Testing drinking waterin Columbiana County
LISBON -- Columbiana County residents, institutions and businesses will be able to get their drinking water tested at a county health department lab being created in Guilford Lake. County commissioners agreed Wednesday to authorize the lab, which could be operational by 2002, health Commissioner Robert Morehead said. Testing fees will be about $25, or less, which is less expensive than a commercial lab, Morehead said. State regulations require that churches, schools and other institutions routinely test their water. Residents sometimes want theirs to be tested if it's discolored or tastes bad.
Teen reports attack
SALEM -- A 16-year-old girl was attacked with a knife after a man she knows entered her house, police said. They were called to a home in the 500 block of Walnut Street at about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday and told by its occupants that a 21-year-old man who knows the 16-year-old girl entered the home without being invited and began chasing the girl. As she fled, the man picked up a kitchen knife and cut her leg. He then left. The girl's wound did not require medical treatment.
Sons of Italy festival
WELLSVILLE -- The Wellsville Sons of Italy annual Italian festival will be today through Saturday from 6 to 11 p.m. in the 300 block of Main Street. The festival features Italian food, music and games. The 300 block of Main Street is closed to traffic during the festival.
Facing narcotics charge
PITTSBURGH -- A former New Castle man, Roy Mercer, 44, of Houston, Texas, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of conspiracy to violate federal narcotics laws. He also goes by the names Roy Miller and Roy Mason, authorities said. According to the indictment, between 1997 and February 1999, Mercer conspired to distribute in excess of 5 kilograms of cocaine in western Pennsylvania and elsewhere. He faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment and a fine of $4 million.
Ban on outdoor burning
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- The lack of rain and extremely dry conditions have caused city officials to ban outdoor burning, except for cooking on grills. Mayor Timothy Fulkerson said this means that the burning of paper and cardboard on Saturdays, which is normally permitted in the city, has been suspended until further notice. Anyone violating this burning ban will be cited and can be fined up to $1,000, according to Fire Chief James Donston.
Looking into charges
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- Pennsylvania State Police are checking to see whether charges can be filed against a man who left a 6-year-old boy in a restaurant. State police said the boy went into the restroom at McDonald's restaurant in the Wal-Mart Plaza, Union Township, at 9:20 a.m. Wednesday and his 19-year-old guardian left the restaurant. Police refused to identify the guardian until they confer with the Lawrence County District Attorney.
SHARON, Pa. -- City police said someone broke a window in the rear of a house in the 700 block of Stambaugh Avenue between midnight and 6 a.m. today, reached inside and stole pills of the painkiller OxyContin. Police said there were other prescriptions nearby, but nothing else was taken.
Assistant prosecutoropposes Lordi's request
YOUNGSTOWN -- Frank Lordi's angry outburst in court and his refusal to accept responsibility for his crime should keep him behind bars, an assistant Mahoning County prosecutor says. Janice T. O'Halloran filed documents Wednesday in common pleas court opposing Lordi's request for shock probation. Lordi, a former county commissioner, has served about two months of an 18-month sentence for theft in office. Visiting Judge Mark K. Wiest will rule on the request. O'Halloran said in court documents that Lordi should stay in prison because he violated the public trust. She also reminded the judge of Lordi's behavior at a January hearing in which Judge Wiest ordered that the sentence be carried out after Lordi lost an appeal of the conviction.