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Areas near dam closed



Published: Mon, February 17, 2003 @ 12:00 a.m.



Areas near dam closed

HERMITAGE, Pa. -- The Shenango Dam and outflow area as well as the Mahaney and Shenango recreation areas at Shenango River Lake have been closed until further notice.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which maintains the lake and dam, said the increased security levels at federal installations have resulted in a ban on walking, jogging, fishing and any other activity in these designated areas. Other recreation areas around the lake remain open. The sale of annual boat launch passes and golden age cards as well as pavilion rentals also have been temporarily suspended.

Mail carrier robbed

NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- A mail carrier plans to press charges against a man he said robbed him while he was making his deliveries.

The carrier said he noticed the man among a group of other men watching him deliver mail Monday, and then later saw the man alone near the Pin Oak Drive apartment complex. The carrier said he didn't give much thought to the men because people often watch him as he is delivering mail. The carrier said, however, that as he was opening mailboxes in the Pin Oak Drive complex, the man he'd seen outside grabbed him from behind and told him to give him his money.

He said the man told him he would kill him if he said anything. The two struggled and the man pushed the carrier to the ground, removed items from his pocket, and fled, he said. After a search, police brought a man to the station whom the mail carrier identified as the man who robbed him.

Power outages

YOUNGSTOWN -- High winds, in some areas 50 mph, caused power outages throughout the region early today, said Paul Harkey, Ohio Edison spokesman.

Roughly 21,000 customers were affected in Ashtabula, Trumbull, Mahoning, Columbiana, Mercer and Lawrence counties, he said. At 3:20 a.m., power went out in the Boardman-Canfield-Salem corridor for 16 minutes, affecting about 7,000 customers, he said. At 5:33 a.m., a line serving Salem to Canfield failed, affecting about 10,000 customers, Harkey said. Harkey said he began receiving calls at 2 a.m. for power outages.

About 1,800 homes and businesses throughout Columbiana County remained without power as of 8 a.m.

Crews have been out making repairs, an Ohio Edison spokeswoman said. Electricity was expected to be restored by about noon today, she said.

2 hit by gunfire

YOUNGSTOWN -- Zaher Sarsour, a 16-year-old Boardman High School student and employee of the Party Pantry on Glenwood Avenue, was in stable condition today at St. Elizabeth Health Center with a gunshot wound to his back.

Pablo Valentin, 25, of Parkview Avenue was in guarded condition at the hospital, also with a gunshot wound to the back.

Both were shot in the parking lot of the Party Pantry about 10:20 p.m. Tuesday, reports show.

Sarsour, the store owner's son, told police that he saw a car enter the lot and nearly strike two men walking a child and pit bull. An argument ensued between the driver, later identified as Valentin, and one of the walkers, and gunfire erupted, Sarsour told police. Sarsour said he was hit by a stray bullet.

Facing theft charges

NILES -- A Warren woman will appear in court next week on felony theft charges.

Kimberly Myers, 23, of 2908 Williamsburg N.W., is accused of stealing $5,000 from her employer, Farmers National Bank.

Myers worked as a teller in the drive-through at the branch bank at 170 E. State St., where police say she removed $4,000 from her drawer Oct. 29 and $1,000 on Dec. 31. Myers is free on bond.

Ryan to speak at event

CHAMPION -- U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Niles, D-17th, will be the guest speaker at the 25th annual Brotherhood celebration at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20 in St. William Catholic Church.

The event will start with a dinner at 6:30. Cost is $12.50, and reservations must be made by Saturday. Call (330) 792-7745.

League meeting

WARREN -- The League of Women Voters of Trumbull County will have a group discussion on the juvenile justice system in Ohio at their Feb. 20 membership meeting.

Areas of discussion will be jail accommodations, rehabilitation, children's legal rights and state standards for detention facilities.

The meeting is at 6 p.m. in the Panera restaurant on Elm Road.




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