Fugitive goes to police
YOUNGSTOWN -- Raymond Patterson, after seeing his photo in The Vindicator as a fugitive of the week, turned himself in to police Wednesday evening. Patterson, 27, of East Montrose Avenue, was arraigned Thursday in municipal court on charges of burglary and violation of a protection order. The jail was ordered to not release Patterson unless he posts $55,000 bond.
House, garage robbed
YOUNGSTOWN -- A vintage 1960 Chevrolet Impala parked in a garage in the 1300 block of Wilson Avenue was stripped of its radiator, interior, tires and rims. Beanie Babies and boxed Barbie dolls were stolen from the house during a break-in, police said. A TV and copper pipes were also taken. The break-in was discovered Wednesday afternoon.
Car, school bus collide
YOUNGSTOWN -- The driver and passenger of a 1999 Dodge Intrepid were treated at St. Elizabeth Health Center after the vehicle collided with a city school bus around 8:45 a.m. Thursday on the North Side. The Intrepid driver, Otha James Jr., 36, of Outlook Avenue, told police that he was traveling north on Elm Street and was going through the intersection at Benita Avenue on a green light when the bus, traveling west on Benita, failed to stop and hit his vehicle. The bus driver, Gladys Townsend of Girard, told police she had the green light and the bus was struck by the Intrepid. No citations were issued at the scene. Police said a child on the bus complained of a headache.
Part-timers get raise
MINERAL RIDGE -- Township trustees have given a 50-cent-an-hour pay raise to six part-time police officers, the first increase the officers have had in eight years.
The raise, which starts with the second pay in January, brings the officers from $8.50 to $9 an hour. Trustees also added a uniform allowance to be handled under a quartermaster system, which means replacements will be made if there is damage to a uniform.
Temporary road closing
WEATHERSFIELD -- The Trumbull County engineer's office reports that Austintown-Warren Road between Salt Springs and Carson Salt Springs roads will be closed Monday through Jan. 25 for a waterline extension.
Assistant chief to retire
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- Nicholas DeRosa, assistant superintendent at New Castle Area School District, has announced plans to retire at the end of this school year. The school board accepted his resignation Wednesday. DeRosa has worked in the school district about 40 years and also is a member of Slippery Rock University's board of trustees. His last day will be June 30.
School finance forum
STRUTHERS -- The city and Struthers Board of Education will host a public school finance forum at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Struthers Middle School. The speakers are state Rep. John Boccieri of New Middletown, D-61st, who will talk about the school funding problem in Ohio; and Western Reserve School District Superintendent Charles Swindler, who will speak about how money that appears to be received by school districts is reduced because of state and federal mandates and regulations.
New meeting time eyed
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- City council has proposed changing its meeting times, effective next month. Council recently discussed changing the starting times for work sessions and regular meetings to 6:30 p.m. beginning Feb. 21. The current starting time for both sessions is 7:30 p.m.
The move must be made by adoption of an ordinance, which must be advertised before council can formally act on it. Council typically conducts its regular meetings the second and fourth Thursdays of the month. Work sessions are Tuesdays before the regular meetings.
Swearing-in to be soon
WARREN -- Adrian Biviano, the Trumbull County chief deputy auditor selected by the Democratic Party on Tuesday to serve as interim auditor until March 2007, will be sworn in sometime next week, he said. The swearing-in must wait until the Ohio secretary of state's office certifies the results of the Democrats' election. Biviano will fill the remainder of the unexpired term of David Hines, who resigned effective Dec. 31.
Bank fraud reported
YOUNGSTOWN -- Nearly $26,000 in checks from closed accounts deposited into National City Bank via a variety of bank automated teller machines were later withdrawn as cash from National City Bank ATMs, a bank fraud investigator told police. The investigator gave police the names of three suspects, two from Youngstown and one from Akron.