New Castle fire

New Castle fire


A fire was quickly put out early Saturday on the 1400 block of North Mercer Street.

The fire spread from the first to second floor, but firefighters were able to contain it, according to Vindicator broadcast partner 21 WFMJ-TV.

It was reported about 6 a.m. Nobody was discovered inside the home, but a neighbor told WFMJ that he saw somebody at the home the day before.

The fire is still under investigation.

Warren man killed


The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a one-car crash that took the life of a Warren man early Saturday in Nelson Township.

John A. Debon III, 35, was driving westbound at high speeds on state Route 305 in a 2011 Volvo S40 when he went off the right side of Nicholson Road in Portage County and struck two trees. Debon was the only person in the vehicle and was not wearing a seat belt, according to a release.

Community fire and emergency medical personnel had to extricate Dubon, who was pronounced dead at the scene. He was transported to the morgue at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna.

His vehicle sustained severe damage, and it is unknown whether alcohol or drugs played any part. The accident remains under investigation.

South Side shootout


Police are investigating a suspected shootout that took place on the city’s South Side on Saturday afternoon.

It happened about 3:30 p.m. outside the Dollar General on Market Street. Police said nobody was injured, but a car was hit by the gunfire.

No weapons have been recovered, but several shell casings were discovered at the scene.

The shooting is under investigation.

Woman killed in crash


The Ohio State Highway Patrol Lisbon Post is investigating a two-car fatal crash that occurred Friday morning.

The accident happened about 10:34 a.m., according to a patrol release, when a red Mitsubishi Montero Sport driven by Melvin D. Werling of East Liverpool struck a guardrail on state Route 170 in Middleton Township, crossed the center line and struck a chrome Chevy Silverado driven by Cary S. Winters of Negley.

Jacqueline P. Werling, a passenger in the Montero, no age or address available, was pronounced dead at the scene. The OSHP said alcohol was not a factor, and the crash is still under investigation.

2 hurt in crash

New Beaver, PA.

Two people were hospitalized after a two-car crash Friday afternoon in this Lawrence County borough.

The accident happened about 3 p.m. when Megan Urbanic of Ellwood City drove a Honda Civic into the northbound lane and was struck by a Ford van driven by Howard Leith of Wellsville.

Urbanic suffered severe injuries and was flown by medical helicopter to Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh. Leith suffered minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to Ellwood City Hospital.

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