Local news briefs

‘Suspicious’ fire hits vacant house

WARREN – City fire crews were called to douse flames at a vacant house Tuesday night. Firefighters were called out to 1628 Hamilton St. S.W. just before 9:30 p.m.

Fire Chief Ken Nussle said it appeared that the back porch of the structure was set on fire. The blaze extended into the kitchen and parts of the first floor of the two-story house.

Nussle said it was the second fire at the house in the past year, the other being Aug. 19. He said the recent fire is suspicious because there were no utilities on at the house and the area smelled of gasoline.

No injuries were reported. The Trumbull County Auditor’s Office website lists the owner as Daryl Evans.

The damage estimate is $7,500.

Porch fire under investigation

WARREN – Fire crews called out late Tuesday for a report of a fire on Hamilton Street found a fire on a back porch.

A fire department spokesman said the blaze on the porch at 1628 Hamilton is under investigation.

When crews arrived at the scene around 9:30 p.m., smoke could be seen coming from the back of the structure. Smoke was also in the home.

Liberty man gets 7 years for drugs

WARREN – A 31-year-old Liberty Township man was sentenced Wednesday to seven years in prison.

Judge W. Wyatt McKay also fined Joseph Perez $20,000 and ordered $6,419 in cash found on him at his arrested to be forfeited to authorities.

Perez pleaded guilty earlier to three counts of possession of heroin.

Perez of Monticello Boulevard was found with a small amount of heroin in his possession during a traffic stop Jan 31, 2013. Liberty police confiscated another amount of heroin a few days later before a police canine unearthed 58.5 grams of heroin found inside his apartment and another 7.5 grams inside a coffee maker.

Blockwatch meeting set in Girard

GIRARD – The city’s 2nd Ward blockwatch will hold a public meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, to be attended by several city officials. Girard Councilman Larry Steiner will be joined at the meeting by a representative from the Girard Police Department.

The meeting is set to be held at the Girard Public Library.