News in brief – 10/14/11

Published 9:52 am Friday, October 14, 2011

Authorities investigate fire at post office

IRONTON — Local, state and federal officials are investigating a fire early morning fire Saturday at the Ironton Post Office loading dock.

Ironton Fire Inspector Mike Mahlmeister said he does not believe the torching of cardboard mail totes and some metal wheeled carts was a random act. He said his office, the state fire marshal’s office and federal investigators with the post office are investigating the matter.

Mahlmeister said there was no mail in any of the containers that were burned. There was some damage to the overhead light receptacles in the area. He said one estimate put the damage at $4,000-$5,000.

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There are no suspects but Mahlmeister said an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper saw someone running in the area but does not know if this person is in any way connected to the fire.

The incident occurred at 2:19 a.m. Saturday.

— Teresa Moore

Library Friends to meet Wednesday

IRONTON — The Ironton Branch Friends of the Library is scheduled to meet on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in the second floor meeting room at the Ironton Branch of Briggs Lawrence Library, 321 S. Fourth St.

The Friends is a non-profit organization created to support the library. The group meets every other month and plans events and fundraisers for the library.

Over the years, the Friends have purchased library supplies, paid for holiday decorations, supported the summer reading programs and much more.

If you would like more information about this event, please contact Lori Shafer at 740-532-1124 or