NILES -- The board of education has changed its next meeting to March 20 in Lincoln Elementary School on Frederick Street. The board will conduct a work session at 6 p.m. to discuss district finances, followed by the regular meeting at 7 p.m. The meeting had been set for March 21.
Car, pickup collide,leaving 1 driver dead
HERMITAGE, Pa. -- Police said Steve Gurrera, 84, of Sharon-New Castle Road, Farrell, was killed when his car collided with a pickup truck at Maple Drive and the Shenango Valley Freeway around 12:30 p.m. Thursday.
Police said Gurrera was northbound on Maple when he was hit broadside by Vincent Adams, 57, of Bend Road, Mercer.
Adams and his wife, Betty, 56, were taken to UPMC Horizon for treatment but no condition reports were available this morning.
Police said Gurrera, who wasn't wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Mercer County coroner.
Police are looking for witnesses to determine if one driver ran a red light. Gurrera is the father of city Commissioner Larry Gurrera.
Black history program
YOUNGSTOWN -- Associated Neighborhood Centers was to have a black history program from 5 to 7 p.m. today in the McGuffey Centre, Jacobs Road. The theme is "Looking Back But Going Forward." Entertainment was to include the McGuffey Centre Seniors in Song, a youth skit presentation, saxophonist David Taylor and the Red Hawk American Indian Cultural Society Dance Troop.
No Allegheny Co. Fair
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The Allegheny County Fair and Exposition won't take place this year because its board of directors still owes $40,000 from the last fair.
County officials said fair officials must pay up before they can use the South Park Fairgrounds.
The fair was to have taken place June 25.
The money was for police and public works services, said a spokeswoman for county chief executive Jim Roddey.
Richard Mills, fair board president, said he would like to regroup and have the fair in 2003.
CLARION, Pa. (AP) -- A woman who was paralyzed from the waist down by an untreated blood clot has been awarded $800,000 by a jury in a medical malpractice suit against Clarion Hospital.
The Clarion County jury found only the hospital liable and not the two doctors also sued by Mae Byers.
Byers was hospitalized in July 1998 for a suspected heart attack. She also began losing sensation in her legs.
Byers contends the hospital and doctors Ronald Buckley and John Brooks failed to respond to a blood clot pressing on her spinal cord which was causing her to lose sensation.
Later doctors determined that she hadn't had a heart attack, and if the clot had been removed in time, Byers wouldn't have suffered permanent spinal cord injury, according to the suit.
Van falls from hauler
YOUNGSTOWN -- No one was hurt when a motorist crashed into a van that fell from a car hauler.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol said the car hauler driven by Richard E. Grant, 40, of Warren, hit the Thalia Road overpass on Interstate 680 about 6:50 p.m. Thursday, causing the van to dislodge.
James A. Engle, 26, of Canfield was following the northbound truck and hit the van.
Car dealer threatened
YOUNGSTOWN -- A disgruntled customer threatened to burn cars and shoot people at Glenwood Auto, 2705 Glenwood Ave.
The business owner reported to police that the man came to the business about 4:30 p.m. Thursday, wanting money back for a vehicle he bought, but the owner refused.
YOUNGSTOWN -- City police arrested a 19-year-old man on a charge of carrying a concealed weapon after neighbors saw him screaming outside his girlfriend's home.
Police found the Dorothy Avenue man outside a Judson Avenue residence.
A 16-year-old-girl there said she is his girlfriend and they had been arguing.
He was arrested when police found a loaded .32-caliber revolver in his jacket pocket.