Bears break up practice in Fowler
FOWLER - More than 100 people, including three youth football squads and student cheerleaders along with onlookers, were moved Wednesday afternoon when an adult bear and a cub were spotted around Currie Elementary School.
Deputies were called out about 6 p.m. when the practice session for the teams was already under way. Two unrelated black bear sightings were already called in to dispatchers.
Detective Rick Tackett said spectators at the school building on Ridge Road said they noticed the large bear on one side of the school and the cub on a different side.
''It appeared to be a risky situation, especially since momma was separated from her cub. Normally, black bears stay away from a group of people. But we decided to discontinue the practice and move everything down to Baker Elementary School in Vienna,'' Tackett said.
Man rescued from pond after tractor dives in
FOWLER - Emergency crews were called Thursday to rescue a man from atop a small tractor that he drove into a pond on Ridge Road N.E. The 77-year-old man was not injured and was rescued from the water by a relative, according to reports.
A relative at the scene said the man was riding the tractor around the yard just before 4 p.m. when he got too close to the edge of the acre-wide pond.
Initial reports indicated he was stuck on the tractor, but that his head was above water. He did not seek medical attention.
Injured ODOT worker still recuperating
SOUTHINGTON - As a 19-year-old Ohio Department of Transportation worker hit by a tow truck last month in Braceville continues to recuperate, an investigation into the accident also continues.
Ohio State Highway Patrol Lt. Brian Holt, commander of the Warren post in Southington, said Thursday no charges have been filed against the driver of the tow truck that hit Stephen Vidman of McDonald just after 10 a.m. July 29.
Vidman was struck by James Mahmet, 47, of Lake Milton, who was driving a 2008 Dodge flatbed tow truck toward the ODOT construction area on state Route 534, where Vidman was a flagger. Initial reports indicated he glanced down at an electronic tablet inside the truck when the incident occurred.
Vidman, who played football and ran track at McDonald, planned to attend Youngstown State University this fall. His aunt, Rose Harden, said that her nephew suffered two collapsed lungs, a ruptured spleen, broken left arm, tear in his aorta and a torn ACL.
Howland Fire Dept. to hold Safety Day
HOWLAND - The Howland Fire Department will hold a Safety Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Kmart, 2100 Niles Cortland Road S.E.
The event, which is being sponsored by Kmart, will include car seat inspections, a bike safety rodeo, a fire safety trailer, STAT MedEvac helicopter and safety vehicles and fire engines.
Local safety and law enforcement groups are scheduled to attend with informational displays.
Courthouse honored for energy-efficiency
YOUNGSTOWN - The Nathan R. Jones U.S. Courthouse on Market Street was distinguished on Thursday for reduced energy consumption.
The Environmental Protection Agency recognized two Ohio courthouses for the 2012 Energy Star National Building Competition. Along with the Youngstown courthouse, Cleveland's Howard M. Metzenbaum U.S. Courthouse was selected by the EPA.
The Nathaniel R. Jones Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse reduced energy consumption by 20.4 percent in 2012 for $23,700 in annual savings. Money and energy was saved by replacing outdoor lights with energy-efficient LED lights and reducing the building's use of steam. The facility was built in 2002.