Fitch students arrested
AUSTINTOWN -- Two more high school students have been arrested as part of the investigation into drugs at Fitch High School.
Both students are 18-year-old seniors who face charges of trafficking in marijuana. One student is an Austintown resident who was arrested Wednesday afternoon at the high school.
The other student is a Youngstown resident who was arrested Tuesday afternoon on Innwood Drive.
Eight people, including six Fitch students, have been arrested as part of the two-month investigation. They face charges involving the trafficking of marijuana, Ecstasy, Ritalin and OxyContin.
YOUNGSTOWN -- A search committee has narrowed the list of candidates for provost at Youngstown State University.
The four finalists are Dr. Tony Atwater, dean of the college of professional studies and education at Northern Kentucky University; Dr. Rochelle Kelz, dean of the college of arts and sciences at Indiana University, Kokomo Campus; Dr. Mary Ellen Mazey, dean of the college of liberal arts at Wright State University; and Dr. Braja Das, dean of the college of engineering and computer science at California State University in Sacramento. The candidates will visit YSU over the next several weeks, and President David Sweet is expected to make an appointment by the fall.
Hearings set for 2
GIRARD -- Preliminary hearings are scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday in municipal court for two 19-year-old men charged with aggravated robbery. Cory Cannon of Warren-Sharon Road, Vienna, and Anthony Leibert of East Park Avenue, Brookfield, are accused of robbing the Vienna Pharmacy on Monday of the prescription painkiller OxyContin.
They appeared Tuesday before Municipal Judge Michael Bernard, who set their bonds at $20,000 cash or surety.
Cannon remains in the county jail in lieu of bond, and Leibert was released after posting bond.
Deed restriction eased
WARREN -- Trumbull County commissioners have approved easing a deed restriction on Kent State University Trumbull Campus that prevented the university from building within 400 feet of Mahoning Avenue.
Commissioners voted this week to allow the university to put educational or technical buildings within 100 feet of the road.
The county donated about 130 acres for the KSU campus in 1967.
WARREN -- The Trumbull County Convention and Visitor's Bureau will be host of the Y-103 radio morning show Thursday and will sponsor refreshments at an Interstate 80 rest stop May 11 in celebration of National Tourism Week May 6 to 12.
A bus tour of the county, scheduled for Wednesday, has already sold out, officials said.
AUSTINTOWN --The township zoning commission has voted to zone nine lots along state Route 46 for administrative business.
The owners of the lots, which are located along the east side of state Route 46 between Mahoning Avenue and Willowcrest Drive, have asked township trustees to zone the land for retail business. Seven of the lots are zoned residential. The other two lots were already zoned for administrative business.
At Thursday's zoning meeting, 15 township residents voiced their concerns about the zoning change to retail, saying it could destroy their quality of life and their environment. Based on those concerns, the Mahoning County planning board recommended against zoning the land for retail.
Property owners currently have no plans to develop the land. They have said they requested the zoning change in case state Route 46 becomes a major commercial center in the future. The issue will now be turned over to the township trustees. Any vote by the trustees to overturn the recommendation of the zoning commission will have to be unanimous.
Trustees are expected to vote by early June.
Land donated to SRU
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- Developer and former New Castle resident Stanley P. Kraus and his wife, Marilyn, gave Slippery Rock University a piece of property near downtown Sharon valued at $700,000. Edward Bucha, executive director of the Slippery Rock University Foundation, said SRU will sell the property and apply the proceeds to one of the university's initiatives. They haven't decided how it will be spent yet. The Krauses, who now live in Boca Raton, Fla., previously donated money in 1983 for a student residence hall and in 1996 they gave SRU a piece of property in Armstrong County that provides enough money for five yearly scholarships. Kraus has developed commercial and residential real estate in western Pennsylvania, and pioneered the renovation of several buildings in downtown Pittsburgh.