A fundraiser is planned from 3 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Bob Evans Restaurant, 1100 N. Canfield-Niles Road, to benefit Jerry and Linda Riley of Youngstown, who need a wheelchair ramp built at their home.
During those hours, 15 percent of the proceeds of sales to people presenting the appropriate Bob Evans coupon will be donated to the The Linda and Jerry Riley Benefit Fund. Jerry, a former Youngstown City employee and Army veteran, has Parkinson’s disease and is wheelchair-bound.
People who wish to donate directly to The Linda and Jerry Riley Benefit Fund can do so at any Huntington Bank office.
The Ohio Department of Transportation is reminding motorists that left turns on to Saltwell Road from state Route 45 north of Lisbon are prohibited during current construction for safety reasons as well as to maintain traffic flow through the congested area.
Construction began in May to improve the safety of the intersection of Saltwell (Township Road 867) and Route 45 (North Market Street).
The construction includes new sidewalks, retaining walls, curb ramps and audible pedestrian signs. The project should be completed by the end of this month.
Parking ban to begin
A parking ban on six streets in the city will begin Monday.
Parking will be prohibited on Coitsville Road, Sixth Street, 12th Street, Tenney Avenue, Robinson Road and Struthers Liberty Road for the duration of a street-sweeping project. Sweeping then will proceed to the city’s four wards and to the parking lot of city hall.
For information, contact Judith R. Clement, director of administration, at 330-755-1451.
The Mahoning County Juvenile Court’s specialized sex-offender docket has earned final Ohio Supreme Court certification and is the state’s only certified juvenile sex-offender docket.
Juvenile offenders must complete the court’s 18-month adolescent sexual-abuser treatment program, said Judge Theresa Dellick of Mahoning County Juvenile Court.
“Specialized dockets result in significantly lower recidivism [repeat offense] rates,” said Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor of the Ohio Supreme Court.
HEAP summer program to begin
Home Energy Assistance Program’s Summer Crisis Program begins today at Mahoning Youngstown Community Action Partnership offices in Youngstown and Sebring. The program runs through Aug. 31.
Mahoning County residents are eligible for HEAP benefits if their household income is at or below 175 percent of the 2014 Federal Poverty Guidelines; meet other eligibility criteria; and provide the necessary documentation. Eligible applicants include those with a documented medical condition saying they would benefit from an air conditioner or continued electric service, and individuals 60 and over.
For information about eligibility requirements and to schedule an appointment, call MYCAP in Youngstown at 866-223-1125 or the MYCAP Western Mahoning County office in Sebring at 330-938-6166, ext. 1500.
Liberty Township trustees will have a special meeting at 1:30 p.m. today at the township administration building, 1315 Church Hill-Hubbard Road. The board will adjourn to executive session to discuss discipline and personnel matters.
The Southington school board will have a special meeting at 5 p.m. today in the library of Southington Local Schools, 2482 state Route 534. The meeting is for personnel employment purposes, to accept the resignation of a staff member and to have an executive session for employment.
Authorities are investigating the apparent drowning of a teen in the Ohio River.
The Vindicator’s broadcast partner 21 WFMJ-TV reports that rescue crews arrived at the Broadway Wharf in the city Saturday evening and began searching for a young male victim who went under while swimming with his girlfriend.
After 20 minutes, they found Herbie Lancaster unresponsive near a boat launch, 10 feet from shore. He later was pronounced dead at East Liverpool City Hospital.
Fire at jail
A fire broke out in a commercial dryer at the Mahoning County jail around 4:30 p.m. Monday, Sheriff Jerry Greene said.
The dryer is in the basement. It wasn’t running, and everyone was gone for the day, he said.
The fire was contained inside the dryer. Greene said Youngstown firefighters thought the fire may have been caused by an electrical short or by chemicals in floor cleaners reacting with lint. The jail used the dryer to dry mop heads, he said. He said the jail will have all the dryers checked.
The fire department could not be reached late Monday night.