Trinity Industries fire
GIRARD -- An early-morning blaze caused about $75,000 damage to Trinity Industries, 1200 N. State St.
A fire official said workers using a cutting torch set a lift's hydraulic fluid on fire shortly before 5:30 a.m. Two men working on the lift managed to get off it, crawl onto a beam and down a ladder to safety.
Smoke filled the plant. The two workers suffered some smoke inhalation, but didn't want to go to the hospital, the official said.
Pasta dinner planned
LIBERTY -- Liberty Diamond Club will have a pasta dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 14 in the Liberty High School cafeteria.
Proceeds from the event before the Liberty-Salem basketball game supports high school softball and baseball.
Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for pupils and senior citizens and children under age 6 are free.
Call (330) 759-1315, Ext. 130.
Health board vacancy
WARREN -- The Trumbull County Health District Advisory Council is seeking applicants for appointment to a five-year term on the health board.
The council requires all interested parties to complete a nomination petition for appointment. Petitions can be obtained from the health department office, 176 Chestnut N.E.
To qualify, a candidate must be a U.S. citizen, a registered voter living within the health district and must complete and file a nominating petition on a form prescribed by the advisory council.
Residents of Warren, Niles and Girard are ineligible.
Applicants should submit a letter of interest, r & eacute;sum & eacute; and nominating petition to Mayor Arno Hill, chairman, Trumbull County District Advisory Council, c/o Johnna Ben, Trumbull County Health Department, 176 Chestnut Ave. N.E., Warren 44483 by 4 p.m. Feb. 18.
English tax-repeal bill
HERMITAGE, Pa. -- U.S. Rep. Phil English of Erie, R-3rd, has introduced legislation that would repeal the federal income tax on federal unemployment insurance.
"The federal government pays benefits to unemployed workers, then we're going to tax them on what we just paid? It doesn't make sense," said English, a member of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Tax.
Because the government doesn't withhold any taxes from the payments, individuals are hit with a huge tax bill at the end of the year without any consideration of their financial stability, English said.
The congressman said he would like to see his bill added to the president's plan for economic stimulation.
YOUNGSTOWN -- A burglar apparently used chicken to get past two pit bull dogs in an Elm Street apartment over the weekend, while the resident was in the Mahoning County jail.
The 26-year-old victim told police she was in jail from Friday until Monday in a domestic-violence case and when she returned home, she found the front door pried open and her apartment ransacked.
She found remnants of the chicken on the hallway floor and two TVs, two DVD players, 50 DVD movies and $300 missing.
Escaped from St. E's
YOUNGSTOWN -- Jeffrey Martin escaped about 6 p.m. Monday from St. Elizabeth Health Center, where police had a hold on him for court.
According to reports, Martin, 37, of Parkview Avenue, was arrested Sunday afternoon on the North Side after a foot chase after a traffic violation. He was charged with driving under suspension and fleeing and served with a warrant for failure to appear in court on a child endangering charge.
He was taken to the hospital after complaining of chest pains.
CAMPBELL -- Police are investigating a shooting in the 200 block of Jackson Drive that left a dog injured.
According to reports, a woman discovered her dog's rear left leg bleeding about 10:30 a.m. Friday. A veterinarian said the white German shepherd had been shot, possibly with a .38-caliber or 9mm pistol.
The woman told police she had left her house about 4 p.m. Thursday and discovered her pet's injury when she returned the next morning. She said a man had threatened to shoot the dog.