At a glance
Power problems reported in Girard
GIRARD – Sporadic power outages were reported in Girard on Sunday night, blamed on malfunctioning equipment.
Ohio Edison said a device called a recloser is responsible for from 1,500 to 3,000 customers losing power in northern Girard after 7 p.m. Sunday. Most power was restored within an hour, and all power was to be restored by Sunday night, though some residents said they still experienced flickering lights.
Firefighters were dispatched about 7:30 p.m. to Trinity Steel, 1170 N. State St., for a fire alarm, but found no fire. Flickering power problems are suspected in setting off the alarm, reports state.
Man shot in head in Youngstown
YOUNGSTOWN – A man was shot in the head in Youngstown late Sunday, according to police reports.
Police were called to 700 block of Fairmont Avenue on the North Side, according to Tribune Chronicle news partner WYTV 33 News.
Details were not being released Sunday night, and police remained on the scene about midnight.
Police: Wounded driver shot himself in his cab
YOUNGSTOWN – The cab driver who suffered a gunshot wound to the leg late Saturday apparently shot himself.
The driver told police he shot himself in the leg with his own gun during an argument with a female passenger. The driver claimed he had driven the woman from Campbell and she was trying to get out of paying him for the ride, the police report states.
The shooting happened about 9 p.m. near the corner of East Philadelphia and Homestead avenues, according to Tribune Chronicle news partner WYTV 33 News.
As of Sunday, police had not located the passenger.
The driver was taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center.
Missing Niles man found in Indianapolis
NILES – Police in Indianapolis located an elderly man who was reported missing from Niles.
Jack Calhoun, 81, who suffers from dementia, was reported missing Friday by his caregiver.
Calhoun was driving a white 1983 Pontiac Trans Sport van when he was located by Indiana State Police. He is safe and waiting to be reunited with his family, according to Tribune Chronicle news partner WYTV 33 News.
Calhoun’s caregiver said he drove to Indiana the last time he became confused.
At a glance
Rollover crash hurts two, disrupts power
BRACEVILLE – Two people were injured and hundreds were left without power Christmas night in the Newton Falls / Braceville area when a car crashed into a utility pole about 6:14 p.m. Wednesday on Route 534 just north of Route 5.
The 17-year-old driver of a 2005 Chevy Cobalt missed a curve on Route 534, slid off the right side of road and rolled over, striking the guy wire and ripping off the top of the utility pole, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
The 20-year-old passenger was flown by helicopter to Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna and treated for a fractured vertebra, according to the patrol. The driver complained of a stiff neck and was treated at Robinson, a trooper said.
Neither alcohol nor speed were factors in the crash, according to the patrol. Names of the driver and passenger were not yet released.
Ohio Edison spokesman David Turner said at least 100 customers were without power for about two hours, and few would be without power for the rest of the evening until the utility pole was replaced.
According to the trooper, traffic signals and lights along most of Route 534 in the area were knocked out.
Pedestrian killed on Christmas Eve
YOUNGSTOWN – A pedestrian was struck and killed by a truck on South Avenue Tuesday evening.
Police said a woman believed to be in her 40s was arguing with someone in a van in the parking lot of a gas station at South Avenue and Dewey Avenue about 7:30 p.m. The van pulled away and the woman fell into the street at the gas station entrance.
As the woman was trying to get up, a pickup truck heading north on South Avenue struck the woman, killing her, police told WYTV 33 News.
Police did not release further information, including the name of the victim, on Wednesday.
Man treats 50 homeless to gourmet dinner
AKRON – An Ohio developer has treated 50 homeless men and women to a four-course fine-dining experience.
Joel Testa decided that instead of presents for his 42nd birthday, he wanted his friends and family to donate money to help feed and clothe Akron’s homeless population.
Then he decided to treat 50 homeless people to a gourmet dinner on Sunday in the four-star Akron restaurant that he co-owns.
Diners were treated to spinach quiche salad, potato leek soup, braised beef short ribs and a chocolate mousse desert. They were then offered seconds and handed takeout bags with leftovers as they left, the Akron Beacon Journal reported.
Prisoner advocates protest on Christmas
COLUMBUS – About 25 Ohio prisoner advocates and friends and family members of longtime inmates protested on Christmas Day outside of the state’s parole board.
