Police investigate robbery of purse
WARREN - Police were called to investigate a report of an aggravated robbery Saturday night.
Stephanie L. Braccini, 30, of Union Street S.W., reported being robbed of her purse around 8:30 p.m., according to a Warren police report.
The report states police were called to Braccini's residence, but it was not clear whether the incident took place inside the home or outside.
Police said they checked the area for an assailant but were unable to locate anyone.
Kent names Dinh scholar of the month
A mathematical science professor at Kent State University at Trumbull has been named Kent State's scholar of the month for December.
Associate professor Hai Dinh has been teaching at the college since 2004. His research interests include Ring and Module Theory and Algebraic Coding Theory.
Dinh completed his bachelor and master of science degrees and Ph.D. in mathematics at Ohio University. He also has worked as a visiting professor at North Dakota State University and is the author of more than 25 papers that have been published in peer-reviewed research journals.
Fire in Niles sends two people to local hospital
NILES - A man and woman were treated for smoke inhalation and mild burns at a local hospital but later released following a Monday morning fire at city home.
City firefighters rescued Ralph D'Urso, 43, after finding him on the roof of the house at 424 Fenton St., near Cedar Ave., around 8:15 a.m. Wonita Cheeks, whose age was not available, was on the front porch. Fire crews also rescued a cat from inside the house.
The fire started in and was contained to an upstairs bedroom, according to fire report. However, there was smoke damage throughout the structure.
The cause remains under investigation, officials said.
Trumbull Kennel offers licenses, rabies shots
HOWLAND - The Trumbull County Dog Kennel, 7501 Anderson Ave., will hold a dog license renewal and rabies shot clinic from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.
Those renewing a license can get the dog's rabies shot for $25. Those bringing a current rabies vaccination will receive a three-year rabies certificate.
First Place Bank branch closes in Austintown
AUSTINTOWN - A First Place Bank branch in Austintown has closed permanently, but no details have been made available about the future of the bank's other Mahoning Valley branches.
A sign posted at the bank branch located at the corner of Raccoon Road and Mahoning Avenue in Austintown indicated the branch permanently closed Dec. 2.
Phone and email messages left with First Place executive offices in Warren and with the bank's Michigan holding company, Talmer Bancorp., weren't immediately returned.