Teen killed, mother hurt when hit by truck
MERCER COUNTY, Pa. - A Dayton teenager was killed and his mother injured after they were struck by a drunken driver while fishing, police said.
Austin Rife, 15, and Stephani Rife, 37, of Kettering, were fishing along the shoreline of a farm pond on Old Ash Road in Mercer County just before midnight Thursday when they were struck, according to Pennsylvania State Police in Mercer.
Brittany Raskowsky, 25, of Grange Hall Road in New Castle, Pa., was driving a 1996 Ford F-150 pickup truck south on Springfield Township road when the truck dropped off the road and plowed through a field before striking the mother and son, police said.
Raskowsky was charged with DUI. Additional charges are pending, police said.
Firefighters burn church for training
BRACEVILLE - Braceville, Garrettsville and Southington fire departments trained in firefighting techniques Saturday morning after setting an old church on fire.
First Christian Church on Church Street, built in 1874, was used for the training exercise. The congregation moved into a new building on the property several years ago.
Members tried to sell the old church and its timbers, but later donated it to the fire department, according to WYTV-33 News.
Mosquito spraying is set for Howland
HOWLAND - Howland will hold a mosquito spraying by Alexander Pest Control from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. today and Tuesday.
In case of rain, the sprayings will be the following evenings.
Residents are encouraged to close their windows, keep pets indoors and not to leave any food outdoors during the spraying.
Champion trustees set special meeting
CHAMPION - Township trustees have scheduled a special meeting for 12:15 p.m. today at the township hall to hire a cemetery worker.
Warren gardening group holds work day
WARREN - Members of gregg's gardens spent Sunday assembling a stone wall and spreading soil at the corner of Vine Avenue and Porter Street as part of a weekend work day.
The group and Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership has been working to beautify sections of the city.
Ohio gets $4 million for mental health
COLUMBUS - The state is getting $4 million in federal money to bolster services for young adults with severe mental illness.
Ohio's Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services says the grant is part of the state's effort to make it easier for young residents to transition between the child and adult mental health systems.
Department Director Tracy Plouck says young people often get caught between the two mental health systems, which have different policies and eligibility criteria.
The project will serve 2,000 young people from 88 counties.
Staff, wire reports