Here are some of today's top headlines from around the area, including the naming of Youngstown State University's presidential search finalists, Bernie Kosar pleading no contest to reckless driving and police say a Tallmadge fire is "suspicious by nature."
BOIL ALERT: The Youngstown City Water Department issued a boil alert at about 8:30 p.m. Sunday for customers in Austintown and Canfield townships as a precaution due to an electrical failure at the Webb Road pump station, according to the Youngstown Vindicator. Eugene Leson, chief engineer for the city water department, said that the back-up generator at the pump station kicked on and off six times in a four-hour period before a breaker was tripped and power was restored at about 8:30 p.m. Leson also said the boil alert is a precaution and water samples are being tested. Residents and businesses have been warned to use a potable source of water until further notice, and the water department expects to know by Tuesday when the alert can be lifted. Click here to read more at vindy.com.
SAME-SEX MARRIAGE: The Cleveland-headquartered United Church of Christ filed a federal lawsuit in Charlotte today against a North Carolina law that not only prevents same-sex couples from obtaining a marriage license but makes it illegal for ministers to officiate a same-sex wedding, claiming the law is unconstitutional, according to The Plain Dealer. The Rev. Dr. Bernard Wilson, Chairman of UCC's board of directors, said the law violates North Carolina residents' free exercise of religion and criminalizes ministers for performing their duties. UCC has 5,200 congregations, 800 of which have pledged openness to gay members and thirty of those are located in Ohio. The lawsuit is seeking a preliminary injection allowing ministers the choice to perform a religious marriage. Click here to read more at cleveland.com.
TALLMADGE FIRE: Firefighters are calling a fire which broke out at a Tallmadge building that houses two businesses Sunday "suspicious in nature," according to the Tallmadge Express. Firefighters from Tallmadge, Akron and Munroe Falls responded to a fire at about 1:45 p.m. Sunday at 390 Geneva Avenue that affected T & R Recovery and Cox Autocraft, which were housed in the building together. The fire was controlled within 45 minutes but firefighters spent another two hours cleaning up and keeping hot spots under control. A second fire was found on nearby city property, but it only affected a pile of PVC pipe. The building was unoccupied and no injuries were reported, but a damage estimate is still unavailable. Click here to read more at tallmadgeexpress.com.
BERNIE KOSAR: Former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar, who was fired last week from WKYC after eight years as a commentator, pleaded no contest to reckless operation of a vehicle Monday from an arrest in September, according to the Northeast Ohio Media Group. He was originally charged with OVI and speeding, but those charges were dismissed, and Kosar said police mistook his slurred speech and physical limitations from concussion-related injuries as drunkenness. Kosar was found guilty of driving 74 miles per hour in a construction zone on Sept. 29 and was sentenced to 10 days in jail, though he will not serve any time. Click here to read more at cleveland.com.
YOUNGSTOWN STATE: Youngstown State University named its three finalists announced its presidential search Monday out of the 37 individuals who applied for the position, according to the Youngstown Vindicator. The finalists are Mary Cullinan, president and professor of English at Southern Oregon University; Gary L. Miller, chancellor at University of North Carolina Wilmington, and Jim Tressel, executive vice president for Student Success at University of Akron and former YSU and Ohio State football coach. Tressel is also a finalist for the University of Akron's presidential search. Click here to read more at vindy.com.