Sat 11:45pm: Warren superintendent calls conference to talk student safety

WARREN — Warren City Schools Superintendent Michael Notar hopes to allay fears of students’ safety and explain canceling the high school’s football game when he speaks at a news conference today.

“Last week was a good week,” Notar said Saturday. “After low attendance on Tuesday, the kids came back and all was well.

“Our kids were wonderful,” he said.

Police reported heightened tensions in the city last week after two shooting deaths in the city a week apart. Additional police were called in to patrol streets, and additional security was posted in schools.

Taemarr Walker, 24, was fatally shot in a confrontation with Warren police on Oct. 19, reportedly while he was on his way to shoot up a Warren bar.

On Oct. 26, Richard Rollison IV, 24, was fatally wounded at city gas station. Tashawn Walker, 26, of Baytown, Texas, brother of Taemarr Walker, is accused of being the shooter.

Warren G. Harding High School on Friday canceled its final regular season football game following the recommendation of police.

Notar said he wants to address the issues in today’s news conference at 2 p.m. in the Board of Education offices, 105 High St. N.E.

The problems are not coming from within the school buildings, he said.

“The kids are safe,” Notar said. “Our kids were great.”