Boil alert issued for parts of Brookfield
BROOKFIELD - A boil alert was issued Thursday morning in Brookfield Township following a water main break. The alert is for Warren Sharon Road east of Valley View Drive, Lincoln Avenue, Yankee Run Road, Brookfield Avenue, Golf Drive, Wintergreen Driver and Spring Road.
A boil alert means that precautions should be taken to boil the tap water used for drinking and ingestion. A rolling boil for three to five minutes is adequate.
The alert is in effect until further notice.
Youngstown man arrested in shooting
PYMATUNING TOWNSHIP, Pa. - A Youngstown man was shot by a township police officer about 8:25 p.m. Wednesday, and the man also wounded a woman in a North Hermitage Road home, police said.
Pennsylvania State Police at Mercer said the man, identified as Jessi Hudson of Youngstown, shot the woman after police responded to a 911 call at the home, WYTV 33 News reported.
The responding officer heard gunfire, went inside, and exchanged fire with Hudson, who then barricaded himself inside the house, reports state. He came out after a two-hour standoff.
Hudson and the woman's wounds are not life-threatening. He was arraigned on counts of aggravated assault, burglary and manufacturing or delivering drugs and is in the Mercer County Jail on $300,000 bond.
A spokesman for the Mercer Barracks said state police are investigating the use of force by the Pymatuning Township officer.
Champion trustees OK lighting district
CHAMPION - Township trustees gave their approval for a lighting project for Dalton Drive.
A public hearing was held Wednesday for the six property owners on the dead-end street, which also has vacant lots.
Trustee Chairman Jeff Hovanic said Ohio Edison will install street lighting service. Residents will pay for the service through assessments on their taxes. The cost will be $294 for first year, including installation, and about $50 a year after that.
Trustees also rescheduled a workshop to 6 p.m. Wednesday with the county planning commission and township zoning commission and zoning appeals board to review a survey to be sent out to residents on questions for the updated comprehensive plan.
Smoke detector program offered
HOWLAND - The Howland Fire Department will give away smoke detectors from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Bolindale Fire Station 31, 3403 Ridge Road S.E.
Fire Chief James Pantalone said the program is targeting residents living in the Bolindale area of the township. One smoke detector per household will be given out with proof of township residency and a matching photo identification.
Pantalone said the high volume of fires in Howland and throughout the Mahoning Valley in recent weeks has heightened concern for the safety of residents. Smoke detectors can save lives, he said.
Residents should check their smoke detector batteries at least twice per year when changing their clocks, he said.
Milton Township trustees demote chief
MIILTON - Trustees demoted the township's police chief at a meeting Thursday.
Michael Saltsman Sr. was demoted from police chief to corporal officer effective immediately, according to WYTV 33 News. Trustees said there was no specific reason for the demotion other than they wanted a change in leadership.
As an officer, Saltsman will earn a lower salary, but his medical benefits, seniority and sick time will carry over. Retired Austintown Detective Robert Schaeffer is being brought in as interim chief until a replacement is found.
Saltsman had no comment after the meeting.