Windham man's Blazerstolen, found in pond
WARREN -- A 23-year-old Windham man told police he was robbed early today.
The victim said he drove a woman to a home on Oak Street S.W. around 2 a.m., reports state. The victim told police that while he was at the Oak Street S.W. home, a man came up to him with a knife, demanded money and cut him on the hand.
Reports further note that the victim said he ran from the area, and when he returned he found someone had stolen his 1992 Chevy Blazer.
Police said the Blazer was found in the pond at Quimby Park a few hours later.
NEWTON FALLS -- Police have arrested a 20-year-old city man who they believe threw a billiard ball through a window at the police station.
Police said the man was arrested on charges of resisting arrest, felonious assault, underage consumption of alcohol and criminal damaging.
The man is scheduled to be formerly charged and arraigned Monday in municipal court.
Reports state the billiard ball was thrown through the window around 10:30 p.m. Thursday.
Patrol Officer Brian Tyree, who was inside the department at the time, ran out the back door of the police department and chased the man. The man fought with police before being apprehended, police said.
HERMITAGE, Pa. -- Television and audio equipment may have been the source of a fire that did extensive damage to an apartment in Little Acres North, according to city Fire Marshal Robert Goeltz.
He said Steven Speight of 2791 Highland Road left his apartment around 11:30 a.m. Thursday and a smoke detector in the three-story township began sounding about two hours later.
A contractor working in the complex and the property manager heard the detector and spotted smoke.
The fire started in the basement in or near television and audio equipment, Goeltz said.
The apartment complex is owned by Simco Properties of Youngstown.
The flames were confined to the basement but the entire apartment suffered smoke and heat damage.
Goeltz said an apartment next door sustained minor smoke damage.
Road work to begin
MERCER, Pa. -- The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has awarded contracts for nearly $3 million worth of road improvements in Mercer County.
Sharon Paving and Construction Co. of Sharon will be paid $1,828,854 to resurface and make other improvements on Pa. routes 18 and 58 in Hempfield, Greene and West Salem townships and Greenville and Jamestown boroughs.
Work is to begin in mid-June and be completed in April.
W. L. Dunn Construction of Cochranton, Pa., will be paid $925,198 to resurface portions of state Route 258 from the Butler County line to Mercer Borough, Pa. Route 58 from Delaware Road to Fredonia Borough and High Street and Sixth Street in Greenville. That job has already begun and should be finished by mid-August.
PennDOT also said it will be repairing and replacing center line pavement markers on Interstate 79 next week. Both northbound and southbound lanes will be affected.
Grove City bike trail
GROVE CITY, Pa. -- The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is building a new bicycle trail in the borough.
Rhino Construction Co. of Lower Burrell, Pa., was low bidder on the job at $182,973 and work is to begin by mid-June and be completed by late July.
The one-mile trail will be paved and connect Greenwood Drive with North Liberty Road, giving bicyclists and pedestrians better access to the borough's Hunter Farm recreation facilities off Greenwood Drive.
Jamestown gets grant
JAMESTOWN, Pa. -- The borough has been awarded a $100,000 state grant to help improve its municipal water system.
The state Department of Environmental Protection provided the money under its Growing Greener Innovative Technology Grant Program, said state Sen. Robert Robbins of Greenville, R-50th, and state Rep. Rod Wilt of Greenville, R-17, who announced the award.
The money will be used to install a system to treat well water to make it safer.
YOUNGSTOWN -- A fire at 424 Sunshine Ave. on the East Side at 2:43 a.m. today was deliberately set, said Battalion Chief Robert Hian.
The fire, which started in the kitchen of the vacant house, did about $10,000 damage, he said.