CLEVELAND -- Monday's deadline passed for indicted U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr. to file motions that allege prosecutorial misconduct in his racketeering case.
The 17th District congressman from Poland could have filed the motions here or in federal court in Youngstown, but as of 4:45 p.m. Monday, nothing was filed.
Traficant faxed motions Friday, but U.S. District Court Judge Lesley Brooks Wells rejected them, repeating her order that originals must be filed with the clerk.
The congressman could file the documents today -- along with a request that the judge accept them.
His trial is Feb. 4.
Injured in wreck
GIRARD -- A Girard man remains hospitalized after his sport utility vehicle collided with a police car about 10:35 Monday night at state Route 304 and Washington Street.
William Fannin, 74, of Washington Street, was in stable condition this morning in St. Elizabeth Health Center. Patrol Officer Jeffrey Cramer was released after treatment at Northside Medical Center.
Police Chief Anthony Ross said the cruiser and Fannin's 1985 Ford Blazer were demolished.
The Trumbull County Sheriff's Department is investigating.
Fire was arson
LIBERTY -- An arsonist is being blamed for a Monday night fire that caused an estimated $140,000 damage at Pauley's Trucking Co., 1660 Harding Ave.
Fire Chief Robert Catchpole said four fires were set outside shortly after 10:30 p.m. Flames were confined to the exterior and inside a roof area. Four trucks inside the building were slightly damaged.
A witness told police she saw a man carrying what appeared to be a five-gallon gasoline can behind the building and then saw the flames.
Charged in beating
HUBBARD -- Kenneth W. Hyatt, 18, of Davis Street, Girard, faces charges in the weekend beating and robbing of a motel clerk.
Hyatt was charged Monday in Girard Municipal Court with aggravated robbery and felonious assault. Judge Michael Bernard ordered him held in the Trumbull County jail without bond.
Hyatt is accused of robbing Truck World Motor Inn off Interstate 80 and beating George Kroynovich, 63.
Kroynovich remains in critical condition in St. Elizabeth Health Center.
Police said the getaway car, Kroynovich's 1995 Oldsmobile, was recovered in Liberty Township.
Detective Mike Begeot said more charge may be filed in the case.
BROOKFIELD -- Routine hydrant flushing today and Wednesday may cause dirty water at some residences in the Brookfield/Masury area.
Any questions or concerns should be directed to the Brookfield Fire Department.
Road closing delayed
CHAMPION -- The scheduled closing today of state Route 45, from Champion Avenue to state Route 305, has been delayed until after the Labor Day weekend. The Ohio Department of Transportation plans drainage and paving work. A new closing date will be announced.
LORDSTOWN -- The village volunteer fire department has a new aerial platform firetruck.
The village paid about $641,000 to Pierce Manufacturing of Appleton, Wis., for the truck, which was delivered Friday.
Fire Chief James Wishart said the ladder reaches 100 feet.
The truck can transport up to six firefighters and their gear, compared to four firefighters in the department's old ladder truck.
The new truck replaces a 1976 ladder truck.
Council voted Monday to sell the old truck to Ellsworth Township Volunteer Fire Department for $20,000.
NILES -- Devin M. Poling, 19, of Washington Avenue, will return to Niles Municipal Court next week for a preliminary hearing on a charge of receiving stolen property.
Several guns, including rifles and replicas of machine guns, were confiscated by police from his car Friday.
Poling was released from jail Monday after posting bond.