Middleburg Heights woman has oldest fridge
Mary Schmidt's refrigerator is as old as Mickey Mouse, Scotch Tape and Twinkies.
Schmidt's 1930 refrigerator has tied with a Columbus area resident's 1930 fridge for the title of Ohio's Oldest Fridge.
Schmidt, of Middleburg Heights, was named the Oldest Fridge Contest winner after scheduling to have her 1930 refrigerator picked up by The Cleveland Electric Illuminating Co., a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. during this summer's statewide contest.
She won $1,250 for recycling what is believed to be the state's oldest operating refrigerator. Schmidt's parents purchased the refrigerator when she was 1 year old. She used the fridge throughout her life, and at the time of pickup still possessed all the original paperwork for the appliance.
It was one of thousands of refrigerators and freezers picked up throughout Ohio during a joint effort among utilities. To participate in the program, visit energysaveOhio.com. The program is limited to removal of two units per household. Appliances to be recycled must be in working order and between 10 and 30 cubic feet - standard size for most models.
Speed not a factor in Ashtabula crash
HUNTSBURG - Investigators said they do not believe speed was a factor in the Ashtabula County crash that killed a Middlefield man on Tuesday.
The Ohio State Patrol confirmed that the investigation is ongoing.
Troopers from the OSP Chardon Post confirmed that Gary L. Swontek, 64, of Middlefield was pronounced dead at the scene of the two-vehicle crash on state Route 322 and Clay Street.
Troopers reported that Swontek, who was driving a Chevy Cavalier south on Clay Street just before 7 p.m., failed to yield at a stop sign and was struck by a Dodge Dakota driven by Jacob M. Cochran, 34, of Roaming Shores.
Troopers said Cochran, who was wearing a seatbelt and was not injured, was arrested for operating a vehicle while impaired. He was taken to Geauga Hospital, where he submitted to a blood test. Troopers said they are waiting for the results of that test.
Troopers said Swontek was not wearing his seat belt.
Police investigate girl's assault claim
WARREN - City police are investigating reports that a 13-year-old girl was assaulted Wednesday at her Laird Avenue home.
According to a Warren police report, the girl suffered possible internal injury during the aggravated assault. The report also indicates a rifle was used in the assault, but it does not say how or by whom.
The matter was reported to police just before 3 p.m. Wednesday.
Boil advisory in Hubbard Township
HUBBARD TOWNSHIP - The Trumbull County Sanitary Engineer's Office issued a boil advisory Thursday for water customers located on state Route 7 south of Chestnut Ridge Road in Hubbard Township.
The boil advisory was issued due to a waterline break and will remain in effect until further notice.
Residents are advised to boil the water used for consumption until further notice.
An advisory means to take precautions and boil the tap water used for drinking and ingestion a rolling boil for three to five minutes.
Marine Corps kicks off Toys for Tots campaign
BAZETTA - The Marine Corps Reserves Detachment 3, Maintenance Company will be kicking off its Toys for Tots campaign by hosting its third annual 5k race, cookout and family event Sunday at Imagination Station Park.
Toys for Tots collects new, unwrapped toys from October to December and distributes them as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.
Sunday's event will include music, raffles, a bounce house and pull-up competition. The race is at 3 p.m. with registration from 1 to 2:30 p.m. with a fee to benefit Toys for Tots.