Career criminal arrested
YOUNGSTOWN -- A 45-year-old career criminal with 49 previous arrests dating to 1978 is a federal prisoner in Mahoning County jail after being apprehended Monday morning in a parking lot in the 1100 block of Otis Street.
Willie R. Lowery was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force on a federal charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm; charges of carrying a concealed weapon and carrying weapons under disability, both from Trumbull County; and three theft charges, one each from Salem, Boardman and Mercer County.
Lowery, whose last known address was on Palmyra Road in Warren, has had 18 known aliases, said Dean Michael, task force coordinator. Lowery's prior convictions include robbery, burglary, felonious assault, forgery, theft and drug and weapons offenses, Michael said.
COLUMBIANA -- Columbiana High School students may pick up schedules in the guidance office from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday. Juniors and seniors may pick up schedules today and freshmen and sophomores can do so Thursday. All student lockers must have a school-issued combination lock. Locks are $5 and can be purchased in the main office during schedule pickup hours. Classes begin Monday. School will not be in session Friday or Labor Day.
School bus routes
COLUMBIANA -- Columbiana school bus routes for the 2004-05 school year are posted on the doors of all school buildings. Anyone with questions after checking the route lists may call Kim VanKleeck, transportation coordinator, at (330) 692-9178. Monday is the first day of school for all pupils. Any student attending the career center should have been contacted about busing arrangements. Those who have not should call VanKleeck.
LEETONIA -- The Leetonia Street Department will close Butcher Road about 600 yards west of Washington Street at 9 a.m. Monday to replace a culvert pipe. The road will be closed in the area of the Leetonia Schools campus, but motorists will still be able to use the school entrance off Butcher Road.
The road will be open to local traffic from Lisbon-Canfield Road. Work will take four to five hours.
CANFIELD -- U.S. Rep. Ted Strickland of Lisbon, D-6th, will host a grant-writing workshop from 8:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday at the Ursuline Sister House on Shields Road. Strickland said he is having the workshop -- with assistance from federal, state and local organizations -- to help local groups and government officials write effective proposals and applications for grants.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol and Ohio High School Athletic Association are partnering with a simple message for the upcoming fall sports season: Buckle up for a successful season. The statewide partnership involves patrol posts and nearly all of the OHSAA's 833 member high schools in a coordinated community-level traffic safety effort to coincide with high school athletic events. Student athletes, coaches, cheerleaders, band members and fans are encouraged to use their safety belts when going to school, practices and games. In 2003, nearly 69 percent of the 201 young people ages 16 to 20 killed in crashes in Ohio were not wearing a safety belt, the patrol said.
Charges in fireworks case
YOUNGSTOWN -- A Mahoning County grand jury will consider charges against three Boardman men arrested after what police described as a July 4 fireworks riot on the South Side that included officers' being injured.
Carmelo Morales Jr., 23, is charged with two counts of assault. Carmelo Morales Sr., 40, is charged with one count of assault. Jonathan Morales, 19, is charged with aggravated riot and two counts of assault. The charges were bound over to a grand jury Tuesday by Municipal Judge Robert P. Milich.