Airport board opening
VIENNA -- Chairman Reid Dulberger has announced he does not wish to be reappointed to the Western Reserve Port Authority board. His term expired at the end of 2002. The decision leaves three open positions on the eight-member board, which runs Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport and promotes economic development in Mahoning and Trumbull counties. Each county appoints four people; the board elects its chairman. Dulberger will remain as chairman until a replacement is picked. A vice president of Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber and a Trumbull County appointee, Dulberger has served as authority chairman since Dino Theofilos stepped down at the end of 2001.
Rep on military duty
NEW MIDDLETOWN (AP) -- A legislator will miss at least three weeks of state business because of military duty. Rep. John Boccieri, D-57th, was scheduled to depart Wednesday for Germany to participate in military exercises. Boccieri, a captain in the Air Force Reserve, commands a C-130 cargo plane and its crew. "I thought it would be better to honor my commitment early on [in the legislative session] so I won't miss important sessions dealing with the budget and other issues," he said. Boccieri said his stay in Germany could be extended if a war with Iraq occurs. The second-term representative is House assistant minority whip.
Murder case appeal
YOUNGSTOWN -- Judge Gene Donofrio of the 7th District Court of Appeals was appointed to serve on the Ohio Supreme Court in the appeal of a capital murder case that originated in Franklin County. Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer assigned Judge Donofrio to serve in place of Justice Deborah L. Cook, who is awaiting confirmation to the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. Judge Donofrio participated in a hearing on the case Tuesday. A ruling is pending. The appointment was limited to the capital murder case.
2 accused in break-ins
AUSTINTOWN -- Police arrested two 16-year-old boys accused of breaking into cars in the parking lot of the Fox Run Apartments on North Raccoon Road. Both teens -- one of Steel Street, Youngstown; the other of Fountain Square -- are charged with curfew violations. The Fountain Square teen also is charged with receiving stolen property. A resident of the apartment complex said he went to the parking lot at about 10:45 p.m. Tuesday after hearing his car alarm. He said he saw two men running and that a rear car window had been smashed. Police also found that two windows on a car parked nearby had been smashed. A CD player and CDs were missing from that car. Police arrived and watched the two men get into a white car with two other men. The car was later stopped on Mahoning Avenue. The Fountain Square and Steel Street teens were inside. The Fox Run apartments resident identified the two teens. Two other teens in the car were not charged.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Cash was grabbed from the register Tuesday night at Oven Fresh Pizza, 2608 South Ave., by a man who first asked for change, the clerk told police. The robber kept his hand in his coat pocket, which the clerk believed was a sign the man had a gun. When police arrived at 8:44 p.m., they followed footprints in the snow west on East Indianola Avenue and through back yards to Miller Street, where they suspect the robber had a car waiting.
NEW SPRINGFIELD -- Shirley Heck is chairwoman of the Springfield Township trustees for 2003. The trustee board also elected Reed Metzka as vice chairman at its reorganization meeting Monday. Trustees agreed to continue having their regular meetings at 8 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month. Trustees set wages for full-time township employees and also set the mileage reimbursement rate for themselves and the clerk at 36 cents per mile.
West Branch schools
BELOIT -- Larry Romigh was elected president and John Wallace vice president when the West Branch Local Board of Education held its 2003 organizational meeting recently at the high school. Other members are Terry Criss, Kim Burkhart and Sam Martig. The board set its meetings for the third Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the high school but postponed the regular January meeting until Jan. 30.