Rollover crash hurts two, disrupts power
BRACEVILLE - Two people were injured and hundreds were left without power Christmas night in the Newton Falls / Braceville area when a car crashed into a utility pole about 6:14 p.m. Wednesday on Route 534 just north of Route 5.
The 17-year-old driver of a 2005 Chevy Cobalt missed a curve on Route 534, slid off the right side of road and rolled over, striking the guy wire and ripping off the top of the utility pole, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
The 20-year-old passenger was flown by helicopter to Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna and treated for a fractured vertebra, according to the patrol. The driver complained of a stiff neck and was treated at Robinson, a trooper said.
Neither alcohol nor speed were factors in the crash, according to the patrol. Names of the driver and passenger were not yet released.
Ohio Edison spokesman David Turner said at least 100 customers were without power for about two hours, and few would be without power for the rest of the evening until the utility pole was replaced.
According to the trooper, traffic signals and lights along most of Route 534 in the area were knocked out.
Pedestrian killed on Christmas Eve
YOUNGSTOWN - A pedestrian was struck and killed by a truck on South Avenue Tuesday evening.
Police said a woman believed to be in her 40s was arguing with someone in a van in the parking lot of a gas station at South Avenue and Dewey Avenue about 7:30 p.m. The van pulled away and the woman fell into the street at the gas station entrance.
As the woman was trying to get up, a pickup truck heading north on South Avenue struck the woman, killing her, police told WYTV 33 News.
Police did not release further information, including the name of the victim, on Wednesday.
Man treats 50 homeless to gourmet dinner
AKRON - An Ohio developer has treated 50 homeless men and women to a four-course fine-dining experience.
Joel Testa decided that instead of presents for his 42nd birthday, he wanted his friends and family to donate money to help feed and clothe Akron's homeless population.
Then he decided to treat 50 homeless people to a gourmet dinner on Sunday in the four-star Akron restaurant that he co-owns.
Diners were treated to spinach quiche salad, potato leek soup, braised beef short ribs and a chocolate mousse desert. They were then offered seconds and handed takeout bags with leftovers as they left, the Akron Beacon Journal reported.
Prisoner advocates protest on Christmas
COLUMBUS - About 25 Ohio prisoner advocates and friends and family members of longtime inmates protested on Christmas Day outside of the state's parole board.
The group says they chose to sacrifice much of their holiday for the two-hour protest in front of the parole board's building in downtown Columbus to show how strongly they feel.
The Cincinnati-based group is condemning the imprisonment of what they say is 3,500 inmates sentenced before a new law passed in Ohio in 1996.
The legislation called for flat prison sentences of definite amounts, such as a 10-year sentence, as opposed to sometimes-broad ranges under the old law.
Ohio man a 'Christmas miracle' after collapse
WADSWORTH - An Ohio man whose heart stopped as he competed in a triathlon earlier this year says he now knows what it's like to experience a miracle.
Todd Rains of Wadsworth in northeastern Ohio went into cardiac arrest during the Cleveland Triathlon in August.
Two doctors also participating in the race found him collapsed in the road and performed chest compressions that are believed to have been key to saving his life.
Staff, wire reports