Copper stolen from Packard Museum

Copper stolen from Packard Museum


Thieves entered a fenced area at the back of the National Packard Museum on Mahoning Avenue early Saturday and returned early Monday to steal copper from the museum’s three heat pumps.

Mary Ann Porinchak, museum director, said museum personnel were able to get one of the three units working again to maintain a safe amount of heat in the main collection and in a vault to protect the collections from damage.

Fortunately, the temperatures since the units were damaged have not been real low since the thefts occurred, Porinchak said.

Efforts are being made to find a permanent fix for the heat and also to better protect the heat pumps from future theft, she said.

It’s the first time in her 18 years at the museum something like this has happened, she said.

Minor basement fire


A family and its dog are safe after a minor basement fire Tuesday at 555 Meadowland Court.

The fire was reported about 1:40 p.m. The Eagle Joint Fire District received mutual aid from Liberty and Brookfield townships. The fire was out within an hour.

Liberty Fire Chief Gus Birch said firefighters suspect it was an electrical fire but won’t be sure until the investigation is complete.

“These firefighters did a good job; if they waited longer, it could have been catastrophic,” Birch said.

Birch said there was no structural damage to the house, and the basement sustained minor damage.

Winterfest dance


The 17th annual Winterfest dance will take place from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. today at Mahoning Country Club, 710 Liberty St. SE. The dance is open to all high- school-age students with multiple, orthopedic and/or developmental disabilities.

Parents will be welcome only from 4:30 to 5 p.m. and 8:15 to 8:30 p.m. so students can have the opportunity to interact with students from other school districts.

A photographer will be there to take pictures, and there will be an appearance by Santa and his elves and Mrs. Claus. A snow princess and snow prince will be crowned during the evening.

Dinner is included, and there is no cost to attend.

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