Traffic safety blitz
GIRARD -- The police department will conduct a traffic safety blitz Monday to Jan. 31 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily. Officers will focus on secondary roads -- Trumbull Avenue, Liberty Street and Church Hill Road -- looking for speed and seat belt violations.
WARREN -- Trumbull County commissioners have recognized local Red Cross volunteers Marian and John Scott and Peter Orfanos for their work at the World Trade Center in New York City in the weeks after Sept. 11. The Scotts helped feed workers at the scene of the disaster. Orfanos supervised Red Cross response centers near the site. They were each presented a plaque Wednesday.
Group elects officers
POLAND -- Democrats of the 17th District, a Mahoning Valley Democratic organization, re-elected Mark Belinky of Boardman as its president. Belinky did not seek a second year as president but opted to serve after the membership re-elected him. Sherman Miles of Campbell and Andrew Hamady of Poland were re-elected first vice president and treasurer, respectively. Connie Coloutes of Poland was elected second vice president, and Juanita Rich of Campbell was selected as secretary.
Jury returns indictment
CLEVELAND -- A federal grand jury has returned a four-count indictment charging Christopher J. Cole, 27, who was last known to reside on Sixth Street in Campbell, with possession and unlawful transfer of firearm silencers. The case was investigated by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
Arrest in fatal shooting
YOUNGSTOWN -- A city man was arrested Wednesday afternoon on a charge of complicity to aggravated murder in a weekend shooting at a West Side bar. The Mahoning Valley Violent Crimes Task Force arrested Jose L. Rivera, 22, of Oak Street on a warrant at his residence at 2 p.m., in connection with the Saturday afternoon death of Angela M. Loibl, 24, of Compass West, who was shot in the face in the kitchen of T-N-T Bar, 702 Steel St., about 1 a.m. Saturday after a fight.
Crime watch speaker
NORTH LIMA -- This month's Beaver Township Crime Watch meeting will feature a speaker from Help Hotline Crisis Center who will discuss wintertime blues and how to avoid depression. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the activity center at Shepherd of the Valley, 9111 Sharrott Road.
Internet credit theft
CANFIELD -- Police are investigating whether a credit-card number belonging to a Herbert Road woman is among those stolen by a hacker in recent months.
The credit-card numbers were taken from the Internet site PaperStyle.com. The woman said she bought items from the site in September.
On Monday, the company that runs the site called the woman and said a hacker had taken the credit-card numbers. The woman discovered Wednesday that someone made several purchases on the Internet with her card number.
Charged with DUI
YOUNGSTOWN -- Ryan T. Casey, 20, of Badal Road, Lowellville was charged with DUI at 2:30 a.m. today after police found his car stuck on railroad tracks on Southern Boulevard near LaBelle Avenue on the South Side. The officers said Casey, who acknowledged having had a couple of beers at a Market Street bar, failed field sobriety tests. Once under arrest, Casey told police that he "gunned it" and crashed into a guardrail when a man tried to get into his car at the railroad crossing.
BMV information online
COLUMBUS -- The public now has free, online access to motor vehicle title information. Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles has announced that anyone can search vehicle identification numbers to find out a particular vehicle's mileage and title status and whether it is a rebuilt salvage vehicle or former police vehicle. The service is available by logging onto ww.ohiobmv.com and clicking on Online Title Inquiry.