LISBON -- The Columbiana County Sheriff's office is investigating a threatening letter sent to the county treasurer's office.
The letter, received Wednesday, states, "I hope the courthouse blows up with you bloodsuckers in it."
Treasurer Linda Bolon said today that she and her staff were frightened by the letter. "We're taking it seriously," she said.
Bolon said she thinks the letter was from a disgruntled taxpayer. County landowners are now in the process of paying their property taxes.
The letter was postmarked from Steubenville, which is common for mail posted from the southern part of Columbiana County.
MERCER, Pa. -- An inmate at the Pennsylvania Regional Correctional Facility in Findley Township has died in UPMC Horizon's hospital in Farrell.
Prison Superintendent Gilbert A. Walters said it appears that James Alexander, 54, died of liver cancer.
Alexander entered the minimum security prison in February to serve a sentence of three to six years for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, criminal conspiracy and criminal trespass after his conviction on those charges in Lycoming County in 2001.
College receives grant
GREENVILLE, Pa. -- Thiel College has received a $1,410 grant from the Aid Association for Lutherans/Lutheran Brotherhood.
The money is a match for contributions received by Thiel from Lutheran Brotherhood members during the first quarter of this year. The brotherhood, a fraternal benefit society, will match gifts of $25 to $100 made by its members to Lutheran-affiliated schools.
Thiel has received a total of nearly $300,000 since the match program began in 1979.
STRUTHERS -- The U.S. Postal Service and local police are investigating a series of threatening letters sent to witnesses scheduled to testify Aug. 29 at the trial of Kevin Clinkscale, a juvenile charged with robbing the Wagonwheel tavern, 90 S. Bridge St., on Oct. 25, 2001.
Police reports say at least six letters were mailed from Youngstown on July 17 to individuals who witnessed the robbery. All of the letters warned the recipients that they would "die soon."
The same individuals received a second round of letters with the same warning July 25.
One individual also reported being shot at by a 17-year-old who is believed to have helped plan the October 2001 robbery, reports say.
Police think the sender may be acting on Clinkscale's behalf.
Surplus vehicle auction
COLUMBUS -- The Ohio Department of Administrative Services will have a state surplus vehicle auction open to the public at 10 a.m. Aug. 10 at 4200 Surplus Road.
Bidders will be permitted to inspect the vehicles Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vehicles up for bid include Fords, Chevrolets and Jeep Cherokees.
For more information, contact Ben Piscitelli or Gretchen Hull at (614) 752-9521.
YOUNGSTOWN -- The Mahoning County Recycling Division received fourth-place honorable mention in a nationwide competition of recycling programs sponsored by the Solid Waste Association of North America.
The county's entry focused on its efforts to increase recycling awareness through education. Entries were judged on educational goals, originality of program design, program evaluation, technical accuracy and overall quality.
WARREN -- Police have arrested three women on solicitation charges.
Tina Cardona, 34, Rogers S.E., Christal Bufford, 36, Oak Street, and Shannon L. Poling, 32, of state Route 534, Southington, were charged early Thursday with solicitation for prostitution. The three are to appear in municipal court Aug. 20.
Police say the women were soliciting in the downtown area.
Old Timers Day
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- Lawrence County Old Timers Day is planned for noon Aug. 14 at Cascade Park.
The free event includes refreshments, dancing, prizes and souvenirs. The Tom Natale Band will perform and WBZY radio will broadcast live.
Old Timers Day started as a picnic in 1907, which drew 7,000 people, and has continued to grow each year.