Impersonation charge

Impersonation charge
WARREN -- A Cortland man is charged with impersonating a police officer, after police were called Wednesday evening to a property dispute at Miss Bee's Restaurant, 817 Elm Road N.E.
When police arrived, they found Matt Allen, 30, of South High Street dressed in a black T-shirt and a baseball hat with the word "police" on it in white letters.
Officers confiscated the hat and shirt and resolved the property dispute. Allen's involvement in the dispute was that his vehicle was partially blocking a truck from leaving the restaurant area, a police report said.
2 firefighters injured
YOUNGSTOWN -- A firefighter fell through a floor and suffered burns to his temple and cheek at the scene of a deliberately set fire at 928 Dean Ave. at 4 a.m. Thursday, the fire department said. Another firefighter complained of a strain or sprain to his lower back. Damage to the vacant house was listed at 5,000, a total loss.
Crash victim dies
BUTLER, Pa. -- A Mercer County man has died from injuries suffered in a two-car crash earlier this week on Pa. Route 79. Pennsylvania State Police said Roy Shirey of Greenville was a passenger in a 2002 Nissan Sentra that was involved in a crash near mile marker 96 at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The car, driven by Brenda Valingo, 43, also of Greenville, was struck from behind as it entered Interstate 79 from Pa. Route 488. The other vehicle was driven by Archie Harding, 60, of Boyers, Pa. Both cars hit a guardrail and the car with Shirey rolled onto its roof. Terry Shirey, 49, of Greenville, also was a passenger in the vehicle. The Shireys were not wearing seat belts, but Valingo and the driver of the other car were wearing seat belts, police said.
Burned man is 'critical'
BOARDMAN -- A 56-year-old Maple Ridge Drive man remained in critical condition Thursday at Akron Children's Hospital's burn unit after setting himself on fire.
A couple from Cranberry Township, Pa., were in Lake Park Cemetery, East Midlothian Boulevard, Wednesday afternoon when they heard screaming. They looked up and saw a man engulfed in flames.
The Pennsylvania man approached the burning man, identified as Richard Scharein, to help, but Scharein told the man to leave him alone. Scharein had poured gasoline on himself and then set himself on fire, a police report said.
The Pennsylvania man took off his coat and wrapped it around Scharein, extinguishing the flames. The man's wife called 911.
Columbiana Co. finances
LISBON -- Columbiana County ended 2006 with a cash balance of 759,000, Columbiana County Auditor Nancy Milliken announced Thursday. That's about what the county needs to begin each year.
The county spent about 17 million last year, which is lower than normal.
The commissioners voted to enact a 0.5-percent sales tax starting in April. The vote came after voters rejected the tax three times. The tax had raised about 4 million a year of the county's 18 million general fund. The county got through 2006 by not filling positions and limiting spending, the auditor added.
Two injured in crash
BROOKFIELD -- The Warren Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a crash Thursday that sent two Pennsylvania men to the hospital. The patrol reports that Matthew A. Faber, 26, of Farrell, Pa., was traveling south on state Route 7 at 3:58 a.m. when his vehicle went through a red light at state Route 82 in the township.
Faber's vehicle struck a car driven by Robert L. Elia, 73, of Hermitage, Pa., who was traveling east on 82. The impact caused Elia's vehicle to spin off the road and hit a utility poll. Both men were taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center. Faber was treated, and Elia was in critical condition.
Police seek 2 vandals
AUSTINTOWN -- Two men jumped on an elderly woman's car at the Austintown Plaza around noon Thursday, and one of them punched out one of its windows, a witness told township police. The episode took place near the Harbor Freight store. A witness told police the men, who are being sought, had multiple piercings.

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