Woman robbed in TMH parking lot
WARREN - A city woman reported being robbed Thursday night by two males at gunpoint in the parking lot of Trumbull Memorial Hospital.
Diane Skidmore, 49, of Howland Wilson Road, told police she was approached by two males wearing masks and carrying handguns as she was standing in the rear parking lot at the hospital at 1350 E. Market St. just before 8:30 p.m., according to a Warren police report. The report states the gunmen took her purse.
They reportedly ran away on foot on Laird Avenue.
Youngstown Road pizza shop robbed
WARREN - Police were searching for two men Friday night in connection with the robbery of Little Caesars Pizza on Youngstown Road.
The business was robbed shortly after 10 p.m., according to police radio traffic. Two men wearing hoodies and masks were able to obtain the cash register drawer before running away on foot westbound.
Radio traffic also indicated a witness later told police she saw two men matching the description running through a residential area near the shop.
Warren police were not available for comment late Friday.
Trash collection will be delayed for holiday
YOUNGSTOWN - Allied Waste Services will be closed Thursday for the Thanksgiving holiday with all trash collection service moved one day later Thursday and Friday.
Mona Rance, customer service manager at Republic Services in Youngstown / Allied Waste Services, said the company will operate on a one-day delay for the remainder of the week. All Thursday service will be performed on Friday, and all Friday service will be performed on Saturday.
Gas odor gone at Girard school
GIRARD - Girard Fire Department and Dominion East Ohio Gas officials returned to Girard High School Friday, and this time found no odor of gas that existed Wednesday and Thursday.
Classes at the Shannon Road school were canceled Friday for 800 students in grades 7 to 12 as investigators worked to pinpoint a cause. Students were evacuated and sent home Wednesday. Classes resumed Thursday, but the smell returned and students were evacuated once again to the nearby elementary school but later returned to school after it was found to be safe.
As a precaution, Girard Superintendent David Cappuzzello canceled classes Friday. School will be in session Monday. The school is scheduled for use today for a local FIRST Robotics competition.
Dominion East Ohio Gas officials have said they do not believe natural gas triggered the odor.
State again questions horse stalls at racino
COLUMBUS - State horse-racing officials say they'll hold off on approving racing dates at a new northeastern Ohio racino until an issue is settled regarding the number of horse stalls being built at the track.
The racing commission is concerned there aren't enough horse stalls at the new racino in Austintown. They worry that the track might emphasize the video lottery gambling more and short-change fans of live horse racing.
Mark Loewe, Penn's vice president of racing operations in Ohio, said there's room to expand beyond the 760 stalls planned, but the company can't do it initially because of the cost.
Grissom letter fails to sell at auction
CONCORD, N.H. - A letter written by Mercury 7 astronaut Gus Grissom that exposes resentment over the pick of John Glenn as the first American to orbit the Earth has failed to sell at auction.
The October 1961 letter to his mother had a high bid of $13,155 in the online sale run by RR Auction of Amherst, N.H. Before the auction ended Thursday, company officials estimated it could bring $80,000.
A spokesman said Friday that because the minimum price was not offered, the letter was withdrawn.
Staff, wire reports