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Firearms charges



Published: Fri, July 5, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



Firearms charges

NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- Phillip Fantone, 39, of Franklin Avenue is charged with firearms violations and making false statements to authorities after trying to buy a gun at Duke's Sporting Goods on East Washington Street.

Pennsylvania State Police said Fantone has two previous felony convictions in Ohio, which make him ineligible to buy guns.

He was arraigned earlier this week and released after posting $2,500 bond.

Security on Great Lakes

ERIE, Pa. (AP) -- New regulations for people traveling across the Great Lakes between Canadian and U.S. ports have left some boaters baffled.

"We're getting a lot of calls from locals who are trying to get their ducks together," Immigration and Naturalization Service inspector Harold Newcomb said.

Boaters are required to check in at both customs and immigration stations upon arrival.

The U.S. Coast Guard tightened security for boaters on the Great Lakes after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Boaters once were able to get a Canadian Border Boat Landing Permit simply by mailing a check to the INS, which allowed them to bypass searches at border stations by signing a log.

The permits now require anyone over the age of 14 to submit fingerprints.

The college lowdown

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A Carnegie Mellon University graduate inspired by Cliffs Notes plans to publish a series of booklets that give prospective students the skinny on higher education.

Luke Skurman, 22, who graduated from the university in the spring, started the company CollegeProwler.

"We write between 50 to 60 pages on selected universities across America," Skurman said. "We try to get the real inside scoop from the students who actually attend the school."

Cliffs Notes are truncated versions of novels that spell out some of the more important themes in the book.

CollegeProwler includes information on professors, dining, nightlife and housing, Skurman said.

Skurman said he wasted money traveling to campuses to find basic information.

The fledgling company is seeking a publisher and hopes to get the booklets into bookstores and to high school guidance counselors.

Trash in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Garbage crews plan to pick up bulk trash accumulating on Pittsburgh streets within the next two weeks by working overtime and on weekends, but residents say it's not quick enough.

"Two weeks is too long," said Alice Vaday, of Carrick. "That will make almost a month that a mattress has been sitting on the curb."

Bulk trash such as furniture, mattresses and appliances has not been collected for weeks because disability claims and summer vacations are keeping more than 40 of the 185 sanitation employees off the streets, city officials said.

False arrest lawsuit

YOUNGSTOWN -- Daniel D. Millich of Buell Avenue, Campbell, is suing the Mahoning County Sheriff's Department and Prosecutor's Office, saying he was falsely arrested and prosecuted in July 2001.

The suit does not say what he was arrested for, but it does say the charge was ultimately dropped.

He is seeking unspecified damages.

The case is assigned to Judge Maureen A. Cronin of common pleas court.

Fireworks show is late

YOUNGSTOWN -- The much-anticipated fireworks display in the city was more than an hour and a half behind schedule Thursday night because those responsible for shooting off the display arrived late, said Fire Chief John J. O'Neill Jr.

O'Neill said the fireworks were scheduled for about 9:50 p.m., just after dark.

O'Neill said one of the two inspectors at the downtown event called at 11 p.m. to say that the two men entrusted with the display were running late.

The display went off about 11:30 p.m.

Big Brothers, Sisters

CANFIELD -- Big Brothers and Big Sisters will have a volunteer recruitment picnic at 1 p.m. July 13 at Argus Park in Canfield. The event's purpose is to promote the organization and raise awareness of the more than 150 children waiting for a Big Brother or Big Sister.

The event will be open to all volunteers and members of the community interested in the program. For more information, call (330) 545-0002.

Howland trustees

HOWLAND -- The regular meeting of township trustees has been rescheduled for 7:30 p.m. Monday.

A public hearing to review the township's annual budget has been rescheduled for 7:20 p.m. Monday.

Both had been scheduled for Wednesday.




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