Reward for arson info
The Burghill Vernon Fire Department is offering a reward for help in finding a suspected arsonist operating in Vernon Township, fire Chief George Snyder said.
Just after 1 p.m. Thursday, an individual called 911 to report a fire at a house near state Routes 7 and 88. The fire was lit in broad daylight on the porch of the house, directly next to a window where an engaged couple and their 6-month-old child were sleeping.
A passing semi-truck driver saw the blaze, stopped and tried to extinguish it himself with his fire extinguisher, so when crews arrived, it was mostly extinguished and the family was safely evacuated. However, due to the nature of the fire – specifically the placement near the couple’s bedroom – the blaze has been ruled arson.
Anyone with information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the arsonist is eligible to receive up to $5,000 through the Ohio Blue Ribbon Arson fund.
Individuals with information should call Trumbull County Fire Investigators at 330-219-5090 or 330-719-7849, or Trumbull 911 on the nonemergency line, 330-675-2730.
Sentenced in man’s death
A Columbiana County woman will spend the next 25 years to life in prison for her role in the death of a Youngstown man. Danielle Heckathorn was found guilty of several charges against her, including complicity to murder Quinn Wilson, reported 21-WFMJ TV, The Vindicator’s broadcast partner.
Wilson’s body was found dismembered in Wayne Township in 2015. Last year, Heckathorn’s former boyfriend, Daniel Landsberger, pleaded guilty to murdering Wilson. Prosecutors say Heckathorn set it up.
Guilty of child sex
Michael Peach of Niles appeared in Trumbull County common pleas court Thursday and changed his plea to guilty on 18 felony charges, including gross sexual imposition involving a 9-year-old boy. It is a plea agreement reached in advance of Peach going on trial Monday, reported 21-WFMJ TV, The Vindicator’s broadcast partner. In addition to sexually molesting the child, Peach admitted multiple other criminal acts against the child’s family.
Those charges included aggravated burglary, aggravated assault and kidnapping. Peach, 40, could face a total sentence of up to 89 years. He remains jailed without bond pending a sentencing date.
Lowering infant mortality
Dr. Rodney Hill and Nurse Practitioner Cynthia Daniels of Associates in Women’s Health of the Mahoning Valley Inc. are hosting a free seminar on the topic of infant-mortality prevention in the black community.
The inaugural seminar will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Price Memorial AME Zion Church, 920 Dryden Ave. Health professionals, public officials and the public are encouraged to attend. Food and refreshments will be provided.
For information, contact Laura Berena at 330-533-6000 or Lberena@cassidyadvertising.com or Dr. Rodney Hill at 330-746-7007 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Felons with guns
A federal grand jury has indicted Duane E. Spagnola, 30, of Warren, and Dwaylen D. Sellers, 22, of Youngstown, on charges of being felons with revolvers and ammunition, the U.S. attorney said. The cases are being prosecuted by David M. Toepfer, a Youngstown-based assistant U.S. attorney, after an investigation by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and by the Warren and Youngstown city police departments, respectively.
New Salem Regional site
Salem Regional Medical Center will launch a new location for physician practices and diagnostic services at Firestone Farms Town Center in Columbiana, the center announced. This spring, several physicians and diagnostic services will move to the new location at 116 Carriage Drive.
Community members are invited to tour the new facility during an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. A Healthy Family Festival will take place at the same time.
Learn about hydrangeas
Join Eric Barrett, Ohio State University Mahoning County Extension educator, to learn about hydrangeas from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at the Canfield Fairgrounds building 44, 7265 Columbiana-Canfield Road. At the workshop, you will receive a reference chart to use at a garden center and your own hydrangea to take home.
Registration is $30 per person, and space and seating are limited. To register or learn more, call the county extension at 330-533-5538.
Kicking off food drive
The National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 385 will host its food drive kickoff event at 11 a.m. May 12 at Gleaner’s Food Bank, 94 Pyatt St. Refreshments will be provided.
School garden event reset
The Youngstown City School District garden-building kickoff scheduled for Saturday has been rescheduled for next Saturday because of expected rain.
From 8:30 to 1:30 p.m. May 6, volunteers including parents, students and community members will install 80 raised beds at Chaney and East high schools; Harding, Martin Luther King, Paul C. Bunn, Taft, Williamson and William Holmes McGuffey elementary schools; Rayen Early College Middle School; Programs of Promise at Wilson, Discovery at Kirkmere and Discovery Transitions to Careers at Volney.
MCCTC School Farm
Mahoning County Career and Technical Center students will soon begin working on the MCCTC School Farm.
Anthony Cycyk and Anina Karlovic, teachers at MCCTC, and school farm student advisory members, will plant a half-acre with a variety of crops to research the success and failures. They also will develop a system of summer volunteers to help work in the farm. The farm will be used by the culinary program for fresh food, as well as using the waste for compost and biotechnology for soil and plant research.
Resurfacing on 164, 344
Resurfacing is expected to begin Monday on sections of state Routes 164 and 344 in Columbiana County. More than two miles of Route 164 will be resurfaced from County Road 440 to the city limit of Columbiana.
Also, more than five miles of Route 344 will be resurfaced from two miles west of Leetonia to Route 164, the Ohio Department of Transportation announced. Traffic will be maintained with flaggers. The contractor for this $1.13 million project is Shelly Co. of Thornville, Ohio. The completion date is Oct. 31.
Drug Take-Back Day
The police department is participating in National Drug Take-Back Day Saturday. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., people can bring unused and expired prescription drugs to the police station lobby, 19 N. Canal St. The program is for the return of prescription pills only. No needles, syringes or liquids will be accepted.
‘Blue Sunday’ event
Sunday will mark Trumbull County Children Services’ first “Blue Sunday” event. Children Services has partnered with 13 county churches to offer a simple prayer for children who have suffered from abuse and neglect.
This effort will educate residents about the agency’s mission of protecting children, building stronger families and providing support and resources to foster families and children in care.
The participating churches will receive bulletins and flower-seed packets with the agency’s information, in the hope that this summer, gardens in every neighborhood will bloom with forget-me-nots, which are usually blue, in support of children in the agency’s care.
For information about the effort, contact Claire Gysegem at 330-372-2010, ext. 1207.