Fire damage total
George Brown, Boardman Township fire chief, said damages from the electrical fire in the attic at Anthony Vivo’s home Monday afternoon total $55,000. Vivo is Mahoning County’s clerk of courts. Brown said $50,000 of that amount is structural, and the other $5,000 is content damage. Most of it was caused by smoke and water, he noted. The township was called to the 743 Nellbert Lane home at 12:15 p.m. Monday to find a fire in the attic. Brown said firefighters were on the scene for 90 minutes and were assisted by the Western Reserve Joint Fire District.
Drugs, cash recovered
Police recovered $6,000 worth of drugs and $2,500 in cash from a 284 E. Fourth St. apartment Tuesday. Members of the Columbiana County Drug Task Force, with help from Salem Police, Columbiana County Sheriff’s Office, and federal Drug Enforcement Administration seized cocaine, crack cocaine and marijuana as well as a .12-gauge shotgun. Lee Webb, 53, who lives at the apartment, was arrested on the charge of felon in possession of a weapon, a news release said.
Truck spills load
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa.
A portion of U.S. Route 422 near Mount Hope Furnace Road was closed after a truck carrying stone spilled its load about 9:05 a.m. Tuesday. The truck, driven by 81-year-old Michael J. Barbish Jr. of Harmony was driving north on Mount Hope Furnace Road when it went off the road, hit and embankment and rolled onto its side and slid 40 feet before coming to a stop, according to a Pennsylvania State Police report. Barbish was flown by a helicopter to a Pittsburgh hospital to be treated. He was not wearing a seat belt, according to the state police.
Man severely beaten
Police say a 53-year-old man was severely beaten at a Pyatt Street business on the South Side about 6:45 p.m. Monday. Reports said a man came to the business and asked for the victim to look at a car with him. When the victim came out, the man pulled out a small revolver and demanded money before firing a shot that missed.
The man then beat the victim in the head and face with the gun and shot at several other people who watched or tried to help but missed with each shot. Police were called there for a shooting because of the large amount of blood but paramedics said that the victim was beaten, not shot. He was taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center.
Police will be increasing patrols for the July 4 holiday, to look out for drunken drivers. Chief Vincent D’Egidio said last week a woman was arrested for driving under the influence and was also texting while she was driving. She had a blood alcohol content of 0.137; the legal limit in Ohio is 0.08. Monday at 5:30 p.m. a man was arrested for DUI after he was driving at a very slow speed impeding traffic. His BAC was 0.231. D’Egidio said he was concerned because that is a time of day where there is a lot of traffic on the road. D’Egidio said his department has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to drinking and driving.
Closing for block party
These streets will be closed for community block parties from noon to 9 p.m. Thursday: Hylda Avenue between Hillman and Mary streets on the South Side and State Street between Albert and Willow streets on the East Side.
Street closing for video
An “I Love the YO” music video will be recorded from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday and will result in the closure of Hillman Street between Warren and Chicago avenues on the South Side.
The Youngstown Board of Education will have a retreat from 5 to 9 p.m. July 16 at the Wean Foundation, 147 W. Market St. The Ohio School Board Association will conduct the meeting. No official business or deliberations will be conducted.