Woman found dead

Woman found dead


Columbiana County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a shooting south of Salem near the Kent State Salem campus. According to The Vindicator’s broadcast partner, 21 WFMJ-TV, a woman was found dead and a child wounded late Monday afternoon in a house on state Route 45.

The sheriff’s department had no additional information as of press time Monday.

Patrol investigates crash that killed woman

WEST Farmington

The Ohio State Highway Patrol continues investigating a two-vehicle crash in Farmington Township that left a woman dead Monday morning. Gretchen Champiney-Welch, 51, of Farmdale, was killed while traveling north on state Route 534 shortly before 10:30 a.m.

According to a state patrol press release, Champiney-Welch drove from a stop sign at state Route 88 before she was struck by a vehicle driven by William Hedrick, 85, of Cortland.

Champiney-Welch’s vehicle went off the side of the road and struck a utility pole. She was transported to University Hospital-Geauga Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.

Hedrick and his passenger, Ramona Hedrick, 82, also of Cortland, were taken to St. Joseph Health Center, Warren, where they were treated for minor injuries. The patrol said all three people were wearing seat belts.

Health-care forum set


Sharon Regional Health System is having a community health-care forum at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Sharon High School auditorium. The event is an opportunity for area residents to meet Sharon Regional’s new president and chief executive officer, John R. “Jack” Janoso Jr., hear about the Health System’s recent accomplishments, and participate in a discussion on how a strong health system benefits the community.

Sharon Regional representatives will be available for any questions and listen to suggestions for improving the community’s health care experiences. To register for the event, call 724-983-5518 or 800-346-7997.

Escape from house fire


Occupants escaped from a two-story house at 209 N. Lane Ave. on the city’s East Side, where firefighters said a blaze was intentionally set with an incendiary device early Monday.

Police reported hearing an explosion just before the fire was reported at 12:55 a.m. When firefighters arrived, the kitchen and rear exterior were ablaze. Firefighters rescued a pit-bull dog from the basement. The blaze was contained to the rear of the house.

Department officials estimated damage at $5,000 to the house and $2,000 to its contents.

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