Malfunctioning switch causes power outage
WARREN - About 1,600 customers on the city's north westside lost power early Friday morning.
A FirstEnergy representative said the outage was caused by a malfunctioning switch. The switch caused a small fire that damaged a utility pole at the corner of Comstock Street and West Avenue. The pole will have to be replaced.
Power was restored within a few hours.
Police probe attempted break-in at fire station
WARREN - Police are investigating an attempted break-in at one of the city's fire stations.
Police reports state that someone tried to break into the rear door of the Warren Fire Station at 1700 Atlantic St. N.E. sometime between 11 p.m. Wednesday and 11 a.m. Thursday.
Warren fire Chief Ken Nussle said on Friday that the person was not able to get inside the building, and there was minimal damage to the door, likely from someone trying to pry it open.
No other information was available.
Mineral Ridge man charged in burglary
NILES - A Mineral Ridge man is facing several felony charges in connection with a burglary on West County Line Road in Weathersfield.
Gregory Dominic Jr., 28, of 3910 Edwards St., is charged with receiving stolen property, felony theft and felony burglary.
He was arraigned in Niles Municipal Court on Friday. He is due back in municipal court March 3 for a preliminary hearing.
Police reported that the charges came after a monthlong investigation.
Police: Man shoots dog attacking Cincy woman
CINCINNATI - Police say a man shot and killed a dog that had broken free from its chain and was attacking a Cincinnati woman.
Police say the man who shot the dog and saved the woman kept walking after the incident.
WLWT-TV in Cincinnati reports that the attack happened in the East Price Hill neighborhood about noon on Friday.
Police told the station a mail carrier was trying to get the dog off the woman when the man walking down the street pulled out a gun and shot the animal.
Neighbors said they didn't recognize the man. Police say he didn't do anything wrong and wouldn't be charged. The Hamilton County Health Department will test the dog's body.
Court rejects claim by ex-death row inmate
COLUMBUS- An appeals court has rejected an attempt by an ex-Ohio death row inmate to clear his name for a pair of slayings he didn't commit.
Dale Johnston of suburban Columbus was sentenced to die in 1984 for the shooting deaths of his teenage stepdaughter and her fiance two years earlier.
The case against him fell apart on appeal and he was freed in 1990. Another man confessed in 2008 to killing the couple.
Staff, wire reports