WARREN -- Firefighters are investigating a blaze this morning at a North River Road business. Reports say the fire started around 6:18 a.m. at Current, 455 North River Road. Firefighters did not know this morning who owned one-story metal frame building. City officials said the business made circuit boards for electronic equipment.
Sidewalk office hours
WARREN -- City Councilman John Homlitas, D-3rd, will conduct sidewalk office hours from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday at the corner of Montclair Street Northeast and Garfield Drive.
Topics for discussion will be the proposed 0.5-percent income tax increase on the May 8 primary ballot. Homlitas said off-duty safety service personnel will answer questions.
Recognition night set
WARREN -- The city school district's Adult Basic and Literacy Education program will sponsor its annual recognition night at 6 p.m. May 31 at Western Reserve Middle School.
About 75 adults will receive certificates for their accomplishments, ranging from special achievement awards to certificates for passage of the equivalency test for high school graduation.
The community is invited, and refreshments will be offered.
Several colleges and universities will set up displays and hand out information on higher education.
Crash kills 1, injures 1
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- A head-on crash in Taylor Township, Lawrence County, killed one man and critically injured another. Pennsylvania State Police said a pickup truck driven by Daniel Richard Parshall, 35, of Cleaned Mill Road, New Castle, crossed the center line of state Route 168 from the southbound lane around 11:12 p.m. Monday. The truck crashed head-on into a car driven by Radwan Hassan Hammad, 34, of Liberty, Ohio. Hammad was pronounced dead shortly after the crash. Both had to be extricated. Parshall was flown by medical helicopter to Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh, where he is being treated for fractures to his neck and pelvis.
Arrested in shed thefts
SHARON, Pa. -- Sharon police have charged a Masury, Ohio, woman with stealing tools and equipment from three area storage sheds between March 16 and 23. Police said Alice Rice, 41, Edmonds Street, surrendered and was arraigned before District Justice James McMahon on Monday afternoon. Rice, who was charged with three counts each of conspiracy, theft and receiving stolen property, was released on a $10,000 unsecured bond. Police said Rice also removed fishing equipment and other items from the sheds. They said they believe Rice had an accomplice but released no additional information.
Underage liquor sale
SEBRING -- A clerk arrested 20 days ago on a charge of underage tobacco sale is one of two liquor-establishment employees due to appear in Sebring District Court on charges of selling liquor to a 19-year-old girl.
Police said Gary Criss, an employee of Sebring Drive-In at 10 S. 15th St., and Kim Harper, a bartender for the Stingray Nite Club at 195 N. 15th St., sold liquor to an undercover teen during a combined investigation by the Sebring and Alliance police departments. Criss was arrested April 7 on charges of selling cigarettes to a minor. That case is pending.
Patrolman Danny Guy of Sebring's juvenile division said the 19-year-old nonresident went into various establishments in the village and Alliance, asking to buy liquor. Immediately after an illegal purchase was made, officers went in and arrested the offending clerk on a charge of selling alcohol to an underage person.
'Mayday for Mutts'
HERMITAGE, Pa. -- "Mayday for Mutts," a program to dispel myths about mixed-breed dogs, will run from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Hermitage Agway. The program will feature a display of mutts seeking responsible adoptive parents, mutt contests and "Me and My Mutt" photos, in which people may bring their own pets to participate. There will also be balloons and face-painting for kids, displays and giveaways. Information on spaying and neutering animals will be available. The national celebration is being sponsored locally by Animal Appeal of Sharpsville.
Soap Box Derby winner
YOUNGSTOWN -- Jenny Rodway, 11, of Boardman is the Mahoning Valley's first rally division Soap Box Derby winner, according to Greater Youngstown Area Soap Box Derby officials. Jenny, who began racing about a year ago in the stock division, took first place in Columbus over the weekend and is fifth in rally points, which are gained from races across the region all season. She will compete in the Valley's first rally race in Weathersfield Township this weekend.