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Devon school is safe, parents are told WARREN -- Parents and school officials heard from

Friday, January 31, 2003

Devon school is safe, parents are told WARREN -- Parents and school officials heard from industrial hygienists that health concerns have been alleviated at Devon Elementary School. The school was this month when a chemical odor from the boiler room irritated the eyes of some pupils and teachers. The city health and fire departments urged closing the building. Cleveland Professional Service Industries Inc. told parents and school officials at a school board meeting Monday that the building is safe. A doctor from University Hospitals in Cleveland also met with parents over the weekend. "It just gave more credence and confirmed what we have discussed previously," said Robert Pinti, city deputy health commissioner. The school district drained the chemical from the boiler system, scrubbed the building and made some changes to the ventilation system. Pinti said the ventilation changes should cut down on carbon dioxide in the building. "We're very confident that everything is going to be fine there," Pinti said. Liberty woman shot YOUNGSTOWN -- Evelyn G. Huffman, 44, of Green Acres Drive, Liberty, was in critical condition today in St. Elizabeth Health Center with multiple gunshot wounds to her lower abdomen. Huffman was shot in an apartment at 99 E. Myrtle Ave. at 6:10 p.m. Monday, police said. A witness, who drove Huffman to the hospital in a car, said he heard two loud bangs, and Huffman fell to the kitchen floor. Landlord finds body YOUNGSTOWN -- A city man was found dead by his landlord in a fire-damaged apartment Monday. Curtis J. Cline, 41, was found on the floor next to the windows of a second-story bedroom at 46 E. Lucius Ave. Cline's employer, Simon Roofing, contacted the landlord after Cline didn't show up for work. The landlord, Neil Kennedy of Poland, found Cline dead around 3:30 p.m. Police noted that a window was broken and the upstairs front windows were blackened from smoke damage. A neighbor told police she heard a noise and the sound of someone running through the snow at 4 a.m., but she didn't call anyone. Lt. Alvin Ware, commander of the arson bureau, said the fire started in an upholstered chair and went out by itself or was possibly put out by Cline. Ware said the coroner will determine the cause of death. Gunfire leads to arrests YOUNGSTOWN -- Gunfire on East Pasadena Avenue on Monday night led police to Clarence L. Morris, 23, who lives on the street, and a 16-year-old boy. Guns were found in their car and drugs were found on Morris, reports show. Morris was arrested on charges of driving under suspension, carrying a concealed weapon, discharge of a firearm, aggravated trafficking in crack cocaine, possession of marijuana and possession of a dangerous ordnance. The boy, of East Myrtle Avenue, was arrested on charges of carrying a concealed weapon and discharge of a firearm and taken to the juvenile justice center. Morris told police he had to get back at those who shot up his mother's house on East Dewey. A police report shows that six shots were fired at the house at 9:30 p.m. Monday, damaging two windows. Federal drug sentence PITTSBURGH -- Nathaniel Howard, 30, of East State Street, Sharon, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for violating federal drug laws. Howard was convicted in U.S. District Court of distributing a total of nearly a half-ounce of crack cocaine Jan. 31 and Feb. 7, 2001, according to the U.S. attorney's office. School bus is hit LISBON -- Nine Lisbon elementary pupils escaped injury when a car slammed into the back of their school bus on state Route 517 about 3:30 p.m. Monday. The motorist, Melissa Custer, 20, of Campbell Road, Hanoverton, was charged by the Ohio State Highway Patrol with failing to maintain an assured clear distance.