Patrol IDs man killed in Monday crash
BERLIN CENTER - The Ohio State Highway Patrol has identified the drivers involved in a fatal Monday morning crash on U.S. Route 224.
The patrol said Thomas Mcloy, 55, of Cambridge, was driving east on Route 224 in a 2009 Chevrolet pickup truck. Ryan Basora, 26, of Cuyahoga Falls, traveling the other way, lost control of his vehicle, crossed over the center line and struck Mcloy's truck head on, troopers said.
Both men were taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center, the patrol said.
The crash occurred about 7:30 a.m. near Western Reserve High School, and Route 224 westbound was closed for several hours while the vehicles were removed.
The crash is under investigation.
Forum on senior fraud set for today
AUSTINTOWN - Mahoning County Sheriff Jerry Greene and the Mahoning County Senior Services Unit are hosting a forum about senior fraud from 2 to 4 p.m. today at the Austintown Senior Center.
The event - held in conjunction with National Consumer Protection Week - will offer free resources to seniors to help them protect their privacy, manage money and debt, and avoid identity fraud and other types of fraud or scams.
The center is at 112 Westchester Drive.
Police surround home after hostage report
YOUNGSTOWN - What was originally thought to be a possible hostage situation on the city's South Side on Wednesday turned out not to be, but a man was arrested on an domestic violence charge.
Youngstown police surrounded 640 Maple Ave. after someone using a blocked cell phone number alerted police at about 12:30 p.m. that a woman and a child were being held against their will, WYTV 33 News reported.
Officers later found no one was being held against their will inside the home. A woman and 4-year-old child exited the home and spoke with police. Officers noted no one was injured or in danger.
Police did apprehend James Hendrix, 30, inside the house on an unrelated warrant in a 2010 domestic violence charge, 33 News reported.
Amish lose fight with county over outhouses
KENTON - Over the pleas of the local Amish community, a northwest Ohio health board decided to go ahead with plans to condemn two newly constructed Amish homes because they don't have required septic systems for their outhouses.
More than 100 Amish turned out Tuesday night to ask the Kenton-Hardin County Board of Health to reconsider the condemnation order, which requires that the homes be brought into compliance or the families move out.
Last summer, the health board said it would start enforcing rules that any new home must have a proper well and septic system - something the simple-living, outhouse-using Amish have never had to do. Health inspectors have not forced existing Amish homes to change. Around 200 Amish families live in Hardin County.
At issue are rules that require concrete, watertight pits under outhouses and the waste hauled away. The Amish, who turn their backs on modern technology, want to continue digging their own pits and spreading the waste on the land.
Staff, wire reports