YOUNGSTOWN -- An underground transformer fire broke out about 8 a.m. today in Dutton's Alley downtown next to the old State Theater. The fire sent black smoke from a manhole billowing into the air for about a half-hour. Firefighters were checking the old theater and the nearby Wells building and Oakland Center for the Arts to make sure no fire spread into those buildings.
USW local backs Latell
GIRARD --United Steelworkers of America Local 7-L, which represents about 1,900 workers at Akron's Goodyear plant, has endorsed state Rep. Anthony A. Latell Jr. of Girard for the Democratic nod for the 17th Congressional District seat.
CLEVELAND -- A federal grand jury has returned a 25-count indictment against eight men from the Youngstown area and charged them with conspiracy to distribute and possess cocaine hydrochloride. The men charged are Samuel Caleron of Oak Street, Youngstown; George R. Skrbina of Chestnut Ridge, Hubbard; Carlos David Nunez of Bright Avenue, Campbell; David Lovell Moore of Basil Avenue, Youngstown; Stephen J. Herchik of East Florida Avenue, Youngstown; James W. Watson of Youngstown; Ronald T. Benson of South Jackson Street, Youngstown; and William J. McClain of Hamrock Drive, Campbell. The indictment seeks the forfeiture of vehicles and money linked to drug activities.
AUSTINTOWN -- The school board did not renew the contracts of three elementary school and two special education teachers Monday after estimating that the district's enrollment will decrease next year. Superintendent Rich Denamen said the teachers most likely will be rehired before the start of next year, after other teachers retire or leave the district.
Federal drug indictment
CLEVELAND -- A federal grand jury has returned a 32-count indictment charging seven people, including some with Youngstown addresses, with conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine and related offenses. Charged with distributing 11 pounds or more of the illegal substance between 1998 and 2001 are: Aaron Christopher Griffin, 31, of Thornhill Road; Duane Randall Harris, 24, of Norwood Avenue; William L. McDowell Jr., 44, of Tod Lane; Luis J. Parrilla, 22, and Julio Henao, 49, addresses unknown; Medeli Rodriguez, 33, of Logan Avenue; and Carlos Alvarez, age and address unknown.
Three to be honored
WARREN -- Trumbull County Children Services will honor three clients at its annual community breakfast. Shelli Dermer Henderson of Warren, Colleen Valencic of Youngstown and Thomas Blackiston of Liberty will receive the agency's "Rising Up and Moving On," award at the breakfast, at 8 a.m. Wednesday at DiLucia's Banquet Room.
Craig Beach road funds
CRAIG BEACH -- Main roads in the village are not in shape to handle the estimated 400,000 to 500,000 people who visit the lake and beach areas each summer, council members told a county official. Suzanne Barbati, grants developer for the Mahoning County Special Projects office, came to the council session to advise officials of ways to receive funding for paving.
Man is injured in jump
LIBERTY -- A 40-year-old Youngstown man remains hospitalized after jumping from a window in a burning apartment Monday evening.
Peter Prater, of Shehy Street, was in satisfactory condition this morning in St. Elizabeth Hospital Medical Center.
The blaze caused an estimated $100,000 to the three-story apartment building.