A haunting message
AUSTINTOWN -- Nine months after his cousin was killed in an auto accident, a 20-year-old Austintown man received a haunting message from someone using his dead cousin's e-mail address.
The victim told police the message states that his dead cousin is living and needs help. The victim, his sister and a few close friends have been receiving similar messages for the past month.
The victim has no idea who could be using his cousin's e-mail address.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Two East Pasadena Avenue boys joy-riding in a stolen 1989 Pontiac Sundance were pulled over Tuesday evening by police on the North Side and ordered out of the car at gunpoint.
The 16-year-old driver was charged with receiving stolen property and having no operator's license. His 15-year-old passenger was charged with complicity to receiving stolen property.
Police said the boys, who were taken into custody at the Mahoning County Juvenile Justice Center, took the car Monday from Erie Street near Cardinal Mooney High School.
Poland Twp. work
POLAND -- Poland Township trustees voted Tuesday to hire Engineering Services & amp; Consultants of Youngstown to prepare architectural drawings for a carport addition to the police department offices at the township building and for a domed salt storage building at the township garage on Clingan Road.
The company will also serve as the project manager.
The cost of the contract is $4,500.
The starting date and cost of construction haven't been set.
STRUTHERS -- School district officials have scheduled a public meeting at 8 a.m. Thursday at the board of education building to go over expenditures that affect school curriculum.
Community input is welcome.
Poland paving pact
POLAND -- Poland Village Council approved a $67,355 contract Tuesday with Gennaro Pavers to pave six streets this year.
The company was the lowest of four bidders, and MS Consultants in Youngstown made a recommendation to the village that the bid be awarded.
In other action, council took the first step to place a 2-mill three-year levy on the November ballot that would raise about $108,000 a year for road improvements.
The vote will allow the Mahoning County Auditor's Office to certify the tax rates.
Council will then have to vote again to place it on the ballot.
CLEVELAND -- The case against Canfield contractor James R. Sabatine, who is expected to plead guilty to bribing indicted U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr., has been transferred to U.S. District Judge Lesley Brooks Wells.
Sabatine, 49, once owned Hardrives Paving and Contracting.
He is charged with racketeering and tax evasion, and his lawyer has acknowledged that a plea agreement has been reached.
The case was assigned by random draw to U.S. District Judge Peter C. Economus in Youngstown.
Cases that involve related charges are typically consolidated with one judge.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Councilman John Swierz, D-7th, will speak at the SNOOP Block Watch at 7 p.m. Thursday at the home of Greg and Tammy Smith, 1927 Pointview Ave.