Injured in ditch collapse
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. -- A man injured in the collapse of a ditch he was digging was in critical condition today. James Cooper, 31, of New Wilmington was taken to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital on Friday after spending about two hours trapped in a ditch on Fayette-Neshannock Falls Road.
Gary Wagner, assistant fire chief for New Wilmington, said firefighters dug Cooper out with shovels after he became trapped at 1:30 p.m. Cooper was digging a waterline through a field on an Amish farm, he said. Volant and Neshannock firefighters also helped with the rescue.
Safe driving program
HERMITAGE, Pa. -- The AAA Seniors for Safe Driving program will be offered this month and in October in the Shenango Valley. No driving is required.
The first course is from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Sept. 24-25 at Jason Black Chevrolet at Main and Walnut streets in Sharpsville. There will be a class from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 3-4 at Sharon Regional Health System's Hermitage Healthplace on Highland Road and another from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 8-9 at Mel Grata Chevrolet on East State Street.
The fee is $12, and drivers older than 55 who complete the course receive a discount of at least 5 percent on their auto insurance in Pennsylvania. To register, call (800) 559-4880.
NEW SPRINGFIELD -- Springfield Township trustees will have a special meeting at 8 p.m. Thursday at the township building to discuss, among other issues, rescue truck bids and office equipment purchases for the township building.
Seeking owner of safe
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- State police are looking for the owner of a large safe they said was found Friday in the state game lands on Mason Road in Plain Grove Township. They believe it may have been taken during a burglary. Anyone missing a safe can contact state police in New Castle at (724) 598-2211.
LIBERTY -- A half-day grant-writing seminar will be offered Sept. 26 at the Holiday Inn MetroPlex. The seminar will be conducted by Susan L. Golden, a fund-raising consultant and best-selling author of "Secrets of Successful Grantsmanship: A Guerrilla Guide to Raising Money."
Registration begins at 8 a.m. for the seminar, which is sponsored by the Mahoning-Shenango Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Fees are $40 for AFP members, $50 for nonmembers. For more information, call Gloria Cagigas at (724) 946-7368.
Bids for prison work
YOUNGSTOWN -- State officials are seeking bids for construction of new outdoor recreation facilities at the Ohio State Penitentiary on Coitsville-Hubbard Road.
The facilities are being upgraded because of a lawsuit filed last year by the American Civil Liberties Union, which said conditions of the recreation facilities at the supermaximum-security prison violate inmates' constitutional rights. Bids are being sought by the Ohio Department of Administrative Services through Oct. 9.
Woman sues company
YOUNGSTOWN -- A city woman has sued a Canton company that she says made her sick when it sprayed pesticide at the building where she once worked.
Pennie Klein of North Kimberly Avenue filed the suit in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court against Aid Pest Control of Canton and several chemical companies.
The suit says Klein became seriously ill and had to be hospitalized after pesticide was sprayed at the FedEx Express office in Akron, where she worked in September 2000. She is seeking at least $25,000 in damages.