Three people hurt in Champion crash
CHAMPION - Three people received minor injuries in a traffic accident here Sunday before noon, according to the township Fire Department.
The crash happened at the intersection of Mahoning Avenue and Marshall Avenue at around 11:50 a.m. The injuries were not life threatening, according to the department.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating, according to the fire department. No further information was available Sunday night.
Pedestrian cited in Boardman accident
BOARDMAN - A pedestrian hit by a vehicle while crossing state Route 224 near South Avenue Saturday night has been cited for not yielding to traffic outside a crosswalk.
According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, witnesses told police the pedestrian, of Poland, was running across the busy stretch of road when he was struck by a moving vehicle. The pedestrian was taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center and was in stable condition Sunday night, according to the patrol.
Names were not readily available Sunday night.
Vienna hosts chili cookoff set for today at fire house
VIENNA The annual Vienna Chili Cookoff will be held at 5 p.m. today at the fire station on state Route 193. Entries are due by 3 p.m. at the fire station for judging at 3:30 p.m. The public is welcome at 5 p.m. to purchase chili and other food items.
The event has members of the fire department and community residents submitting chilis. Proceeds benefit the safety services and DARE program for the schools.
Cleveland pastor absent from Mass after arrest
CLEVELAND - A priest in residence has filled in for a Catholic church pastor who was arrested in Cleveland for allegedly soliciting sex in a park.
The Plain Dealer of Cleveland reports that there were no direct references to the arrest of the Rev. James McGonegal in Sunday morning Mass at the St. Ignatius of Antioch Church. Parish members declined to comment.
He was arrested Friday after allegedly soliciting a park ranger who was in plainsclothes at Edgewater Park. Police reports say McGonegal told authorities he has tested positive for HIV.
Cleveland Catholic Diocese records show the 68-year-old McGonegal has been a priest since 1971. A phone message was left for him.
The Diocese said in a statement it has a policy of cooperating with civil authorities in such matters.
Smoke diverts plane from Cleveland to Boston
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Officials say a commercial flight carrying 34 passengers had to make an emergency stop in Buffalo after the crew reported smoke in the cockpit. The plane landed safely and no one was injured.
WIVB in Buffalo reported that a Chautauqua Airlines flight operating as United Express made the emergency stop in Buffalo on Sunday. The flight departed from Cleveland and was scheduled to land in Boston at 12:18 p.m.
Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority spokesman Dan Hartmayer said that the crew reported smoke in the cockpit and pilots decided to divert to the Buffalo Niagara International Airport.
The cause of the smoke was not immediately known.
Passengers were placed on other flights.
Toledo state prison hit by rising violence
TOLEDO - Authorities at the state prison in Toledo have seen inmate violence continuing to rise despite a series of changes, with four slayings in 13 months.
The Blade reports that after the Toledo Correctional Institution's first homicide last year, staffing was increased on nights and weekends and a second investigator added. Then another inmate was killed in his cell this year, and the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction added nine officers to the maximum-security prison. There have been two more deadly assaults this year, the latest coming Oct. 6.
Ohio statistics show the four slayings are the most in the past 13 months of any state prison. Authorities say there are more fights, too.
Staff, wire reports