Diesel fuel cleanup
LORDSTOWN -- Workers with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency cleaned up a diesel fuel spill this morning that stretched for almost three miles. Lordstown Fire Chief James Wishart said the fuel leaked from a tanker car in a train from Highland Avenue to near Bailey Road, passing through the Ohio Commerce Center on Tod Avenue.
It was not immediately known how much fuel leaked.
Child safety-seat check
CORTLAND -- The Mahoning Valley SAFE KIDS Coalition is sponsoring a free child safety-seat check from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Wollam Chevrolet, 488 S. High St. Technicians will check each seat for proper installation. Each inspection takes about 20 minutes. Reservations are encouraged by calling (330) 884-4031. Walk-ins will be taken when space is available.
Niles drug raid
NILES -- Federal, state and local law enforcement recovered suspected drugs during a raid Wednesday afternoon at a North Main Street residence.
City police Capt. Chuck Wilson said suspected marijuana and cocaine, along with drug paraphernalia, were seized at a home in the 700 black of North Main Street.
No charges have been filed.
Wilson said a package with the suspected drugs was addressed to the homeowner, who has not been implicated. It is unclear why the package was sent to that house.
McDonald school board
McDONALD -- The school board has elected Bob Jones president for 2003, replacing William Roux. Lou Ronghi was elected vice president. The board, which met the third Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. in the high school library, has changed its meetings for 2003 to the third Monday of the month at 7:15 p.m. This month, the board will meet at 6 p.m. next Thursday in the library.
MINERAL RIDGE -- Weathersfield Board of Education elected Debra Maust president and Dr. Dominic Pannunzio vice president Wednesday. It also voted again to forgo its $80-a-meeting pay per member from January through June. The board had voted not to accept compensation for July to December 2002 as part of cost-cutting measures last year.
WARREN -- Ralph L. Goliday, 22, of Warren, has been named in a federal indictment charging him with possession with intent to distribute cocaine. He was arrested Aug. 22, according to the U.S. attorney's office in Cleveland.
If convicted, Goliday faces up to 30 years in prison and $5 million in fines.
Sidewalk office hours
WARREN -- Councilman John Homlitas, D-3rd, will conduct sidewalk office hours beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday at Woodland Avenue N.E. and Kenilworth Avenue.
It's an opportunity for residents to ask questions and raise concerns.
Murder trial postponed
MERCER, Pa. -- The murder trial of Kathleen A. Robinson, 31, charged in the slaying of her boyfriend, has been postponed until March.
James Epstein, Mercer County district attorney, said Robinson was granted a delay by common pleas Judge Thomas Dobson to allow her new attorney more time to prepare her case.
The trial had been scheduled for this month.
Robinson, accused of shooting Robert A. Erickson, 42, in the abdomen with a rifle March 10, 2002, was originally represented by the public defender's office, but is now represented by Atty. Gary Gerson of Pittsburgh.
She remains in Mercer County Jail without bond.
Authorities said Robinson shot Erickson in an argument during which he refused to leave the home they shared on Pearson Road in Hadley.
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- A woman accused of keeping her dead baby in a shoe box for three months has waived her right to a preliminary hearing.
Amy Page, 32, of Park Avenue, is charged with concealing the death of a child and abuse of a corpse. Free without bond, she will be formally arraigned in February.
The infant's body was turned over to police Nov. 24 by Page and her husband. It had been wrapped in plastic and hidden in a closet since August, according to court papers.
The mother contends the child was stillborn when she delivered at home. She told police she panicked and hid the baby. She was arrested in December.