Man tries to run from police at county jail
YOUNGSTOWN - A Mahoning County Jail inmate who had just appeared in Municipal Court Tuesday faces new charges after reports state he ran away from officers in the police department's jail unit.
Raymond Betts, 29, was with six other prisoners who just had court dates and was being put into a van to be taken back to the jail when he got loose and ran out of the garage of the police department, reports state.
He was caught about 20 feet away in front of city hall, reports state. He was charged with escape.
Traffic accident leads to pill find
YOUNGSTOWN - A man who was in a traffic accident in front of the Mahoning County Jail had 167 methadone pills on him, reports state.
An officer was called to Fifth Avenue and Commerce Street about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday on an accident call, and when he got there he found both cars had pulled into the parking lot of the jail.
The driver of one of the cars, 33-year-old William Britten of Bainbridge Avenue, was acting nervous and kept reaching inside the car, reports state. When the officer looked inside the car, he found the pills underneath a lunch box on the front seat. Reports state the limit for a prescription of the pills is 15.
Britten was taken around the back of the jail, where he was booked pending his arraignment in Municipal Court.
Trumbull gets money to demolish homes
WARREN - Trumbull County has been awarded $14,000 more from a federal grant program to demolish vacant and abandoned homes.
The money, from part one of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, will be used to tear down another three homes in the county.
The county received the additional funding because it spent more than 90 percent of its original allocation - $3.4 million - that it received in 2009. The funding is part of $250,000 that was returned NSP money from communities around the state.
Trumbull in line
for septic money
WARREN - Trumbull County is in line for money from the state to replace low-income residents' failing septic systems.
Julie Green, grants coordinator with the county planning commission, said the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has allocated through its loan fund $154,000 to replace home sewage treatment systems. It is money that will be combined with federal dollars the county has received to replace systems at 22 homes.
''These are already failed systems by the board of health,'' Green said.
The Ohio EPA money will be combined with a $205,837 award from the U.S. EPA to replace the failed systems. The federal loan requires a $156,805 local match. The Ohio EPA loan is a principle forgiveness loan.
Tickets available today for Biden visit
WARREN - Tickets for what's being called a grassroots event with Vice President Joe Biden on Friday in Lordstown are available beginning 10 a.m. today at the Organizing for America office in Warren, 155 S. Park Ave. S.E.
Biden, according to President Barack Obama's re-election campaign in Ohio, will discuss the choice voters have in this election, ''a choice between these two fundamentally different visions of how to grow the economy, create middle-class jobs and pay down the debt.''
The event at the United Auto Workers Local 1714 Hall, 2121 Salt Springs Road, is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.