Part of turnpike closed for haz-mat cleanup

Part of turnpike closedfor haz-mat cleanup
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- Both east and west lanes of the Pennsylvania Turnpike from the Ohio line to the Pa. Route 60 interchange were closed this morning after a tractor trailer, possibly carrying hazardous material, overturned.
Turnpike spokeswoman Kathy Liebler said toll collectors were giving out alternate routes to motorists.
The crash happened just before 7 a.m. and had still not been cleared by 9 a.m., she said.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection was heading to the site to determine if there were explosives on the trailer, she said.
Leibler said a tractor trailer, which had twin trailers, rolled over in the east lane about two miles into Pennsylvania.
It was unclear this morning if anyone was hurt, she said.
Salem man chargedwith raping girl
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 carrries 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.
No other details were available this morning.
Valentine party
LISBON -- The Lepper Library is hosting a Valentine party that begins at 4 p.m. Wednesday.
All ages are invited to the free event, which will feature stories, games, refreshments and crafts.
The library is at 303 East Lincoln Way.
Sentenced for 2 thefts
MERCER, Pa. -- A Sharon man will serve three to seven years in prison for two thefts.
Judge Francis Fornelli of Mercer County Common Pleas Court sentenced Leslie Smith, 41, of Orchard Street, on Thursday for felony theft by deception and misdemeanor theft.
The judge also ordered Smith to make restitution of $4,200 to his victims.
Court documents say that in February 2002, Smith forged and cashed a $3,471 check he had stolen.
Also, in January or February 2000, he stole a 1986 Ford Bronco valued at $1,500, and $2,000 worth of tools from an Orchard Street residence he broke into.
Part of road closed
YOUNGSTOWN -- 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.
Jurors deliberating
YOUNGSTOWN -- Jurors were to resume deliberating today in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court, where William Vaughn has been on trial on charges of aggravated murder and aggravated robbery.
Vaughn, 22, of Berwick Avenue, is accused of killing 21-year-old Justin Treasic of Logan Avenue in February 2002.
Judge Maureen A. Cronin dismissed jurors for the day after they'd deliberated about two hours.
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.

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