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U.S. Capitol Police maintain order as hundreds of people, many with disabilities, arrive for a Senate Finance Committee hearing on the last-ditch GOP push to overhaul the nation's health care system, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Collins essentially kills new GOP bill

WASHINGTON — The last-gasp Republican drive to tear down President Barack Obama’s health care law essentially died Monday as Maine Sen. Susan Collins joined a small but decisive cluster of GOP senators in opposing the push. The Maine moderate said in a statement that the legislation would ...

Jail inmates OK after overdoses

WARREN — Three inmates who were found unresponsive from suspected opioid overdoses Sunday morning at the Trumbull County Jail were back in isolated cells Monday under lockdown for medical reasons, according to Chief Deputy Joseph Dragovich of the Trumbull County Sheriff’s ...

Existing troubles in Puerto Rico not part of cleanup

Hurricane Maria was the most devastating storm to hit Puerto Rico in decades, perhaps as much as a century. It will take years and an enormous amount of federal aid to help the island recover. Because it is a U.S. territory, that assistance is merited. But Puerto Rico had been hit by another ...

Newton Township man arraigned in shooting

NEWTON TOWNSHIP — A township man was arraigned Monday on charges linked to a shooting Saturday morning at the Blue Water Manor Mobile Home Park. Clarence Peyatt, 76, appeared via a video hookup between the jail and Newton Falls Municipal Court to answer a charge of attempted murder. No plea ...

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Arthur Harper watches video evidence last month during his murder trial in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court. He was sentenced Monday to 15 years to life in prison in the death of Russell Cottrill, 3, of Warren.

Man convicted of murder gets 15-to-life

WARREN — The man convicted last month of murdering the 3-year-old boy he was baby-sitting was sentenced Monday to 15 years to life in prison Arthur Harper, 44, appeared before Trumbull County Common Pleas Court Judge Peter J. Kontos, who gave the defendant the maximum sentence, which gives ...

Girard council overrides mayor’s veto on medical marijuana

GIRARD — City Council voted 7-0 Monday night to override Mayor Jim Melfi’s veto of an ordinance that would allow medical marijuana cultivation facilities and dispensaries to operate in the city. Melfi said he was not surprised. “I accept the outcome,” he said. “We can now continue ...

Niles capital improvement projects move forward

NILES — The city will sell bonds to pay for $1.6 million in capital improvement projects in the coming years. The Financial Planning and Supervision Commission approved the issuance of general obligation bonds Monday, which will pay for a variety of renovations to city buildings. “A ...

Another Golden Triangle project to start soon

HOWLAND — Improvements to two roads in Howland will allow businesses in the Golden Triangle to grow, township and Trumbull County officials said. Trumbull County commissioners awarded a $198,451 bid to J.S. Bova Excavating LLC of Struthers to widen and improve draining on Mill Street and ...

No foul play in death at YSU

YOUNGSTOWN — The woman who reportedly fell to her death at Stambaugh Stadium Friday was not a victim of foul play, according to a news release from the Mahoning County Coroner’s Office. The report states Alaina Buttar, 49, was pronounced dead at 12:12 p.m. Friday on the Youngstown State ...

Champion porch catches fire

CHAMPION — Champion fire crews were called out 9:30 p.m. Monday to help extinguish a back porch fire at 887 Champion St. East. A fire department spokesman said wood caught fire and the family used a garden hose to try to put it out. There were no injuries and no structural damage to the ...

Autopsy set in Youngstown fire

YOUNGSTOWN — The Mahoning County Coroner’s Office identified the woman who died in an early Sunday morning house fire at Crandall and Ford avenues as Karen Phillips, 49. A news release from coroner’s investigator Theresa Valek states an autopsy of Phillips will be conducted by the ...

7 nonprofits recommended for block grants

WARREN — City Council is expected to begin discussions about funding seven nonprofit organizations in the 2018 Community Development Black Grant program even as the CD department is facing changes that are affecting its ability to service the grants. About a dozen community organizations ...

Girard councilman resigns

GIRARD — After serving 21 months on city council, 3rd Ward Councilman Keith Schubert submitted his resignation because he is moving in October to a home in the 1st Ward. The resignation is effective Oct. 1. “It has been a pleasure to serve my ward, as well as the entire city over the last ...

Cleveland man gets 5-year prison term

WARREN — A Cleveland man on Monday received a five-year prison term after being convicted of six felonies involving drugs and a gun. Ralph Kareen Tidmore, 36, appeared before Trumbull County Common Pleas Court Judge Peter J. Kontos, who sentenced the defendant to consecutive terms as well ...

Mary Mort, left, of Lisbon, poses with Cinderella, also known as Allison Grusha of Mineral Ridge, prior to the Buddy Walk at Eastwood Field Sunday. Grusha works for Castle on the Cloud of Newton Falls.
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Buddy Walk takes to Trumbull

NILES — More than 2,500 people walked inside and outside Eastwood Field Sunday in support of someone with Down syndrome. The Buddy Walk, sponsored by the Down Syndrome Association of the Valley, made its first appearance in Trumbull County, according to event activity coordinator Sandee ...

Defense says Hamad has PTSD, acted in defense

WARREN — The man accused of shooting two people dead and wounding three others outside his state Route 46 home suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder when the shootings happened Feb. 25, according to a motion filed in the case. The motion filed by Nasser Hamad’s attorneys defends ...

Trump tweets spark more NFL protests

President Donald Trump’s criticism of players who kneel during the national anthem sparked a mass increase in such protests around the National Football League Sunday, as about 200 players sat, knelt or raised their fists in defiance during early games. A week ago, just six players ...

WWII veteran recalls service in Europe

Editor’s note: This is part of a series published every Monday between Memorial Day and Veterans Day honoring local veterans. SOUTHINGTON — When Jack Elston turned 90, he knocked an item off his bucket list — give a “kiss” to every woman he met. The World War II U.S. Army ...

Ryan gains national spotlight

WARREN — U.S. Rep. Timothy J. Ryan grabbed the national spotlight at the end of 2016 with his attempt to wrestle away minority power in the U.S. House from San Francisco Democrat Nancy Pelosi. Now the eight-term lawmaker from Howland finds himself at the center of the public’s attention ...

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TOP: Braxton Moore, 15, a member of the Warren G. Harding FIRST Robotics Delphi ELITE team, replaces a battery in the robot while in the pit area during the fourth annual Mahoning Valley For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Robotics competition Saturday at Warren G. Harding High School.

Robots duel at harding competition

Tribune Chronicle / R. