Area news briefs

Man tells troopers Bigfoot caused crash

FAIRFIELD – A 17-year-old Colum-biana man claimed he saw Bigfoot while driving on Bunker Hill Road last week.

Robert James Mehlen Sevenich of Metz Road was southbound on Bunker Hill Road, southwest of Columbiana County, at 2:55 a.m. Jan. 28 when he went off the south side of the road and into a rock, according to an Ohio State Highway Patrol report. Sevenich told a trooper he went off the road to avoid a “creature” he described as at least 7 feet tall, with green glowing eyes, hairy and very well built.

When asked by the trooper if what he saw was human, Sevenich replied, “No” and said he believed it to be Bigfoot, the report states.

Sevenich was cited for failure to control. The trooper searched the area for any evidence of what Sevenich described, but none was found, including any footprints of that nature. Sevenich did not appear to be under the influence of any illicit drugs, the report said.

Snow bans still in place in Trumbull communities

A number of Trumbull County communities continue to have snow parking bans in place. Cars parked along the streets, which would impede snow plows, are subject to towing.

Communities with bans in place until further notice are Brookfield, Cortland, Girard, Liberty, McDonald, Niles, Warren and Weathersfield.

ODOT orders extra salt for southern Ohio

The Ohio Department of Transportation announced it will be ordering 150,000 tons of road salt to be distributed strategically across the state. None will be seen locally.

According to ODOT spokesman Brent Kovacs, ODOT District 4, which contains Trumbull, Mahoning, Ashtabula, Portage, Stark and Summit counties, is doing well on salt.

“We currently have 52,000 tons on hand,” he said.

The district is also still receiving “active shipments” of salt, albeit in small varying amounts, Kovacs said, adding areas in the southern part of the state will be benefiting the most from the surplus request.

ODOT is responsible for maintaining all interstate highways and state routes that do not fall within municipalities.

Updated contacts sought for area women’s clubs

WARREN – All women’s clubs in Trumbull County are asked to send their updated contact information in for the 2014 Women’s History Celebration Committee’s Luncheon program. This year, the club president, and the club member responsible for all correspondence, along with phone numbers and email addresses, will be included.

Deadline to be included in this year’s program is March 1. Send all updated information to Tribune Chronicle special projects coordinator Beky Davis at