Tribune Chronicle / R. Michael Semple

David Denovchek, of Niles, holds Jamie, 6, who received a lifesaving liver donation from Denovchek in 2015, while speaking at an announcement Tuesday afternoon at her foster family’s home. To officially adopt Jamie and her three siblings, the Vienna family has to expand their house in order to meet state adoption rules.

Family wants to adopt girl and siblings, seeks home expansion

Local News

VIENNA — A foster family wants to keep four siblings together, but first the family needs a bigger house. Trumbull County Children Services Director of Out of Home Services Marilyn Pape said because of state adoption regulations, the family cannot officially adopt all four siblings because ...

Valley jobless rates up in Feb. over ’16


WARREN — Area unemployment rates jumped last month over where they were in February 2016. February’s overall jobless rate in the metropolitan area made up of Trumbull and Mahoning counties was 8.1 percent, up from 7.2 percent the same month last year and from 7.6 percent in January, ...

14-year volunteer honored by Trumbull Family Fitness

Community News

WARREN — Pastor David Luther said he found it easy and rewarding to give 14 years to serve on the board of Trumbull Family Fitness, previously the YMCA of Trumbull County. TFF held its annual volunteer recognition at Enzo’s Restaurant to honor community members who contributed to the ...

Police blotters, Newton Falls and Warren

Police Blotters

Newton Falls Police activity reported Feb. 28 to March 13: March 13, 4:26 p.m. — A suicidal subject was reported at 340 Garfield St. 3:47 p.m. — A traffic complaint was reported at 20 N. Canal St. 3:29 p.m. — A theft was reported at 2200 Milton Blvd. 3:01 p.m. — Shoplifting ...

$18B to fund border wall’s start would come from domestic cuts

Local News

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is proposing immediate budget cuts of $18 billion from programs like medical research, infrastructure and community grants so U.S. taxpayers, not Mexico, can cover the down payment on the border wall. The White House documents were submitted to Congress ...

Local bank stocks end Tuesday mixed


Local financial stocks were mixed following trading Tuesday. First Niles Financial stood pat for a second day in a row to close at $10.95 a share. However, Cortland Bancorp lost 35 cents to close at $17.90 a share.

All-day Gospel sing set for Jericho Center

Community News

CORTLAND — An all-afternoon Spring Fling Gospel Sing will be 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Jericho Center, 2878 Warren-Meadville Road and will feature several of the region’s premier southern gospel musicians and singers. The concert will have different groups or singers every 20 ...

Weathersfield police: Man tried to run over officer

Local News

WEATHERSFIELD — A police officer reported he was nearly run down by the driver of an all-terrain vehicle when he tried to stop the man who pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a slew of charges related to the chase, according to a police report. Daniel Hilty, 28, 691 Woodbine Ave. SE, Warren, is ...

YWCA looking for advocates

Community News

YWCA HOSTS ADVOCACY TRAINING: The YWCA Warren, 375 North Park Ave., will hold an advocacy training 5:30 p.m. Thursday. The training, led by YWCA Warren advocacy staff, provides an overview of how government works at both the federal and state levels, including a review of the three branches ...

Girard council mulling sewer rate increase

Local News

GIRARD — Sewer customers likely will see a 7 percent rate increase by mid-year to help finance $18 million in improvements to the city’s wastewater treatment plant mandated by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. Safety Director Jerry Lambert told city council Monday the increase — ...

Newton Falls park board: Raze Community Center

Local News

NEWTON FALLS — The Newton Falls Parks and Recreation Board has recommended to Village Council that the closed community center be demolished and a levy be placed on the November ballot to build a new one. The board voted 2-1 Tuesday on the recommendation, which now will be considered by ...

Caregiver found guilty in stabbing

Local News

WARREN — A caregiver who was criminally charged after her intellectually disabled client was stabbed last April in a Warren apartment was found guilty Tuesday afternoon by a Trumbull County jury. Paula Lightning, 40, 261 Dickey Ave., Warren, was convicted of failing to provide care for a ...

Girard camera revenue funds street paving

Local News

GIRARD — After reviewing the condition of streets throughout the city to find which need the most work, city council will proceed with a $422,100 paving project this summer. Mayor James Melfi said Monday the city received a $164,600 Ohio Public Works grant covering 39 percent of the project ...

Champion seeks board candidates

Local News

CHAMPION — The Champion Board of Education needs to fill a board vacancy with the recent death of 26-year board member Roger Samuelson. Superintendent Pamela Hood said the person selected will serve through Dec. 31 and would have to run in the Nov. 7 general election for the remaining two ...

Pretrial set for man accused in sex case

Local News

WARREN — A Warren man charged with encouraging sex acts involving a minor is due back in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court April 11, according to court filings. Derwin Norman Jr., 21, 1360 Autumn Drive NW, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Monday to charges of compelling prostitution, ...

Liberty school board extends contracts

Local News

LIBERTY — The Liberty Board of Education on Monday approved new three-year contracts for E. J. Blott Elementary principal Michael Palmer at $82,300 and Treasurer Brad Panak at $64,900, both for the 2017-18 school year. The new contracts are effective through the 2019-2020 school ...

Cortland woman gets 18 months in DUI case

Local News

WARREN — A Cortland woman was sentenced Tuesday to 18 months in prison after she was convicted of a repeat driving under the influence charge. Kelly R. Plyler, 45, 2000 Liberty Blvd. Apt. 203, pleaded guilty Jan. 24 before Trumbull County Common Pleas Court Judge Andrew D. Logan to one DUI ...

Niles police captain retires after 33 years

Local News

Niles police captain retires after 33 years NILES — Police Capt. Ken Criswell, head of the department’s detective bureau, on Tuesday served the last day of his 33 years at the department. “Ken will be missed for his professionalism, work ethic, and the meticulous way he went about ...