Niles, Warren police involved in pursuit
WARREN - What started as a reported dispute Tuesday evening at the Royal Mall Apartments in Niles led to a police pursuit along U.S. Route 422 through Niles into Warren.
A resident of the Royal Mall reported to police about 8:30 p.m. that a man with a gun fled the apartment complex in a green-colored vehicle, according to police radio traffic. There was no report of any injuries, but the man fired several shots at a vehicle in the complex parking lot, putting a hole in the hood, according to reports.
The chase ran along Route 422 in Niles, Howland and into Warren, where police were reported to have stopped the driver near Parkman Road and Union Street. A towing company was contacted to remove the vehicle.
Police were not releasing details of the incident nor the name of the driver Tuesday night.
Agents seize drugs, make arrest in Salem
SALEM - Drug agents and police seized more than $6,000 worth of cocaine, crack cocaine and marijuana from an East Fourth Street apartment Tuesday morning after executing a search warrant based on a six-month investigation.
Columbiana County Drug Task Force Director Lt. Brian McLaughlin said he is expecting drug charges to be presented to the county grand jury for consideration against the resident, whom he described as a mid-level dealer.
Lee Webb, 53, of 284 E. Fourth St. 2W, was home when the search warrant was served. He was charged with a third-degree felony of having weapons under disability for allegedly being in possession of a shotgun.
Salem police Chief J.T. Panezott said Webb is not permitted to have a gun in his possession due to a previous felony conviction.
DTF agents, with assistance from Salem police, the sheriff's office and the Drug Enforcement Administration, recovered a 12-gauge shotgun, more than $2,500 cash and some drug paraphernalia from the apartment besides the drugs, reports state.
Bristol woman to be remembered
BRISTOL - A township resident who left $240,000 to the Bristol cemetery and fire department will be remembered with a memorial garden at Evergreen Cemetery near a planned cemetery chapel made possible with her donation.
Trustee Chairman Doug Seemann said Tuesday that longtime community member Stella Shaffer, who died in 2011 at age 94, left the township the money. It will first be used to build the chapel, then for future expenses and equipment purchases for the fire department.
He said a memorial garden will be placed near the chapel at the cemetery where Shaffer is buried. Groundbreaking for the chapel was last week.
Seemann said Shaffer also left donations to the local school district and library.