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Robbery charges


Kenneth T. Banks Jr., 37, of Lexington Avenue in Youngstown was arraigned Tuesday in Warren Municipal Court on aggravated robbery, charged with robbing the Boost Mobile store, 917 W. Market St., June 6.

A not-guilty plea was entered for Banks, and bond of $50,000 was set. If convicted, he could get 11 years in prison.

Police said a man with a handgun stole cash and phones about 10 a.m. He was wearing gloves, sunglasses, a dark-colored hood and gray sweat clothes.

Store surveillance video captured him standing outside of the store before it opened. He was peering into the store through glass windows.

When a worker unlocked the door and let him inside, he held his hand in front of his face.

Family Plan tickets


Youngstown State University Athletics is introducing a new season ticket Family Plan for the 2018 football season.

The Family Plan discount is available with the purchase of four or more seats in sections one and seven. The plan includes two adult reserved season tickets and two youth (eighth grade and under) reserved season tickets at a discounted rate of $157 — for all six home games. For information or to reserve Family Plan tickets, contact Andrew Wingard in the Athletics Ticket Office at 330-941-7466 or

Check presented


The United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley received a check for $15,000 from representatives of the Thomases Family Endowment of the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation on Monday.

Success After 6 is the United Way’s education initiative in the Youngstown City School District that provides both academic and general living support to children and families in need.

The Thomases Family Endowment was established in 2011 following the death of Irwin Thomases.

Party canceled


The Teen Decades Rewind Party scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday has been canceled at the Poland Library.

For a list of programs at the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County go to

Director resignation


Tryvon Leech, Youngstown City Schools Title I and auxiliary director, has resigned from the district. His salary was an annual $95,300.

His resignation follows Bob Klinar, Chaney High School principal who resigned this month; and Tyrone Olverson, district chief academic officer who resigned in April.

Agreement OK'd


The Liberty Board of Education approved an agreement with the Trumbull County Educational Service Center to provide special-education programs, supervisory and related service and personnel to Liberty students at E.J. Blott Elementary School.

The board also announced the school district received a $10,000 grant from the Youngstown Foundation to begin the next phase of the Liberty Youth Recreation and Impact Center, which includes installing basketball hoops and crash pads.

The Jewish Community Center will conduct various athletic and recreational programs at the center.

5K On The Runway


The Youngstown Air Reserve Base Community Council and Eastern Ohio Military Affairs Commission will present 5K On The Runway, a 5K race on the Youngstown Air Reserve Station runway, at 8 a.m. July 21. Runners and walkers of all skill levels are encouraged to attend, and will have two hours to complete the event.

Registration begins at 7 a.m. The cost, which includes a T-shirt, medal, pizza and water, is $35 per person.

Proceeds will benefit YARS. Register via email at

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