Break-in and robbery atJay's Hot Dogs
AUSTINTOWN -- Someone broke into a Mahoning Avenue hot dog shop between Saturday night and Monday afternoon and stole cash and two laptop computers.
One of the owners at Jay's Hot Dogs told police that a door at the restaurant, which was closed Sunday, was forced open and the items, including an undetermined amount of cash, were taken.
House shot at next day after arson attempt
YOUNGSTOWN -- Shots were fired at a house in the 1100 block of State Street early Tuesday, a day after three Molotov cocktails were thrown at the residence, police said. The 32-year-old resident told police she heard gunfire around 1:15 a.m. Tuesday and saw a silver Chrysler speed away. Bullets damaged her front porch wall and the porch gutter drain. Police were given the names of two suspects. Firebombs tossed at the house Monday did about $1,000 in damage, reports show.
Out-of-control lime truck driver charged
WARREN -- The driver whose tanker truck full of lime went out of control Friday in a residential neighborhood at Parkman Road and Stiles Street S.W. was charged by Warren police with failure to control.
The name of the driver was not available; the tanker belonged to Predator Trucking of McDonald.
The truck, carrying thousands of pounds of pulverized lime, was going the speed limit when it appeared that its brakes failed, the load shifted, and it flipped onto its side and slid, police said.
The truck slammed into a high voltage utility pole, cracking it; the pole was very close to the overturned truck's fuel tanks, police said.
Safety gates to protect Pine Avenue crossing
WARREN -- The busy railroad crossing at Pine Avenue on the way to and from WCI Steel will be upgraded by the installation of safety gates. The grade crossing with the Warren & amp; Trumbull Railroad will get the addition of the gates to its flashing warning lights. The Ohio Rail Development Commission has authorized their installation. "At a time when many Ohio roads are seeing increased vehicular traffic, the addition of safety gates gives both motorists and train crews a greater degree of safety at grade crossings," said James Seney, ORDC executive director. The ORDC has upgraded safety devices at over 1,000 grade crossings since the mid-1990s.
Grant given to cover snow removal costs
COLUMBUS -- The Ohio Department of Transportation received a grant to help cover the cost of emergency snow removal last December in 26 counties, including Columbiana County.
The grant includes more than $1.3 million in federal funds from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency. The grant was part of President Bush's emergency declaration as a result of the severe winter storm that hit the state Dec. 22-24.
FEMA is providing 75 percent of the snow removal expense of $1,759,959 to reimburse state and local governments and qualifying nonprofit groups.
Motorcycle driver cited for reckless crash
SOUTHINGTON -- The Ohio State Highway Patrol has cited the motorcycle driver who was injured in a crash Sunday evening on Painesville-Warren Road.
The patrol said Kenneth Young, 35, of Windsor, Ohio, was charged with reckless operation. He was traveling at a high rate of speed and lost control of the motorcycle, then was thrown into a ditch about 5:30 p.m. Sunday, the OSHP said.
Young's injuries were not life-threatening, according to a report.