METRO DIGEST || Chestnut Ridge closing Wednesday

Chestnut Ridge closing


Chestnut Ridge Road, at the railroad bridge, just east of Wick Campbell Road, will be closed from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Norfolk Southern Railroad will be laying new rail across the bridge. The recommended detour is south on Wick Campbell Road and Bell Wick Road, east on West Liberty Street, and north on state Routes 62/7.

Howland crash injury


A helicopter transported a driver to St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital after a car crashed on state Route 82 near East Market Street. The driver lost control of the vehicle about 5:15 p.m. while traveling westbound, according the OSHP. The car went off the left side of the road into a grassy median before it re-entered the eastbound lanes of traffic and went off the south side of the road into a wooded area, according the OSHP. The driver’s injuries are serious but not life-threatening, the OSHP said. The victim’s name has not yet been released, pending notification of family members.

The incident remains under investigation.

Noxious odors


An East Boston Avenue woman was sentenced to 40 hours of community service and probation Monday after pleading no contest in municipal court to charges of littering and noxious odors at her home. Tracie Gilmore, 41, was cited June 25 after police responded to a call next door to her home and found the front porch littered with trash bags, a refrigerator in the front yard and an odor so foul that officers had to back away from the home. Gilmore was found guilty by Judge Elizabeth Kobly. Gilmore said the odor was a dead animal that was not disposed of properly, and her attorney said she was in the process of cleaning her house when police were there, which accounted for the bags and other litter at the home.

Crash closes I-80


A Pennsylvania driver of a tractor-trailer has been cited after a crash on Interstate 80 here Monday. The Ohio State Highway Patrol cited Paul Hoffman, Jr., 27, of Muncy, Pa., for failure to control after his semi veered off the road, onto the shoulder of eastbound I-80 about 12:45 p.m. Hoffman, who was wearing a seat belt, was not injured.

The right eastbound lane was closed for about six hours due to large metal pipes that had fallen from the overturned trailer. The Ohio Department of Transportation assisted with traffic control at the scene.

Talk with Boccieri


State Rep. John Boccieri of Poland, D-59th, will provide citizens an opportunity to discuss state issues, includng mandatory vaccinations, from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Wednesday in Poland Library’s Small Meeting Room, 311 S. Main St. Boccieri co-sponsored the more streamlined pupil-vaccination standards proposed in House Bill 564. The bill requires the Ohio Department of Health to create a standardized immunization form for caretakers of kindergartners, seventh-graders and 11th-graders to sign before the start of the school year in order to document any vaccine exemptions and to provide educational information about vaccinations.

Mock gets state honor


Austintown Board of Education President Kathy Mock was named Outstanding Ohio School Board Member by the Ohio School Board Association. Mock will be honored along with three other northeast region recipients Oct. 5 at the Northeast Region Fall Conference in Wadsworth. Mock has served on the Austintown board six years, five as president. She also serves as United Way of Youngstown’s education and initiatives director, Success by 6 and Success After 6 in 19 schools districts across Mahoning County and the Dolly Parton Imagination Library for children from birth to age 5 in Mahoning County.

Parked cruiser hit


A Warren man is free on a $2,500 personal recognizance bond after pleading not guilty Monday in Warren Municipal Court to hitting a parked Ohio State Highway Patrol cruiser Sunday. Jimmy Ray Stella Jr., 36, faces charges of operating a vehicle under the influence and failure to move over for a public safety vehicle. The OSHP reports Stella hit the rear of a parked state patrol cruiser, causing the cruiser to strike another car, while Sgt. Daniel Jesse was conducting a traffic stop on the East Market Street exit ramp of state Route 82 in Howland Township at about 2:45 a.m. Jesse has been released from ValleyCare Trumbull Memorial Hospital after being treated for minor injuries, according to the OSHP.

Drug charges


Kevin Henderson, 29, of Halls Heights was arrested on several charges Sunday evening after he tried to run from police, a report says. He was arraigned in municipal court Monday on charges of possession of crack cocaine, possession of heroin, possession of drugs and obstructing official business. The report says police tried to pull over a car Henderson was driving just after 7 p.m. and he pulled into a drive in the 500 block of Cleveland Street, then ran away. He threw drugs out of his pockets and stopped running after a police officer used his stun weapon against him, but missed, the report says. Judge Robert Milich set Henderson’s bond at $5,000.

Passed out in car


Henry Anderson, 60, of Campbell will be arraigned today in Campbell Municipal Court after police reported finding him passed out in the driver’s seat of a car Saturday night. He is charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, possession of drugs and violating the city’s open-container law. An officer found Anderson slumped over in the driver’s seat of a car in the Blaze Oil parking lot on McCartney Road at about 11:45 p.m. The car was running while in park, according to a police report. The report states Anderson smelled of alcohol and, after being roused from his stupor, mumbled and was slow to respond. Officers reported finding an open container of liquor, a small amount of suspected marijuana and $3,006 in cash in the car. Anderson registered a blood-alcohol content of 0.133. The legal intoxication limit in Ohio is 0.08.

Abortion petitions


Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine has rejected a petition submission from a group that wants to criminalize abortion, saying backers did not submit enough signatures for certification. Elections officials confirmed 842 signatures, short of the 1,000 required. The rejection means supporters will have to restart the process and collect new signatures for consideration.

Park commissioner


Boardman Park Board of Commissioners will meet at 8:30 a.m. today at the park office in the Georgeanna Parker Activity Center, 375 Boardman-Poland Road.

Business class Wed.


Eastern Gateway Community College Valley Center, 101 E. Federal St., Room A102, will offer a business class, Creating Joint Ventures, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Call Teresa Hosey to reserve a seat as soon as possible at 330-394-4316, ext. 105.

Incident at stadium


A township man will be arraigned Monday morning in Mahoning County Area Court here before Judge Joseph M. Houser on four counts of sexual imposition and assault as well as disorderly conduct. William Zackasee, 50, of Market Street, is accused of groping four female youths at the Boardman Spartan stadium during the high school football game Friday night. Zackasee told officers he was trying to find his way through the crowd, but the officers reported smelling alcohol on him.

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