Woman hurt in crash
CANFIELD -- A 52-year-old North Lima woman was in critical condition with chest and shoulder injuries at St. Elizabeth Health Center this morning after a one-car crash on Route 11 south of Kirk Road, state highway patrol and hospital personnel said.
Sally S. Gale was driving southbound at about 8 p.m. Wednesday when she drove off the right side of the road, the patrol said. The car struck a guardrail, rolled over, slid down an embankment and landed in a ditch.
Robert Tieche, Canfield Joint Fire District chief, said it took firefighters using special equipment about 25 minutes to remove Gale from her car. She was then flown to the hospital.
Announcing new chief
YOUNGSTOWN -- Mayor George M. McKelvey said today he probably will announce the successor to Police Chief Richard Lewis on Friday. He declined to say who that would be.
Friday is Lewis' last day on the job before retiring from the department after 38 years. He has been chief since 1998.
Among the candidates mentioned in recent months are Law Director Robert Bush Jr. and police Capt. Jimmy Hughes.
YOUNGSTOWN -- A gunman approached a clerk at the Dollar General Store on Market Street and handed her a plastic bag but left when other customers approached the checkout counter, police reports show.
A man in his 30s waited for other customers to go through the checkout line before approaching the 46-year-old clerk, saying something she could not understand and lifting up his shirt to reveal a handgun, she told police.
She said she hit an alarm and the man backed up when other customers approached. He walked around the store before leaving.
Assault and robbery
YOUNGSTOWN -- A 29-year-old South Side man told city police he was leaving Gina's Food Market on Glenwood Avenue when he was robbed of $185.
The man said he became involved in a fight with two men when he left the store, police reports show. He said one of the men started choking him and he passed out after seeing a third man approach carrying a handgun and telling him to "quit fighting."
The victim said he awoke to find the money missing from his pants pocket.
BOARDMAN -- A 24-year-old township man and 28-year-old woman have been charged with felony trafficking in drugs after they were arrested Wednesday.
Officers went to the Redtail Hawk address shared by the couple to execute a search warrant when the drugs were found. Police did not release the type or quantity of the drugs.
Both were to be arraigned this evening in Mahoning County Court here.
Charged in felony theft
BOARDMAN -- Two women and one man, all from the Akron area, have been charged with felony theft after officers said the women ran out of Dillard's Department Store in the Southern Park Mall with $1,044 worth of merchandise.
The women ran to a car driven by the man and the trio fled down U.S. Route 224. Police stopped the car a short distance later.
Board OKs items
YOUNGSTOWN -- The city's board of control recently approved these items: severance pay of $5,009 for Gary Thornton, water commissioner, who retired on March 1; severance pay of $1,660 for William D. Bankehead, a meter reader in the water department, who resigned March 1; and a $6,880 fa & ccedil;ade loan to Youngstown Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic on Belmont Avenue. The total renovation cost is $17,200.
Warning about egging
YOUNGSTOWN -- A teen-ager who has been egging cars may cause a traffic hazard on Mahoning Avenue near the Schenley Avenue intersection, city police said.
The teen, about 18 or 19, stands on the roof of Ollie's Pub, 2716 Mahoning Ave., and hits moving cars in the windshield with the eggs.
Park cleanup set
NORTH LIMA -- The Woodworth Park cleanup originally scheduled for last Saturday will be Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event was postponed because of inclement weather.
Residents are asked to bring shovels, rakes and wheelbarrows.