Running for Congress
YOUNGSTOWN -- Former U.S. Rep. Lyle Williams announced today that he will run for Congress.
Williams, a Republican, said on WKBN-AM radio that he will run in either next year's Republican primary or as an independent candidate in the November 2002 election.
Paul Alberty, who defeated Williams in last year's Republican primary for the 17th District seat, has already said he plans to run again. Williams served as the Mahoning Valley's congressman from 1979 to 1985.
The seat is held by U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant of Poland, D-17th, who is facing a 10-count federal indictment on charges of racketeering, bribery and tax evasion.
Traficant defeated Williams in the 1985 congressional election.
Death ruling pending
GIRARD -- A ruling is pending by the Trumbull County Coroner's Office on a Gary Avenue woman.
Nicole M. Klingensmith, 24, was found dead in her bed the morning of Aug. 21. The coroner's office is awaiting toxicology reports.
The woman's grandmother, with whom she lived, told police Klingensmith returned from a date about 1:45 a.m., walked the dog and went to bed.
Her grandmother couldn't wake her late that morning and called the fire department.
The woman had been on medication for a throat infection, according to a police report.
Paving pact awarded
CHAMPION -- Champion Township trustees have awarded a $194,022 paving contract to Northern Ohio Paving Co. of Twinsburg. Northern was the lowest of several bids ranging as high at $219,004.
Roads are to be paved starting Oct. 15. Township officials said the work should take seven to 10 days.
They are: Woodrow, Damon, Hiram, Myrtle, Sarah, Verona, Vesey, West Lauder, Copeland, Esther and Clearview avenues, Eldon Drive and Shirley Lane.
In addition to being resurfaced, Lauder, west of state Route 45, and Vesey will be widened. Also, besides partial resurfacing, Copeland and Esther avenues will have culvert replacements.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Great Expectations Learning Centers is registering children for its locations in Youngstown, Canfield, Struthers and Niles. The centers offer preschool, child-care, infant- and toddler-care and before- and after-school programs.
HERMITAGE, Pa. -- An electrical fire routed employees, patients and clients from about a dozen doctors' and lawyers' offices in Colonial Square Professional Building at 701 N. Hermitage Road at 12:34 p.m. Tuesday.
Fire Chief Robert Goeltz said the blaze was confined to a basement mechanical equipment room but the fire destroyed communications cables and telephone lines that serve the building. No one was hurt and the loss is insured; the building will be closed while repairs are made, Goeltz said. The building is owned by George White Properties of Hermitage.
SHARON, Pa. -- Police arrested Craig M. Burger, 32, of Oak Leaf Estates, West Middlesex, on a warrant charging him with forgery.
Police said Burger turned himself in at the police station Monday. He is accused of stealing checks from an acquaintance on Buhl Court on June 15 and cashing them for a total of $1,055. He was arraigned before District Justice James McMahon and freed on his own recognizance.
LISBON -- A judge in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court has dismissed a lawsuit filed by six former employees of a Salem company, saying the court lacks jurisdiction in the matter.
The six workers claimed in a lawsuit filed earlier this year in common pleas court that they were wrongfully fired by Sekely Industries Inc. of Pennsylvania Ave., Salem, for engaging in union organizing activities.
In a recent decision, Judge David Tobin determined that the workers' claims against the company fall under the jurisdiction of the National Labor Relations Board, according to federal law. The plaintiffs in the suit are James Dattilio, Jesse Rufener, Bryan Dailey, Gary Guappone, Robert Stallsmith and Chris Imburgia.