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Boy, 17, drowns in Lawrence Co.

Published: Mon, July 14, 2014 @ 12:00 a.m.

Boy, 17, drowns in Lawrence Co.


John W. Durnell, 17, of Elwood City, Pa., drowned in swift-moving water about 4:25 p.m. Sunday in Slippery Rock Creek in Lawrence County.

His body was recovered by the Lawrence County and New Castle Fire Department dive teams. State police said Durnell was swimming with a friend and tried to swim across the creek in strong currents when he drowned.

Road closing for culvert replacement

South Turner Road between Kirk and Gibson roads in Austintown and Canfield townships will be closed today through Friday to replace a damaged culvert.

Traffic will be detoured along Gibson, Lipkey and Kirk roads. For information, call the Mahoning County Engineer’s office at 330-270-4674.

Demonstration set


The Arab American Community Center of Liberty will have a demonstration at 3 p.m. today at the Federal Courthouse on Market Street across from the Mahoning County Courthouse regarding the conflict in Gaza and the Middle East.

A press release from the center says the demonstration will be to “voice our opinion” against Israel’s actions.

The New York Times reported Sunday that the death toll among Palestinians is 158, at least half of them noncombatants.

City firefighters battle 4 blazes


The Youngstown Fire Department extinguished four house fires Sunday — three in the morning and a fourth one in the evening.

The first one was at 5:04 a.m. at the intersection of Hillman Street and Delason Avenue.

The second one was at 5:20 a.m. at Hillman Street and Chicago Avenue, and the third was at 5:36 a.m. at 1045 Ridge Avenue.

All three burned to the ground, according to the Vindicator’s broadcast partner, 21 WFMJ-TV.

The first two were about six blocks from each other. The third fire was about a mile north of the second one.

The fourth fire was at 7:39 p.m. at 44 Glacier Avenue on the West Side.


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