At a glance

Cortland council creates position

CORTLAND — City council at a special meeting Wednesday created the position of deputy finance director because of Finance Director Fran Moyer’s coming retirement.

The new temporary position will take effect Jan. 1 to March 31, when Moyer will retire.

Council Clerk Rhonda Horn said the city is seeking resumes from applicants through Dec. 12 to Mayor Jim Woofter’s attention. She said plans are to get someone in place to work with and be trained by Moyer before she leaves.

The person selected will be paid between $26 and $33 per hour, depending on experience, for eight hours a day.

Moyer has served 24 years as finance director.

Morning house fire reported in Warren

WARREN — The Warren Fire Department responded to a basement fire early Wednesday morning at a home at 439 Washington St. NE, where a resident was transported to the hospital for smoke inhalation.

A department spokesman said crews were called out at 12:54 a.m. for a fire, with smoke in the basement. The fire was contained to the basement and was caused by electrical wiring, according to a report.

No damage estimates were available.

Police report           teen was raped

WARREN — Police reported a 16-year-old female was raped Nov. 18 at an Austin Avenue NW home.

The report, which was made Tuesday, said city detectives were alerted to the incident by Trumbull County Children Services.

Trustees approve street lighting project

MECCA — Township trustees this week approved having Ohio Edison install street lights at two intersections on Morrell Ray Road at cost of  about $5,000.

Trustee Jim Govenor said Wednesday the intersections of Morrell Ray at Housel Craft Road and Mahan Denman warranted street lights because of heavy traffic flow.

He said Ohio Edison will begin the work shortly.

Boy, 4, found dad              dead of overdose

CLEVELAND — A 4-year-old boy who found his father dead of a suspected drug overdose told his mother over the phone that he thought his dad was sleeping.

Nicole Shank says she knew immediately something was wrong with her ex-husband and called 911. Paramedics found 30-year-old Michael Dunaway dead inside his home Tuesday afternoon.

Cleveland police say they were at the home two days earlier for an overdose and were able to revive Dunaway that time.

The boy’s mother tells WOIO-TV that she didn’t know about the first overdose.

Shank says her former husband was a good father and she thought he had overcome his addiction.

Worker tried to slap robber’s gun, killed

CLEVELAND — Police in Cleveland say a convenience store employee was killed during a robbery when he tried to slap away a robber’s gun and it fired, hitting him in the chest.

Police say the robber had pointed a gun at 44-year-old Marwan Zahriyeh and demanded money in a store in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood Monday night. The North Olmsted man was taken to a hospital and later died.

Authorities say the robber ran from the scene. The robbery and shooting remain under investigation.

Staff, wire reports