Road, bridge named

Road, bridge named


A bridge and highway will be renamed in honor of two Trumbull County natives who died while serving in Vietnam.

The bridge over Meander Creek in Niles next to state Route 46 will be named the Sgt. Bruce R. Jones Memorial Bridge.

State Route 7 between state Route 82 and state Route 62 in Brookfield and Hubbard townships will be known as the Virginia “Ginny” Kirsch Memorial Highway.

State Sen. Sean O’Brien, D-32nd, of Bazetta announced the new designations, which are contained in the state’s two-year transportation bill.

Jones, of Niles, was killed Aug. 10, 1961, while serving with an Air Force fighter squadron.

Kirsch, a Brookfield High School graduate, was serving with the American Red Cross in a morale-boosting program for soldiers when she was murdered in her quarters at a base camp Aug. 16, 1970.

Signs will be installed around June 31.

Summer school


For about 2,000 Youngstown City School students on the cusp of being retained, summer vacation is going to be a bit shorter. Those first-, third-, fifth-, seventh- and eighth-graders will be required to attend summer school which begins June 5.

The summer-school requirement is based on students’ number of unexcused absences, math and reading grades and assessment scores. Summer school will last four weeks and run for four hours each morning. Transportation and meals will be provided.

“Retention should be a last resort,” said Krish Mohip, chief executive officer of YCSD. Summer school also affords teachers an opportunity to make extra money. The city school district, in partnership with the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley, also is offering a summer enrichment opportunity this year that’s separate from the required program.

Accused of threats


Officers arrested a man Tuesday evening, accused of running into a Bible study meeting and making threats. Police booked George Chalfant, 20, of Campbell into the Mahoning County jail on misdemeanor charges of aggravated menacing, criminal trespass, disrupting a lawful meeting, resisting arrest and obstructing official business. His bond is $7,000.

Campbell officers responded just before 9 p.m. to the Jehovah’s Church of God on Reed Avenue for a report of a man wearing a mask who ran into the church and then ran out. Police reported chasing Chalfant as he ran, eventually arresting him near Bright Avenue. Officers did not find a weapon on Chalfant.

Children later told police that Chalfant told them he would burn their house down if they told on him, according to a police report.

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