Sharon man faces alcohol, drug charges
SHARON, Pa. -- Police say a man they arrested for drinking alcohol in the street also will face drug charges. Sharife Martino, 22, of 808 Spearman Ave., was arrested at 3 a.m. Sunday on Mesabi Street after police saw him with a bottle of alcohol, a violation of the open container law.
During his arrest, Martino threw the bottle at police, they said. Police said they also found seven small bags of crack cocaine on Martino.
He faces charges of possession of crack cocaine, possession of crack cocaine with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia, littering, disorderly conduct and violating the open container law. He is in Mercer County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bond.
School trophy stolen
HERMITAGE, Pa. -- Someone broke into Kennedy Christian High School and took the 2000 state final basketball trophy. Police said a brick was thrown through a glass door sometime between 6 p.m. Saturday and 6:30 a.m. Sunday. The glass on the trophy case also was smashed.
Car stereo thefts
HERMITAGE, Pa. -- Police are investigating a rash of car stereo thefts at the Hermitage Town Plaza. Four car stereos were taken from Friday to Sunday.
The stereos ranged in value from $125 to $190. Police said one car was unlocked, another had a smashed window and a lock was pried on a third car. Police said they don't know how the fourth car was entered.
Nature series for kids
PORTERSVILLE, Pa. -- Several Youth Environmental Learning Series programs geared toward children will take place at McConnell's Mill State Park, on U.S. Route 422. "Litter, How Does it Affect Us?" will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Old Mill. The event is for 4- and 5-year-olds.
A program for children ages 6 to 8 will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Kildoo picnic area. Kids will learn how litter affects the environment and a cleanup will follow.
A discussion about past and present land uses in Pennsylvania will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Old Mill. Children ages 9 to 13 are invited to learn about various challenges facing the state.
Memorial for mayor
CRESSON, Pa. (AP) -- He led the borough of Cresson for 23 years, but when John Henry Byrne died penniless in 1985, a simple wooden cross marked his grave.
Now, Cresson Mayor Patrick Mulhern is leading the charge to get a tombstone for Byrne, who served as mayor from 1958 to 1981.
Mulhern heard that Byrne did not have a tombstone when he received a letter from a former resident. The mayor went to Byrne's grave in the St. Francis Xavier Cemetery near Route 53 to take a look.
"It is something that should have been done long ago," Mulhern said. "That cross is pretty tattered and won't last much longer."
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.
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 about the phony money.
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 between Oak Hill Avenue and 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.