Police accuse woman of lighting crack pipe
WARREN - A 39-year-old Niles woman was being held in jail without bond Friday pending an April 3 preliminary hearing after police and U.S. Marshals said she lit a crack pipe while authorities tried to get her out of a vehicle.
Officers and marshals went to an Austin Avenue N.W. address to serve a warrant and found Robin O'Brien seated in a 2001 Ford pickup in the driveway of the home, a police report states.
Police repeatedly ordered O'Brien out of the truck. Instead, she turned a cigarette pack upside down, allowing a rock of crack and a glass pipe to fall out. She loaded the pipe and was lighting it when an officer knocked out the window and pulled O'Brien out of the vehicle, the report states.
After the woman started banging her head against the hood of the truck, she was taken to the ground, police said.
O'Brien, of 422 West Third St., Niles, faces charges of possession of cocaine and heroin, tampering with evidence, drug abuse instruments, obstructing official business and vehicle trespass.
Woman asking for ride gets held up instead
WARREN - A 28-year-old Lamphier Place N.E. woman told police she only wanted a ride from a man she knew. Instead, she was robbed late Thursday.
Police said Vanessa White was walking west on Youngstown Road S.E. about 11:40 p.m. when she was picked up near the intersection with Kenilworth Avenue S.E. She promised the man some money for gas.
The man drove a couple blocks before pulling a knife on White, telling her to get out of the vehicle near the Warren Water Department on Laird Avenue S.E., according to the police report.
Another man in the back seat of the car grabbed $36 out of White's purse and pushed her out of the green Jeep Grand Cherokee.
YSU alumni donate to establish scholarship
YOUNGSTOWN - Youngstown State University will have a new scholarship.
YSU alumni Alan and Sandra Baxter donated $100,000 to establish an endowed scholarship for YSU students pursuing a bachelor's degree in education or business administration.
Recipients of the Alan and Sandra Baxter Scholarship must be a graduate of a high school in Trumbull or Mahoning counties or Lawrence County, Pa. The scholarship will be awarded annually to qualifying students.
For more information, call Heather Chunn at 330-941-2123 or visit www.ysufoundation.org.
Cleanup set for today at Peace of Hope Garden
WARREN - There will be a cleanup from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the site of a new Peace of Hope Garden, 682 Mercer St., for the preparation of the installation of the garden, which will be near Washington Street.
Those wishing to help may bring gloves, garbage bags and rakes. For more information, call Rachel Dunn 234-600-8365.
Youngstown seeks rep for MVSD board
YOUNGSTOWN - The city of Youngstown is seeking an individual to serve for a three-year term as the mayor's representative on the Mahoning Valley Sanitary District's Board of Directors.
The term will be May 2014 to May 2017, with applicants needing to be a Youngstown resident. Applications need to be submitted by 5 p.m. April 11 to Mayor John A. McNally, 26 S. Phelps St., Youngstown 44503, or emailed to mayormcnally@ cityofyoungstownoh.com
The MVSD was formed in 1926 in Mineral Ridge. MVSD has provided water to its member cities since 1932. Members include Youngstown and Niles, and by special contract, McDonald.