Police retrieve evidencein fatal shooting of dog
GIRARD -- Police have retrieved a bullet from a dog whose teenage owner watched her pet die after being shot.
The 16-year-old told police she was sitting on her front porch Wednesday evening when she heard what sounded like two firecrackers exploding.
She went to the back porch, where the pet was chained. It coughed blood, then died, she said.
Detective John Norman said the bullet is a .22-caliber. He has a suspect.
New fire chief
WARREN -- A 14-year member of the fire department has received a letter notifying him he would be named fire chief upon certification by the city's civil-service commission.
Capt. Ken Nussle, 37, of Warren said he received the letter but declined to comment further until the commission certifies the results.
The commission was set to meet earlier this week, but the meeting was canceled. It will likely be scheduled for next week.
Capt. Steve Williams has been interim chief for the last several months. He replaced interim chief James Nutt, who retired.
Chief Jay Mulligan retired in June after being on sick leave for several months. Mulligan was hired Jan. 16, 1976, and was appointed chief Jan. 16, 1997.
Masury boy is critical
HERMITAGE, Pa. -- Police said a 7-year-old Masury boy was in critical condition this morning at Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh with injuries suffered in a one-car accident on Lynnwood Drive.
Aaron Brooks of Columbia Street was a passenger in a car driven by his grandmother, Barbara Swartz, 54, of McConnell Road, New Wilmington. The car struck a utility pole around 8:45 a.m. Thursday.
Aaron suffered head injuries.
Mobile Meals dinnerhonors late volunteer
WARREN -- Trumbull Mobile Meals is having a scholarship memorial dinner for Richard J. Maloney, who died in April.
The Dinner Down Under, served by the Outback Steakhouse, will be Aug. 17 from noon to 2 p.m. Cost is $15 for the steak, chicken or salmon dinner. All proceeds will be used to benefit a dietetic or hospitality management student at Youngstown State University.
Maloney retired from Forum Health Trumbull Memorial Hospital after 25 years as director of food services and was also instrumental in the formation of Trumbull Mobile Meals, where he served as a volunteer for 30 years. He also taught classes at YSU.
Reservations must be made by Thursday by calling (330) 394-2538.
Police to charge teen
SHARON, Pa. -- Police say they will file charges against a sixth juvenile involved in a fight at Freddie Fresh's, a teen club on West State Street. The fight started around 10 p.m. Wednesday, prompting police to order the club closed for the night.
Four girls and a boy, ages 13 to 17, were arrested Wednesday night on charges of riot, failure to disperse and disorderly conduct.
Police said a 16-year-old Farrell boy who was one of the instigators will be charged in juvenile court with simple assault.
Jubilee Gardens party
YOUNGSTOWN -- A "garden party," sponsored by Jubilee Gardens, a community garden program of Second Harvest Food Bank, is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at 150 Lafayette St. in the city's Brier Hill section, between Wirt Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
Visitors will have a chance to not only see the garden, but also to talk to gardeners and share gardening tips.
Food will be provided.
History exhibit to open
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- The Lawrence County Historical Society will display its newest exhibit, "Wild About Nature," from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Joseph A. Clavelli History Center, 408 N. Jefferson St.
The exhibit examines the region's prehistoric eras and natural history through fossils, rocks, minerals, animals, photographs, maps, models and original artwork.
Firefighters reject report
SALEM -- City firefighters have rejected a fact-finding report stemming from stalled labor negotiations. The contract for 15 firefighters represented by the International Association of Firefighters Local 283 expired June 30.
Thursday's rejection means the issue will move next to binding arbitration unless the two parties can reach an agreement, said Lt. Dave Slagle, a union spokesman.
Firefighters rejected the report because of a staffing provision they think could leave shifts shorthanded and at risk, Slagle said.
The fact finder recommended pay increases of 3 percent, 3.5 percent and 4 percent over a three-year period.