Fire damages house



Fire damages house
YOUNGSTOWN -- Fire broke out in the second-floor bathroom at 235 W. Delason Ave. around 5 p.m. Thursday and did about $18,000 damage to the wood frame house, said Fire Capt. Alvin Ware.
No injuries were reported.
The cause remains under investigation.
Food drive at Gentiva
YOUNGSTOWN -- A food drive will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Aug. 20 at the Gentiva Home Health Care facility, suite N, 755 Boardman-Canfield Road.
All donated nonperishable food items will be presented to the Second Harvest Food Bank.
For more information, call (330) 726-4400.
Church to hold public sale
AUSTINTOWN -- First United Methodist Church of West Austintown is preparing to have a public sale of items remaining in its 105-year-old church near the corner of Mahoning Avenue and South Turner Road.
Among the items for sale from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday at the church will be stoves and other kitchen appliances, cabinets and carpeting.
The church pews have been donated to another congregation.
First United Methodist opened a new worship facility earlier this year to replace the old church, which is in need of costly repairs. The old church is set to be torn down later this year.
Austintown Growth Foundation members had considered trying to save the church and move it to a park so it could be used for community events. The foundation members determined, however, that they did not have the time or the money to save the church.
Girl in stable condition
YOUNGSTOWN -- Jessica Dothard, 10, of East Pasadena Avenue was in stable condition this morning in St. Elizabeth Health Center after being struck by a car on her street at 9 p.m. Thursday.
A 1991 Ford Tempo driven by Estella Howard, 30, of Ohio Avenue was traveling westbound in the 400 block of Pasadena when Jessica ran across the dark street into the path of the oncoming car, police said.
Police arrest boy
YOUNGSTOWN -- Another boy police say was involved in a high-speed pursuit of two stolen cars on Canfield Road at 2 a.m. Thursday has been arrested.
Derrick Johnson Jr., 14, of Lowell Avenue was arrested at his home Thursday and taken to the Martin P. Joyce Juvenile Justice Center to face charges of theft of a motor vehicle and receiving stolen property.
Johnson, convicted of auto theft-related crimes, had been on electronically monitored house arrest, police said. He slipped out of the ankle monitor to leave home and, when he returned, was missing one tennis shoe, police said.
A tennis shoe was found on Canfield Road when one stolen car crashed into a utility pole and the second stolen car spun out.
Two boys, 14 and 17, who ran from the stolen cars also face charges at JJC.
Coroner rules in death
HUBBARD -- The Mahoning County Coroner's office has ruled the July 21 death of Joseph Venglarcik, 83, an accident.
Venglarcik, of Shadow Run Apartments on West Liberty Street, was struck by a vehicle as he attempted to cross West Liberty in his wheelchair at a pedestrian crossing.
The driver, Joel Sabella, 74, of East Liberty, has not been charged.
Venglarcik was pronounced dead at St. Elizabeth Health Center. The coroner's office said he suffered a broken back and pelvis.
The city later removed the crossing because the pedestrian stripes and lights embedded in the surface had been obliterated during a resurfacing project.
Police said that when they receive the official coroner's report, the case will be turned over to the prosecutor's office.
Boy heads to court
NEWTON FALLS -- A 17-year-old North Jackson boy was expected in Trumbull County Juvenile Court today to face a misdemeanor count of vehicular homicide.
Adam Keck of Bailey Road also faces a misdemeanor count of vehicular manslaughter.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol says the charges stem from an Aug. 6 crash that killed John Snodgrass, 31, of London, Ohio.
State patrol reports say Keck went through a stop sign at state Route 534 and Pritchard-Ohltown Road around 7:45 p.m. Aug. 6 and collided with a military bus. The bus lost control and struck a car in which Snodgrass was a passenger.
School levy meeting
GIRARD -- The city board of education will meet in special session at 5:30 p.m. Monday in Girard High School, 31 N. Ward Ave., to consider placing an operating levy request on the November general election ballot.

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