Two-year-old dies after being hit by car
STRUTHERS - A 2-year-old boy died Monday evening after being struck by a car in a driveway at 20 Euclid Ave. in Struthers, according to Tribune Chronicle news partner WYTV-33.
Struthers police and the Ohio State Highway Patrol are investigating the crash, which occurred about 8:30 p.m.
Police said the driver of the car is cooperating, and foul play is not suspected.
Police were not releasing the name of the child or further details, including whether the boy lived at the home or was there visiting.
Struthers investigating possible child abuse
STRUTHERS Struthers police are investigating a possible child abuse case involving a 2-month-old boy.
Police reports indicate officers found a bath towel stained with blood, a pair of scissors stained with blood and a baby wipe that was lodged in the baby's throat at 41 Park Ave., according to Tribune Chronicle news partner WYTV-33.
The boy's father, Robert Purfey Jr., 32, was charged Monday with second-degree felony child endangering, a charge that carries an eight-year maximum penalty. He is being held in the Mahoning County Jail on $150,000 bond and is scheduled for a July 15 preliminary hearing.
The boy was taken to Akron Children's Hospital on Friday where nurses there reported the possible abuse.
East Liverpool woman dies in weekend crash
NEGLEY - An East Liverpool woman was killed Saturday in a two-car collision on state Route 170 just south of Negley.
Jacqueline P. Werling was the front-seat passenger in a Mitsubishi Montero driven by her husband, Melvin D. Werling.
According to the highway patrol, the Werling vehicle was northbound on Route 170 about 10:30 a.m. when it went off the right side of the road, then collided head-on with a Chevrolet Silverado pickup driven by Cary S. Winters of Negley.
Jacqueline Werling was pronounced dead at the scene. Melvin Werling and a passenger in Winters' truck were flown by STAT MedEvac to St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown. Winters was taken by ambulance to Salem Community Hospital.
Alcohol was not a factor, the patrol said.
Champion trustees take first step on police levy
CHAMPION - Township trustees at a special meeting on Monday took the first step to placing a 2-mill continuous police operating levy on the November general election ballot.
Trustee Chairman Jeff Hovanic said the county auditor will verify the millage and the $338,000 annual amount to be generated from the levy before trustees take final action on placement of the issue on the ballot at 6 p.m. July 16.
Hovanic said trustees originally were going to combine and replace two 1-mill continuing levies from 1979 and 1982 that bring in $159,000 with a new levy, but were informed by the county prosecutor they were not able to do that due to the wording difference of the two levies.
Instead, Hovanic said trustees plan to move forward with the new levy and, if passed this fall, will remove the two old 1-mill levies.
Weathersfield chief is out on sick leave
WEATHERSFIELD - Township police Chief Joseph P. Consiglio has been on sick leave for the last several weeks.
A veteran of Weathersfield law enforcement, Consiglio has been with the police department for 30 years and has served as chief since 2002.
Capt. Michael J. Naples is heading the department until Consiglio's return, which township officials hope will be in the next few weeks.
Weathersfield Police Department employs 15 sworn officers, including eight full-time and seven part-time officers, along with one civilian.