Hearing set for trucker

Hearing set for trucker
MERCER, Pa. -- A hearing has been set for 11 a.m. Thursday before District Justice Ruth French for a California truck driver who has been charged with driving too fast for conditions in connection with a Dec. 19 multivehicle crash on Interstate 80.
Samuel Torres, 25, of Van Nuys, was driving a tractor-trailer when a whiteout occurred on the snow-covered Interstate around milepost 8 in Lackawannock Township. His truck jackknifed, causing more than 80 vehicles to wreck. The Interstate was closed for several hours and the cleanup took several days.
Although many injuries were reported, there were no fatalities.
Re-election petition
YOUNGSTOWN -- Incumbent Judge Robert P. Milich filed his petitions for re-election to Youngstown Municipal Court for the May 3 primary on Friday.
The filing deadline for partisan races in the primary election is 4 p.m. Feb. 17.
Judge Milich, a former city law director, was selected by former Gov. George Voinovich to fill the unexpired term of former Judge Pat Kerrigan in 1998, and he won a full six-year term in 1999.
Lion case to be heard
YOUNGSTOWN -- Judge Maureen Sweeney of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court has set a hearing for 10 a.m. Feb. 18 to hear arguments for damages for the parties involved in the custody battle for Boomerang the lion.
The judge ruled earlier this week that Noah's Lost Ark animal sanctuary and shelter on Bedell Road in Berlin Center must turn over the lion to owner William Long of Upper Arlington, a Columbus suburb, by noon Jan. 17. Long also must show the court he has made the necessary provisions to ship the animal to another sanctuary by 3 p.m. Jan. 14.
Both sides, however, have claimed they have suffered damages during the lengthy custody battle that began in October 2003, when the lion, then an 8-day-old cub, was brought to Noah's Lost Ark. Among the arguments from the animal sanctuary is that it has spent more than $25,000 in caring for the lion.
Reorganization meeting
YOUNGSTOWN -- Mahoning County commissioners will have their annual reorganization meeting at 9:30 a.m. Monday in their hearing room in the basement of the county courthouse, 120 Market St.
The commissioners will elect a chairman and vice chairman. David Ludt is in mid-term, and he is joined this year by new colleagues Anthony Traficanti and John McNally IV.
Theft is reported
WARREN -- A burglar apparently decided he'd like hot food and entertainment to go.
A 22-year-old woman at 463 Oak Circle S.W. told police Thursday morning that someone broke a window and entered her home and stole food and a microwave oven, plus a stereo and its speakers.
Gardens receive grant
CANFIELD -- Jubilee Gardens Inc. has received a $2,500 grant from the Ruth H. Beecher Charitable Trust to get youth and adults involved gardening.
The Jubilee Garden's Good Natured Garden Partners Program has a garden leader that works with a group of children to plant and maintain a garden throughout the summer. The tilling of the soil, seeds plants and fertilizer are provided by Jubilee Gardens.
In late August, the youths compete for prizes for their grown vegetables at the Jubilee Gardens Inc. Garden Party.
Jubilee Gardens has been in the Mahoning Valley for 21 years and in 2004 became a nonprofit organization.
For more information, call (330) 402-0538.
Treasurer given raise
NORTH JACKSON -- The Jackson-Milton school board has given Treasurer John Zinger a new contract and pay raise. He will get $60,732 for 2005, which reflects a 3-percent raise over 2004. His contract also includes 3-percent raises the next two years.
The board, at its meeting Wednesday, also named members Bart McGee and Mitch Mascioli president and vice president, respectively, for one year.
The board also agreed to retain Mahoning County Deputy Sheriff Greg Taillon as school police officer from Jan. 3 to June 10 at a cost of $11,743.
Board members also worked out a three-year open agreement with the Ohio Schools Council's Energy for Education program. The agreement will allow the district a 10 percent to 14 percent reduction in its electric bills, Zinger said.

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