Lights go out for 10,000 customers
About 5,600 FirstEnergy customers in Trumbull County were without power Monday night, a spokesman for the company reported shortly after 11 p.m. In Mahoning County, those without electricity numbered around 4,200 at the same time.
The cause apparently is weather-related but has not been pinpointed, he said. Temperatures were about 10 degrees below zero when a blue flash lit up the sky and lights went out about 9:30 p.m.
FirstEnergy spokesman David Turner could not say when power would be restored .
The largest concentration of customer powerless was in Girard, McDonald and Weathersfield, which had 2,100 customers without electricity, Turner said. The rest were scattered among other communities, Turner said. A dispatcher at the Trumbull County 911 Center said residents in Liberty also were experiencing outages.
In Mahoning County, there were about 2,000 FirstEnergy customers in Austintown and another 1,500 or so in Youngstown without power, Turner said.The rest without power are scattered around the county.
Turner said warming centers were available at the Boardman Township administrative building, 8299 Market St., and the Austintown Senior Center, 100 Westchester Drive.
Woman reports potential arson
WARREN - City police and firefighters were called to a North Feederle Drive S.E. home Sunday afternoon when a woman said her ex-boyfriend poured gasoline on the front door of her place.
Officers said in a report that the man left before police arrived shortly after 4 p.m.
No fire was started, but firefighters arrived at the scene to begin an arson investigation.
Police had been to the same home between 8:30 and 9 a.m. the same day after the woman reported an ''unwanted subject'' at the home.
Business collecting for family fire victims
WARREN - Donations are being accepted for a woman and three children who lost their home and belongings in a fire Saturday.
The items are being collected at Glo Tanning and Nails, 1819 Elm Road N.E., which is the same plaza as Roses of Wood and Ianazone's Homemade Pizza. All items, including clothing, blankets and pillows, are being collected.
The salon is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday to collect the donations. If the items cannot be dropped off, call 330-372-4561 for them to be collected. For more information on the clothing sizes, visit the salon's Facebook page, Glo Tanning & Nails.
The fire at 1091 Elm Road N.E. early Saturday morning caused about $50,000 in damage. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Warren market robbers still at large after heist
WARREN - Police were still looking for a pair of bandits who held up the Z&J Market on Perkinswood Boulevard S.E. on Sunday evening.
According to reports, the two men came into the store shortly after 8:30 p.m. and escaped with $150 after pointing a handgun at the owners, Mostafa Ahmad Amireh and his wife, Ibtisam M. Amireh. Mrs. Amireh said she opened the cash register door and the thieves quickly grabbed the money and ran.
No injuries were reported.
Initial reports indicated the two males fled from the store in a silver Bonneville and were last seen heading toward Youngstown Road S.E. Witnesses told a police dispatcher the gunmen's faces were covered.
Woman accused of trying to drown baby
CINCINNATI - Police say the mother of a 7-week-old girl found floating in a bathtub was arrested on a charge of attempted murder.
Fire and police crews responded to a report of the infant floating in a bathtub Dec. 31. They took the child to a hospital, where she is being treated for life-threatening injuries.
Police said they arrested the mother, 27-year-old Jessica Whitehead, on Monday.
Staff, wire reports