Yellow Creek sign
STRUTHERS -- Mahoning River Consortium members unveiled an educational sign Friday on the banks of Yellow Creek in Yellow Creek Park. The sign identifies fish species native to the Mahoning River watershed and relays the importance of sound environmental practices near the watershed.
Rob Carillio said he designed the signs over a two-month period, hoping to bring attention to aquatic life here, but said copies of it would be appropriate near any of the creeks and streams along the Mahoning River.
Carillio designed another sign, site-specific to past and present fish in Yellow Creek, which should be installed soon.
WHEATLAND, Pa. -- Police said they charged former Farrell Mayor Eugene C. Pacsi, 54, of East Judy Lynn Drive, Farrell, with harassment in a case involving a 10-year-old boy on a team Pacsi was coaching at the Farrell-Wheatland Little League field earlier this month.
Police said the boy suffered a red mark on his neck, and his mother complained to police, who filed a summary offense citation against Pacsi at the office of District Justice Henry Russo. Russo's office mailed the citation to Pacsi on Thursday, noting fine and court costs totaling $142.50 for the offense. Pacsi has 30 days to respond by either pleading guilty and paying the fine and costs or pleading not guilty and facing a hearing before Russo.
High school evacuated
HERMITAGE, Pa. -- Hickory High School was evacuated temporarily Friday when workers building a bank office next door ruptured a natural gas line. Dr. Louis Mastrian, superintendent, said students were already on their way to an awards assembly around 8:20 a.m. when the school got notice of the ruptured gas line.
The students were directed to leave the building and go to the football stadium behind the school, where they remained for about 15 minutes until National Fuel Gas could shut down the gas line, Mastrian said. They then returned to the school for their assembly. A crew working on the bank had ruptured a gas line several weeks ago but there were no classes in the high school that day.
Police Web site
CAMPBELL -- The city police department is now accessible from a personal computer with the release of their new Web site.
Type in www.campbellpd.com to bring up the department's history, contact numbers for police officers, firefighters and city officials and stories honoring the city's fallen officers.
The site, opened last week, was designed by Joe Sarigianopoulos, son of Police Chief Gus Sarigianopoulos.
The chief said more information should be available from the site soon, including data on community policing.
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- Adelphia Cable will broadcast a panel discussion about online crimes against children on cable Channel 10 at 2 p.m. Sunday and 8 p.m. Monday and Wednesday.
The panel includes people from the FBI, the National Center for the Prosecution of Child Abuse, Pennsylvania State Police and local experts. It is sponsored by the Children's Advocacy Center of Lawrence County. The panelists focus on various computer facilitated child exploitation cases that are being seen in the area and the effects on children.
Highest in April
COLUMBUS -- Among cities with populations of more than 50,000, Youngstown recorded the highest jobless rate in April, 9.5 percent, while Parma had the lowest, 1.7 percent, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
Ohio's unemployment rate increased to 3.9 percent, which the state says still doesn't fully reflect the number of layoffs and unemployment claims.
Among counties in the Mahoning Valley, Columbiana County's jobless rate was 5.1 percent; Trumbull County's was 5.7 percent and Mahoning County's was 5.3 percent.