Blast likely caused by large firecracker
WARREN - What residents thought was an explosion Wednesday night most likely was a large firecracker, fire officials said.
Firefighters were called to the area of 3132 Foster Drive N.E. around 9:30 p.m. after receiving reports of a large amount of smoke following what residents thought could have been an explosion. Firefighters didn't find any fire or smoke when they got to the scene, and surmised that the blast likely was caused by a large firecracker, such as an M250.
No injuries were reported.
At about the same time as the explosion report, an alarm was set off near the Morgandale Commons building along Plaza Avenue N.E. That turned out to be an alarm tripped by overcooked food that smoked, firefighters said.
Vienna Fire Department awarded federal grant
VIENNA - The Vienna Fire Department has been awarded $24,883 through the federal Assistance to Firefighters Grants program.
The money can be used on training, facility upgrades and modifications and supplies, like protective gear. The grant program is run by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
OSHP plans OVI checkpoint tonight
SOUTHINGTON - The Ohio State Highway Patrol announced that an OVI checkpoint will be held in Trumbull County tonight.
The OVI checkpoint, funded by federal grant funds, is planned to deter and intercept impaired drivers.
"Based on provisional data, there were 274 OVI-related fatal crashes in which 300 people were killed last year in Ohio," Lt. Brian Holt, commander of the Warren Post in Southington, said.
"State troopers make on average 25,000 OVI arrests each year in an attempt to combat these dangerous drivers. OVI checkpoints are designed to not only deter impaired driving, but to proactively remove these dangerous drivers from our roadways."
The location of the checkpoint is to be announced today.
Foster MetroPark reopens after road work
NEWTON TOWNSHIP - Foster MetroPark, 3940 Damascus Newton Falls Road, has been re-opened after a culvert replacement project was completed.
The park had been closed since early May because of a collapsed culvert in the parking lot area for the park.
Fowler road to be closed for culvert replacement
FOWLER - Bradley Brownlee Road in Fowler between state Route 193 and Stoddard Hayes Road will be closed starting Monday through July 11 for culvert replacement.
The Trumbull County Engineer is recommending the following detour: south on state Route 193, east on Everett Cortland Hull Road, north on Sodom Hutchings Road and west on Bradley Brownlee Road.
Braceville Township to spray for mosquitoes
BRACEVILLE - Alexander Pest Control will be spraying for mosquitoes from 6 p.m. to midnight today in the township.
Residence are asked to close their windows, keep pets indoor and not leave any food outside.
Neighborhood group wins spirit award
YOUNGSTOWN - The Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp., or YNDC, has been given the 2014 Spirit of Homeownership Excellence Award by the Ohio Housing Finance Agency.
The award was created by the state housing agency to highlight initiatives that promote homeownership opportunities and accessibility in Ohio. YNDC was picked for its Community Loan Fund program, which provides first mortgage financing in underserved communities.
In addition, YNDC's program provides buyers with financial training, resources coordination and property repair.