METRO DIGEST || Cell phone vs. ambulance

Cell vs. ambulance


Reports said a man cited Tuesday for following too close to an ambulance told police he did not know the ambulance was there because he was on his cellphone.

Police issued the citation to Aaron Clinkscale, 24, of Youngstown, for following too close to an emergency vehicle and driving under suspension after officers on the Madison Avenue Expressway on the North Side saw a car he was driving extremely close to an ambulance that had its lights and sirens on as it was traveling eastbound on the expressway.

Reports said the driving-under-suspension citation is Clinkscale’s third within a year. Because it is his third citation, he could face jail time if he is found guilty in court.

Flu shot clinic


The Mahoning County District Board of Health will offer a flu shot clinic from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today at Mahoning County District Board of Health, 50 Westchester Drive. No appointment is necessary. Participants are asked to bring insurance cards, driver’s licenses and Medicaid and Medicare cards. Most private insurances are accepted.

With proof of insurance, the flu vaccine is free. Without proof of insurance, the cost is $40 for children age 6 months and older and $55 for adults age 65 and older. Children receive quadrivalent (four flu virus strains) and adults receive high dose trivalent (three flu virus strains). The nasal spray influenza vaccine is not available this year. The Centers for Disease Control recommends everyone 6 months of age and older receive a flu vaccine every season.

Moliterno to run


Larry Moliterno, a Boardman Township trustee and CEO of Meridian Healthcare, will file the necessary paperwork today to run for the 59th Ohio House District seat, according to a news release.

The seat is being vacated by Democrat John Boccieri of Poland, who is running for the 33rd Ohio Senate District seat currently held by Democrat Joe Schiavoni of Boardman. Schiavoni faces term-limit restrictions and is running for governor.

Also running for the 59th Ohio House District seat is Democrat Eric Ungaro of Poland, a Poland Township trustee and son of former Youngstown Mayor Pat Ungaro.

Promoting prostitution


A Columbus woman accused of knowingly involving an underage girl in prostitution was arrested by Franklin County deputies last Thursday.

Amy Brennan, 31, was arrested on a warrant issued in June 2016 by Austintown Police Department. She is charged with two counts of promoting prostitution, and a single count of prostitution.

The warrant was issued after an incident at Comfort Inn, 5425 Clarkins Drive, involving two women and one underage female, according to reports.

Brennan’s preliminary hearing is 10 a.m. Jan. 10.

Eastgate meeting


Eastgate Regional Council of Governments’ Technical Advisory Committee will meet at 10 a.m. today and its Citizens Advisory Board will meet at 6 p.m. today. Both meetings will take place at the City Centre One Building, 100 E. Federal St., suite 1000, in the 10th floor conference room, downtown. For information, contact Sara Wenger at 234-254-1505 or Lisa Pompeo at 234-254-1508.

New council members


Village council welcomed three new members at its first meeting of the new year Tuesday.

Judge Anthony M. D’Apolito of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court swore into office new council members Anthony Lattanzio, Sam Moffie and Martha Morgan, as well as re-elected Councilwoman Linda Srnec.

Srnec was appointed to serve as council president for 2018.

Canfield swearings-in


A former Ellsworth resident has returned from the Lone Star state to take the position of city manager for Canfield.

Wade Calhoun, former city administrator of Dalworthington Gardens, Texas, was sworn in as city manager Wednesday. Mayor Richard Duffett, and Christine Oliver, Bruce Neff, Chuck Tieche and John Morvay also were sworn-in as members of council.

During the council meeting that followed, Calhoun said he’s happy to be back home.

Council set a public hearing on a proposed joint economic development district agreement between Canfield Township and the city at 5 p.m. Feb. 7 at Canfield City Hall, 104 Lisbon St. The hearing is to consider the details of the agreement — and to give the public a chance to hear those details — before moving forward.

West Branch calendar


West Branch School Board will host a special public hearing at 6:30 p.m. today regarding the school calendar. The meeting will take place in the high-school media room, 14277 Main St.

Weight-loss workshop


Ted Suzelis, ND, is offering a three-hour personalized weight loss workshop, which gives participants a comprehensive plan on how to eat healthy, lose weight and create a lifelong strategy for optimal health, from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Suzelis’ strategy for weight loss doesn’t include diet pills, shakes, special pre-packaged foods or starvation diets. Recipients receive support and accountability, meal planning and portion control strategies.

The workshop is conducted at the Ohio Naturopathic Wellness Center, 755 Boardman-Canfield Road, Suite D3, Southbridge West Complex, Boardman. The cost is $49.

For information or to register, call 330-729-1350 or visit

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