10-year prison sentence
PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- Jonathan L. Summers, 29, of Bond Street, Farrell, will spend the next 10 years in a federal prison. Summers pleaded guilty earlier this year to selling crack cocaine. Senior United States District Judge Alan N. Block sentenced him Thursday to spend 150 months in prison followed by five years of probation. Authorities said Summers had more than one-tenth of an ounce of crack cocaine in his possession on Nov. 1, 2002.
Roller coaster enthusiasts raise money for Pa. park
CONNEAUT LAKE, Pa. (AP) -- Thirteen people who braved a 12-hour ride on the sixth-oldest wooden roller coaster in the country raised $7,000 to keep the 66-year-old thrill ride running.
The roller coaster enthusiasts, one from as far away as Maine, also set a record for the most circuits on the half-mile Blue Streak at Conneaut Lake Park, completing 300 trips Saturday.
The marathon lasted from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. with a half-hour break. The coaster stopped only for paying customers or to let participants grab a bite to eat or use the bathroom.
The park, about 85 miles north of Pittsburgh, has struggled since it closed in 1995 and 1996 when two of its three private owners went bankrupt.
Conneaut Lake Park took out two loans and sold a billboard so it could raise $225,000 and open Memorial Day weekend for its 111th season.
The park had hoped to draw enough visitors this season to make $2.7 million and break even, but rainy weather and the blackout that hit the Northeast forced it to close nine times during its 65-day season.
State Route 7 work
EAST LIVERPOOL -- Workers are constructing a retaining wall, replacing shoulder pavement and rebuilding guardrail along a stretch of state Route 7 south of East Liverpool. Route 7 northbound in the area has been reduced to one-lane traffic since June when landslide activity began near the edge of the pavement. Ohio Department of Transportation officials said one-lane traffic northbound will continue to be maintained in the passing lane. The southbound lanes are unaffected. National Engineering & amp; Contracting Company of Strongsville has the contract for the $300,000 project. All work is to be completed by early November.
9/11 remembrance service
planned for Sunday
EAST PALESTINE -- Centenary United Methodist Church, 40 S. Market St., will have a 9/11 remembrance service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Members of the city's police and fire departments will be recognized during the service.
Also during the service, children will be promoted to their next Sunday school class.
Frozen food sale for 4-H
CANFIELD -- A frozen food sale is being held to benefit Mahoning County 4-H. Profits from the sale will allow 4-H members to earn money toward activities like 4-H Junior Camp.
Order forms are available at the Ohio State University Extension office for Mahoning County on South Broad Street.
The deadline for orders is Oct. 3; order pickup will be from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at the extension office. All orders must be paid in full by cash or check at pickup.
For more information, call the extension office at (330) 533-5538.
Sebring school bus crash
SEBRING -- The Ohio State Highway Patrol is still investigating a crash that sent 22 elementary school children and their bus driver to a hospital about 8:30 a.m. Thursday.
The patrol said a West Branch school bus driven by 51-year-old Dennis Howell of North Benton was southbound on Bandy Road, north of Sebring in Smith Township, when it hit the back end of a trailer that was hitched to a dump truck. The truck and trailer, owned by John Batzli of East Rochester, were parked on the road.
No citations had been issued as of Thursday afternoon.
The pupils and Howell were taken to Alliance Community Hospital, where they were treated for bumps and bruises, then released, said Smith Township Police Chief John Siranovic.
SALEM -- A vehicle was broken into while parked in a lot on the 200 block of Penn Avenue, police said. Taken from inside the vehicle were a cell phone and several credit cards. The crime was reported about 8:17 p.m. Thursday.
Tour volunteers sought
NILES -- The staff of the McKinley Memorial Library, 40 N. Main St., will conduct training sessions at 2 p.m. Sept. 29 for volunteers to conduct tours of the McKinley Birthplace Home and Research Center, 40 S. Main St.
To register for training, call Patrick Finan, library director, at (330) 675-1704 ext. 204.