Cortland woman killed in car crash on Route 5
JOHNSTON - A Cortland woman was killed Monday when her car collided with a semi-trailer on state Route 5.
Rachel Lynn Davis, 22, of Erie Street, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Ohio State Highway Patrol.
The crash occurred just east of state Route 11 at about 6:35 p.m. when police said a 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier driven by Davis was traveling eastbound before driving left-of-center into the path of a semi-trailer heading westbound.
Davis' vehicle was struck head-on by the truck driven by Rohan M. Powell, 46, of Ontario, Canada.
Powell was transported to St. Joseph Health Center in Warren where he was treated and released.
Traffic on state Route 5 was detoured for more than three hours while crews worked to clear the scene.
Troopers were assisted by Johnston Township fire and EMS, Trumbull County Sheriff's Department and the Ohio Department of Transportation.
Youngstown bicyclist dies after hit-and-run
YOUNGSTOWN - Police are looking for the driver of a vehicle who struck and killed a Youngstown woman late last week.
According to police, Lori Fiscus, 53, was riding a bicycle about 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the 2500 block of Elm Street when she was struck by a blue Pontiac Grand Am traveling in the northbound lane. She was pronounced dead at St. Elizabeth Health Center.
Police are seeking the vehicle, reports said, which sustained damage to the hood and windshield. Anyone with information should contact Youngstown police at 330-742-8911.
Decaying tree falls
on truck in Boardman
BOARDMAN - A large decaying tree fell on the hood of a truck being driven by a Canfield man Monday afternoon, pinning him in the car.
Jason Bartholomew, 31, is being treated at the hospital, reports said, after his 2002 GMC Sonoma was crushed while heading north on Lockwood Boulevard near Shields Road.
The oak tree crushed the car's hood, driving the steering column onto Bartholomew's legs, preventing him from being able to exit the vehicle, according to reports.
Rescue workers with the Boardman Fire Department had to use the jaws of life to free Bartholomew. His injuries were not life-threatening, but his legs and arm were broken in the accident.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating the accident, reports said, and Lockwood Boulevard near Shields Road was closed until the tree was removed.
Ohio to begin baiting with rabies vaccine
COLUMBUS - Ohio began putting out baits laced with rabies vaccine on Monday in the eastern part of the state in an effort to stop the disease from spreading.
The Ohio Department of Health says the baiting will continue through Sept. 20 and cover 4,334 square miles. The coated baits intended for raccoons are about the size of ketchup packets. They are white and rolled in a brown fishmeal glaze known to attract raccoons.
Baits will be distributed by aircraft and vehicles.
Five raccoon-rabies cases have been confirmed this year. The cases include four raccoons in Mahoning County and one cat in Trumbull County.
Rabies is a viral disease that affects people and animals and is almost always fatal.
Bats, raccoons and skunks pose the greatest risk of rabies in Ohio.
Girard police seeking vehicle vandals
GIRARD - Two vehicles were vandalized Sunday evening along North State Street, police said.
According to reports, police responded to the scene about 9 p.m. in the parking lot of the Slovenian Hall where four tires were punctured on two vehicles. Girard police are investigating the incident.