Woman dies in fire in Youngstown home
YOUNGSTOWN - One person died early Wednesday in a house fire in Youngstown.
Crews were called about 3:15 a.m. Wednesday to a home at 532 Dorothy Ave. on the city's South Side. When crews arrived, the house was fully engulfed in flames.
A man, Richard Adams, 48, was able to escape the home with serious burns. He was taken to the Akron Burn Center, according to Tribune Chronicle news partner WYTV 33 News.
The woman who died was identified as Martha Cole, 38. The coroner said there was no obvious signs of trauma on the body, but a full autopsy is scheduled today.
Another woman who lives at the house was not home. Youngstown Fire Chief John O'Neill said there were also several dogs in the house and all but one died. The cause still is under investigation.
Police release ID of boy who died in Howland
HOWLAND - Police released the name of a 7-year-old boy who died Friday as Cormaree Floyd. The boy was found unresponsive in his High Street home and later declared dead Friday morning.
Howland police Chief Paul Monroe said Wednesday the manner of the death - intentional, accidental or natural - is pending conclusion of a coroner's investigation. Though Coroner Dr. Humphrey Germaniuk was not available for comment Wednesday afternoon, according to his office, it will take several weeks for the return of toxicology tests.
Initial reports indicate the boy had an extensive medical history and that there is little to indicate a suspicious death.
Cormaree was autistic, according to previous police reports and in July 2012 was found on the roof of his 8454 High St. home. The boy had removed a window fan and climbed outside.
On the morning Cormaree was declared dead, his father and emergency responders both made unsuccessful attempts at resuscitating him.
Lordstown parents don't get answers at meeting
LORDSTOWN - Parents waited for about 90 minutes while the Lordstown School Board met in closed session to discuss personnel, but had little chance to discuss complaints against the Elementary School principal.
Students claimed that a week ago Tuesday, Principal Laura Parise lost her temper during lunch and threw a pair of scissors in their direction. Parise sent a letter home to parents telling parents that she tried to toss the scissors - used to open lunch items for students - onto a table, but they caught in her fingers and hit the ceiling, then the floor.
Parents who showed up at the special meeting Wednesday told Tribune Chronicle news partner WYTV 33 News that they thought they'd have a chance to ask questions. But the board went right into executive session, and cut question time short when they came back into open session to adjourn.
"Personnel matters, as far as our board goes, do not get discussed publicly, no," Mark McGrail, school board president, said.