Man dies in house fire
YOUNGSTOWN -- An early morning fire on the North Side claimed the life of a 67-year-old man. Firefighters were sent to 2318 Trussit Ave. around 3:22 a.m. Wednesday. The victim, who lived alone, was found near the front door. Capt. Alvin Ware said the fire started in front living room and was confined there. Damage was estimated at $15,000. Ware said the cause of the fire is under investigation. He said the victim was a smoker. Officials did not identify the victim. Mahoning County records show a James Rowles owned the two-story wood house, built in 1907. It was purchased in March 2004 for $9,900.
240-day jail sentence for domestic dispute
YOUNGSTOWN -- A Bristolville man will spend the next 240 days in the Mahoning County Jail after pleading guilty to charges resulting from a crime committed in Canfield last summer.
Michael J. Wolfe, 46, pleaded guilty earlier this week before Judge R. Scott Krichbaum in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court to charges of unlawful restraint and theft, both misdemeanors. A felony charge of abduction was dismissed in exchange for his guilty pleas.
He received 180 days in jail on the unlawful restraint charge and 60 days on the theft charge. Police said the charges stemmed from a domestic dispute at a Canfield apartment July 15, 2004.
Vending machine theft
WARREN -- Coca Cola, 531 Indianola Ave. in Youngstown, reported that someone forced open a vending machine and stole about $200. According to police reports, the Coca Cola vending machine at 860 Elm Road was forced open, the money was stolen, and the machine was damaged inside and out between Aug. 4 and Monday.
WARREN -- Someone broke two windows on the State Farm Insurance building, 2242 E. Market St. According to police reports, someone used a rock and broke two windows on the east side of the building.
Police check point curbs illegal driving activities
MINERAL RIDGE -- Weathersfield Township Police Department checked 1,658 vehicles during an Ohio Vehicle Impairment (operating a vehicle under the influence) check point July 8 on U.S. Route 422.
Police Chief Joseph Consiglio said nine citations were issued for driving under suspension, 11 for driving without an operator's license and 26 other miscellaneous citations were issued, including nine for not using a seatbelt.
The checkpoint, which was near McMenamy's, included the use of six officers for 32.5 hours.
Ex-911 director appeals
WARREN -- Trumbull County's former 911 Center director is appealing his July 27 firing by county commissioners to a state review board.
Tim Gladis of Brookfield filed an action with the State Personnel Board of Review, stating that his termination was improper.
Gladis was paid $62,567 annually and directed the center in Howland Township for eight years.
Commissioners and their legal adviser, the county prosecutor's office, maintain that Gladis was an unclassified fiduciary or administrative employee, answered to the commissioners and could be discharged at will. The center's assistant director, Karen Davies, was named interim director a week ago.
Gladis' ouster came after he and Commissioner Paul Heltzel publicly disagreed over some recommendations contained in a consultant's review of the county's 911 operation.
DUI checkpoint in place
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- The Lawrence County DUI Enforcement Team will conduct a DUI checkpoint through Monday. Neshannock Township, New Wilmington, Northwest Regional and Bessemer police departments will participate.
The checkpoint aims to deter drunken driving, reduce the number of DUI-related accidents and apprehend DUI violators.
Warmer water fisher woe
PYMATUNING, Pa. -- They're not dying in droves, but warmer-than-average waters at Pymatuning Lake are killing some walleye and driving away anglers.
Walleye prefer colder waters, and the lake's water has reached temperatures of 83 to 84 degrees.
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission officials say the dead fish are not widespread, but many fishermen are staying away from the lake.
Pymatuning is shallower than many other lakes in the area, so the water warms up more quickly, experts say.