Brookfield trusteesput levy on ballot
BROOKFIELD -- Voters will be asked to approve a 2-mill permanent fire levy in the May 7 primary election. Trustees voted Tuesday during a special meeting to place the levy on the ballot.
Fire Chief Keith Barrett said the levy will generate $250,000 annually, which would be used to replace equipment.
GIRARD -- Police were to discuss with Trumbull County Children Services officials today a traffic accident involving a 4-year-old boy to determine if charges will be filed.
The boy, of North State Street, was treated for minor injuries and released. According to the police report, the boy stepped into the path of a van in the 500 block of North State about 4:45 p.m. Friday. He went under the van, between the tires. Capt. Frank Bigowsky said he is considering charges against the boy's mother for allowing him and his 11-year-old sister to walk alone to the grocery store.
Authorities say firewas probably set
HUBBARD -- Authorities suspect arson in a fire that resulted in minimal damage to the apartment of a convicted gambler. Firefighters were called to the apartment of Michael Patrick at 130 Parkview Ave. around 7 p.m. Monday.
Police Detective Robert Altiere said the apartment was burglarized and a fire was set. The blaze was confined to the kitchen.
In 1997, Patrick was indicted by a federal grand jury as being part of then mob-boss Lenine Strollo's racketeering operation.
He pleaded guilty in 1998 in the gambling case and was sentenced to 100 hours' community service and placed on two years' probation, with the first six months in home confinement.
Family escapes fire
CHAMPION -- A township family was able to escape from its home this morning after the dryer caught on fire. Fire department reports say Joseph Myers of 390 Champion Street and his family woke up around 6 a.m. when the alarm on their carbon monoxide detector went off. Myers, his wife and two small children were able to get out unharmed. Firefighters said someone turned the dryer on early today and went back to sleep. It was unclear how the dryer ignited.
District to award pactsto fix up stadium, track
CHAMPION -- Contracts are to be awarded next month for a $1.1 million renovation of the high school stadium and track. Plans call for new bleachers, press box, field house, concession stands, ticket booths and track at the 1964 stadium, said Pamela Hood, superintendent. Work is expected to begin April 1 and be completed by Aug. 16, one week before the first home football game. The school board has approved borrowing $1.1 million. Hood said donations and grants for handicapped accessibility will pay for additional improvements.
The board of education rejected all bids this week for construction of the bleachers because there was some question if all bids arrived by the deadline. Joe Makosky, of Ricciuti, Balog & amp; Partners Architects of Youngstown, said he hopes to be ready to open bids by the March 25 regular board meeting.
Board president Linda Ashelman said fund-raising for the project will start about Feb. 28. Contributors can contact the school office.
NILES -- A pretrial was to be today in municipal court for a man accused of using a false Social Security card. Alejandro Martinez, 24, of Parkman Road, Warren, pleaded innocent Tuesday to a misdemeanor charge of falsification.
He was arrested Monday night at the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles office in Eastwood Mall.
He told police he has lived in the United States for seven years and bought the card from someone he doesn't know.
Martinez said he is an illegal immigrant from Mexico and is trying to save enough money to apply for a green (permanent resident) card.
2 killed in accident
GROVE CITY, Pa. -- Icy roads left two people dead in a multiple car, tractor-trailer and truck accident this morning on Interstate 80 in Mercer County.
Pennsylvania State Police said one westbound lane was closed for most of the morning near the 20-mile marker between the Interstate 79 junction and Grove City.
No other information was released this morning.