AUSTINTOWN -- A man who heard a loud explosion outside his home discovered the remains of a drain- cleaner bomb near his garage, township police report. The London Drive man saw no one after the explosion at 7:40 a.m. Sunday, police said. There was no damage to the garage. A drain cleaner bomb is made with a plastic pop bottle and a caustic substance.
DeGeneres buys cookies
NILES -- A Girl Scout from the Lake to River Council is helping comedian Ellen DeGeneres satisfy a cookie craving. Alexis Moyers, 10, of Geneva, delivered 1,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to DeGeneres on Monday during a taping of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."
Alexis and her mother, Rachael, had sent an e-mail asking DeGeneres to buy some cookies to help pay for a trip to New York for Alexis' Ashtabula-based troop, said Lorilyn Shandor of the Lake To River Council based in Niles. Alexis' decision to contact DeGeneres "showed true courage and ambition," Shandor said in a news release. Show publicist Melissa Little said DeGeneres accepts the delivery on the show and presents Alexis with a check for 3,500.
Misuse of funds cited
WARREN -- A state audit found that a charter school in the city paid more than 50,000 in federal taxes with money given to them by the state, a violation of Ohio law. State law says schools cannot use state funds to pay any type of taxes.
The Educational Development Center of Trumbull County Inc., which operates the Life Skills school on Franklin Street Southeast, used state money to pay 58,000 in federal taxes and 15,300 in real estate taxes, a 2006 audit says.
There is no official penalty for paying federal taxes with state money, but the center must seek tax-exempt status, auditor's office spokesman Steve Faulkner said. Once the center has become tax exempt, it may seek a reimbursement from the Internal Revenue Service, Faulkner said.
Ohio Lottery winner
YOUNGSTOWN -- A Cortland resident has garnered a top prize on an Ohio Lottery instant game. Paul Edwards won 250,000 on the Ohio Lottery's Holiday Lucky Times 10 instant game. He filed a claim in the Youngstown regional office Friday.
After deducting federal and state taxes totaling 31 percent, Edwards will receive a check for 172,500. He bought the 5 instant game ticket from Lakeside Sport Shop, 2115 state Route 305 in Cortland. The store will receive a 2,500 bonus for selling the winning ticket.
Safety Council courses
YOUNGSTOWN -- The National Safety Council is offering standard first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation for infants, children and adults, and automated external defibrillator training courses that meet Occupational Health and Safety Administration standards for emergency care training in the workplace.
The courses will be taught at the Ohio One Building, 25 E. Boardman St., Suite 343, and include textbooks and certificates -- two-year for CPR/AED and three-year for first aid. The CPR/AED course is from 8 a.m. to noon Jan. 24; and the first-aid course is from 1 to 5 p.m. Jan. 24. The cost for each course is 25 for NSC members and 32 for nonmembers. Call (330) 747-8657 to register by today.
Berlin Lake meeting
BERLIN CENTER -- Berlin Lake Association will have its first meeting of the new year at 7 tonight at the Deerfield Town Hall, 1450 state Route 14, Deerfield. The nonprofit organization works to promote the collective and individual property rights and civic interests of all people, firms and/or corporations who have an interest in the preservation of Berlin Lake. The meeting is open to the public.