Friends search Sunday for missing teenager
AUSTINTOWN - Family friends and neighbors in Austintown continued searching Sunday for a missing teen.
High school sophomore Jason Pinto disappeared Friday afternoon after walking away from Fitch High School about 2:45 p.m., police said.
Jason's mom said he was grounded earlier in the week and she took his cell phone away. She believes he ran away because he was angry, according to Tribune Chronicle news partner WYTV 33 News.
On Sunday, dozens of people met at the high school and set out looking for the teen.
Parents Jessie and Jason Pinto said their message is, "Come home. We're not mad. Just come home. We're not upset, Jason. Just come home. We want you home safe."
Austintown police were not involved in Sunday's search. Officials said they've checked out several leads this weekend but nothing has turned up. They do not expect to issue an Amber Alert in the case.
McDonald Schools holds candidates event
McDONALD - McDonald Local Schools are hosting a Meet the Candidates Night at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the school's auditorium.
The event is sponsored by the McDonald High School Student Council. There will be a question-and-answer session and an open forum for candidates for the board.
Ohio State fans name daughter 'Scarlet Gray'
SANDUSKY - A couple who root for Ohio State say they've made sure their baby daughter embraces their football allegiance by giving her a name that implies automatic fandom: Scarlet Gray.
And those are the colors that Justin and Kim King's 3-month-old daughter wears as her family watches Saturday games on their big-screen television.
Justin King said the infant won't have any choice but to be a Buckeyes fan for life. Scarlet's 3-year-old sister doesn't share that obligation. Her name is Violet.
Horse track to reopen with new name, racino
CINCINNATI - The River Downs horse racing track near Cincinnati will reopen next spring as a racino and with a new name.
Belterra Park Gaming & Entertainment Center will welcome visitors May 1, after a $300 million project to transform the park into a racino offering slots gambling and to add new restaurants and other amenities.
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the racino will employ 700 people, and host 1,600 video slot machines.
Pinnacle Entertainment says 30 acres adjacent to the racino could be developed into a hotel later.
Square dance convention returning to Cincinnati
CINCINNATI - The National Square Dance Convention has chosen its partner and will do its do-si-do'ing in Cincinnati in 2017.
The Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau says the convention will mark its return to Cincinnati 25 years after the 1992 meeting.
Some 4,000 square dancers are expected to participate, coming from around the country and with several international delegations.
The bureau projects that attendees will account for 5,500 hotel rooms during the four-day convention.
W.Va. woman accused
of embezzling from job
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - An Ohio woman faces charges in West Virginia of embezzling more than $150,000 from her former employer.
West Virginia State Police tell media outlets that 50-year-old Connie Lynn Whitley of Proctorville is charged with felony embezzlement.
Whitley is accused of taking the money while working as a bookkeeper for Uptowner Inn Inc. The company owns several hotels and apartments in West Virginia.
State police say Whitley wrote 191 checks to herself.
Staff, wire reports