At a glance

Two hurt in crash of motorcycle, SUV

LIBERTY – Two Youngstown residents were transported to area hospitals after a motorcycle crash resulted in serious injuries about 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Ralph Eisenbraun Jr., 46, was riding a 2012 Harley-Davidson west on Gypsy Lane when the bike hit the rear end of a 2000 GMC Jimmy, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. The Jimmy, driven by Tina Lipscomb, 28, was stopped for traffic.

Eisenbraun was thrown from the motorcycle. He was transported to St. Elizabeth Health Center with serious injuries, troopers said. Lipscomb transported herself to Northside Medical Center. Both were listed in stable condition on Wednesday, troopers said.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol Warren Post is investigating the accident.

Man shows up to court with drugs and cash

WARREN – A 34-year-old man convicted of drug trafficking Wednesday apparently thought a judge would allow him to post an appellate bond before he would have to serve his four-year prison sentence.

Instead, Judge W. Wyatt McKay denied the motion for bond and Stanley Redd Jr., of North Park Avenue, was patted down by deputies before being taken to Trumbull County Jail.

During the pat-down deputies found a roll of currency estimated at between $3,000 and $5,000 in Redd’s pocket. A bag of suspected cocaine about the size of a baseball also was found as well.

Prosecutors are now looking at further charges against Redd, who already agreed to forfeit $9,500 from the most recent case.

Greenville woman dies in single-car crash

MERCER, Pa. – Juliana Denzinger, 26, of Greenville, Pa., died in a vehicle crash Wednesday morning on state Route 58.

Denzinger was driving a 2001 Daewoo Laganza eastbound about 9:30 a.m. when it traveled off the right side of the roadway. It then appeared that she steered the vehicle back to the left, which caused it to slide toward the center of the roadway, police said.

The vehicle then slid back across the roadway and into a yard, where it struck a tree.

Denzinger was transported to the Greenville Hospital by Superior Ambulance, where she was pronounced dead.

She had not been wearing a seat belt, police said.

Kent State University president to retire

KENT – Kent State University’s president plans to retire next year.

Sixty-six-year-old Lester Lefton announced his retirement plans Wednesday, effective July 1, 2014. He became Kent State’s president in 2006.

During his tenure, Kent State enrollment has grown 25 percent to more than 42,000, and the university launched a $200 million campus improvement project.

While he was president, Kent State set a record with a $265 million fundraising drive and acquired a college of podiatric medicine located in Independence near Cleveland.

Ohio U students protest tuition hike

ATHENS – Students at Ohio University aren’t happy about a proposed tuition hike.

More than 100 students, some toting signs, marched on the southeastern Ohio campus Tuesday to demand a tuition freeze like at other state schools.

The Columbus Dispatch reported there could be more protests on the Athens campus Friday when university trustees plan to vote on a proposal to hike undergraduate tuition by 1.6 percent. The proposal also includes a 3.5-percent increase in room rates and a 0.5-percent hike in board fees.

Besides a tuition freeze, protesters are demanding salary caps and cuts to top administrators’ salaries.

The University of Toledo and Ohio State University have announced plans to freeze tuition to make college more affordable. Ohio University now charges in-state undergraduates $10,216 per year in tuition and fees.

Staff, wire reports

At a glance

Report: Man robbed at Warren gas station

WARREN – A Homewood Avenue man told police he was robbed at gunpoint Monday night while leaving a gas station on Youngstown-Warren Road.

Ancil Washington, 34, told police that while he was leaving the Pit Stop gas station about 11:40 p.m., a man he did not know approached him in the parking lot and walked him to the street.

Washington said the man took out a firearm and asked him to go through his pockets. The man left in an unknown vehicle after stealing $198 from Washington, the police report stated.

Tire tracks found after burglary in Youngstown

YOUNGSTOWN – Police say tire tracks were found at the back door of a Dean Street home on the East Side that was burgled.

Officers were called to 551 Dean St. about 2:30 p.m. Monday. The homeowner told police she had left about 7 p.m. Sunday and when she returned Monday, she found the back door kicked in.

Missing were a 73-inch, a 52-inch and 19-inch televisions, a five-piece living room set, and a piggy bank that had about $80 in change inside, reports state.

State, Penn National plan talks on racino

The Ohio Racing Commission said Tuesday that it will sit down next week with executives of Penn National Gaming to discuss the proposed racino in Austintown.

According to Tribune Chronicle newspartner WYTV 33 News, Penn National offered a nine-page letter to commission members Tuesday at the racing commission’s weekly meeting in Columbus.

The company is seeking to build a $125 million gambling complex in the township and needs the commission to OK a racing license transfer from Beulah Downs in Columbus to Austintown.

