METRO DIGEST || Fundraiser for Struthers rental company

Fire fundraiser


A fundraiser to benefit Struthers Chair and Tent Rental will take place next Saturday at the Bowery, 2729 E. Midlothian Blvd, and will include food, music, an auction and 50/50 raffles.

Proceeds will go toward rebuilding Struthers Chair and Tent Rental, which is owned by Joe Lattanzio. A May 26 fire at its 625 Spring St. building consumed thousands of dollars worth of equipment, but Lattanzio’s insurance will cover only a fraction of what was lost in the blaze.

Donations are being accepted. For more information, contact 330-550-2664, 330-469-1369 or the Bowery at 330-755-0839.

Court reappoints Halleck to panel


The Ohio Supreme Court has reappointed Columbiana County Commissioner Michael Halleck to the Commission on Dispute Resolution.

The commission advises the Supreme Court and its staff about the promotion of statewide rules and uniform standards concerning the use of dispute resolutions in Ohio courts and the development and delivery of dispute-resolution education and professional development for judges, attorneys and other court personnel.

Halleck was first appointed to the commission in 2012 and was reappointed last April. His three-year term ends Dec. 31, 2016. Halleck and his wife live in Perry Township with their daughter.

Canal history


The monthly meeting of the Salem Historical Society is Tuesday, and after a short business meeting, the program, “History of the Sandy and Beaver Canal,” will be presented by John Horn and members of the Sandy and Beaver Canal Association. Horn serves as president.

The association was organized in 1988 to educate, promote, preserve and restore the history of the Sandy and Beaver Canal. The canal ran 73 miles from the Ohio River at Glasgow, Pa., to the Ohio and Erie Canal at Bolivar, Ohio. Portions of it can still be seen in a drive through central Columbiana County.

The 7 p.m. meeting will be at the Dale Shaffer Library’s meeting room, 239 S. Lundy Ave., with parking suggested in the city municipal parking lot on South Lundy. Contact the museum, 330-337-8514, for information. Refreshments will be available after the meeting.

Suspect wanted


Authorities are searching for a North Jackson man after he was charged with kidnapping.

According to The Vindicator’s broadcast partner, 21 WFMJ-TV, Hale Burkholder III, 34, is wanted after he stopped along a wooded section of McKees Lane and tried to sexually assault a 28-year-old woman he picked up,

Police found the truck, but not Burkholder and impounded the vehicle. The victim was taken to a hospital for treatment.

They ask anyone with information to call 330-652-9944.

Brookfield protest


Protesters gathered in the township center Friday to voice their opposition to a proposed injection well.

According to The Vindicator’s broadcast partner, 21 WFMJ-TV, The well is planned for a site off state Route 7 near McMullen Drive, and about 1,500 feet from the Brookfield schools campus.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has yet to approve a permit for the well. It would be operated by Cortland-based American Energy.

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