LOCAL NEWS DIGEST: Police seek suspects in home invasion

Police seek suspects in home invasion


Police are looking for the group of men who allegedly invaded a Lee Avenue home armed with guns and robbed the residents of cash and valuables.

The 28-year-old resident told police three masked men walked into his South Side home through an unlocked door just before 9 p.m. Monday with one of the men brandishing a gun. One of the men pointed a handgun at the victim and demanded money.

According to police, the gunman hit the victim in the head with the weapon. The resident told the men to take whatever they wanted because there were children in the house. The men took $200 from the victim’s pockets as well as a 42-inch flat-screen television set before running from the home.

Boardman trustees


Boardman Township trustees have scheduled a special meeting at 3:45 p.m. today at Boardman Township Government Center, 8299 Market St., to discuss the purchase of the radio/dispatch system and to enter into executive session for collective bargaining for the fire department.

Girl’s rape reported


Police reported that a 13-year-old girl from Hubbard Township was raped in November by an acquaintance. The incident took place at Westview Heights apartments. The girl told her mother, who contacted police Saturday to file a report.

The investigation continues.

McDonald schools


The Financial Planning and Supervision Commission for McDonald schools wants a more specific listing of companies a Powell, Ohio- based firm can look into to examine the district’s utility bills.

The commission this week voted down a resolution passed by the local school board Dec. 13. The wording of the original resolution with Utility Refund Corp./Marn Enterprise was not specific enough for the state commission, schools treasurer Brian Stidham said.

The commission wants the local board to pass a new resolution limited to specific utilities the company can look into. The company will go back four years on the district’s utility bills to make sure the school system got any credits or special rates that it is due. The theory is, Stidham said, that the district will save money going forward, and recoup any discounts it may not have been given in the past.

Missing girl found


Police found a 4-year-old girl in a township residence Saturday, after she was reported missing from a Western Pennsylvania neighborhood in August 2009.

A Springfield township resident saw a poster in Youngstown with the missing girl’s information and recognized it as her neighbor. She notified Springfield police and Lt. Ray Fellows investigated the situation and learned the family had moved to Poland township recently, said Chief Matthew Mohn.

Mohn said the girl’s grandparents had custody of her, and that it appeared she was found with at least one of her parents in Poland. The girl was featured on a poster from the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children.

Park reservations


The Beaver Township Park Board will begin accepting applications for pavilion reservations Jan. 2 for township residents and Feb. 1 for nonresidents. The cost will remain $45 for residents; $70 for nonresidents. Contact the park board at 330-549-9552.