Austintown boys facedelinquency charges
GIRARD -- Two Austintown boys have been cited into Trumbull County Family Court after playing war games in Liberty Park Saturday. The boys, ages 14 and 16, face delinquency charges of aggravated menacing.
Police Capt. Frank Bigowsky said "playing Army" in the park is inappropriate behavior.
Bigowsky said the two were with another boy and a girl, also from Austintown. All were dressed in camouflage clothing.
Bigowsky said three Girard boys went to the park. While two of them stayed in the woods, a 12-year-old approached the four from Austintown. He was handcuffed and threatened with what turned out to be a lighter in the shape of a gun. Eventually, he was released and told to run or he would be shot.
One boy and a girl were not aware the handcuffs and "gun" were going to be used, the captain said. They will not be charged.
Police were attempting to determine where the handcuffs were purchased.
Probe of 'Drano bombs'nets many suspects
LOWELLVILLE -- At least 10 juveniles are considered suspects in four "Drano bombs" found here Saturday.
Chief William Vance said police are still investigating after bombs made of common household chemicals were found near the Cooper Street bike trail and homes on Quisner and Walnut streets.
Two bombs were live. One was detonated by the Youngstown Police Department Bomb Squad.
"These things are capable of blowing somebody's hand off," Vance said.
Road rage reported
BOARDMAN -- Township police are investigating a report of road rage.
A township woman told police she was driving south on Glenwood Avenue Friday when she had a near collision with an oncoming car.
The woman said she turned around to follow the car when the driver pointed a handgun at her and said "pow."
The woman gave officers a description of the vehicle, its driver and license plate.
2 fires being probed
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- Authorities said they are investigating two weekend fires -- one that damaged a Cleveland Avenue residence Sunday morning and another that damaged Robison's Bait & amp; Tackle at 702 Croton Ave. Sunday night.
No injuries were reported. Officials said both fires were contained quickly.
They said the Cleveland Avenue house wasn't occupied and that the owners, who were not identified, were selling the residence. One room was destroyed, authorities said. They said one room at the bait and tackle shop was also destroyed.
4 injured in accident
SALEM -- Four people were treated at area hospitals after a head-on collision Friday night in Butler Township. No conditions were available from Salem Community Hospital or University Hospital in Cleveland this morning.
The Lisbon post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said Sherry L. Hupp, 38, of Negley, was driving south on state Route 9 and tried to turn left onto Whinnery Road in front of a car driven by Randy Lozier, 41 of Augusta.
Lozier, Hupp and her sons Nick, 12, and Jordan, 2, were taken to Salem Community and Lozier was later transferred to Cleveland, the patrol said.
Hupp was cited for failure to yield at a left turn, the patrol said.
E-ZPass coming west
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The state's electronic E-ZPass system at toll booths should be operational in western Pennsylvania sometime in November, according to Pennsylvania Turnpike officials.
The system has been in place everywhere east of Blue Mountain Exit 15 since December.
The E-ZPass system uses transponders affixed to the back of the rearview mirror in automobiles. Antennas in toll lanes, through radio signals, determine where vehicles enter and leave the toll road, deducting the required amount from a prepaid account.