The group says they chose to sacrifice much of their holiday for the two-hour protest in front of the parole board’s building in downtown Columbus to show how strongly they feel.
The Cincinnati-based group is condemning the imprisonment of what they say is 3,500 inmates sentenced before a new law passed in Ohio in 1996.
The legislation called for flat prison sentences of definite amounts, such as a 10-year sentence, as opposed to sometimes-broad ranges under the old law.
Ohio man a ‘Christmas miracle’ after collapse
WADSWORTH – An Ohio man whose heart stopped as he competed in a triathlon earlier this year says he now knows what it’s like to experience a miracle.
Todd Rains of Wadsworth in northeastern Ohio went into cardiac arrest during the Cleveland Triathlon in August.
Two doctors also participating in the race found him collapsed in the road and performed chest compressions that are believed to have been key to saving his life.
Staff, wire reports
At a Glance
Farm worker dies in manure storage lagoon
DORSET TOWNSHIP – A farm worker who died Saturday morning at a Dorset Township farm is believed to have drowned in a manure storage lagoon after a tractor mishap, the Star Beacon in Ashtabula County reported.
Santos Medina DeJesus, 41, was pinned by the tractor he was driving and drowned in the manure storage lagoon at Comp Dairy Farm, 3015 Allen-Comp Road, said Richard Mongell, Ashtabula County coroner’s investigator. deJesus had worked at the farm for five months and was in charge of removing manure from a barn and pushing it into the lagoon.
Deputies found a tractor overturned in the lagoon, estimated to be four feet deep. A firefighter entered the lagoon, tethered by a rope and located the submerged body.
Coroner finds no foul play in boy’s death
HOWLAND – The death of 7-year-old Cormaree Floyd was due to natural causes and no evidence of foul play or wrongdoing was detected, according to a ruling issued Tuesday by Trumbull County Coroner Dr. Humphrey Germaniuk.
Floyd was found unresponsive in his High Street home Nov. 1 by his father, Corey Floyd. Germaniuk said at the time there were no signs of abuse to the child.
The coroner awaited results of toxicology tests before issuing his official ruling. Germaniuk said the autistic boy had an extensive medical history and died of complications from a seizure disorder.
Youngstown teachers reach pact with district
YOUNGSTOWN – Youngstown City School District teachers have a new three-year contract.
The Youngstown Board of Education on Tuesday unanimously approved the tentative agreement ratified Monday by the Youngstown Education Association which ends months of negotiations and extensions.
Teachers will get a 2 percent raise per year for three years. Teachers will pay 10 percent of their health care premium starting March 1. The new contract is retroactive to July 1 and runs until June 30, 2016.
Tribune Chronicle news partner WYTV 33 News reported that teachers received no pay increases from 2006 to 2010 and received 1 percent increases 2010 to 2013.
Burglary defendants appear in court
WARREN – Two men pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of burglary following their arrest Monday afternoon.
Jerami Dion Wells, 23, 3149 Aris St. N.W., and Daryl Coleman, 20, 1875 Ferndale Ave. S.W., were scheduled to return Dec. 26 to Warren Municipal Court.
Police said they arrested both men shortly before 1 p.m. hiding in the attic at 446 Lamphier Place N.E. following a burglary in progress.
Teasha Nicole Washington, 24, of Summit Street N.W., also pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a charge of burglary in connection with a break-in at 158 Meadowbrook Avenue S.E.
Alleged bicycle bandit arrested; others sought
WARREN – Police here arrested a bandit on a bicycle they say robbed a drug store Tuesday, and officers still were searching for a pair of men accused of robbing a local car wash.
Richard Ware, 26, of 2843 N. Leavitt Road, was arrested at an address on Chestnut Street N.E. following the 10:30 a.m. robbery at CVS Pharmacy, 620 E. Market St. Witnesses said a man with a knife held up a clerk there.
Police viewed security video before going to Chestnut, finding Ware hiding in a bedroom closet.
Member resigns from Howland park board
HOWLAND – The Howland Township Park Commissioners on Tuesday accepted the resignation of member James LaPolla, who was elected last month as a township trustee.
LaPolla, who served about two years on the park board, won in the general election, defeating incumbent Howland trustee James Saker.
Park board officials said Judge Thomas Townley is scheduled to make an appointment shortly to fill the remaining two years of LaPolla’s term.