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Wed. 2:07 p.m.: Tribune speller in third round at national bee

Riki Kaiser, the Tribune Chronicle's representative at the Scripps National Spelling Bee, is spelling in the third round of the competition.Kaiser, 12, a seventh-grade student at Bloomfield-Mespo Local Schools, correctly spelled "laccolith" to advance out of the second round today. The event is ...

Weds. 8:30 pm: Cafaro Co. set to move from Youngstown to Niles

NILES - By the time the work taking shape at the Eastwood Mall Complex is done, guests lodging at the Residence Inn will be able to walk the corridor stretching from the inside of the hotel to the mall without having to step outside.An added bonus for Cafaro Co. employees, along with the ...

Wed. 8:20 pm: Evans sentenced to 35 months in tax case

WARREN - The man who unsuccessfully defended himself on charges he failed to pay sales tax at his northwest Warren business refused to stand before Trumbull County W. Wyatt McKay Wednesday morning as the judge sentenced him to 35 months in prison.Kevin L. Evans , 38, dressed in orange ...

Wed. 8:40 pm: Heltzel’s dad said son asked him to kill him

WARREN - The father of murder defendant Patrick Heltzel testified Wednesday his son came up to him and "uncharacteristically started hitting him" just a few months before the April 2013 slaying of 71-year-old Milton A. Grumbling III.Lawrence J. Heltzel, who was using an oxygen tank during his ...

Wed. 8:55 pm: Man charged in Warren woman’s death

A former Warren man was involved in a "very intricate human trafficking network" and an Ashtabula County grand jury returned a 12-count indictment against him, charging him with human trafficking, and involuntary manslaughter and abduction for the death of an 18-year-old Warren woman, according ...

Weds. 9:10 pm: Supervisors call for end of Niles tax department

NILES - The city should reconsider eliminating its income tax collection department in light of past and more recent trouble adhering to accounting principles, the city's fiscal supervisors and a representative from the state auditor's office said Wednesday at a fiscal commission meeting.Last ...

Tues. 8:30 pm: Harding student being investigated for Facebook picture

WARREN - A Warren G. Harding student is being investigated for taking a cell phone picture of himself holding a gun in what appears to be a school restroom mirror.Warren Schools Superintendent Steve Chiaro on Tuesday afternoon said investigations are being conducted by both the Warren Police ...

Tues. 8:45 pm: Watkins: No engineer’s probe at hand

WARREN - Trumbull County Prosecutor Dennis Watkins says his office "is not in possession of any report" of the Ohio Ethics Commission relative to Trumbull County Engineer Randy Smith.Watkins on Tuesday issued a statement responding to requests for his office to release a report critics of Smith ...

Tues. 9:40 pm: Psychologist testifies murder defendant knew slaying was wrong

WARREN - A state forensic psychologist testified Tuesday he produced a 17-point report showing that murder defendant Patrick Lawson Heltzel knew the wrongfulness of his actions in the April 2013 stabbing death of a 71-year-old Warren Township man.Dr. Thomas G. Gazley of the Forensic Center of ...

Mon. 10 a.m.: Gladys Knight coming to Packard

WARREN - That midnight train to Georgia will make a stop at Packard Music Hall.Gladys Knight is booked at the venue on Sept. 15.Gladys Knight & the Pips had 25 top 40 hits spanning 26 years, from "Every Beat of My Heart" in 1961 to "Love Overboard" in 1987. The group won two Grammy ...

Sat. 8:30 pm: Officials seek end to septic system mandate

A court order put into place 10 years ago mandating how the Trumbull County Combined Health District regulates septic systems in the county should be lifted, a group of local officials is arguing to the state."The rationale is based on recent state sewage laws, significant progress by the ...

Sat. 9:40 pm: Leaders concerned about new comprehensive plan

WARREN - The city's new comprehensive plan is expected to provide something Warren hasn't had in 50 years - guidelines it can follow to plan for future growth and land use.The plan that will be done by the Trumbull County Planning Commission over the next three years at a cost of $99,000 will ...

Wed. 2 p.m.: Magnitude 6.8 quake hits Ecuador, 2nd big shake of day

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) - Two powerful earthquakes jolted Ecuador today, a magnitude 6.7 early morning temblor followed by a 6.8 shake near midday.The extent of damage from the second quake was not immediately clear, though President Rafael Correa announced on Twitter some areas along the coast had ...

Tues. 8:45 pm: Tractor-trailer overturns, spills load in Southington

SOUTHINGTON - Personnel from Trumbull County HazMat and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency were called out Tuesday after a tractor-trailer overturned in a ditch off U.S. Route 422.Ohio State Highway Patrol Sgt. Phil Robinson said the driver of the 2007 Freightliner semi lost control, ...

Tues. 9:10 pm: Mercy Health breaks ground for Howland Medical Center

HOWLAND - Mercy Health Youngstown leaders described the new $14.5 million expansion soon to take shape along Niles Cortland Road as a centralized facility designed to meet the growing needs of the Trumbull County community."It really is designed to provide a continuance of care, an all-in-one ...

Tues. 9:35 pm: Swearing-in ceremony postponed for new chief

NEWTON FALLS - The Newton Falls Joint Fire District Board of Trustees has postponed the swearing-in of fire chief candidate Anita Smith because of certification requirements that are pending.Zachary Svette, chairman of the board, said the swearing-in was postponed on the advice of the ...

Mon. 10:15 a.m.: DeGraw, Grammer coming to Packard

Gavin DeGraw and Andy Grammer are booked for an Oct. 4 show at Packard Music Hall.DeGraw, who will release his fifth studio album later this year, is best known for the hits "I Don't Wanna Be," "Chariot" and "Not Over You." He also competed on "Dancing with the Stars."Grammer's radio hits ...

Wed. 9:25 pm: Funeral home operator gets probation, house arrest

WARREN - Funeral home operator Patrick McClurkin received no jail time, but was sentenced Wednesday to 90 days of electronically-monitored house arrest and five years probation, and also was ordered to make restitution for a pre-need funeral scam perpetrated by he and his brother.Trumbull ...

Wed. 9:50 pm: 18 apply for Newton Falls fire chief

NEWTON FALLS -The Newton Falls Joint Fire District will be conducting interviews Thursday as it searches for a new full-time fire chief to replace Richard Bauman, who is retiring May 31 after 43 years with the department, including 15 as chief.Zachary Svette, chairman of the district fire ...