Accident victim's familyfiles suit against driver
YOUNGSTOWN -- The family of a 15-year-old Austintown girl who was killed in a traffic accident last summer is suing the driver of the car she was riding in.
Thomas Mock of Tall Oaks Lane filed the suit Friday in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court against Deanna M. Theodore of Woodledge Drive, Mineral Ridge, her parents, John P. and Mary Ann Theodore, and HM Health Services. Mock is administrator of the estate of his late daughter, Samantha Mock. The suit seeks unspecified damages.
Deanna Theodore, 18, drove through a stop sign and was hit in the side by a pickup truck last summer in Geauga County. The car then hit a utility pole and landed in a ditch.
Samantha Mock and Renee Romito, 15, of Austintown, who was also riding in the car, were killed.
Farrell man's death
FARRELL, Pa. -- Authorities said they do not suspect foul play in the death of a local man who was found lying in an alley beside an area bar.
Southwest Mercer Regional Police said Lorenzo Cleveland, 40, of the 500 block of Emerson Avenue, Farrell, was found in the alley beside the R & amp;R Lounge on Idaho Street in Farrell around 12:23 a.m. Wednesday, but police didn't release information on the death until Friday.
Police said that when they arrived, Cleveland was not breathing but had a faint pulse. He was treated at the scene and transported by ambulance to UPMC hospital, where he was pronounced dead around 1:27 a.m., authorities said. Authorities said they are waiting for the results of an autopsy.
Family members told them Cleveland had complained of chest pains the day before he died.
Nails damage tires
LEETONIA -- Police Chief John Soldano has ordered that six tires be replaced on the department's three cruisers. The tires picked up numerous nails as officers were patrolling the General Extrusions Inc. construction site at the industrial park.
He said some construction vehicles also had problems with flattened tires because of nails.
A group of union workers has been conducting informational pickets this week because installation of machinery at the new plant is being done by nonunion employees. There were a few problems with the union workers blocking traffic, but nothing more serious, Soldano said. He said there is speculation but no proof that the pickets spread the nails around the job site.
SALEM -- A West Wilson Street woman told police at 7:37 a.m. Friday her granddaughter was threatened at her bus stop by an unidentified adult male. She could not give a description.
SALEM -- An 18-year-old Hartley Avenue man told police he was assaulted in Centennial Park around midnight Thursday. He said he was struck on his head and face and could not identify his assailant or assailants.
SALEM -- A woman told police Thursday a man exposed himself in front of her on West State Street near Benton Avenue. She said she screamed for help and a male witness chased the man but did not catch him. She gave police a description.
Mahoning grand juryhands up indictments
YOUNGSTOWN -- These people were indicted recently by a Mahoning County grand jury:
* John M. Sherfel, 22, Cooper Street, Youngstown; theft, vandalism, breaking and entering.
* Craig J. Stevens, 21, Townson Road, Liberty; carrying concealed weapons.
* James E. Smith, 18, Gordon Avenue, Campbell; aggravated robbery, firearm specification.
* Derrick Jones Jr., 56, Lauderdale Avenue, Youngstown; murder, firearm specification.
Hispanic Month eventplanned in Youngstown
YOUNGSTOWN -- The public is invited to a celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month organized by the Youngstown Post Office's Diversity Advisory Committee from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in room 214 of the main post office in downtown Youngstown.
Mary Isa Garayua, director of the Organizacion Civica Y Cultural Hispana Americana, and Mirta Reyes-Chapman, urban systems engineer for the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments, will be guest speakers. They will discuss the achievements of local Hispanic leaders. The OCCHA Dancers will provide entertainment.