The Mahoning County Coroner’s office has determined that John J. Tomlin Jr., 21, of Niles, who was killed in an accident at Extrudex Aluminum on Tuesday, died of “mechanical asphyxiation.”
An autopsy found that Tomlin was crushed after a metal rack he was working with several others to move at the company’s Mahoning Avenue facility was dislodged from its guiding wheels and fell.
At the time, the rack was stocked with aluminum sheets, which also fell on Tomlin.
Extrudex specializes in manufacturing extrusions for commercial, marine and industrial applications.
Tomlin’s co-worker Dallas Bright, 19, of Cortland, also was severely injured and is being treated for second- and third- degree burns at a local hospital.
The death has been ruled accidental, but an investigation is ongoing.
A Virginia company is recalling 1,440 pounds of chicken after a labeling error. Perdue Foods of Bridgewater, Va., is recalling packages of original chicken- breast nuggets because of allergy concerns after milk was omitted from the label, said the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.
The 12-ounce tray packs have the establishment number “P .369” inside the USDA mark of inspection, and a sell-by date of Dec. 16, 2012. According to a press release, the chicken was distributed to stores in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia. For more information, contact the USDA meat and poultry hotline at 888-674-6854.
Clergy prayer rallies
Clergy from throughout the Mahoning Valley will join together at 2 p.m. Sunday at Mahoning and Trumbull counties’ boards of elections to encourage people to vote in-person at the boards.
The prayer rallies will be outside the boards’ offices at 345 Oak Hill Ave. in Youngstown and 2947 Youngstown Road S.E. in Warren.
Car hits garage, porch
City police are investigating a crash involving a vehicle that drove through a garage before it hit a home.
Police said Sally L. Manilla, 73, of Hubbard, was driving east on Moore Street in her 2008 Chevrolet Malibu, before she lost control near Taylor Street about 2 p.m. Wednesday.
Officers said her car went off the right side of the road and struck a branch, which cracked the windshield. It then went through the back of a nearby garage and came out the front, they said.
The car then crossed over to Jones Street and hit the front porch of another home before it came to rest.
Police said no one was seriously injured, but Manilla was taken to Sharon Regional Hospital.
She was cited for failure to control.
EMS aids storm relief
Elite EMS in Hermitage, Pa., is sending its special-operations ambulance unit to New Jersey to help with emergency services and storm relief.
The unit will be part of the Pennsylvania Emergency Medical Services Strike Team.
Two paramedics and two emergency medical technicians left Thursday and are expected to return Monday.
Elite EMS unveiled its special operations unit in 2010.
The ambulance is configured for disaster operations.
The ambulance company serves Clark, Hermitage, Farrell, Lackawannock Township, Sharon, Sharpsville, Shenango Township, South Pymatuning Township, West Middlesex, Wheatland and surrounding communities.
Poland Union Elementary will have a fundraiser at Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt on Nov. 12 and 13.
The school will receive 20 percent of the profits from both nights at the frozen-yogurt shop, 813 Boardman-Poland Road, when patrons bring in a flier. The fliers can be picked up at Poland Union, 30 Riverside Drive.