Running for Congress
YOUNGSTOWN -- Former U.S. Rep. Lyle Williams announced today that he will run for Congress.
Williams, a Republican, said on WKBN-AM radio that he will run in either next year's Republican primary or as an independent candidate in the November 2002 election.
Paul Alberty, who defeated Williams in last year's Republican primary for the 17th District seat, has already said he plans to run again. Williams served as the Mahoning Valley's congressman from 1979 to 1985.
The seat is held by U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant of Poland, D-17th, who is facing a 10-count federal indictment on charges of racketeering, bribery and tax evasion.
Traficant defeated Williams in the 1985 congressional election.
Death ruling pending
GIRARD -- A ruling on a Gary Avenue woman is pending by the Trumbull County Coroner's Office.
Nicole M. Klingensmith, 24, was found dead in her bed the morning of Aug. 21. The coroner's office is awaiting toxicology reports.
The woman's grandmother, with whom she lived, told police Klingensmith returned from a date about 1:45 a.m., walked the dog and went to bed. Her grandmother couldn't wake her late that morning and called the fire department. The woman had been on medication for a throat infection, according to a police report.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Dion Perry, 19, of Tod Lane was in stable condition today at Forum Northside Medical Center with a stab wound to his rib cage.
Perry told police that he had been in a crowded parking lot, so he did not see who stabbed him just past midnight Tuesday. It's unclear from the police report where the stabbing took place.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Two 17-year-old South Side boys whose car was pulled over for a traffic violation on Market Street about 12:45 a.m. today were arrested on drug charges and taken to the juvenile justice center. The boys, from West Princeton and Sherwood avenues, had crack cocaine in the car, police said.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Great Expectations Learning Centers is registering children for its locations in Youngstown, Canfield, Struthers and Niles. The centers offer preschool, child-care, infant- and toddler-care and before- and after-school programs.
HERMITAGE, Pa. -- An electrical fire routed employees, patients and clients from about a dozen doctors' and lawyers' offices in Colonial Square Professional Building at 701 N. Hermitage Road at 12:34 p.m. Tuesday.
Fire Chief Robert Goeltz said the blaze was confined to a basement mechanical equipment room but the fire destroyed communications cables and telephone lines that serve the building. No one was hurt and the loss is insured; the building will be closed while repairs are made, Goeltz said.
The building is owned by George White Properties of Hermitage.
Outage cancels classes
CAMPBELL -- Classes were canceled today after work crews spent more than six hours Tuesday looking for the cause of a power outage about 4:30 p.m. at Memorial High School.
They found the problem, an underground cable owned by the school, but crews still don't know how long it will take to repair. Ohio Edison is helping the school although the equipment doesn't belong to the utility.
The high school was the only city school affected. School officials weren't sure this morning when classes would resume.
Man dies in car crash
LISBON -- A 55-year-old Coraopolis, Pa., man died from injuries he suffered when the vehicle he drove on state Route 11 ran off the road in the rain near the West Point exit, hit an embankment and flipped over, a spokesman for the Ohio State Highway patrol said.
Alvey V. Kaufman was ejected from the 1996 Chevy Blazer at about 1 p.m. Tuesday. He was flown to Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, where he died about 6:15 p.m., the OSHP said. A passenger, Richard Grejda, 52, of Pittsburgh, was not seriously injured and was treated at a hospital in East Liverpool, the patrol said.