Contraband cashawaits rightful owners
LIBERTY -- Nearly $95,000 is up for grabs.
Police Chief Anthony Slifka said the $94,820 was found in the Madison Avenue apartment of Niles J. Emmert, 25, who was found shot to death in March 2001.
Federal court has ruled the money is contraband and anyone can claim all or part of it if they can show it belongs to them.
The chief said an investigation shows the money was gained from illegal activities.
If the money isn't claimed, 20 percent goes to the federal government, a portion to the Mahoning Valley Violent Crimes Task Force and the balance to township police.
Emmert was found lying on the patio of his apartment. Slifka said an investigation is complete and the case is in the hands of the county prosecutor's office.
Warren council OKsmore-restrictive zoning
WARREN -- City council approved an ordinance Wednesday creating a more restrictive commercial zoning district.
No one spoke for or against the measure.
Creation of the district was resurrected earlier this year after Dan Cadle, who owns Riverside Square, said he might close the building, which used to house St. Joseph Riverside Hospital, because he was losing money and the city had been inflexible on his requests for zone changes.
The building houses social service agencies, professional offices and organizations such as SCOPE, Fairhaven and a VA clinic.
The new classification restricts such things as boarding houses, funeral homes, car dealerships and outside storage.
Cadle has said he'd apply for the restricted commercial zoning if council created it.
Ball field agreements
VIENNA -- The Mathews Board of Education entered into a one-year agreement Wednesday with Mathews Youth Baseball and Softball Inc. for use of the fields in Fowler Township.
The board also approved a one-year land lease agreement with Mathews Little Mustangs Inc. for use of the fields in Fowler and Vienna.
Board meeting change
McDONALD -- The board of education has changed the date of its May meeting from May 9 to 7:30 p.m. May 6.
SOUTHINGTON -- Township trustees have announced they will open bids May 22 for chipping and sealing roads.
They hired Harold Lippert as a full-time road worker and set June 8 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a scrap tire drop-off at the township garage on state Route 534.
Four men face falsification charges
NILES -- Four men will appear in Niles Municipal Court on Friday to face misdemeanor charges.
Matthew MacGregor, 27, Kenilworth S.E., Warren, is charged with falsification and obstructing official business.
Joshua Hazelkorn, 23, of Belvedere Avenue, is charged with falsification and theft.
Stacy Green, 25, of South Dehoff Road, Youngstown, is charged with falsification, and George Schriner, 24, of Sunnybrook Road S.W., Warren, is charged with falsification and obstructing official business.
Authorities say the charges stem from a cellular telephone conversation of one of the men, which was recorded by the Trumbull County 911 Center.
The man was talking to the center about a stolen car and at the same time developing a story for the group to tell police.
Roads closed ahead
WEST MIDDLESEX, Pa. -- The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will close two Mercer County roads for pavement repairs.
Mercer Avenue in Wheatland, which becomes Ohio Street in Shenango Township, will be closed from Church Street to Stateline Road from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through May 3.
Mercer-West Middlesex Road will be closed from Mercer Borough to Pa. Route 18 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday through May 6.
Vehicles get towed
CAMPBELL -- Police towed four vehicles in violation of parking ordinances early Tuesday.
They were removed from in front of 150 Chambers St., 44 Seventh St., 136 Jefferson and 37 Seventh St.