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Niles mayor fires safety chief

NILES — Mayor Tom Scarnecchia on Tuesday fired his top aide and over the weekend fired a meter reader accused of stealing gas from the city by allowing his brother to fill up at a city pump. Scarnecchia said Safety Service Director James DePasquale was too much of a “union guy” and not ...

Execution process in Ohio to be reviewed by federal court

COLUMBUS — A federal appeals court plans to consider arguments over the constitutionality of Ohio’s lethal injection process as the state tries to start carrying out executions once again. Eight Trumbull County inmates sit on Ohio’s death row, including the only woman, Donna Roberts. ...

Dad charged with murder held on $100K bond

NILES — A man charged with the murder of his 5-week-old daughter is being held on a $100,000 bond, according to Niles Municipal Court records. Matthew Wilson, 32, did not enter a plea to the first-degree felony charge when he was arraigned via video Tuesday in the court, where he is ...

Man gets jail term in Niles break-in

WARREN — The man convicted on arson charges linked to the August destruction of the Niles McKinley High School Dragon Wagon was convicted Tuesday on charges of felony vandalism and breaking and entering stemming from an earlier incident at a North Bentley Avenue business in Niles. Ricky ...

African-American museum ‘truly great,’ Trump says

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump denounced “bigotry, intolerance and hatred in all of its very ugly forms” during his first visit to the new Smithsonian black history museum Tuesday. Trump, in remarks after his tour, called the museum “truly great” and said he would be back to ...

Officials open to JEDD discussions

BRACEVILLE — Township trustees said they are open to meeting with neighboring Newton Falls village to discuss a Joint Economic Development District, but said they are not sure if village officials would be willing to talk. Trustees held a special meeting Tuesday — the first meeting since ...

Appeal filed in assault case

WARREN — The Johnston, Pa., man who was found guilty by a Trumbull County jury last month of a felony charge connected to the October assault of Brookfield police Chief Daniel Faustino has appealed his conviction to the Ohio 11th District Court of Appeals. A notice of appeal to the appeals ...

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Rebecca Anderson, teen specialist at the Cortland Public Library, stirs chocolate as Hannah Holko pours some on wafers Tuesday evening. Anderson has a session with teens each week and chocolate was the theme since Valentine's Day is in February. Teens could try dark chocolate chili with chili pepper, and chocolate with sstrawberry yogurt, cookies and cream, coconut wafers, even popcorn.

SWEET TRIP TO THE LIBRARY

Rebecca Anderson, left, teen specialist at the Cortland Branch Library, stirs chocolate as Hannah Holko pours some on wafers Tuesday evening. Anderson has a weekly teen session at the library and chocolate was the theme Tuesday, since Valentine’s Day is in February. Teens could try dark ...

Panel holds first meeting

WARREN — It was an organizational meeting Tuesday as the newly formed Trumbull County Citizen Budget Review Committee met for the first time. Larry Connelly of Niles, who said he was the oldest member of the 11-member group, said the committee spent most of the time exchanging personal ...

Man sent to prison for 10 months

WARREN — An indictment on a drug trafficking charge has triggered a probation violation that sent a Warren man to prison for 10 months. Jaylen Dukes, 25, 254 Kenmore Ave. NE, was sentenced Tuesday by Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Andrew D. Logan after Dukes admitted to the probation ...

New trial date set for drug defendant

WARREN — The special prosecutor trying the case against a Warren man accused of causing last fall’s overdose death of a pregnant Niles woman found a technicality Tuesday that caused the defendant’s trial to be moved up two weeks. Anton Lee Perry, 22, 134 Maryland Ave. NW, appeared for a ...

Man gets prison time for violation

WARREN — A McDonald man who is a registered sex offender was sentenced Tuesday to eight months in prison after he pleaded guilty to a probation violation stemming from a 2014 conviction on charges of importuning and corrupting another with drugs. David Allen Dean, 23, West Fourth Street, ...

Cortland OKs $168K sidewalk resolution

CORTLAND — City Council on Tuesday cemented plans to construct nearly $168,000 worth of sidewalks in the area of Lakeview High School and the new elementary and middle school building. Council passed a resolution authorizing Council Clerk Rhonda Horn to advertise for bids for what is being ...

Man injured during attempted robbery

WARREN — A city man was injured during an attempted robbery early Sunday, according to a police report. Officers were dispatched to 634 Austin Ave. SW around 5 a.m. for reports of a possible shooting, and observed the victim, Deltonio Dorsey, 34, standing next to a car in the driveway and ...

Niles, chamber agreement begins

NILES — Niles and the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber entered into a $30,000 contract for customized economic development assistance. The chamber intends to help the city find new properties to grow and market, according to a news release from Sarah Boyarko, senior vice president of ...

Free microchips to be offered

HOWLAND — The Trumbull County Dog Kennel will be offering free microchip days March 31-April 1 at the Howland dog pound. Dog Warden Gwen Logan said free microchip implants for identification purposes will be installed in the first 100 dogs who show up those days at the the pound, 7501 ...

On the record

Niles WHAT: Special and organizational Board of Education meetings Friday PRESENT: Rebecca DePanicis, Susan Giannetti Longacre, Mary Ann McMahon, Tony Perrone, Bobby Seifert and Superintendent Ann Marie A. Thigpen The board: • Accepted a donation of socks, hats and scarves made to ...

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Lauren Lytle, 7, of Boardman, left, (parents are Kimberlee and Jeff Lytle, both originally from Howland,) receives a note from President William McKinley, portrayed by Mike Wilson of Champion, while she tours The McKinley Birthplace Home on Presidents Day with her mother Kimberlee Lytle...Lauren was gathering information on Presidents for a report she is writing for school...by R. Michael Semple

McKinley House in Niles draws Presidents Day visitors

NILES — Seven-year-old Lauren Lytle of Boardman needed some information about the 25th U.S. president, William McKinley, for a school report. So Monday, she and mother Kim headed to downtown Niles and the McKinley Birthplace Home to pick up some facts straight from the man himself — sort ...

Brandy Hunyady, Weathersfield, discusses her Niles power bills with several other concerned customers Friday at a community meeting. Some of her bills have been over $1,000. One was $4.

Niles power users at odds with bills

NILES — When Brandy Hunyady’s utility bills started arriving in the mail with numbers she could hardly believe, she got a power audit of her home and was told by her power provider not to pay the bill until they made sure it wasn’t a problem on their end, she said. Now, with a back ...

Friends, co-workers recall former Niles fire Chief Semple

NILES — Friends and co-workers are remembering former longtime fire Chief Charles L. Semple, 79, who died Monday morning at Trumbull Memorial Hospital, as a leader who who cared about his city and firefighters long after retirement. Arrangements are being handled by the Joseph Rossi & ...