Residents to boil water
COLUMBIANA -- An order to boil drinking water until further notice is in effect in some parts of the city due to a waterline break in the Cross Court Street area, officials said.
Residents of North Pearl Street, Cross Court Street, and North Cross Street from West Park to Cross Court Street are affected. All homes in those areas should have received notice with a red tag on the front doors of their residences.
Residents affected are to boil drinking water until city officials receive results of water testing and determine the water is safe to drink without boiling.
Grant buys fire equipment
Five Mahoning County fire departments will share a $742,019 federal grant to buy firefighting equipment including air packs. The departments will divide the money, awarded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, based on the number of firefighters they have. The departments getting the grant are Western Reserve Joint (which serves Poland village and township), Beaver Township, New Middletown, Springfield Township, and Coitsville Township. The grant was announced by U.S. Reps. Ted Strickland of Lisbon, D-6th, and Tim Ryan of Niles, D-17th.
Cops and Car Show
BROOKFIELD -- The Brookfield Township Police Association will hold a Cops and Car Show from 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of Brookfield Giant Eagle, 7229 Warren-Sharon Road.
Free gun safety locks will be distributed as long as they last. The family oriented event includes car and motorcycle shows, free refreshments and hot dogs, music and door prizes, along with the opportunity to meet law enforcement officers and get a close look at safety vehicles.
Bridge construction bids
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- Bids for the construction of a new Ewing Park Bridge on Sims Street in Ellwood City are right on target, Lawrence County commissioners said.
Commissioners opened bids Thursday from 10 companies wanting the job. Mekis Construction of East Fenelton, Pa., was the apparent low bidder at $6,766,072.20. Other bidders costs ranged from $7 million to $8.5 million. The bids must go to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for final approval. That should take about four weeks and then construction on the new bridge can begin.
Lane restrictions on I-80
MERCER, Pa. -- There will be the potential for heavy traffic congestion in the Interstate 80 construction area on Saturday and Sunday, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said.
There will be lane restrictions in the eastbound lane. Delays may occur that will increase congestion and cause traffic to back up within, and approaching, the work area, the agency said.
In addition, between Monday and Aug. 13, there will be lane restrictions in the eastbound and westbound lanes of I-80 because of paving and related activities. That work also may increase congestion and cause traffic to back up within and approaching the work area, the agency said.
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- Walter Kevin Moore, 29, of North Mercer Street, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of violating federal narcotics laws.
According to the indictment, Moore conspired to distribute, and possessed with intent to distribute, cocaine and cocaine base. If convicted, he faces five to 40 years, a fine of $1 million, or both.
Cause of fire determined
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- A Brooklyn Avenue house fire was caused by an electrical malfunction, according to New Castle Fire Chief Jeff Scrim. The house was owned by Human Services Center of New Castle, but occupied by Sandra Taylor, 61, and her foster son, Cody Zachrich, 14. Police said Taylor and Cody were sleeping on the second floor when the fire started at 3 a.m. Thursday and were able to escape by the front door, but had burns. Another woman, Lisa Minick, 22, of Park Avenue was sleeping upstairs with her 6-month-old son. Police said she threw her baby from the second floor window to Dan Maggi, who was driving by and stopped because he saw smoke and heard screams for help. Minick jumped from the window, police said. She and the baby had no injuries, they said. Another man jumped from the window, but left before police arrived. Taylor and her foster son were taken to Jameson Hospital for their burns. Their conditions were not available this morning.