GIRARD -- The body of James Rees, 42, of Girard was recovered at 11:39 a.m. Monday inside a Jeep Cherokee that plunged through ice on Lower Girard Lake, Girard Police Detective John Norman said. Members of the Mahoning County Sheriff's Department dive team found the body, Norman said. The Jeep fell through the ice around 4:30 p.m. Sunday. A search Sunday was called off after about an hour because of darkness. A diver from the Girard Fire Department who entered the water Sunday located the Jeep but couldn't find Rees. Norman said the Jeep will remain in the water for the time being. He said the investigation continues to determine why Rees drove on the lake. Capt. Frank Bigowsky said witnesses saw the Jeep spinning on the snow and ice before the accident. Rees' passenger, Jamie Ross, 35, of Girard, was treated at Forum Health Northside Medical Center.
Water will be shut off
YOUNGSTOWN -- Water service was to be shut off around 8:30 a.m. today on Regal Drive, Wyndclift Circle and Wyndclift Place while the water main on Fairview Road is extended. Service should be restored by 2 p.m. Residents should then boil tap water used for cooking and drinking. A rolling boil for one minute is adequate. Residents will be notified when the water has been tested and is considered safe.
YOUNGSTOWN -- City council's finance and housing community and economic development committees will meet Wednesday before council's 5:30 p.m. regular session. The finance committee meets at 4:30 p.m. in city council caucus room, and the economic committee meets at 5 p.m. Also, the city's 2005 budget will be presented at 4:45 p.m. in the caucus room.
Niles beefs up patrols
NILES -- The city police department randomly will increase the number of road officers during February to target drunken or impaired drivers. The city is using state funds funneled through the Trumbull County OVI/DUI Task Force.
Cop reports shots fired
YOUNGSTOWN -- Shots were fired at a patrolman who responded to a burglary-in-progress call early Sunday on West Judson Avenue. The officer parked his vehicle in front of 40 West Judson Ave. and began to make his way toward the house. When the shots rang out, the officer took cover behind a tree in the front yard and notified the police dispatcher of the situation. The officer said six shots were fired at him from the rear yard, and he could hear the bullets flying past his head when he took shelter behind the tree. The officer did not return fire. Police searched the rear yard and discovered that the shooter had been lying in wait by a vehicle near the garage. Boardman police aided in the search. Tracks in the snow led to Hillman Street but then dissipated. Police found the house at 50 West Judson Ave. had a broken window and tracks in the snow all around it.
Man says he was beaten
YOUNGSTOWN -- A 31-year-old Austintown man told police he was dragged out of his car on Belmont Avenue near Arlington Street when he pulled over to use a pay phone around 10:15 p.m. Sunday. The Calloway Circle man said that when he rolled down his driver's side window to use the phone, a man approached and asked for money and, before he realized what was happening, he was dragged out of the car and beaten by three men. The assailants then drove off in the Austintown man's car, a 1999 Ford Taurus, reports show. He wasn't able to give police a description of the assailants.
YOUNGSTOWN -- A hunting knife, approximately 8 inches long, along with a folding knife, crossbow and quiver with five arrows were confiscated during a traffic stop early Monday. Eric Stanislaw, 36, who has addresses on South Avenue, North Lima, and Ridgeway Avenue, Struthers, was arrested on a charge of carrying a concealed weapon. He was also issued a citation for failure to signal a turn onto Overland Avenue.