Bridge work to start; road section to close

Bridge work to start;road section to close
YOUNGSTOWN -- Work was to start today on replacing the CSX railroad bridge over Mahoning Avenue just outside downtown, meaning a section of the main road will close for about 90 days.
The work, which was to have started two weeks ago but was delayed, will close Mahoning Avenue between Oak Hill Avenue and Hogue Street near the Spring Common bridge. A detour will direct drivers via Oak Hill, Hogue and Marshall Street.
Drivers should expect delays and allow for extra travel time during the morning and afternoon commute.
Blaze collapses roof
AUSTINTOWN -- Fire caused $150,000 in damage to a vacant building on North Meridian Road early Saturday.
Austintown firefighters responded to a call at the former Austintown Tool & amp; Die building at 460 N. Meridian Road at 1:54 a.m. Saturday. The fire was located in the center of the building.
The roof of a section of the building collapsed before the fire could be extinguished.
Firefighters from Austintown, Weathersfield Township and Canfield extinguished the blaze in about three hours. About 25 percent of the building was destroyed. The building is owned by a Vienna man. The cause is under investigation.
Plaza Cafe robbed
YOUNGSTOWN -- Someone who broke into the Plaza Cafe on West Federal Plaza over the weekend trashed an office and equipment and stole a safe that had been bolted to the floor, police reports show.
The break-in happened sometime after an employee closed the business at 4 a.m. Sunday. The employee discovered the damage when he returned at 5 p.m. Sunday. Reports show that a copier and fax machine were broken and a computer was taken.
Stable condition
CAMPBELL -- A 23-year-old Youngstown man, who police say rear-ended another car with his vehicle and fled the scene around 5:48 a.m. Sunday on Wilson Avenue near Fifth Street, is in stable condition at St. Elizabeth Health Center, Youngstown.
Police said Tiburcio Cruz Jr. hit the car going eastbound on Wilson Avenue, made a U-turn and was found, along with a passenger, at the intersection of Car and Hawn streets in Youngstown. No other injuries were reported.
Funny money
YOUNGSTOWN -- Seventeen $100 bills that a Mariner Avenue man intended to use Sunday afternoon to pay for an order at B.J. Alan Fireworks on Martin Luther King Boulevard turned out to be counterfeit. Secret Service agents were expected to be contacted today.
Boy Scouts anniversary
CANFIELD -- The U.S. Postal Service will issue pictorial cancellations commemorating the 75th anniversary of Boy Scout Troop 25 and the 65th anniversary of Cub Scout Pack 25, both sponsored by Canfield United Methodist Church.
Envelopes will be postmarked at the Cub Scout Pack 25 food stand at Farmers National Bank during the July 4 parade here.
Gypsy moths
WARREN -- State Rep. Anthony Latell of Girard, D-67th, will have a meeting at 11 a.m. Friday in the Trumbull County Administrative Building concerning gypsy moths and suppression efforts in Trumbull County.
Rabies clinic
GIRARD -- There will be a rabies vaccination clinic at the municipal building from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday. No appointment is necessary. Trumbull County health regulations require all dogs, cats, ferrets and 4-H animals to have a rabies vaccination.
The clinic is sponsored by the Trumbull County Veterinary Medical Association. Cost is $5 per pet.
An adult, 18 or older, must present all animals with leash and collar, even if the pet is in a carrier.
Groundbreaking set
McDONALD -- Groundbreaking for the $7.6 million elementary school behind the high school facing Seventh Street and $7.9 million in renovations at the high school will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the stadium.
Work to remodel the high school has already begun on the total $16.6 million project. The Ohio School Facilities Commission is paying all but about $2 million. The local share is being funded by a 23-year bond issue.

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