LISBON -- A Lisbon woman is sentenced to serve four years in prison in the June 30 traffic accident death of a 12-year-old boy.
Amanda Monigold, 18, of Cusick Road, was sentenced Wednesday by Judge David Tobin of Columbiana County Common Pleas Court.
A jury found Monigold guilty last month of aggravated vehicular homicide in the death of her passenger, Trevor Smith, also of Cusick Road.
Maximum penalty for the third-degree felony is five years.
Authorities said Monigold was driving fast and purposely swerving the vehicle she was driving when she wrecked in Madison Township.
Monigold had been a foster child of Trevor's mother, Dianna Smith.
Accepting credit cards
LISBON -- Area residents and businesses will eventually be able use credit cards to pay fees and taxes to Columbiana County.
Commissioners approved a measure Wednesday giving county offices authority to accept payment by that method for everything from taxes to dog licenses.
Details of the program are still being worked out, commissioners said.
EAST PALESTINE -- The public is invited to attend a free presentation by author Jeanne Bryner, which is set for 6:30 p.m. next Thursday at the public library, 309 N. Market St.
Bryner will be sharing her poems and stories about Appalachia. Her latest book is a collection of short stories called "Eclipse."
Bids for township building
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- Neshannock Township supervisors will open bids for renovations of the township building at their meeting May 21.
HHSDR Architects and Engineers of Sharon is aiding the township with the plans.
Supervisor John DiCola Jr. said there are three key items that need to be addressed: The police department needs to be relocated to the front of the building; the building needs to be made more user-friendly, which will include moving the wage tax collectors office to the municipal building; and there needs to be extra storage added for records and vault space.
He said the roof also is in need of repair.
The main part of the building was constructed in the early 1960s. Two offices were added for the police department in 1988.
SALEM -- Police are investigating break-ins at two city businesses.
Someone entered the Silverio Physical Therapy office, 2380 Southeast Blvd., after prying open a window. Nothing appears to have been taken.
Someone also entered Loudon Ford, 152 Continental Drive, and ransacked desks and forced open a soda machine.
Both crimes appeared to have occurred late Tuesday or early Wednesday, police said.
Repairs to transformer
CANFIELD -- The school board will use insurance to pay for repairs to a transformer that was damaged Monday morning outside Canfield High School.
District Business Manager Dennis Kowalski said he wasn't sure how much the repairs will cost. The transformer was damaged when it was hit by a lawn mower.
Workers had to shut down the transformer to repair it, cutting power to the high school. As a result, the high school was closed Tuesday.
The transformer was repaired by Tuesday evening and school was open Wednesday.
Breaking and entering
YOUNGSTOWN -- James Florig, 37, of Breezewood Drive, Austintown, was charged with breaking and entering after calling 911 from inside Easter Seals at 8:45 p.m. Wednesday, asking for medical help.
When the Rural Metro Ambulance crew arrived at the agency on Edwards Street, Florig told them he'd smoked some bad crack and had to break into the building to get help.
Police said a 3-by-5-foot plate-glass window was broken to gain entry.
Florig received hospital treatment before being booked into the jail.
Warning about trash
LOWELLVILLE -- Police began issuing warnings to residents in violation of a village ordinance that mandates trash not be put to the curb before 7 p.m. Sundays.
Police Chief William Vance said village council has received numerous complaints in recent weeks.
First-time offenders will be notified of the offense then issued a written warning. Repeat offenders will be issued citations.