Ex-worker sues village

Ex-worker sues village
LISBON -- A former village worker is suing the village, contending she was fired in retaliation for filing a workers' compensation claim after being injured on the job.
Lori Smith, of state Route 154, Negley, filed the lawsuit earlier this week in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court.
Smith is asking the court to order the village to reinstate her with back pay and to pay her attorney's fees.
The lawsuit says Smith was injured May 1 when the riding mower she was operating slid down a hill.
Her subsequent workers' compensation claim was approved by the state. The village fired her Oct. 24, the lawsuit states. Mayor Jeffrey Snyder was unavailable to comment.
Fire investigation
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- Firefighters are still investigating the cause of a Martha Street fire, said Donald Roberts, assistant fire chief in Shenango Township. The house, 2010 Martha St., ignited after 8 a.m. Tuesday.
They were still unsure of the cause and had asked the Pennsylvania State Police fire marshal to investigate, Roberts said. Owner David Myers and his three children escaped from the house after it caught fire. No injuries were reported.
Grand march, prom
COLUMBIANA -- A grand march will be at 5 p.m. Friday in the high school gym before the junior-senior prom. All students attending the prom will be presented and the prom court announced. Cost is $1 per person to help defray the cost of the prom.
New meeting time
EAST PALESTINE -- City council will meet at 6 p.m. Monday. The meeting time was changed because of plans for an executive session.
Beware of phone scam
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- Shenango Township police are warning people to be wary of a telephone scam during which callers are asking for bank account numbers.
Police said a Brentwood Avenue woman received a call Tuesday from someone alleging to be able to stop telemarketers from calling her home if she gave out her bank routing number.
The woman became suspicious and hung up, they said. Police are reminding people to never give out personal information, bank account numbers or credit card information over the telephone.
Sentenced for eluding
GIRARD -- A 60-year-old Hubbard Township man has been sentenced to time served in Trumbull County Jail and fined $25 for leading police on a three-county change.
Municipal Judge Michael A. Bernard imposed the sentence with the understanding that Thomas King of Chestnut-Ridge Road gets a psychological evaluation.
King was found guilty of failure to comply and speeding. Charges of aggravated assault and having a ficticious registration were dismissed.
Hubbard Township police said they attempted to make a traffic stop April 6 at Chestnut-Ridge and Wick-Campbell roads.
King fled, leading police through Trumbull and Mahoning counties. He was stopped in Calcutta in Columbiana County when the tires on his vehicle were flattened by a police puncturing device.
Dog-shooting arrest
BOARDMAN -- Police have arrested a Shadyside Drive man accused of shooting a dog owned by another family in the neighborhood and throwing the animal's body into a trash bin. James M. Terranova, 24, is charged with misdemeanor cruelty to animals and felony tampering with police evidence. He will be arraigned in Mahoning County court here tonight.

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