METRO DIGEST || Benefit spaghetti dinner in Southington

Spaghetti dinner


A spaghetti dinner breast-cancer benefit for Champion resident Debbie Lee will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 22 at Southington High School, 2482 state Route 534 in Southington.

It will feature a bake sale, craft vendors, an auction and dinner for $10 for adults, $5 for children 4 to 11 and free for children under age 3.

Lee worked 30 years for a local pediatrician and “gave so much to the community, and now it’s time to give back to her,” said her niece, Jodi Lehmann of Champion, who also is recovering from breast cancer. Lehmann started Team FAITH in 2013 to sponsor benefit events for herself and others with cancer.

Lee doesn’t have insurance and is no longer able to work because of her Stage 4 cancer, so the fundraiser is to help her pay her medical bills, Lehmann said.

Forty percent of women with breast cancer discover the disease through self-examination, Lehmann noted.

Fire investigated


Firefighters are looking for the cause of a blaze that destroyed a home at 1672 Jacobs Road on the far East Side just before 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Crews called to the scene found smoke coming from the side of the home and firefighters managed to get inside to the second floor but had to back off from offensive operations because of a frozen hydrant, reports said. Instead, because of a lack of water all firefighters were called outside, reports said.

Damage is listed at $18,000. No one was injured.

Cookie weekend


Girl Scouts of the USA has designated Friday through Sunday as “National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend.”

This year’s cookie sale began in early January, with delivery set to start during the week of March 8. Cookie-booth sales will follow shortly afterward, on March 14, and the sale will end March 30. Cookies are $4 per box, and eight varieties are available this year.

To find nearby cookie sales, download the Cookie Locator app, visit the Girl Scouts of North East Ohio website, or call 888-9-THIN-MINT.

The annual cookie sale has been the primary fundraiser for Girl Scout troops across the U.S.

Farrell drug arrest


Southwest Regional Police and members of the Mercer County Critical Incident Response Team arrested Leroy Montague on charges of possession with intent to deliver and possession of a controlled substance, The Vindicator’s broadcast partner, 21 WFMJ-TV reports.

Montague was arrested just after 6 a.m. Wednesday at his Farrell home on Hamilton Avenue.

Police found 122 grams of suspected cocaine, $3,000, two handguns, a scale and packaging material.

His bond is set at $180,00.

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