METRO DIGEST || New Wick Ave. to open by month’s end

New Wick Ave. to open by month’s end


The long-awaited opening of the new Wick Avenue, complete with block “Y” crosswalks and red brick sidewalks, is about here.

Youngstown city officials said the project that started in September 2016 will be complete by the end of October.

The project involved paving, burying utility wires, widening sidewalks, installing new lighting and replacing sewer and waterlines at a cost of $4.4 million and was funded mostly with federal money.

The Wick improvements, which run from Rayen Avenue through the campus to McGuffey Road, reduce the three-lane street to one in each direction, with the middle being a turning lane.

Police find cash, suspected drugs


Members of the vice squad and Community Police Unit on Wednesday arrested three people and found more than $1,000 cash, suspected marijuana and crack cocaine about 6:20 p.m. at a 275 E. Philadelphia Ave. home.

Reports said police also found a 16-gauge shotgun.

Arrested on drug charges was James Jones, 25, who lists the South Side home as his address, and Demetric Cobb, 18, of West Judson Avenue.

Arrested on a warrant was Kanae Gambill-White, 23, who also lists the home as her address.

Suspected overdose


Township police arrested a woman Wednesday on charges related to a suspected overdose at a Carter Circle apartment in May, according to a police report.

Police responded to the apartment the night of May 11. Police reported finding Dena Milanowski, 36, lying on a bathroom floor. She was revived with naloxone, a medication that treats the effects of an opioid overdose.

Police reported finding a plastic bag with two needles, a burnt spoon and papers in the bathroom sink.

Milanowski was arrested Wednesday on warrants for possessing drug-abuse instruments and illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

Patrolman honored


Retired Youngstown patrolman Richard Baldwin was honored Thursday at the Ohio Attorney General’s Law Enforcement Conference for his work as a police officer.

Baldwin received a Distinguished Law Enforcement Lifetime Achievement Award at the conference. He retired from the police department in November after 30 years on the force. He was known as “Big Daddy.”

Baldwin served on the Violent Crimes Task Force, the Crisis Intervention Team and the department’s own SWAT team before working a beat on the South Side for several years. He also served in the Marine Corps and the Army National Guard during Operation Desert Storm.

Candidate forum set


Austintown Parent Teacher Association will host a forum for school board candidates at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at Fitch High School, 4560 Falcon Drive. Candidates will give three-minute speeches and answer questions. Candidates are David Daichendt, Omar Jadue, Robin Krempasky, Kathy Mock, Don Sherwood and Kim Smrek.

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