Bridge project

Bridge project
SALEM -- City council appropriated $19,956 from the economic development fund for the Dean B. Cranmer Memorial Bridge project.
Traffic on the West State Street bridge was reduced to one lane Tuesday.
United Road and Bridge Inc. of Canfield has the $130,636 contract to repair the bridge deck and six catch basins and replace sidewalk and curbing. The work will take about 60 days.
Joe Julian, city service director, urged motorists to use West Pershing Street, although the bridge will remain open primarily for truck traffic.
Julian said reducing traffic to one lane on the heavily traveled bridge over railroad tracks will cause delays.
Truck rolls; man is hurt
LISBON -- A Pennsylvania man was injured in a tanker truck crash in Elkrun Township.
Ralph Scott, 68 of Beaver Falls was in stable condition this morning at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown.
According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Scott was driving east on state Route 154 east of Lisbon on Tuesday when the crash occurred about 1:15 p.m.
The patrol said Scott lost control of the truck, which went off the right side of the road and struck a guardrail and a utility pole before rolling down an embankment.
Lisbon Fire Chief Jim Blackhurst said the trucking company sent another tanker truck to empty the tanker, which contained animal fat.
Jewelry store burglary
GROVE CITY, Pa. -- Pennsylvania State Police are investigating a burglary at the King's Jewelry Store at Prime Outlets in Springfield Township. Police said someone smashed the front window and then broke display cases inside the store about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday. Police did not say how much jewelry was taken.
Accident kills man
GROVE CITY, Pa. -- A Grove City area man was killed when the tractor he was riding tipped over and crushed him, said Pennsylvania State Police. Stanley Ice, 49, of Stoneboro Road was cutting grass at the Pardoe Sportsman's Club in Findley Township when the tractor slid off the edge of a pond dam at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. He was pinned under the rear wheel of the tractor, police said.
Police chase escapee
SHARON, Pa. -- A man wanted for escaping from a halfway house led police on a car- and foot-chase. City police said Maurice L. Atwood, 34, formerly of Hamilton Avenue, Farrell, is charged with aggravated assault; fleeing or attempting to elude police; flight to avoid apprehension, trial or punishment; and two counts each of recklessly endangering another person and endangering the welfare of children. Police said Atwood walked away Aug. 13 from a halfway house in Findley, Pa., where he was serving a sentence on burglary charges. A patrolman spotted Atwood at 5:15 p.m. Sunday in a car on Budd and New Castle streets and approached Atwood's car. The car suddenly went into reverse and nearly hit the officer, police said. Two children, ages 7 and 3, were also in the car, police said. Police said they chased the car to the 200 block of Mosabi Street, and then Atwood got out and ran. He was eventually arrested in the 800 block of Spearman Avenue. State prison officials are holding him without bond, police said Tuesday.
Robbed at gunpoint
STRUTHERS -- A man claiming to be a police officer robbed a 76-year-old man at gunpoint early Sunday after pulling him over on Fifth Street.
Police reports say the impersonator followed a Fifth Street man from state Route 170, pulled him over near St. Nicholas Church about 3:35 a.m., identified himself as a police officer and demanded the man's identification.
When the victim asked for proof that the man was a police officer, the impersonator pulled out a black handgun and demanded the victim's wallet and keys. He took $50 and the victim's car keys.
Kidnapping charge
NILES -- A Linden Avenue woman will appear in court next week on felony charges of kidnapping and interference with custody.
Rebecca L. Dunn, 35, was arrested at her home Monday night after she returned from Baltimore with two boys, according to police reports.
Police were investigating a reported burglary at Dunn's home when a neighbor said Dunn and the teens had gone to Maryland.
Police informed the mother of a 12-year-old boy he was with Dunn out of state. Dunn and the boys did not return home until 10 p.m. Monday.
Dunn appeared in court Tuesday but did not enter a plea because the charges are felonies. A preliminary hearing is set for Sept. 11.
Dunn was in Trumbull County jail this morning on $7,500 bond.

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