Area news briefs

Kitchen fire causes damage to home

CHAMPION – Champion firefighters responded to a small kitchen fire Sunday afternoon. According to Capt. Charles Joseph, crews were called to 201 State Road West at 12:48 a.m. The house suffered smoke damage, as well as damage to the cabinetry and other property in the kitchen.

Damage was estimated at $5,000 and no injuries were reported, Joseph said. The cause of the fire is undetermined.

Champion firefighters were backed up by members of the Bazetta and Warren Township fire departments.

Mahoning juvenile jail receives accreditation

YOUNGSTOWN – The Mahoning County Juvenile Justice Detention Center received its third American Correctional Association accreditation.

ACA accreditation is awarded to juvenile detention facilities that complete a rigorous site inspection and evaluation, audit and personal review. The Mahoning County Juvenile Justice Center achieved a passing score of 99 percent and is one of five facilities in the state to earn the accreditation, according to the association.

“The people of our community should take great pride in not only the certification, but the work that the center’s professional staff does every day to protect the community and the youth who enter our facility,” Mahoning County Juvenile Court Judge Theresa Dick said.

The ACA is charged with setting the national standards, training consultants and conduction accrediting for all correctional components of the criminal justice system.

Water problems to be addressed in Vienna

VIENNA – The Vienna Township Neighborhood Watch will sponsor an informational meeting on water problems in the community at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Mathews High School cafeteria,

The Trumbull County commissioners, Rex Fee of the County Engineer’s Office, and Tom Holloway of the Mahoning Valley Sanitary District are scheduled to attend to address questions and concerns.

Mathews sponsors tour of high school building

VIENNA – Mathews Local Schools will host tours of the high school building off Warren Sharon Road from 3:15 to 7 p.m. Friday.

Superintendent Lew Lowery said building maps and tour guides will be available to answer visitors’ questions.

The school district is seeking passage of a bond issue on the May 6 general election ballot to raise the local share for construction of a new K-12 complex to be built at the site of Baker Elementary School in Vienna.

The bond issue campaign committee kicked off last weekend with dodge ball competition and scooter board races for local students held at the high school.