Report: State trooper hit by sliding car
YOUNGSTOWN - An Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper from the Canfield post is recovering in the hospital after he was hit by a car Thursday night. Trooper Brian Cowles suffered a broken leg, according to the patrol.
Reports state that Cowles was standing along Interstate 680 near Meridian Road in Austintown helping a motorist whose car was stuck in the snow-covered median when another vehicle slid out of control and hit him.
The driver of the car that hit Cowles has not been charged, according to the patrol.
Youngstown murder suspect ready for return
COLUMBUS - Bond was set at $1 million for a Youngstown man accused in the New Year's Eve slaying of his live-in girlfriend.
Larry Johnson, 39, is at the Franklin County Jail following an extradition hearing Friday afternoon in Columbus. Youngstown officials have until Jan. 10 to pick him up.
Johnson was arrested Wednesday evening by U.S. Marshals at a Columbus Walmart. He was in the victim's car, police said.
He is accused of the Tuesday afternoon homicide of Lashea Parker, 26, at their Shelby Road home on the city's West Side.
The Mahoning County coroner released a statement Friday that Parker died of multiple blunt and sharp force injuries to the head.
A neighbor saw Parker's four children playing outside Tuesday without coats or supervision. When she went to take care of the children, she found found Parker's body inside the house, police said. The children are with Parker's relatives.
Lordstown collects 81 pounds of medication
LORDSTOWN - Since Oct. 1, the Lordstown Police Department received 81.4 pounds of unwanted pharmaceuticals as part of its new prescription drug drop box.
The department received the prescription drug drop box from the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators. The box is installed in the lobby of the police station, 1583 Salt Springs Road, accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Chief Brent Milhoan said it helps "limit the misuse of drugs by children and teens who often get the drugs right from their family's medicine cabinets.''
Medications accepted include pills, capsules, patches, powders, vitamins, inhalers and pet medications. Drugs need to be in original containers or in sealed plastic bags. Medications not accepted are liquids, needles, syringes, lancets, thermometers, IV bags, aerosol cans, hydrogen peroxide, empty containers and illegal drugs.
For more information, call 330-824-2728.
Library reschedules children's event
NEWTON FALLS - The Newton Falls Public Library, 204 S. Canal St., has rescheduled the children's Candyland from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today.
The event includes a giant Candyland board for ages 3 to 8 in the meeting room with the game taking 10 to 20 minutes.
The event was rescheduled when the library had to close early Thursday due to severe winter weather.