Utility pole is blamedfor power outage
POLAND -- Some 2,736 customers in the vicinity of U.S. Route 224 in Poland and in parts of Struthers and Lowellville lost electrical power for just under an hour Friday evening. The power went out at about 8 p.m. and was restored at about 8:50 p.m. after power was rerouted, according to Paul Harkey, Ohio Edison division manager.
The outage was caused by activation of a safety device designed to protect Ohio Edison equipment. Harkey didn't know why the device on a utility pole near U.S. Route 224 and Struthers Road activated. He speculated that it might have activated because airborne particles from road salt caused arcing in a piece of equipment.
Ex-Youngstown copsues over his firing
YOUNGSTOWN -- A former city policeman, fired in July 2001 for falsifying a report, is suing for reinstatement and more than $5 million in damages.
Jeffrey Lewis of East Midlothian Boulevard filed the suit against the city Friday afternoon in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court. He is appealing the November decision of an arbiter, who upheld the city's decision to fire him.
Lewis says in the suit that his civil-rights were violated when the city fired him, and that the arbiter's decision was flawed. Among other things, he's asking that the city be made to issue written retractions of all news releases affecting his "personal and professional reputation in the community."
Suspect in drug caseis released on bond
GIRARD -- A Girard man accused of providing an antidepressant drug to city high school students has been released from jail.
Frank DiLullo, 45, of Beaver Street, was freed from the county jail after posting $1,250 bond and appearing before municipal court Judge Michael A. Bernard. No date was scheduled for a preliminary hearing.
DiLullo was arrested Thursday after a student told police DiLullo gave her 10 doses of Ativan to give to four other students. The five female students have been cited into juvenile court on charges of trafficking and possessing drugs.
Charged with theft
BOARDMAN -- Police charged an employee at Office Max, 427 Boardman-Poland Road, with theft after his employer accused him of stealing $1,277.04.
Police arrested Michael J. Boyle, 33, of Girard, about 1:45 p.m. Thursday. According to reports, Boyle entered fraudulent returns into his register and pocketed the refund money.
Issue 2 discussions
YOUNGSTOWN -- City officials will meet with their lawyers Monday to discuss legal action they may take because of the state Issue 2 funding process. Mayor George McKelvey has said he thinks there needs to be a more uniform method of judging local projects seeking Issue 2 funding. The city's Federal Street reconstruction project was not approved for funding this year.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Ten students who completed the YouthBuild Mahoning County program over the past year graduated Thursday.
The students -- high school dropouts -- get their general equivalency degrees and receive construction and leadership training. Some became certified lead-abatement workers.
First Place bank gave the program a $10,000 grant to help YouthBuild serve more students. YouthBuild, a program of the Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority, is funded by the federal department of Housing and Urban Development and state, county, city and private contributions.
AUSTINTOWN -- As fuel prices rise, the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments reminds local residents about carpooling opportunities. Through its computer-based ride-matching program, Eastgate helps commuters find people interested in sharing a ride to work or school. Call (330) 779-3800 for more information.
Mom's shooting death
BEAVER, Pa. (AP) -- The attorney for a 13-year-old Beaver County boy accused of shooting and killing his mother said he will try to have the case transferred to juvenile court.
Gary Beck is charged with criminal homicide in the Feb. 7 shotgun slaying of Lee Ann Nauman of Economy. Authorities have offered no motive.
"Obviously, he's very upset about this," defense attorney James Ecker said. "He's a 13-year-old kid, and his mother's dead."
Beck was to have a preliminary hearing Thursday, but it was postponed until March 24 to give the prosecution and defense more time to prepare.