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State patrol probes fatal car crash



Published: Wed, July 31, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



State patrol probesfatal car crash

BRISTOL -- The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a one-car crash on state Route 88 that killed a 79-year-old West Farmington man.

Okey T. Cross of First Street was driving west around 7:40 p.m. Tuesday when his car went through a construction barrier and struck an unoccupied backhoe, the patrol said.

No other details were available this morning.

Warren Family Day

WARREN -- Family Day is from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday in the gazebo downtown. Magician Gary Morton and disc jockey Dr. Rock will provide the entertainment.

Families are encouraged to bring picnic baskets, chairs and games. The event was started in 1992 by Nick Spano as a way to honor the family as a loving support group.

Spano teaches math and study skills and is the proficiency coordinator at Warren John F. Kennedy High School, where he is about to begin his 30th year.

Heart association post

WARREN -- Maureen Wern, president of Wern & amp; Associates longterm care consultants and Wern/Harris Data Express of Warren, has been named president of the board of the Trumbull County division of the American Heart Association.

An active volunteer for nine years, Wern was chairman for the annual Heart Light Gala for five years and was involved in the American Heart Walk.

She has experienced heart disease firsthand; her husband, Atty. Charles E. Wern Jr., is a survivor of bypass surgery.

Eight new members also have been named to the Trumbull board: Trudy Bayman, Jean Ciarrochi, John Eaton, Atty. Joshua Garris, Dr. Mazen Mahjoub, Cher Mishorich, Sheri Spano and Mary Jo Sullivan.

The board's next meeting is Aug. 21 at 6 p.m. in Abruzzi's Cafe 422 restaurant.

Sidewalk office hours

WARREN -- Councilman John Homlitas, D-3rd, will conduct sidewalk office hours at 9 a.m. Saturday at Conventry Drive and Stonehenge Avenue N.E.

Book group to meet

NILES -- Book Chat, the McKinley Memorial Library's adult book discussion group, will be discussing "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood" by Rebecca Wells on Wednesday.

The discussion will be from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the McKinley Memorial auditorium. Call the library at (330) 652-1704 ext. 212.

Police warn aboutquick-change scam

COITSVILLE -- Township police are warning local businesses that quick-change artists are operating.

Police took reports Tuesday from two businesses where two men confused the clerks by asking for different denominations of bills.

The men left each business in a blue Chevrolet Beretta.

The clerks later realized they gave back more in change than they should have.

Township police said the quick-change artists approach when the register is busy with customers.

Work on intersection

NEW WATERFORD -- Work is expected to begin Aug. 12 on a $652,257 project to improve the intersection of state Route 7 and Crestview Road in Fairfield Township.

Work will entail reconstructing the crossroad and installing turn lanes, a traffic signal and lighting.

Traffic will be maintained although Crestview Road will be closed near the construction site for 21 days.

Dates of the closing will be announced later. Completion is expected by Oct. 31.

Teen drowns in creek

ELLWOOD CITY, Pa. -- A 15-year-old boy drowned in a creek while swimming with friends Tuesday, police said.

Kevin Modro of New Brighton was pronounced dead around 5 p.m. after divers fished his body from the Connoquenessing Creek in Wayne Township, authorities said.

Police said Modro was swimming with six friends when he failed to surface. A friend attempted to save him but was unsuccessful, police said. His body was found by police divers about 20 feet from shore about 4:45 p.m.

Samuel Teolis, a deputy Lawrence County coroner, said the boy was likely trying to swim across the creek.




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