Cold Metal impact
CAMPBELL -- The city will lose $180,000 per year in tax revenue as the result of the abrupt closing of Cold Metal Products.
Mayor Jack Dill said that translates into six full-time city jobs that will need to be trimmed. "This is devastating to us," Dill said.
He was to meet later today with city department heads to discuss where cuts may be made.
Dill and a score of other political leaders pledged their support to workers during a union meeting at Roosevelt Park this morning.
The steel processor closed two plants Thursday and filed for bankruptcy protection Friday. Closing were its Wilson Avenue plant, which employed 116, and a plant in Indianapolis, which employed 68.
Beaten man 'critical'
YOUNGSTOWN -- Fernando Pacheco, the victim of a beating at his North Garland Avenue home, was in critical condition today in St. Elizabeth Health Center.
Pacheco, 43, whose head had been bludgeoned, was found in bed Tuesday by a 23-year-old man who also lives there.
The 23-year-old told police that he had been out drinking beer with an unidentified man and returned home around 6 a.m. and found Pacheco bleeding in the bed.
Police said they saw no signs of forced entry at the East Side residence.
Strickland on tour
LISBON -- U.S. Rep. Ted Strickland announced Tuesday he will do a riverboat "whistle-stop" tour of the more than 300-mile 6th Congressional District beginning Oct. 5.
The tour will run from Columbiana County to Lawrence County in the southern portion of the the new 12-county district, which runs along the Ohio River and includes part of Mahoning County. Rallies will be held along the way.
The Lucasville Democrat faces Republican Mike Halleck of Salem in the Nov. 5 general election.
Bruno's order vacated
CLEVELAND -- A federal judge vacated an order last month she had issued in June that denied Boardman attorney Lynn Sfara Bruno more than $73,000 she said she spent in legal fees gearing up to fight case-fixing charges that were eventually dismissed.
The parties involved continue to file briefs under seal in an effort to resolve the case. The July order did not appear as an order to rescind the June order on the docket sheet that tracks all filings. The court said the docket entry will be corrected.
Sales tax issue
POLAND -- The Democrats of the 17th District, a Mahoning Valley political organization, is asking Mahoning County commissioners to place the 0.5 percent sales tax renewal proposal on the Nov. 5 ballot.
The commissioners are considering a request from local business officials to impose the tax without a public vote. The public rejected the sales tax renewal in May.
The Democrats of the 17th District had opposed placing the tax on the May ballot, saying it should be considered in November, when more people vote.
The organization also voted Tuesday to oppose the proposed 0.5 percent income tax increase in Youngstown because the additional tax "will drive businesses out of Youngstown to the suburbs," said Mark Belinky, its president.
Burglary in Berlin
BERLIN -- A crowbar was likely used to pry open two garage doors at a house in the 8800 block of Bedell Road sometime Tuesday, the Mahoning County Sheriff's Department said.
The homeowner reported that golf clubs, a chainsaw, drill, camera, radar detector, air compressor, CD player and more were missing from the attached and detached garages and a car.
Art thieves strike
POLAND -- Thieves took two pieces of art valued at a total of $830 from a home on South Main Street that is being renovated.
Taken from the home sometime over the weekend was a framed 16-inch-by-22-inch original mixed-media, color work of New York City with an eagle and a flag in the background and reading "We will never forget September 11," police reports show. It is valued at $800.
A $30 framed print also is missing.
Reports show that the home's owner, another man and two painters had keys to the building.