Dinner to honor official
GROVE CITY --The Mercer County Republican Party will honor former state Rep. Howard Fargo with "A Special Night for a Special Man" on March 2 at Grove City College. The event is also the party's annual Lincoln Day Dinner. Fargo, who lives in Grove City, served as representative for the 8th District for 20 years.
No tickets will be sold at the door and reservations are available by contacting Ann Coleman at (724) 342-9030, Brian Shipley at (724) 588-2246, David King at (724) 981-8421, Rhonda McClelland at (724) 458-7727 or Walter Richardson at (724) 748-4007.
Fund-raising record set
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- For the second year in a row, students at Penn State University have set a new record and raised more than $3 million to fight pediatric cancer through the annual Dance Marathon.
Officials with the marathon announced Sunday night that this year's event generated $3.6 million for the Four Diamonds Fund, which pays for treatment and support of children with cancer and their families. A portion of this year's total also will help endow a new institute for pediatric cancer research at Penn State's Children's Hospital at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.
About 700 students were chosen to dance and thousands of others participated in the annual event, which has raised more than $22 million since 1977, when the event first partnered with the Four Diamonds Fund.
Dancers go 48 hours, beginning Friday night and running through Sunday. Each year, the event culminates with the announcement of the fund-raising total.
GREENVILLE -- Police said thieves cut through the roof to get into Danny's Too, a restaurant and bar at 151 Main St., early Sunday. The burglary occurred sometime after 3 a.m. and the intruders stole an undisclosed amount of cash, police said.
Firefighters recoverafter blaze at house
YOUNGSTOWN -- Three firefighters injured Saturday at a house fire at 640 W. Boston Ave. are all recovering, said assistant Fire Chief Joe Jasinski. Lt. Ron Moran suffered a dislocated shoulder and Lt. Jim DiMuzio had bruises to his upper body. Firefighter Fred Beehler was treated for second-degree burns to his hands, Jasinski said.
The fire started about 5:40 p.m. in the attic and did about $30,000 damage to the 2 1/2 story frame rental home. The cause is under investigation but may have been the result of electrical problems, Jasinski said. A frozen hydrant delayed firefighting efforts.
Man tries to lure boy
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- A man driving an older model white station wagon tried to lure an 11-year-old boy into his car on Saturday by offering the boy $5. Police said the boy was riding his bicycle on North Crawford at 1:44 p.m. and ran to a friend's house for help when the man stopped.
The boy's mother saw the same car driving past her house a short time later as she waited outside for police. She said the man drove by quickly and appeared to be ducking down. The man is white, in his 20s or 30s, with brown hair and possibly a mustache.
Surgery after shooting
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- A 22-year-old New Castle man was in surgery this morning in a Pittsburgh hospital after being shot in the shoulder. New Castle Police Lt. Tom Sansone said police were still trying to determine how Arthur Wagner III was shot.
Police found Wagner in a second-floor bathroom of his Croton Avenue home at 3:31 a.m. He was taken by ambulance to St. Francis Hospital here, then was flown to Mercy Hospital. Sansone said there were other people in the home with Wagner when he was shot, but no other information was available this morning.