Girard mayor to appointcity's new fire chief
GIRARD -- Mayor James Melfi says he will appoint Kenneth Bornemiss, a city firefighter, to the fire chief's job. The post has been vacant since March 2001 when Daniel Merwin retired. The job pays $48,250 annually.
Bornemiss' name was certified to the mayor by the civil service commission this week because he received the highest score on the civil service competitive test.
Nine members of the department took the test; four passed.
Bornemiss, 39, is a 1981 Girard High School graduate and has a bachelor's degree in finance with a minor in economics from Youngstown State University.
He's been on the fire department for 11 years.
He and his wife, the former Christine Schuller, have two sons, Patrick, 7, and Stephen, 5. He is a member of St. Rose Church and Italian Fraternal Home.
Cleaning up I-80 spill
HUBBARD -- Members of the Hubbard Volunteer Fire Department and Trumbull County Haz-Mat worked overnight cleaning up a paint and paint thinner spill along Interstate 80.
Fire Chief Robert Hogg Jr. said a truck loaded with 5-gallon buckets overturned about 11:45 p.m. Thursday near the Pennsylvania line.
Crews worked until midmorning to clean up the spill. The truck driver was not injured, the chief said.
Food services director
NILES -- The school board has appointed Carol Jones interim food services director. Jones will earn $15.06 per hour and work eight hours per day.
Jones, who has worked as the head cook at McKinley High School, starts the position Monday, and the appointment continues through the end of the school year. Superintendent Patrick Guliano said the board will evaluate the position at that time. Thomas Scarnecchia, who worked for several years as food services director, retired at the end of 2001.
Work session planned
McDONALD -- McDonald Village Council's Parks and Building Committee will have a work session at 10 a.m. Saturday in the municipal building.
Probing cause of fire
YOUNGSTOWN -- The cause of a fire at 403 W. Indianola Ave. on Thursday night is under investigation. The fire began in a bedroom at the two-story, wood-frame apartment complex, which is under renovation, and caused about $12,000 in loss, reports show.
Heavy smoke was pouring out of the building when firefighters arrived around 8:40 p.m. and had to force their way in through side and back doors. Firefighters found no smoke detectors. The structure was not occupied. A woman who arrived at the scene said she was supposed to move in today or Saturday.
Woman finds lost boy
YOUNGSTOWN -- A 10-year-old boy who is mentally challenged and who ran away from his Lora Avenue home after being disciplined Thursday afternoon was found on Logan Avenue about four hours later, police said.
Officers, during their search for the North Side boy, asked that police at St. Elizabeth Health Center, Youngstown State University and in Liberty be on the lookout for him. Police checked stores on Belmont Avenue. A woman driving on Logan around 9 p.m. came across the lost boy and notified police, who returned him to his guardian.
Motorcycle crash suit
YOUNGSTOWN -- A Salem man, injured when his motorcycle crashed on Western Reserve Road Extension, is suing Mahoning County for unspecified damages.
Jeffrey L. Hoffman of Valleyview Court says in the suit that the poor condition of the road caused him to lose control of his cycle, which overturned in April 2001. He suffered a broken right leg and other injuries.
The suit, filed in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court, says Hoffman was riding on a portion of Western Reserve Road in western Mahoning County that borders Portage County.
West Nile virus check
MERCER, Pa. -- State Sen. Robert Robbins of Greenville, R-50th, said the state will give Mercer County $46,000 to check for the presence of the potentially deadly West Nile virus.
No cases have been reported in the county, but the grant will help launch a mosquito monitoring and virus surveillance program as well as an education program for county residents, he said. The West Nile virus was detected for the first time in Pennsylvania in 2000, turning up in birds, mosquitos and a horse.