Penn National had planned to start construction this month. But the racing commission denied the transfer several times because it has issues with the proposed number of seats and other issues.

The two sides plan to meet April 24 in Columbus.

County engineer’s aide returns to private sector

WARREN – One of Trumbull County Engineer Randy Smith’s top aides has resigned to return to the private sector.

The last day for Donald Barzak, Smith’s director of governmental affairs / grants and special projects coordinator, was Friday.

In his resignation letter, Barzak, one of Smith’s first hires after he took office in August 2011, wrote that he is leaving to concentrate on the insurance and financial services field and teach his son, who wants to join Barzak in the profession.

Smith said he’s undecided on what to do about filling the position. Barzak was paid $62,900 a year.

Patrol officer promoted to Southington post

Lt. James T. Sivak was promoted this week to staff lieutenant by Col. John Born, patrol superintendent, during a ceremony at the Ohio State Patrol’s Academy in Columbus.

Sivak will transfer from his current assignment as the patrol’s liaison officer for the Ohio Turnpike to serve as commander of the seven-county Warren District Headquarters in Southington.

Sivak began his patrol career in October 1985 as a member of the 115th Academy Class. He earned his commission in March of the following year and was assigned to the Georgetown Post. In 1987, he transferred to the Chardon Post, where he earned a Certificate of Recognition in 1990 for life-saving efforts.

He was promoted to sergeant in 1992 and transferred to the St. Clairsville Post. In 2000, he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant and transferred to the Ashtabula Post, where he served as post commander. He returned to the Chardon Post as post commander in 2006 before transferring to the Ohio Turnpike.

Staff, wire reports

At A Glance

Crews battle barn fire in Newton Township

NEWTON Crews from several southwest Trumbull County fire departments battled a Sunday afternoon barn fire off Hallock-Young Road, just east of state Route 534.

A 911 spokesman said they received calls around 3:45 p.m. of a structure fire in the 4200 block of Hallock-Young.

Crews from Newton Falls, Lordstown, Braceville and Milton fire departments were at the scene and quickly had the fire under control. No other building was damaged.

Damage estimates were unavailable.

Brush fires plague

parts of Trumbull, Pa.

SHENANGO TOWNSHIP, Pa. – Firefighters have been battling a brush fire in the township south of New Castle, Pa., since 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

Meanwhile, a large bush fire in Johnston was extinguished Saturday night by the Johnston Fire Department. It took a few hours to extinguish the flames.

According to Tribune Chronicle news partner WYTV 33 News, the Shenango Township Fire Department and the Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry are heading up the efforts to extinguish the fire in the area of Boyd School Road and Snake Run Road. Several homes have been evacuated.

Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry District Forester Gary Frank told WYTV reporters that two air tankers, capable of carrying 800 gallons of water, were assisting in the operation. Frank said high winds and low humidity intensified the situation.

Meeting to discuss walkway in Warren

WARREN Main Street Warren will hold a public meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday in the National Fire and Water Repair Showroom, 145 W. Market St., Warren, to discuss the planned construction of a walkway from the downtown parking deck off Franklin Street to Courthouse Square.

Paul Clouser, owner of National Fire and Water Repair, said the organization is hosting the event to discuss the walkway, which will connect people who use the parking deck with the shopping area. The walkway will connect the parking deck through the David Grohl Alley through the National Fire and Water Repair building to Courthouse Square.

The public is invited to provide input on the project, which is scheduled for completion by mid-summer.

Clouser will have the walkway go through the eastern side of his building.

The parking lot is one block south of West Market Street. The walkway would be eight feet wide and brightly lit.

Dad, daughter kayaking on Lake Erie missing

SANDUSKY – Authorities along Lake Erie spent Sunday searching for a father and his 12-year-old daughter who were last seen in their kayaks the night before on Sandusky Bay.

Two empty kayaks were found floating Sunday morning in the bay, but there was no sign of the 30-year-old man and his daughter, the Erie County Sheriff’s office said.

The pair did not have life jackets when they set out on the water early Saturday evening.

The sheriff’s office said the two who were missing are Jonathan Francis, of Sandusky, and his daughter Viola Francis.

The man’s girlfriend told The Blade newspaper in Toledo that they did not take the life jackets because it was just going to be a short trip.

“They were only going to be gone a few hours and they didn’t come back,” said Sheila McClain.

Erie County Sheriff Paul Sigsworth says the father and daughter were planning to paddle across the bay to a bridge and back.

Fire safety to be discussed in Vienna

VIENNA Vienna Fire Chief Richard Brannon will speak on fire safety at 7 p.m. today at the township hall during the monthly meeting of the Vienna Neighborhood Watch group.

Staff, wire reports