Toddler in burn unit
McDONALD -- A toddler who suffered burns on his legs Wednesday night was in critical condition in the burn unit of Akron Children's Hospital on Thursday, according to McDonald police. In response to a 911 call, officers were sent to a home in the 400 block of East 7th Street about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. They found an 18-month-old boy severely burned on both legs, said police Lt. Bill Woodley. The child was taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown and then transferred to Akron because of the severity of the burns, Woodley said. He would not reveal the child's name. Authorities are investigating, Woodley said.
Boil alert is lifted
AUSTINTOWN -- A boil alert affecting three township streets has been lifted. On Tuesday, residents of Regal Drive, Wyndclift Circle and Wyndclift Place were advised to boil their tap water in accordance Ohio Environmental Protection Agency guidelines after their water was shut off for about five hours when a waterline was tied to a main line on Fairview Road. After a planned shutoff, such as this one, the Ohio EPA recommends that residents boil water until bacteriological testing is complete, said Gene Leson, chief engineer of the Youngstown Water Department. Test results came back Thursday, and no contamination was found.
YOUNGSTOWN -- A federal grand jury in Cleveland has indicted Paul L. Woods, 37, of E. Avondale Avenue on charges of robbery and possessing a firearm after having been convicted of a felony. Gregory A. White, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, said Thursday that the offenses arose out of the armed robbery of a business on Southern Boulevard.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Two Girard men, Jermaine L. White, 22, of Verona Street and Marcus Beachum, 27, of South Loraine Street, were issued citations charging possession of marijuana after a traffic stop Wednesday on Fifth Avenue, police said.
Paying their taxes
YOUNGSTOWN -- State Rep. Sylvester Patton of Youngstown, D-60th, has paid his delinquent taxes of $190 for 2003. Patton and James E. Fortune Sr., Youngstown City Council president, owed back taxes. Fortune's delinquency was $197. Patton and Fortune are running for mayor. Both Patton and Fortune paid their delinquencies Wednesday as well as the first half of their 2004 taxes, records from the Mahoning County Auditor's office show.
Digital camera stolen
YOUNGSTOWN -- A digital camera worth $400 was taken from a Waste Management truck parked in the South Avenue-Midlothian Boulevard area Wednesday morning, reports show.
Arrested on drug charges
YOUNGSTOWN -- A 6-year-old boy slept while police searched the car he was in and then arrested his stepfather, Robert M. Lacerva, 35, of Highland Avenue, Girard, on charges of possession of crack cocaine and failure to signal a turn. Police said Lacerva gave them permission to search the car, in which his mother was also a passenger. Officers said they found two rocks of suspected crack cocaine on the floor beneath the steering wheel and two more rocks under the driver's seat. Lacerva was taken to jail and the car was released to his mother so she could take the child to his mother.
Liquor permit OK'd
WARREN -- The Trumbull County Sheriff's Department has told the Ohio Department of Liquor Control that a public hearing is not needed on a Cortland golf course's liquor permit. Walnut Run Golf Course, 601 E. Main St., won voter approval last fall for beer sales through the week and Sundays, and retail sale in individual containers for on- or off-premises consumption. The sheriff's department conducted a routine investigation of the permit application. Voter support of a handful of liquor license approvals in Cortland last fall was nearly 2-to-1. Walnut Run wanted its clubhouse and grounds to be wet, so people could get a beer at the clubhouse and take it on the course, visit a beer cart on the course or have their golf outings supplied.
Catch basin tops stolen
YOUNGSTOWN -- For the second time, catch basin tops were stolen from the 711 Connector Project on the North Side. Two were found missing on Tuesday from the corner of Dearborn Street and Gypsy Lane; three were stolen last month but the theft wasn't reported, police said. The tops are worth $200 each.