Suspect in custody following Sunday fire
EMPIRE - A 16-year-old volunteer firefighter is in custody today after he was arrested Sunday near the scene of a vacant house fire at 153 Nesslet St. in Empire that saw 17 departments fight the blaze.
Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla said he will meet with the Jefferson County prosecutor today to discuss charges against the juvenile.
Abdalla said the youth has been a suspect in deliberately set fires in the Empire area for several weeks.
"Officer James Lackey of the Saline Township Police Department was driving to work Sunday morning when he saw the house fire and immediately reported it at 6:36 a.m. Sunday. He then saw the suspect going to the Empire Fire Department a few minutes later," according to Abdalla.
"Because the 16-year-old had been suspected in other fires, I made the decision to bring him in and talk to him. He then admitted to setting a fire at a vacant house last week and this house Sunday morning," said Abdalla.
"We had fire departments respond from throughout Jefferson County as well as fire departments from Columbiana County and two departments from West Virginia.
"They did a heck of a job fighting that fire and saving the Empire Municipal Building, which is next door to the house," reported Abdalla.
Knights collecting for hurricane victims
MINGO JUNCTION - The Mingo Junction Knights of Columbus will be collecting items for victims of Hurricane Sandy from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today through Sunday at the hall at 117 Legion Drive.
Items needed include canned meats and other nonperishable food, diapers, baby formula and used clothing in good condition. Monetary donations also will be accepted.
For information, call (740) 535-8037 or (740) 284-9306.
Legion to conduct four Veterans Day services
ADENA - The Adena American Legion Post 525 will take part in five Veteran's Day services.
The Adena Headstart pupils will visit the post home and present a program for the veterans on Thursday, and on Friday, The Legion members will take part with other local legion posts in a program at Buckeye Local High School.
Also, a program will held beginning at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the Legion. Gary DeNoble, commander, is in charge of the program.
Pupils at Buckeye West Elementary School will present at program for the veterans at 10 a.m. on Nov. 12 at the school.
The school's junior band will perform.