More West Nile found
SHARON, Pa. -- Five more dead birds with the West Nile virus have been found in Mercer County. That brings the number to nine, according to the state Department of Health.
The latest included crows in Sharon, Mercer Borough, Fredonia and Pymatuning Township and a blue jay in Hermitage that all tested positive Thursday for the virus.
Lawrence County has had seven birds and a mosquito test positive for the virus.
Woman faces charges
CANFIELD -- An 18-year-old Boardman woman faces minor misdemeanor charges of drug abuse marijuana and drug paraphernalia after city police stopped the vehicle in which she was a back-seat passenger.
An officer stopped the car after seeing it swerve over the center line on Lisbon Street. An officer noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.
Jennifer M. O'Neil of Indianola Road was arrested after admitting having marijuana in her pants pocket, police said.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Gary R. Davis, 43, of Cannon Road, Austintown, was booked into Mahoning County jail Friday afternoon on charges of aggravated vehicular homicide and failure to stop after an accident.
Davis is accused of driving into and killing Cheryl A. Rockney, 49, of Kenmore Court, Austintown, last week as she walked on the sidewalk in the 1200 block of Oak Street. Unless a judge sets bail this weekend, Davis will stay in jail until Tuesday, then be arraigned in municipal court.
Derby rider raisesorgan donor awareness
BERLIN CENTER -- An 11-year-old township boy plans to use his car design to draw attention to organ and tissue donation when he rides Sunday in the All-American Fall Rally at the All-American Track in Akron.
Stephen Kuebler participated in the Youngstown Area Soap Box Derby and the All-American Soap Box Derby in Akron, both held earlier this year.
His older brother, Matthew, received a liver transplant in 1999. Matthew is a past derby rider, and his sisters, Lindsay and Johanna, also race.
More than 80,000 Americans await organ transplants, with 1,300 in Northeast Ohio, according to LifeBanc of Cleveland, a federally designated organ procurement organization. The group recovered 38 organs from donors through July this year, compared with 50 in the first seven months of 2001.
Construction site theft
NILES -- Police are investigating the theft of several tools from the construction site of the new middle school.
According to reports, two trailers at 411 Brown St. were broken into Thursday night.
Tools engraved with the initials BHE, for Bay Harbour Electric, and rolls of soft copper were taken, as well as other items.
Robbed in parking lot
NILES -- An 18-year-old Cherry Street man told police he was robbed in the parking lot of the McDonald's at Federal and Main streets.
The man said a man he knows threatened to shoot him, then demanded all his money.
The Cherry Street man, who did not report seeing a gun, handed over $50.
Senior centerhouses 2 agencies
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- A new senior center opened recently in the Schenley Square plaza on Mercer Road.
The 21,000-square-foot facility will house two agencies: Challenges, which is the Lawrence County Area Agency on Aging, and Catholic Charities.
Roberta Taylor, director of Challenges, said they completely renovated the building, which once housed a Giant Eagle grocery store. It combines two smaller senior centers from New Wilmington and New Castle with the administrative offices from New Castle under one roof.
Many services previously available to seniors are offered at the new center, including transportation and meals. New things offered will be computer labs, exercise equipment and yoga or Tai Chi classes. There will also be an indoor walking track.
Water main installed
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. -- Consumers Pennsylvania Water Company, Shenango Valley division, completed installation of a 5,000-foot water main to bring water service and fire protection to 39 residents at Pearson, Dar, Beachwood, Susan Trace and Colony drives in Wilmington Township, Lawrence County.
The $170,000 project was jointly funded by CPWC and the residents. Officials said many homes in that area were experiencing private well problems.