Burglar runs off
A 56-year-old woman inside a West Side home Monday scared off a burglar by pulling a gun on him hidden under her pillow.
Officers were called about 9:35 a.m. to the 1600 block of Mayfield Avenue, where the woman’s 75-year-old husband was in a recliner downstairs when a man wearing a mask appeared in his living room with a handgun.
The intruder went upstairs after he heard a cough, reports said, and pointed the gun at the woman’s face while she was still in bed. She then got her gun and the burglar ran away. He fired a shot at the woman but missed. Police did find a 9 mm shell casing inside the home. Reports said the woman told police she thinks the intruder came through a dog door in the home.
Although the contractor building a new main fire station is asking to extend the completion date, township officials plan to push for a date closer to the current March deadline.
Township trustees received an update on the project at a meeting Monday. Although J. Herbert Construction, the project’s primary contractor, is pushing for a May 11 deadline, township officials indicated they would not agree to that at this point.
Fire Chief Mark Pitzer said a redesign of trusses required pushing an earlier deadline into March, and the township is pushing to keep to that schedule.
Trustees also received a report on an upcoming change order that will be required due to design omissions.
The original design misplaced a compressor and did not include gas lines for the laundry room or kitchen stove, Pitzer said. He said the changes will be minor.
The project cost, including all approved change orders, is $3,598,799.
The new fire station is located at Market Street and Stadium Drive.
It will replace the station on U.S. Route 224 across from California Avenue.
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