Click It or Ticket 2015
Trumbull County Safe Communities, in coordination with the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Ohio Traffic Safety Office, is announcing its 2015 Click It or Ticket campaign kickoff at 9:15 a.m. today at the Trumbull County Educational Service Center, 6600 Youngstown-Warren Road. The campaign will run Monday through May 31.
Students will be recognized for their traffic-safety commitment and the programs they have presented to their peers.
A guest speaker also will provide a short presentation supporting traffic safety efforts and the national Click It or Ticket campaign kickoff. Magnets and banners will be available. All Trumbull County police agencies are encouraged to attend.
Injured in I-80 crash
The Ohio State Highway Patrol says the 4:45 p.m. Sunday single-vehicle tractor-trailer crash at the intersection of Interstate 80 and state Route 11 injured Lawrence Richmond, 58, of Hammondsville, Ohio.
Richmond was westbound on I-80 with double trailers when the vehicle went out of control in the right lane of the wet road and jack-knifed, leaving the road on the right side, striking a guardrail and concrete bridge support.
Richmond was extricated using mechanical equipment and transported to St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Fire departments from Liberty and Vienna townships and Girard and the Youngstown Air Reserve Station responded to the scene. About 50 gallons of diesel fuel spilled as a result of the crash. The trailers were empty at the time of the crash.
The westbound lanes were closed about four hours.
$80K lost in scam
A township woman lost more than $80,000 over the last two and a half years after she fell victim to a scam.
The victim, 66, reported to police Friday that since January 2012 she transferred $80,000 to a man who she believed was investing the funds for her. She also reported she was missing $270 due to fraudulent charges on her checking account.
The victim told police a caller contacted her in 2012, claiming that he would set up an inheritance account for her. She then reportedly gave the man all her personal information and transferred money to him whenever he asked her to.
A Struthers woman faces a domestic-violence charge after a nursing-home employee reported her to police after she is accused of hitting her mother.
The employee told police that Marta Ciminelli, 65, struck her 85-year-old mother, a resident at the township facility, “very hard,” during a visit in April, according to a police report. Ciminelli posted bond and was released pending a court appearance.
Lottery rep is accused
David Dragelevich, a regional sales representative at the Ohio Lottery Commission office in North Canton, is accused of stealing more than $100,000 in lottery tickets by manipulating the Ohio Lottery retailer accounts at various locations in the Akron and Youngstown areas, according to a report by the Ohio Inspector General.
During an Ohio State Highway Patrol interview, Dragelevich admitted to cashing stolen lottery tickets on his own and with accomplices, according to the Inspector General investigation initiated after receiving a complaint from the Ohio Lottery Commission.
As a result of the report, Dragelevich was indicted by a Mahoning County grand jury and a criminal prosecution is pending in the county’s common pleas court.
Route 7 travel restricted
Travel on state Route 7 will be restricted briefly Friday morning at Wellsville in Columbiana County for utility work, the Ohio Department of Transportation announced Monday.
Around 10 a.m., Comcast will be installing a new aerial fiber-optic cable over the highway.
Minimal impacts are expected, but traffic will be stopped in both directions for approximately 10 minutes. Motorists are urged to use caution and be prepared for slight delays.
Pills in underwear
Corrections officers at the Mahoning County jail found 22 pills Friday inside the underwear of an Illinois Avenue man being booked into the jail after being accused of driving a stolen car.
Marquise Higgs, 26, is in the jail after his arraignment Monday before Judge Elizabeth Kobly on charges of receiving stolen property, possession of drugs and illegal conveyance of drugs into a detention facility.
Reports said Higgs was the driver of a car pulled over by Youngstown State University police on Armed Forces Boulevard about 4:10 p.m. Friday after a check of the license plate found it was stolen out of Columbiana County.
Higgs gave officers a false name because he knew he was wanted on a warrant, reports said.
Jury selection began Monday in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court in the attempted-murder trial of a Compton Lane man.
Jerome Given, 53, is on trial before Judge Maureen Sweeney for a July 11 shooting that wounded Charles Pete, 44. Police found Pete, of Willis Avenue, at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital with wounds to the chest and hip.
Alcohol in boat crash
A preliminary investigation has determined alcohol was involved in a weekend boating collision on Berlin Lake that killed an Akron man.
According to 21 WFMJ-TV, The Vindicator’s broadcast partner, Neal Cuppett, 58, and Bruce Lindamood II, both of Akron, were pulled from the lake after a collision between a 16-foot fishing boat and a 17-foot power boat just after midnight Saturday. Both men were taken to Robinson Memorial Hospital, where Lindamood was treated for injuries. The Portage County coroner says Cuppett died from blunt-force trauma.
An employee of North End Market, 1645 N. Park Ave., was robbed at gunpoint at 11:48 a.m. Sunday by a man who had been in the store two previous times earlier in the day and who the clerk knows but not by name.
Store surveillance video showed a man wearing a gray sweatshirt with khaki pants walk inside the store, pull out a black object from his waistband that appeared to be a gun, then point it at the clerk. The robber got about $300, police said.
Uncle reports assault
A Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Youngstown, man said he was assaulted by his nephew at his nephew’s house on Penn Avenue Northwest early Saturday.
The victim, 34, said that during the 2:30 a.m. argument, his nephew, 21, punched him twice in the face and hit him over the head with a glass ashtray, which produced a great deal of bleeding.
The victim was treated at ValleyCare Trumbull Memorial Hospital and went in and out of consciousness several times and also suffered seizures, police said.