Sunset Lounge permit
holder gets extension
WARREN - The Ohio Division of Liquor Control is allowing the man who owns the liquor permit for the former Sunset Lounge to keep the license in a holding pattern for another 180 days.
Matt Mullins, liquor control spokesman, said Monday the decision was made last week to let Joe Sankey Jr. keep the license in ''temporary closing authority'' because Sankey's in the process of selling the building, contents and property.
Sankey put the permit on the shelf temporarily after he voluntarily closed the bar in downtown Warren in January following a fatal shooting there during a New Year's celebration. The 180-day term expired July 1.
Meanwhile, a hearing on liquor license violations filed against the company that operated as the now-closed Sunset has been postponed, according to the Ohio Liquor Control Commission. The hearing will be reset sometime in the next three months.
proceeds with levy
HUBBARD TOWNSHIP - Trustees have approved placing a 1.75-mill, three-year police renewal levy on the Nov. 5 general election ballot.
Fiscal Officer Sue Goterba said the levy would continue to generate $154,872 annually for three more years for continued day-to-day operations in the police department at the current level.
She said with the renewal, there is no increase in taxes.
Former state rep
eyes Congress seat
A former state representative filed Monday to run for Congress in the 6th District, which includes the southern portion of Mahoning County.
Jennifer Garrison, a Democrat, plans to hold events today in Marietta and in Canfield to announce her candidacy.
Garrison represented Ohio's 93rd District from 2004 to 2010 in the Ohio House. Afterward, she founded the Southeastern Ohio Landowners Association, which helped landowners negotiate natural gas and oil mineral leases.
The winding congressional district along the Ohio River is represented by Republican Bill Johnson. Garrison will have to win the party nomination before challenging Johnson, who likely will be unopposed in the primary.
Click-It or Ticket
nabs nearly 16,000
COLUMBUS - During the 2013 Click-It or Ticket safety belt enforcement mobilization, 500 law enforcement agencies around Ohio worked 148,958 hours to crack down on those who don't buckle up.
According to a news release, the initiative ran from May 20 to June 2 and 15,992 motorists were cited for not wearing their safety belt. An additional 530 were cited for child restraint violations. Officers made 2,180 arrests on impaired driving charges and conducted 1,455 felony arrests.
"Initiatives like Click-It or Ticket illustrate the effectiveness of law enforcement agencies working together for a common cause," said Thomas P. Charles, director of the Ohio Department of Public Safety.
Click-It or Ticket is coordinated by the Ohio State Highway Patrol.