METRO DIGEST || Turnpike ramp to open

Ramp to reopen


The eastbound entrance ramp to the Ohio Turnpike at Exit 216 was scheduled to reopen early this morning.

Its closure was needed for the turnpike’s ongoing full-depth pavement replacement program from mile post 216.1 to 221.2 in Mahoning County, the turnpike administration said.

Simultaneously, a new traffic pattern was to begin for eastbound turnpike motorists. Eastbound motorists will no longer use the bidirectional contraflow traffic pattern. All eastbound traffic will be maintained in a single lane throughout the construction zone until the project is complete.

The work is part of the turnpike’s $145 million capital improvement program, its largest in 15 years.

Austintown schools gets new director


Austintown Local School District administrators will welcome John Lenkey as the new transportation director Monday. Lenkey is a retired Ohio State Highway Patrol assistant post commander.

According to a district news release, he was recently the transportation supervisor and safety coordinator for Better Corporation Management of Ohio and previously the safety coordinator at Clear Creek Trucking.

Charged with OVI


Officers arrested an 81-year-old woman for operating a vehicle while impaired after she drove into a ditch on Fitzgerald Avenue.

According to the report, Clara Rummel, 81, of Westchester Drive, told officers she had only one beer but couldn’t remember from where, Wednesday night.

Reports said Rummel also couldn’t tell officers where she came from or where she was headed.

Rummel was arrested for OVI and failure to control her vehicle. She is to appear in Mahoning County Area Court at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Literacy night set


Struthers Elementary School, 111 Euclid Ave., will host a literacy night from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday. The event, which includes a snack, is open to first- and second-grade students and their families.

Man passed out


Officers arrested a Youngstown man after he inhaled a can of aerosol spray and passed out in a Walmart bathroom.

According to the report, Frank Consiglio, 23, of Mona Lane took the spray from a Walmart, 6001 Mahoning Ave., shelf without paying for it and inhaled it in the bathroom Tuesday.

Officers discovered Consiglio was banned from Walmart for a similar incident in September. Consiglio told officers he keeps repeating the offense because he has no friends and has nothing to do, reports said.

He is charged with criminal trespassing, theft and abusing harmful intoxicants.

Suspect sought


The FBI’s Pittsburgh Division and the Grove City Police Department are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a man responsible for robbing Citizens Bank, 165 S. Broad St., Wednesday.

At about 10:50 a.m., a lone white male entered the bank and demanded money. After receiving an undisclosed amount, the robber was seen entering a late-model Honda sedan with a front license plate and fleeing north toward Interstate 80.

The robber is described as 40 to 50 years old, thin build, about 5 feet 9 inches tall, and weighing about 165 pounds. He was last seen wearing a denim button-down, long-sleeved shirt and wire-rimmed glasses/sunglasses.

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