Miss Italian crowned
CANFIELD -- Laura Fedina was crowned Miss Italian 2005 in the Miss Italian Youngstown Beauty and Talent Pageant.
First runner-up was Joanna Bosnjak, and second runner-up was Melanie Diorio.
The pageant was part of the Greater Youngstown Italian Fest July 29-31 at the Canfield Fairgrounds.
Fedina is a vocal music education student at the Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University and also teaches private voice lessons. She is the daughter of Thomas and Joanne Fedina of Boardman.
LAKE MILTON -- The Mahoning County Sanitary Engineering Department issued boil-water alert for all water customers in the Craig Beach and Lake Milton areas.
The boil alert is a precaution because of recent repairs on the main line, officials said. The boil alert will remain in effect until 4 p.m. today.
A boil alert means all water used for drinking and cooking is to be boiled for three minutes (once boiling begins) before use and consumption.
The department also asks all customers in Craig Beach Village and Milton Township living west of Lake Milton and south of Mahoning Avenue to conserve water.
The conservation is necessary to allow for the refilling of the water tower on Hillcrest. Water levels are down because of two recent waterline breaks. Repairs have been made but it takes three days to fill the tank.
Normal consumption can resume Monday morning.
For more information, call (330) 793-5514.
Museum closure dates
YOUNGSTOWN -- The Children's Museum of the Valley will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday to accommodate a program for Harry Potter fans. Registration for the program already has closed.
The museum reopens Thursday.
The museum is open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $5 for adults; $4 for ages 55 and older; and $3 for children under 18. Children under 3 get in free.
GIRARD -- Immunizations will be given to city children at noon Thursday at Girard Health Department located in the City Building.
The shots are free to Girard children. Parents must bring a copy of the child's immunization record. A parent or guardian must accompany children under age 18.
Parents must preregister their child before the clinic by calling the health department, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at (330) 545-6048.
Marijuana plants found
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- A police officer investigating a medical alarm Tuesday night at 314 McQuiston Drive found 24 marijuana plants, a carbon dioxide system and a timed watering system in a room inside the garage.
During the investigation, the officer saw the plants when the owner of the house, 41-year-old Merritt McQuiston, opened the door to the room.
Officers seized the plants, which have an estimated street value of $8,000, reports show.
Charges of drug violations are pending the results of a test of the plants by the crime lab, but no arrests have been made.
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- William A. Baxter Jr. was sentenced to three to six years in prison followed by a nine years' probation for a Jan. 27 robbery.
Baxter was sentenced Wednesday by Judge J. Craig Cox of Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.
Baxter, 37, of North Mercer Street, was arrested by New Castle police after he broke through a bedroom window at 1206 Highland Ave. and demanded money and keys to a resident's vehicle.
Lawrence County District Attorney Matthew T. Mangino said Baxter pleaded guilty to robbery, burglary and firearms charges, all felonies.
Besides the prison time and probation, Baxter was ordered to pay $1,235 in restitution.