Wed. 1:40 p.m.: Champion police search for van after suspicious incident

CHAMPION — After a girl, 15, reported a man driving a white van slowed and pulled up next to her Tuesday as she walked home from Champion High School on Mahoning Avenue, Champion police are asking the public for help finding him.

The girl reported the man is white and in his 50s who was wearing a ball cap. The white van had a gray strip down the side and possibly Indiana license plates, police Chief Jeffery White said.

“The girl is convinced he was trying to get her in the van, but she did the right thing and ran to neighbor’s house,” White said. “There is no real evidence at this point, it could have been innocent. But we want to play the worst case scenario.”

If you spot a van matching the description, call 911 or 330-675-2730, White said.