Two men injured in Warren Twp. crash
WARREN TOWNSHIP - Two Warren men were in critical condition at Warren hospitals late Friday after the truck they were riding in veered off the road and struck a utility pole about 7 p.m. on Highland Avenue just south of Sixth Street.
According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Charles J. Zell Sr., 58, is in critical condition at Trumbull Memorial Hospital, and Charles J. Zell Jr., 38, is in critical condition at St. Joseph Health Center.
Zell Sr. was driving a 2004 Dodge Ram pickup truck southbound on Highland when he traveled off the right side of the road and struck the utility pole, according to the patrol. The truck sustained heavy damage to the front end.
Neither man was wearing a seatbelt, and toxicology results were not known late Friday. The crash remains under investigation.
Ohio Edison was on the scene afterward restoring power to nearby residents.
Time Warner Cable hits deal with local stations
YOUNGSTOWN - Negotiations to keep WKBN-TV and its sister stations on the air at homes and businesses served by Time Warner Cable bore fruit just moments before the stations were set for blackout Friday afternoon.
WKBN President and General Manager David Coy confirmed just moments after 5 p.m. Friday that a verbal agreement had been reached to keep the station along with WYTV, WYFX and MyYTV on the air in Time Warner Cable's network.
Coy did not release specific details, including the length or terms of the agreement.
A message left seeking comment from Time Warner Cable was not immediately returned.
Time Warner Cable's contract to carry the local television stations was set to expire at 5 p.m. If no agreement had been reached, Time Warner would have been legally banned from carrying the local signals on its cable systems.
Man is arraigned in cat killing case
WARREN - The Ohio Avenue man accused of beating a kitten to death this week pleaded not guilty at his arraignment late Thursday to first-degree misdemeanor charges of killing or injuring animals.
Jaycen L. Leapline, 34, 158 Ohio Ave. N.W., is free after posting $3,500 bond. He is due back in court for a preliminary hearing at 10:15 a.m. June 11.
Leapline is accused of killing a 3-month-old cat belonging to his girlfriend's 12-year-old daughter on Wednesday.
Pamela Calkins, 31, told police that Leapline beat the kitten against the girl's bedroom walls and then threw it out a second-story window, according to a Warren police report. Calkins told police she and Leapline had argued over his drinking about 5 a.m. Wednesday before the cat was killed.
Falls sets meeting on comprehensive plan
NEWTON FALLS - The public is invited to a meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday to discuss the village's comprehensive plan at the community center.
Topics to be covered include transportation, housing, business developments and collaborations with other jurisdictions.
Youngstown crews battle vacant house fire
YOUNGSTOWN - Flames engulfed a vacated residence Thursday night on the city's East Side.
Youngstown firefighters re-sponded to calls about 10:30 p.m. at a home on East Scott Street.
No injuries were reported, and the cause of the fire is under investigation.
Patrol investigates ODNR hacking
COLUMBUS - The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating the apparent hacking of the website for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, which said Friday that the unauthorized changes never jeopardized any personal information for department employees or the public.
An unauthorized user made changes embedded in the website's code to redirect visitors or increase Internet traffic at other sites, spokesman Matt Eiselstein said.
Staff, wire reports