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Custody dispute suggested in slaying of family in 2016

WAVERLY — Authorities arrested a family of four Tuesday in the gruesome 2016 slayings of eight people from another family in rural Ohio, a crime that prosecutors suggested stemmed from a custody dispute. The announcement marked the culmination of a massive investigative effort that began ...

TJX requests 10-year, 75 percent abatement

WARREN — A request for a 75 percent tax abatement on a proposed $170 million HomeGoods Distribution Center at 3640 Ellsworth Bailey Road in Lordstown was delivered to the Trumbull County Planning Commission on Tuesday. “With this request, we will send a public notification to the affected ...

Planning commission considers consultant for vital, unfilled role

WARREN — A position pivotal to the purpose of the Trumbull County Planning Commission is unfilled after a resignation, but the acting director of the commission is seeking proposals from consultants to keep the office responsive to the needs of developers and zoning officials. Rich Fender ...

Pamela Priddy indicted in health care fraud case

CLEVELAND — A 26-count indictment was filed Tuesday accusing Newton Falls resident Pamela S. Priddy of stealing more than $375,000 from health care plans she administered and using the money to pay for personal and business expenses. Priddy, 58, was charged with 22 counts of bank fraud and ...

Parole hearing for convicted rapist delayed

WARREN — Members of the Ohio Parole Board were unable to make a decision last month on whether to parole a man sentenced to 70 years in prison for a 1987 rape, assault and burglary of a woman with disabilities in Warren, said Dennis Watkins, Trumbull County prosecutor. Terrance ...

Eastgate group to study downtown Warren parking

WARREN — The city is looking at allowing the 16-month parking contract with Warren Parking Systems to continue on a month-to-month basis while the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments conducts a study on downtown parking with an emphasis on use of the parking deck. “Eastgate ...

Red Cross seeks blood donations

WARREN — The American Red Cross has declared a blood emergency because their supply of blood is extremely low. Karen Conklin, executive director the Lake to River chapter of the American Red Cross, said the hurricane in Florida last month and the wildfires in California have led to ...

Fire station closed until trucks fixed

WARREN — One of the Warren Fire Department’s three fire stations is temporarily closed. Station 5, located on Atlantic Street, has been closed since Saturday, according to the Warren firefighters’ Twitter page. The station is closed because two of the department’s trucks need ...

Bill would wipe out student loan debt for homebuyers

WARREN — A new bill introduced in the Ohio Senate would encourage college and vocational school graduates to stay in the state by tying the elimination of student loan debt to buying a home for the first time, according to a Boardman lawmaker. Senate Bill 334, introduced Tuesday by ...

Film promotes foster, adoption option

WARREN — People interested in fostering and adopting can request a ticket tonight to the advanced screening of “Instant Family,” a film about fostering and adoption due in theaters Friday. Tickets are still available for the event at Regal Cinema, and those interested should contact ...

Liberty grad recalls working with comic book icon Lee

“No one knew his characters like Stan Lee,” Liberty High School graduate Rick Ungar of New York City said Tuesday. Ungar, who graduated from Liberty in 1968, recalled working with the famous comic book writer, editor and publisher who died Monday at the age of 95. Lee was ...

News anchor charged with child endangering

BOARDMAN — A local television news anchor is facing a charge of child endangering after police said he left his infant daughter alone in a running, unlocked SUV while he was inside a CVS store. Dan Martin, 36, of Boardman, was arrested about 6:30 p.m. Monday outside the CVS at Market ...

On the record – Bloomfield

WHAT: Township trustee meeting Monday PRESENT: John Beran, Roger Peterson and Jason Gwinn Trustees: • Heard from fire Chief Matt Baker, who accepted a proposal to install new lights and siren on new Chevrolet pickup that was donated to the fire department from the Bloomfield 300 ...

Liberty OKs agreement for energy efficiency projects

LIBERTY — The Liberty Board of Education is looking at millions in anticipated energy savings for the district as they move forward on several energy saving infrastructure upgrade projects through next fall. The board at a special meeting Tuesday approved entering into an agreement with ...

Girard addresses litigation on railroad property

GIRARD — The city’s attempt to acquire 41 acres off U.S. Route 422 to be used partially for a bike trail may finally come to a resolution next week as a judge will decide an ongoing case between the city and the railroad. Mayor James Melfi told city council that on Thursday, the case ...

On the record — Liberty

WHAT: Board of Education special meeting Tuesday PRESENT: Christopher Brookbank, Scott Davis, Diana DeVito, Calvin Jones and David Malone The Board: • Approved reopening the retirement incentive program for certified and classified workers in the district’s union who have until 4 ...

On the record – Girard

WHAT: City council meeting Tuesday PRESENT: Reynald Paolone, William Ryser, Fran Wilson, Mark Standohar, Mark Ragozine, John Moliterno, Thomas Grumley, Lily Martuccio and Mayor James Melfi Council: •l Heard from Melfi he is waiting on word from the Trumbull Sanitary Engineer’s ...

Fire in Weathersfield destroys home

WEATHERSFIELD — Fire destroyed a township home early Tuesday. Shortly after midnight, firefighters were called to a house at the corner of West 4th Street and Arlington Avenue. Neighbors said they heard a loud bang and noticed flames coming from the home. According to neighbors, the ...

As bishops meet on sex abuse, Vienna priest placed on leave

VIENNA — A priest who serves a parish in Vienna has been placed on administrative leave while an investigation takes place on an allegation of inappropriate behavior with a minor. The Rev. John Jerek, vicar for clergy with the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown, said in a news release Monday ...

Claudia Hoerig claims mail being stolen at county jail

WARREN — A woman awaiting trial for the 2007 murder of her husband, a U.S. Air Force Reserve major, at their Newton Falls home has filed motions in federal court alleging her mail at the Trumbull County Jail is being stolen and tampered with, according to court documents. Claudia Hoerig ...