


A man arrested at a home in the first block of Rutledge Avenue on the East Side about 11:40 a.m. Thursday is in Mahoning County jail on $20,000 bond after his arraignment on a gun charge.

Keith Crockett, 31, of Youngstown, was arraigned Friday in municipal court on a charge of being a felon in illegal possession of a firearm after members of the Mahoning Valley Law Enforcement Task Force serving a search warrant at the home investigating drug activity found a .45-caliber Glock semiautomatic handgun in a bedroom Crockett was using, reports said.

Also found during the search were several cellphones, a small amount of suspected marijuana and more than $6,700 in cash.

Reports said Crockett was convicted in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court of felonious assault in 2001, which bars him from being allowed to have a firearm.

Road closing for culvert replacement

South Turner Road between Kirk and Gibson roads in Austintown and Canfield townships will be closed Monday through Friday to replace a damaged culvert.

Traffic will be detoured along Gibson, Lipkey and Kirk roads. For information, call the Mahoning County Engineer’s office at 330-270-4674.

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