Man reports robbery on East Avondale Avenue

Man reports robberyon East Avondale Avenue
YOUNGSTOWN -- A 32-year-old man told police he was sucker punched, threatened with a gun and robbed of gold jewelry by three masked men as he left a house in the 700 block of East Avondale Avenue around 1:30 a.m. Thursday. The Compton Lane man said he was punched and kicked by all three assailants after he took a swing at one suspect and managed to knock the gun away. One of the suspects retrieved the gun, and all three fled, taking the victim's six gold rings, two gold necklaces, a wallet and cell phone, reports show.
House destroyed in arson
YOUNGSTOWN -- An intentionally set fire at 2838 McGuffey Road destroyed the vacant house around 2:15 a.m. today, the fire department said. Firefighters found the first and second floor engulfed in flames when they arrived. Damage to the house built in 1920 was listed as 6,000, a total loss. A demolition form was submitted to take away the debris.
Learn about e-recyclingat open house in Salem
SALEM -- Go Computer Center and Go Surplus Electronics Recycling here will have an open house and e-recycling education day from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at the center, 721 E. Pidgeon Road (state Route 45). They will be holding tours, giving recycling demonstrations, and providing information regarding electronics recycling.
Representatives from the Mahoning County Green Team will be on site as well as members of other area solid waste districts. Literature will be available regarding local recycling opportunities and ways for individuals to get involved. Refreshments will be served, and each attendee will receive a free gift and have a chance to enter a drawing. Come learn about electronics and computer recycling. For more information, contact Go Computer Center at (330) 337-8355.
Betz elected chairmanof housing authority
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- William Betz was elected chairman of the Lawrence County Housing Authority board of directors at their annual reorganization meeting. Tom Bashara was elected vice chairman of the group, which met Thursday evening. The board is considering the age for occupancy at Lawrence Manor in New Castle to age 50. Currently residents must be 62 or older, but only 81 of the 145 units are occupied.
Gene DiGennaro, acting director, said 45 residents signed a petition opposing the change, but he recommended it be changed to help fill the vacancies. Some board members said they were concerned it could affect the quality of life for some of the elderly residents if younger people were allowed to move in.