2 Boardman officers on leave pending probe
2 Boardman officerson leave pending probe
BOARDMAN -- The township police department placed two officers on paid administrative leave pending an internal investigation, acting Police Chief Jerre M. Patterson announced Friday.
Stephen Kendall, a five-year veteran, and Ken Kasiewicz, a four-year veteran, were placed on leave for what may be officer misconduct, Patterson said in a prepared statement given to the press.
Neither the police department nor township trustees will have further comment until the investigation is complete, the statement said.
Smoking ban reminder
COLUMBUS -- The Ohio Department of Health is in the process of sending letters to some 280,000 Ohio businesses affected by the state's new ban on smoking indoors in public places and places of employment, reminding them that even though enforcement rules have not been adopted they are required to comply with the statute.
The law took effect Dec. 7, 2006, and enforcement rules are required to be in place by June 7, 2007.
The law's major requirements, according to ODH, are: prohibit smoking in any public place or place of employment; remove all ashtrays and other receptacles used for disposing of smoking materials; post "No Smoking" signs in every public place and place of employment where smoking is prohibited that contain the toll-free number for reporting violations, which is (866) 559-6446.
The number to obtain information is (866) 634-7654.
Route 46 work alert
AUSTINTOWN -- Motorists on state Route 46 here can expect intermittent lane restrictions at Kirk Road for traffic signal reconstruction, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation. Most work involved with the project is expected to occur on sidewalks or in the shoulder of the roadway and not interfere with traffic. These restrictions will occur Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. until mid-April.
Investigating 2 deaths
NILES -- City police are investigating the deaths of two men.
A man was found in the back seat of a car parked at Pepper Tree Apartments on Robbins Avenue at 11 a.m. Thursday. The man, whose name has not been released by police, appears to have been living in his car and to have suffered from poor health. There were no signs of foul play, police noted.
Police are also investigating the shooting death of a man who was a resident of the Carnegie Arms Apartments on Youll Street. Police and the complex manager found the man at 6:30 p.m. Thursday after receiving calls concerned about his whereabouts. Police also have not identified the man, but said they believe his injury could be self-inflicted.
Autopsies were scheduled for Friday and today.
YOUNGSTOWN -- The cause of a fire at a house vacant for about two years and up for sale at 4019 Erie St. is under investigation. Firefighters said the fire at 8:45 p.m. Thursday spread from the second floor to the roof and eaves. Damage was listed at 11,000.
Delivery man robbed
WARREN -- Two men robbed a pizza delivery man in the 500 block of High Street Northeast. The victim had just made a delivery when the robbers struck about 11:30 p.m. Thursday.
Fire damages home
AUSTINTOWN -- A fire at the home of Jaclyn Iagulli, 94 Benton Ave., began in the chimney and spread to a wall in the family room, said assistant fire chief Andy Frost. No one was injured in the fire, which broke out at 4:40 p.m. Thursday. The damage, around 25,000, was mostly confined to the family room, Frost said.
WARREN -- The Trumbull County Operating a Vehicle Impaired Task Force will conduct a sobriety checkpoint from 11 tonight to 2 a.m. Sunday at an undisclosed location. Officers will be conducting a roadside check of drivers for alcohol and drug impairment, task force coordinator Kim Peters said.
Hill gets 2 new lawyers
WARREN -- Visiting Judge Thomas P. Curran has appointed two new attorneys to represent convicted killer Danny Lee Hill of Warren.
Judge Curran filed a judgment entry Friday naming Michael J. Benza and Jillian Spence, both of Cleveland, to represent Hill in his ongoing state appeals for the killing of Raymond Fife of Warren in 1985.
Judge Curran in December released two Akron attorneys -- Henry Hilow and James Jenkins -- from representing Hill because both Hill and the lawyers wished to sever the relationship.