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Deputy OVI charge


Mahoning County Sheriff Jerry Greene has placed Deputy Kenneth J. O’Rourke, 52, of Canfield, on paid administrative leave after deputies arrested O’Rourke Sunday evening at Raccoon and Mellinger roads here. He is charged with operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and failure to control a vehicle.

O’Rourke, a deputy for six years, who was most recently assigned to work in the county jail, pleaded innocent Tuesday in Mahoning County Area Court here. Greene said O’Rourke’s blood alcohol level was .242, more than three times the legal limit of .08. It was O’Rourke’s first drunken driving charge, according to court records.

O’Rourke was off duty and in his own vehicle when the car he was driving hit one unoccupied vehicle and caused it to strike another unoccupied vehicle in the 9:55 p.m. crash, the sheriff said. There were no injuries.

Gunfire in Liberty


Police say they found seven spent .40-caliber shell casings outside a home at 1347 Virginia Trail after a neighbor reported gunshots about 5:15 a.m. Sunday.

When police arrived they found several vehicles in the driveway and a spent shell casing on the front porch. A quick check revealed six more shell casings in the area around the porch, police reports state.

The homeowner told police his adult daughter was having a birthday party, and he had heard no gunfire. Two men and a woman in the house each had cuts and torn or dirty clothes like they had been in a fight, but they refused to answer any questions other than to say some uninvited guests had come but left before police got there.

A car also was struck by gunfire, reports show. No one was injured.

Salvation Army dinner


The Salvation Army of Mahoning County’s 2013 Annual Civic Dinner is at 6 p.m. today at the Lake Club, 1140 Paulin Road.

Local individuals and organizations will be recognized for their commitment to service in the Mahoning Valley. They are: Fred Stillwagon, Others Award; Gus Giannios, Distinguished Community Service Award, and GM Lordstown Complex Paint Shop, United Autoworkers Local 1112, Distinguished Community Service Award.

The event is in conjunction with National Salvation Army Week, which is this week.

Individual tickets are $70, with a portion being tax deductible. Proceeds will be used to send 60 needy campers to camp this summer. For information, call 330-746-8403.

Seat belt events


The National Highway Administration and Ohio Seat Belt Traffic Safety will be hosting the annual “Click It or Ticket” and “Belts and BBQ” events starting today for local law-enforcement officials.

Charlie Staples BBQ and Mahoning Safe Communities have teamed up for the campaign. The goal is to educate law enforcement on enforcing those who do not wear their seat belts during the peak traffic months this summer. Safety materials, banners and 15 percent off coupons will be given to police to give to anyone found wearing their seatbelts.

Anyone pulled over for failing to wear their seat belts during the annual “Click It or Ticket” initiative from May 20 to June 2 will not be given warnings as a part of the National Highway Administration and Ohio Seat Belt Traffic Safety campaign.

Hubbard boil advisory


Due to a waterline break, a precautionary boil-water a dvisory has been issued for Tamarack Drive in Hubbard Township until further notice.

During the advisory, customers are urged to boil all tap water used for drinking and ingestion for 3 minutes to 5 minutes.

Contact the Trumbull County Sanitary Engineer’s office at 330-675-2775 for further information.

Wick Park event


The Mahoning-Youngstown Community Action Partnership is observing Community Action Awareness Day with activities from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday at Wick Park Recreation Center, 260 Park Ave.

There will be food, refreshments, games, prizes, bounce-around for the children, face-painting and other activities.

Parking is available on the street outside of Wick Park or people may park at MYCAP’s office at 1325 Fifth Ave., where free rides will be provided by MYCAP’s transportation bus.

MCCTC meeting today


Mahoning County Career & Technical Center board has a special meeting at 4 p.m. today in the board conference room, 7300 N. Palmyra Road.

Jailed in police death


A 26-year-old woman has been jailed at least until her preliminary hearing on charges that she crashed into a police cruiser, killing one officer and injuring another, while running from a traffic stop earlier this month.

Kylee Barletto of New Castle faces a preliminary hearing May 23 on manslaughter and other charges in the May 2 crash that killed Shenango Township Officer William “Jerry” McCarthy IV.

Barletto answered “yes” when asked by reporters if she was sorry for the crash, before saying, “I don’t want to talk right now” at Monday’s arraignment.

New Castle police say Barletto was driving erratically with a suspended license when she refused to pull over and instead drove away before crashing into McCarthy’s cruiser.

Teen remains jailed


A detention hearing has been delayed indefinitely for a 15-year-old western Pennsylvania boy who was just 11 when he was charged in the shotgun killing of his father’s pregnant fiancee and her unborn child in February 2009.

The indefinite delay of Tuesday’s hearing means Jordan Brown of Wampum will remain in a juvenile detention facility near Grove City while state prosecutors appeal a Superior Court panel’s decision last week to vacate his juvenile court conviction. The state attorney general’s office is expected to seek an appeal before the entire Superior Court.

The panel ruled last week there was insufficient evidence for a judge to find Brown delinquent — the juvenile court equivalent of a guilty verdict.

Staff and wire reports

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