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Police juvenile division moves to AMS

August 17, 2012
By J.T. Whitehouse , Town Crier

At Monday's trustees meeting, information was presented concerning the moving of the juvenile division of the Austintown Police Department to Austintown Middle School. The move will bring added security to the campus.

Police Chief Robert Gavalier said the move had been the focus of discussions with the Austintown Board of Education earlier this year. The school board agreed with the idea and have given the police a room at AMS where they can set up a satellite office.

"We're going to try it for one year and see how it works out," Gavalier said.

He said there are presently three officers working out of Fitch. With the juvenile division moving to AMS, there will be five officers on the campus.

"It will make the campus the safest one in the area," Gavalier said.

Trustee Lisa Oles said she had visited Columbine High School in Colorado, where the deadly massacre took place on April 20, 1999. She recalled one of the student's writing that is on a memorial wall.

"The student wrote: Up until this point, I thought we were just like any other school," Oles said. "It goes to show that it can happen anywhere."

She said having the juvenile division stationed at AMS will be a plus for keeping students safe.

Gavalier said detective Sgt. Jeff Toth and detective Sgt. Kathy Dina will be working out of the new office.

"We're excited to have them at our school," said AMS Assistant Principal Jim Penk.

On another matter, trustees presented a special award to Jenifer Pemberton regarding the Austintown Relay for Life that had achieved its 2012 goal. Pemberton said it was a great year in spite of the weak economy.

"Our 2012 goal was $108,000," she said. "We raised $115,040.10."

She said the event saw the PTA team raise more than $15,000 and two teams make it past the $10,000 mark. There were 34 teams involved this year and 550 participants walking the track at Fitch. Pemberton said of that number 175 were cancer survivors.

She said work has already began on the 14th annual event scheduled for June 7-8, 2013. The first meeting on the committee will take place on Sept. 13.

In other business:

Trustees swore in three new reserve police officers.

Motions were approved for the demolition of a single family home at 202 Idlewood Road and a building at 431 Harper Ave. Both had been declared unsafe and structurally defective by the Austintown Township fire inspector.

Motions were approved to order the removal of junk vehicles at 3842 Frederick St., 233 North Main St., 273 North Beverly Ave., and 4215 Mahoning Ave.

A motion was passed to order the removal of a culvert on Silica Road that has created an obstruction in the stream bed and caused flooding downstream. Zoning Inspector Darren Crivelli said anytime a person bridges a stream, it requires submitting plans and getting approved so this sort of situation doesn't happen.

Trustees approved the transfer of class D1, D2, D3, and D3A liquor permits for Jeremiah Bullfrogs, 5529 Mahoning Ave. A second permit on the agenda for a new class D5A license for Goodfellas Cabaret, 1051 North Canfield-Niles Road was not granted, but was approved for a requested hearing with the state liquor control department.



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