Area news briefs

Liberty police warn of scam aimed at elderly

LIBERTY – Police here are looking for two men they believe are trying to scam senior citizens out of money.

Police said they have received two reports of senior citizens being approached at Giant Eagle and at the PNC Bank, state Route 304 and Belmont Avenue, recently.

The men tell them that they have inherited money and that they need them to go to their banks and take out money, according to Liberty police.

Police said the senior citizens are told that once they give the men the “earnest” money they can split the inheritance with them.

“We’re just trying to put it out there to warn people and to also locate these men and stop them,” explained Liberty police Chief Rich Tisone.

Individuals who have had contact with these men or have any information are asked to contact Liberty police at 330-759-1511 or 330-675-2730.

Tractor-trailer collides with SUV in Youngstown

YOUNGSTOWN – A tractor-trailer and SUV collided in Youngstown on Wednesday afternoon, causing the SUV to flip onto its roof.

The accident happened around 2:10 p.m. at the intersection of Himrod Avenue and North Hine Street.

Witnesses told police a tractor-trailer hauling pipe was traveling east on North Hine Street when the driver failed to stop at a stop sign, hitting a Jeep Cherokee exiting the Himrod Expressway from behind and causing it to flip over, according to Tribune Chronicle news partner WYTV-33.

The top half of the Jeep was crushed.

A man and woman in the Jeep were taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center.

Reports indicate the woman was in stable condition. The condition of the man was not known. Both victims were talking to emergency crews at the scene.

The driver of the truck was not injured, according to reports.

Family: Ohio boy, 15, killed saving boy, 6

VOLANT, Pa. – The family and friends of a 15-year-old Ohio boy killed by a suspected drunken driver in western Pennsylvania say he pushed a 6-year-old out of the way of the vehicle.

The Associated Press is not identifying the 25-year-old woman suspected in Austin Rife’s death because Pennsylvania State Police were still investigating the today incident in Springfield Township, Mercer County.

Police say the pickup drove off a road and traveled about 80 yards through a field before it hit Rife and his 37-year-old mother, Stephanie, who were fishing at a farm pond about 11:45 p.m. Family friend Doug Reiber says Austin Rife saw the approaching truck and grabbed the younger boy, who was not hit.

Reiber says the Rifes were visiting from Dayton.

Man accused of human trafficking in Ohio

TOLEDO – A traffic stop on the Ohio Turnpike led to the discovery of two women who say they were driven across the country and forced into prostitution by a man who advertised them on the Internet, state troopers said.

A California man who was driving with the women was charged with human trafficking and arraigned Wednesday.

Investigators said one of the women broke down crying and asked a trooper to help them during the traffic stop Tuesday just outside Toledo.

The women, both in their 20s, were fearful and didn’t open up until the suspect was out of the car and away from them, said patrol Lt. William Stidham.

James D. Jackson, 21, of Sacramento, made an initial appearance on human trafficking and weapons charges in Maumee Municipal Court and was scheduled to appear again today. Court officials said he did not yet have an attorney.

Jackson drove the women to meet with customers in several states and forced them to turn over their money to him, Stidham said.

He would not say how long the women had been traveling with Jackson.