Fire in clothes dryer damages hotel
A commercial dryer fire at the Rodeway Inn on Belmont Avenue caused about $75,000 in damage Monday afternoon.
Hotel guests were evacuated from the building as a precaution. No injuries were reported in the fire, and the cause is still under investigation.
The fire was under control quickly when Liberty firefighters and other fire departments arrived after the call came in at 4:15 p.m.
The dryer was heavily damaged, and there was some heat and smoke damage in the laundry room.
There also was electrical and smoke damage throughout the hotel.
Guests staying at the hotel were able to return to their rooms if they wished, fire officials said.
Emaciated horses seized by officials
An anonymous complaint to humane agents has resulted in the seizure of three horses.
According to The Vindicator’s broadcast partner, 21 WFMJ-TV, the horses were confiscated from a property on South Pricetown Road.
A neighbor who didn’t want to be identified said she hadn’t seen anyone caring for the animals for months.
Humane agents said the horses do not belong to the property owner.
“They [the horses] are not good, you know, they are a little skinny,” said Kymberly Woodburn, humane agent with Animal Charity.
21 WFMJ-TV contacted the property owner, who explained they rent the barn out to a woman who has not paid rent in six months. The phone number they have for the woman is no longer in service and several notes in attempt to reach her were left on the barn doors.
The horses have been taken to Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary in Ravenna where they will be seen by a vet.
Facing felony charge
A Struthers man faces a felony charge of unlawful possession of a dangerous ordnance after city police found a pipe bomb in his car during a traffic stop.
Paul J. Trimacco, 32, of West Faith Street was also charged with failure to secure a dangerous ordnance, as well as for driving under suspension and for not stopping at a stop sign.
Trimacco was pulled over by police about 1:15 p.m. Monday at the intersection of Wilson Avenue and Seventh Street for the latter offense. The Youngstown police bomb squad was called out shortly afterward to disarm the pipe bomb, which was made of PVC pipe.
Trimacco is set to appear in Campbell Municipal Court on Tuesday.
Belt catches fire at steel company
No injuries were reported after a conveyor belt in the melt shop caught on fire early Monday at Warren Steel Holdings, 4000 Mahoning Ave. NW in Warren Township.
The cause of the fire, reported at 3:50 a.m., and the amount of damage it did are not known, said Warren Township Fire Chief Ken Schick. Firefighters were at the scene until about 5:30 a.m.
Warren Township received mutual aid from Champion, Bazetta and Cortland firefighters.
Fires at vacant houses
Firefighters battled blazes at two vacant houses on a South Side street over the weekend.
Crews were called to 518 Pasadena Ave. about 10 p.m. Sunday and found smoke coming from the first floor. Reports said it appears the fire there was set in the living room and spread to the upstairs. A neighbor told firefighters the home had been vacant for more than a year and kids are able to get inside.
Damage is listed at $5,000.
Crews also were called to 622 Pasadena Ave. about 4:55 a.m. Saturday, where they found a back door kicked in. Even though the home was vacant the utilities were still on, reports said. Damage there is listed at $8,000, a total loss.
No one was injured in either blaze. They are both under investigation.
Walgreens participates in hunger campaign
Through March 31, Walgreens stores at 14 locations in Mahoning and Trumbull counties are participating in Check Out Hunger, a component of Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley’s Harvest for Hunger campaign.
To donate to the Harvest for Hunger, Walgreens customers may tear off a $1, $5 or $10 coupon available at the register that will be added to their bill. For every $1 raised, the food bank can distribute $15 worth of food to families in the Mahoning Valley, said Mike Iberis, its executive director.
For information on how to get involved, visit www.harvestforhunger.org. or call 330-792-5522.