Firefighters OK pact
YOUNGSTOWN -- City firefighters have approved a proposed three-year contract that includes 4-percent annual raises plus 30 cents more an hour.
City council is to vote on the contract tonight. The proposal was approved by 55 percent of the 99 members voting, said Dave Cook, president of International Association of Fire Fighters Local 312. The union has 147 members.
The wage increases are similar to contracts the city has with police and other safety forces. The contract also would abolish an assistant chief position through attrition and create a sixth battalion chief position instead.
Bond issue on ballot
AUSTINTOWN -- A 3.9-mill, 26-year school bond issue will appear on the ballot here this November.
If the bond issue passes, it will allow the school board to borrow $32 million to pay for the construction of a new junior high school and the renovation of Frank Ohl Middle School. The school board voted Monday night to place the issue on the ballot.
The board has been discussing the bond issue for several months, and a committee of local residents has been organized to run a campaign for the issue. The next campaign committee meeting will be at 7 p.m. Aug. 30 at Fitch High School. Superintendent Richard Denamen said the committee is open to new members.
Denamen said the committee will be providing township residents with detailed information about the bond issue after the school year begins.
Indicted in drug case
CLEVELAND -- A federal grand jury has indicted a 49-year-old Youngstown man on two cocaine counts and a firearms charge. James D. Prestley of East LaClede Avenue was charged with attempted possession with intent to distribute about 18 ounces of cocaine, possession with intent to distribute about four ounces of cocaine and being a felon in possession of several firearms, the U.S. Attorney said.
The case was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's Youngstown office and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
Facing animal charges
YOUNGSTOWN -- A 71-year-old Lansdowne Boulevard man was charged with letting animals run at large on a public road after police said they found four cows from his property wandering loose on Lansdowne Boulevard on Tuesday morning.
The man was also charged with cruelty to animals after police said they found a dog tied up on his property with no food, water or shelter.
Police arrest couple
AUSTINTOWN -- A married couple was arrested early today after a car crash on state Route 46 stemming from a domestic dispute.
The wife, 29, of Berry Blossom Drive, Canfield, was charged with felonious assault as a result of the crash. The husband, 29, of Mitchell Road, West Middlesex, Pa., was arrested on an outstanding warrant in Austintown for criminal damage.
The husband told police that he and his wife are going through a divorce, and that she became angry after seeing him in a car with another woman around 1 this morning. The husband said his wife, who was driving a minivan, pulled into the wrong lane and hit the front right side of his car in an attempt to get him to stop.
The wife told police that she was yelling out her passenger-side window to get her husband to stop. However, she said the crash was an accident. Officers discovered the husband's outstanding warrant when they responded to his call for police.
AUSTINTOWN -- Firefighters are investigating another blaze at a vacant Mildred Street home. The home at 1249 Mildred Street was completely engulfed when firefighters arrived around 12:30 this morning. There are no hydrants in the area, so the firefighters had to use water from trucks to extinguish the blaze. They spent three hours at the scene.
There were no injuries. The fire caused $15,000 in loss. The cause is listed as "suspicious."
Firefighters also extinguished an early-morning blaze at the house April 4.