Fatal accident in Gustavus under investigation
GUSTAVUS - The driver of an SUV was killed following a one-vehicle crash Thursday afternoon on Gardner Barclay Road near Farmdale.
Ellwood V. McCracken, 69, of Kinsman, was pronounced dead on the scene, police said.
McCracken was driving his 2004 Chevrolet Trail Blazer east about 2:20 p.m. when it slid on ice, slipped off the right side of the road and hit a tree, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
McCracken was wearing a seat belt, troopers said.
Warren SOUP accepting presentation proposals
WARREN - Warren SOUP is accepting proposals for its next micro-funding dinner from presenters with creative local projects looking for a financial jump start.
The dinner will be held Feb. 1, and presenters will be given a limited amount of time to pitch their idea to attendees who will then vote on which project they would like to fund through their ticket donation. Projects can range in topic from social entrepreneurship, urban gardens, youth development, fine and performing arts, social justice and the like.
All proposals are due in hand by noon Jan. 21. Applications can be obtained from 170 N. Park Ave. or by contacting Sheila Calko, Warren SOUP committee member, via her email email@example.com. Volunteers and those wishing to donate soup, paper products and the like are also encourage to contact Calko.
STEAM Academy closes early due to pipe leak
WARREN - Students at STEAM Academy of Warren were dismissed after a pipe burst in the building.
Head of School Timothy Freeman said due to lack of water and heat in the building, students were sent home around noon Thursday.
A pipe in a downstairs room near the gymnasium burst around 9:30 a.m., and "water was coming out pretty profusely," he said.
The school had to shut off the water to the building as well as the boiler.
A plumber was called and will make the repairs today. However, no damage estimate or repair cost is available, Freeman said.
Students were given lunch and then dismissed at noon.
Freeman said classes should resume today.
Detroit woman with suspended license stopped
WEATHERSFIELD - Police said they caught a Detroit woman driving while having a lifetime suspension on her Michigan driver's license.
Kimberly R. Ross, 41, of 13957 Winthrop St., is scheduled to be arraigned in Niles Municipal Court today.
Weathersfield police reported stopping her on Route 169 last week. Police explained that the type of suspension Ross has a specified lifetime suspension. In Ohio, driving with that type of suspension is a felony of the third degree.
39-year-old man indicted in girlfriend's beating death
YOUNGSTOWN - A Mahoning County grand jury on Thursday indicted a man on murder charges in the Dec. 31 death of a his live-in girlfriend.
Larry Johnson, 39, was picked up by U.S. Marshals around 6:30 p.m. Jan. 1 at a Walmart in Columbus.
He is accused of beating and stabbing Lashea Parker, 26, whose body was found in her Shelby Road home on the West Side of Youngstown. Johnson was found in her car, police said.
Youngstown police detectives returned Johnson to Younsgtown last week. He is being held in the Mahoning County Jail.
A court date for his arraignment in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court had not been set on Thursday.
Girard blockwatch meeting set at library
GIRARD - The city's 2nd Ward blockwatch will hold a public meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, to be attended by several city officials.
Girard Councilman Larry Steiner will be joined at the meeting by a representative from the Girard Police Department.
The meeting is set to be held at the Girard Public Library.