Warren police called on claims of gunshot
WARREN - Warren police were called out Thursday afternoon on reports of gunshots being heard off Idylwild Road N.E. Residents in the 180 block of Idylwild told police they had heard what sounded like gunshots.
Police were at the scene shortly after 5 p.m. and checked the area for shell casings and spoke to residents. Police Sgt. Martin Gargas said no one was injured and no shell casings were found.
Local church leaders remember MLK's death
YOUNGSTOWN - A memorial was held Thursday at the Mahoning County Courthouse Rotunda to remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who was assassinated 45 years ago on the balcony of a hotel in Tennessee.
The Baptist Pastor's Council hosted the service, which focused not only on mourning King's passing but also celebrating his legacy. Program chairman was the Rev. Lewis Macklin said the day was a way to have King's dream from more than 45 years ago expounded upon today.
Members of Youngstown's Sojourn to the Past spent Thursday at the site where King was killed, according to Tribune Chronicle newspartner WYTV 33 News.
ODOT receives national recognition for excellence
COLUMBUS - The Ohio Department of Transportation received the American Public Works Association Excellence in Snow and Ice Control Award for 2013.
ODOT is the only state department of transportation in the country to receive the award, according to a news release from the agency.
"Our people do great things every day and it's nice to be recognized for the superior level of service we are providing to our customers - the motoring public," ODOT Director Jerry Wray stated in the release.
The APWA states that ODOT was awarded because of the agency's high standard of service for snow and ice removal on 43,000 miles of highways, using 1,600 snow plows, 3,000 employees, and more than 650,000 tons of salt stored at 200 locations around the state.
This winter, ODOT used 738,948 tons of salt statewide at a cost of almost $81 million.
YSU to host annual Social Work Day
YOUNGSTOWN - Several presentations with the theme "Weaving Threads of Resilience and Advocacy" will be given today on the campus of Youngstown State University.
The annual Social Work Day will be held from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Chestnut Room of Kilkawley Center, where nearly 250 educators, students, alumni, community professional social workers and faculty will be in attendance.
Featured presentations include "Social Media and Professional Ethics" by Adrienne Gavula, relationship manager of the Ohio chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, at 8:25 a.m. and "The Challenges Facing Social Workers Today" by Victoria Mason, president of the Ohio chapter of NASW.
Man pinned by load of asphalt sealant dies
BATAVIA - Police say a man unloading pavement sealant from a truck became pinned by a skid of the product and died a short time later at a southwest Ohio hospital.
He was injured Wednesday at Towne Construction Services in Batavia while unloading about a ton of an asphalt product used to seal and fill cracks in pavement. Police say a skid of the sealant that had been unloaded tipped forward, temporarily pinning the man between the skid and the truck.
Batavia police on Thursday identified the man as 54-year-old Carl Root but didn't release his hometown. They say Root wasn't a Towne Construction Services employee. The company did not immediately return a call seeking comment Thursday.
Staff, wire reports