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Part of road closed



Published: Sun, February 9, 2003 @ 12:00 a.m.



Part of road closed

GOSHEN -- A portion of Seacrist Road, between Pine Lake and Garfield roads in Goshen Township, in has been closed indefinitely because of problems with an unsafe bridge.

Randy Partika, Mahoning County bridge engineer, said the structure has developed holes in its concrete deck, making it potentially dangerous for the 240 cars that cross it each day. The bridge crosses a set of railroad tracks.

Partika said county officials will assess the bridge this week and decide whether to repair the deck or replace it. Until then, that portion of the road will remain closed.

He said the steel beams of the bridge, built in 1948, are structurally solid.

Second conviction

YOUNGSTOWN -- A second man has been convicted in the shooting death of 21-year-old Justin Treasic about a year ago. A jury in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court found William Vaughn guilty today of aggravated murder and aggravated robbery.

Judge Maureen A. Cronin will sentence Vaughn and a co-defendant, Freddie Lewis, 20, of Tacoma Avenue, together at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. The two face a maximum sentence of 36 years to life in prison.

Vaughn, 22, of Berwick Avenue, shot Treasic during a drug deal in a vacant field on the city's North Side on Feb. 21, 2002.

Teen held in threats

STRUTHERS -- Police removed a 14-year-old boy from the Sexton Street School about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday after he threatened to hurt himself, fellow pupils and teachers.

Reports state police were called after the boy accused his teacher of tormenting him and told her, "I am going to make myself known in this school and I am going to start with you."

The teacher told police that the boy was extremely angry, clenching his fists and crying, when he made the statement. The school principal told police the boy had been exhibiting his anger in school over the past few days and that school officials had found letters in which the boy threatened to commit suicide.

The boy was charged with aggravated menacing and taken to Tod Children's Hospital.

Sentenced to prison

WARREN -- A 21-year-old Lordstown man convicted of two counts of attempted rape has been sentenced to two years in prison.

Prosecutors said Daniel Huseman, 21, had sexual contact with a girl he knows in June 2002.

Senior citizens honored

CAMPBELL -- Mount Moriah Fire Baptized Holiness Church is hosting its 10th Annual Senior Citizen's Love Luncheon for senior citizens at 11 a.m. Saturday at the St. Mark Center.

The honorees are: Daisy Turner, Susy Harris, Elizabeth Weaver, William Crump, Pastor Minola Crump, Frances June Bradley, Rosa Wilburn, Mildred Shaw, Willa Askew, Elizabeth Miller and William D. Miller.

Dr. Lawrence Freeman will be the speaker. The cost for adults is $10 and the cost for children age 5 to 10 is $6.

Brothers arrested

YOUNGSTOWN -- A car stopped for loud music Thursday afternoon resulted in the arrest of two brothers.

The passenger, Marquis Whitted, 18, of West Princeton Avenue, was arrested on charges of carrying a concealed weapon (a loaded handgun found in the glove box) and contributing to the delinquency of his 17-year-old brother, the driver.

Police found $481 and suspected crack cocaine on the boy, who has no driver's license, reports show. He was taken to the juvenile justice center to face charges of loud music, possession of crack and no license.

Stolen-car chase

AUSTINTOWN -- Police arrested a Youngstown man accused of driving a stolen car in a chase early today.

Richard Varble Jr., 25, Midland Avenue, is charged with fleeing and eluding and felony receiving stolen property.

An officer said he stopped near a car driven by Varble at a stoplight on North Meridian Road at about 2:30 a.m. The officer said he checked the car's registration and found the vehicle had been reported stolen. Police said they then tried to pull the car over but Varble drove onto Mahoning Avenue and into Youngstown. Reports state that he eventually entered the parking lot of West Side Merchants on Mahoning Avenue and hit a snowbank.

Charged in rape of child

LISBON -- A Salem man is accused of raping a 10-year-old girl.

John Beeson, 33, of Monroe Street, was secretly indicted recently by a Columbiana County grand jury. Beeson is charged with rape, a first-degree felony that carries a maximum 10-year sentence.

Authorities allege that he raped the girl, whom he knew, Oct. 20 at his home. Beeson is free on a personal recognizance bond.




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