Report: Man robbed at Warren gas station
WARREN - A Homewood Avenue man told police he was robbed at gunpoint Monday night while leaving a gas station on Youngstown-Warren Road.
Ancil Washington, 34, told police that while he was leaving the Pit Stop gas station about 11:40 p.m., a man he did not know approached him in the parking lot and walked him to the street.
Washington said the man took out a firearm and asked him to go through his pockets. The man left in an unknown vehicle after stealing $198 from Washington, the police report stated.
Tire tracks found after burglary in Youngstown
YOUNGSTOWN - Police say tire tracks were found at the back door of a Dean Street home on the East Side that was burgled.
Officers were called to 551 Dean St. about 2:30 p.m. Monday. The homeowner told police she had left about 7 p.m. Sunday and when she returned Monday, she found the back door kicked in.
Missing were a 73-inch, a 52-inch and 19-inch televisions, a five-piece living room set, and a piggy bank that had about $80 in change inside, reports state.
State, Penn National plan talks on racino
The Ohio Racing Commission said Tuesday that it will sit down next week with executives of Penn National Gaming to discuss the proposed racino in Austintown.
According to Tribune Chronicle newspartner WYTV 33 News, Penn National offered a nine-page letter to commission members Tuesday at the racing commission's weekly meeting in Columbus.
The company is seeking to build a $125 million gambling complex in the township and needs the commission to OK a racing license transfer from Beulah Downs in Columbus to Austintown.
Penn National had planned to start construction this month. But the racing commission denied the transfer several times because it has issues with the proposed number of seats and other issues.
The two sides plan to meet April 24 in Columbus.
County engineer's aide returns to private sector
WARREN - One of Trumbull County Engineer Randy Smith's top aides has resigned to return to the private sector.
The last day for Donald Barzak, Smith's director of governmental affairs / grants and special projects coordinator, was Friday.
In his resignation letter, Barzak, one of Smith's first hires after he took office in August 2011, wrote that he is leaving to concentrate on the insurance and financial services field and teach his son, who wants to join Barzak in the profession.
Smith said he's undecided on what to do about filling the position. Barzak was paid $62,900 a year.
Patrol officer promoted to Southington post
Lt. James T. Sivak was promoted this week to staff lieutenant by Col. John Born, patrol superintendent, during a ceremony at the Ohio State Patrol's Academy in Columbus.
Sivak will transfer from his current assignment as the patrol's liaison officer for the Ohio Turnpike to serve as commander of the seven-county Warren District Headquarters in Southington.
Sivak began his patrol career in October 1985 as a member of the 115th Academy Class. He earned his commission in March of the following year and was assigned to the Georgetown Post. In 1987, he transferred to the Chardon Post, where he earned a Certificate of Recognition in 1990 for life-saving efforts.
He was promoted to sergeant in 1992 and transferred to the St. Clairsville Post. In 2000, he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant and transferred to the Ashtabula Post, where he served as post commander. He returned to the Chardon Post as post commander in 2006 before transferring to the Ohio Turnpike.
Staff, wire reports