Two cars set on fire at Warren residence
WARREN - Two cars were intentionally set on fire early Tuesday morning while parked at 676 Hoyt St. S.W., fire Chief Ken Nussle said.
The vehicles, a 1999 Ford Windstar van and a 2007 Buick Rendevous, were set on fire, and a third vehicle at the home, a 1995 Ford Thunderbird, was damaged by the flames, Nussle said. Crews were called to the home shortly before 2 a.m.
Damage is estimated between $3,500 and $4,000. The fire is being investigated.
Lecture hall upgrades under way at KSU
WARREN - Renovation for Kent State University at Trumbull's primary lecture hall is under way, the college announced Tuesday.
At a projected cost of $3.5 million, the renovation and expansion will extend the hall to accommodate 300 theater-style seats and will include new audio / visual and lecture equipment, a new stage with wheelchair access and HVAC climate control equipment. The area under the new seating will function as a sales floor or storage area for the campus bookstore.
The north and west walls of the hall will be removed and replaced, and a new entryway to the building will be constructed.
Due to the renovations, the campus bookstore, which is adjacent to the lecture hall, has temporarily relocated to room 132 in the Technology Building and will remain there until construction is complete.
The project is expected to take approximately one year.
NWNA to patrol neighborhoods
WARREN - Members of the Northwest Neighborhood Association will be patrolling their residential neighborhoods and business districts, serving as extra eyes and ears for police and public.
The group will meet at 7 p.m. today at the Grace United Methodist Church on Drexel Avenue.
Bob Weitzel, a member of the group, said the members especially watch the plaza area and business parking lots off Parkman Road.
He said the group simply keeps an eye on the neighborhood and if anything suspicious is seen, they contact Warren police.
Pennsylvania man reported missing
A search is on for a Mercer County, Pa., man who has been missing for about a week.
According to the Pennsylvania State Police, Douglas Kerr, 46, was last seen about 6 p.m. May 29 in Cool Springs Township. He told his father he was going on a bike ride.
Kerr is white male standing about 5-foot-8, weighing 160 pounds, with light brown hair and blue eyes. It is not known what he was wearing at the time. Kerr lives and works in the Mercer area.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the patrol at at 724-662-6162.
Ruling ensures steel duties will remain
U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat, and Rob Portman, a Republican, say Tuesday's Commerce Department preliminary ruling in favor of defending steel companies from the dumping of Chinese steel pipe imports is ''great news'' and a ''step in the right direction.''
The ruling ensures that antidumping and countervailing duties will continue to be placed on illegally subsidized and intentionally undersold Chinese steel imports, according to a joint new release.
It will affect companies such as Wheatland Tube Company in Warren, TMK IPSCO in Brookfield and Vallourec, formerly known as V&M Star in Youngstown.