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Crash injures woman



Published: Mon, February 18, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



Crash injures woman

NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- A Slippery Rock, Pa., woman was treated at Jameson Memorial Hospital after a crash on Pa. Route 108. Pennsylvania State Police said Sandra DiTommaso of Mourning Dove Drive, Slippery Rock, lost control of her minivan at about 7:30 a.m. Sunday about a half-mile from Brown Road in Scott Township.

The vehicle spun and crossed into an oncoming lane of traffic, crashing into an Oldsmobile sedan driven by Tamara K. Hufnagel of West Liberty Road, Slippery Rock. Police said Hufnagel's car slid off the road, rolled down an embankment and came to rest on its roof.

Hufnagel was taken to Jameson, where she was treated for a fractured foot and shoulder injury. Police said DiTommaso was not injured. The ages of the drivers were not available from police.

ATV accident

MERCER Pa. -- Pennsylvania State Police said Matthew C. Ahr, 13, of Carlton in northeastern Mercer County was seriously hurt when the All-Terrain Vehicle he was riding collided with another ATV on U.S. Route 322 in French Creek Township.

Police said Ahr and Chad M. Beach, 15, also of Carlton, were riding west in the east-bound lane of Route 322 around 3 p.m. Saturday when Beach slowed to make a left turn off the road and Ahr's ATV struck his vehicle from behind. The impact threw Ahr to the ground. Police said he was taken to Meadville Medical Center, but the hospital reported today that he wasn't treated there.

New Castle car fires

NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- Pennsylvania State Police are investigating two car fires on Vosler Road, Scott Township. Police said a 1985 Buick Sedan and a 1990 Chevrolet Lumina Van were destroyed at 4:10 a.m. Sunday at the home of one of the vehicle's owners. Police said they are unsure of the cause of the fires.

Arraignment set

CANFIELD -- A Salem man will be arraigned Wednesday in Mahoning County Court on charges of burglary, receiving stolen property, obstructing official business, possession of criminal tools and drug abuse.

He was arrested around 10:30 p.m. Friday in the woods near apartments in the 400 block of Fairground Boulevard. A witness called police, who saw the man leaving an apartment. He ran, but they chased and caught him at the rear of an office complex on Manor Hill Drive. He had stolen jewelry and crack cocaine when arrested, police said. He was driving a truck that had been reported stolen in Boardman earlier this month.

Strickland's bid

YOUNGSTOWN -- U.S. Rep. Ted Strickland, a Lucasville Democrat, will formally announce his re-election bid at three stops Wednesday in the new 6th Congressional District.

Strickland will appear at the Mahoning County Courthouse at 5 p.m. after making stops at the Jefferson County Courthouse and the Steelworkers Union Hall in St. Clairsville. The new 12-county 6th District includes Columbiana and all but the northeast portion of Mahoning County.

Rep. Sawyer cancels

POLAND -- U.S. Rep. Thomas C. Sawyer, an Akron Democrat running for re-election to Congress, had to cancel his appearance Tuesday at the Democrats of the 17th District meeting because of a scheduling conflict. Dan Lucas, his chief of staff, will attend. The meeting is at 7:30 p.m. at the Poland Community Baseball Association hall on Sheridan Road and is open to the public.

Girl is assaulted

YOUNGSTOWN -- A 16-year-old East Side girl reported to police that a stranger had assaulted her after forcing her into his vehicle.

The teen said she was standing near the WRTA bus station on Federal Street at around 2 p.m. Friday when a man driving a blue truck with orange lights on top pulled up to the curb and forced her inside, asking her if she would have sex with him for money and threatening to jump on her when she refused. The teen jumped out of the truck as the man was struggling with her, tearing her shirt.




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