Bond set in crash death
YOUNGSTOWN -- Bond was set at $500,000 for the man accused of driving under the influence when he crashed on Poland Avenue and killed his 17-year-old brother. Johnny Serrano, 25, of Guss Avenue appeared in municipal court Friday for arraignment on a charge of aggravated vehicular homicide. Judge Robert P. Milich set the bond and a preliminary hearing for Nov. 21. Dana C. Guarnieri, assistant city prosecutor, asked for the high bond, telling the judge that Serrano is on parole in a felonious assault case and is considered a flight risk. She said Serrano was convicted of shooting at a police officer and served 31/2 years in prison. Serrano's brother Edward Serrano, a junior at The Rayen School, died in the fiery crash Oct. 11. City Prosecutor Jay Macejko has said Johnny Serrano's blood alcohol content was .155, nearly double the legal limit of 0.08.
Flu vaccine available
LISBON -- The Columbiana County Health Department has received a limited amount of the 2006 flu vaccine. This vaccine is supplied by the Ohio Department of Health and is restricted to the following:
People 65 and older.
People 3-65 with chronic illness.
Appointments can be made by calling (330) 424-0272 on Monday. Flu shots will be given, by appointment only, Wednesday at Columbiana County Health Department, 7360 state Route 45.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Shane Spencer, 18, of Youngstown was sentenced to seven days in jail after pleading no contest this week in municipal court to a charge of criminal trespassing, records show. "I ain't leaving till I get my education," he told police earlier this month at Woodrow Wilson High School, which had suspended him. Aside from the jail time, Judge Elizabeth A. Kobly placed Spencer on two years' probation.
Wall repair at library
POLAND -- The stone wall lining the driveway at Poland Library will be repaired beginning Monday. Repairs are expected to take just under a week. During this time, the driveway into the library will be reduced to one lane during the day, and there may be occasional slow-downs. Matthews Wall Anchor Service, Inc., will do stabilizing work on the wall, which has sustained damage from heavy rains. The library will remain open during this construction work.
Open house at center
WARREN -- The public is invited when the United Methodist Community Center, 760 Main St. S.W., celebrates its grand opening with an open house from 1 to 3 p.m. today. It is the site of the former Rebecca Williams Center. Complimentary hot dogs, popcorn and beverages will be available. Clowns will also be on hand to entertain the children. The center is a nonprofit organization serving people in crisis.
Driver is 'critical'
YOUNGSTOWN -- Lawrence A. Myers, 27, of Glenwood Avenue, Boardman, who crashed into a utility pole on Market Street, was in critical condition late Friday at St. Elizabeth Health Center. Detective Sgt. Rob Deichman, an accident investigator, said Myers received a citation that charges failure to maintain reasonable control. After the crash into the pole at 2:41 a.m. Thursday, Myers' vehicle was struck and the driver fled, police said. The driver, Richard Bernacki, 32, of Beechwood Drive, Boardman, was later found and charged with hit-and-run and failure to have assured clear distance ahead.
Meeting days changed
BOARDMAN -- Trustees will meet in regular session at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday during November and December. They voted to change the meeting days, which had been the second and fourth Monday of each month, at a special meeting Friday. Meetings will remain in the township government center on Market Street. A decision about the meeting day for next year will be made at a later date.
Stadium power outage
GIRARD -- Girard High School's "Friday Night Lights" were out for about 40 minutes Friday at the football stadium due to a power outage caused by balloons, said LuAnn Koch, Ohio Edison area manager for Trumbull County. Koch said the outage from 7:40 p.m. until just after 8 p.m. occurred when helium-filled, Mylar balloons struck power lines. Mylar balloons have a coating on them that cause problems when they come into contact with power lines, she said.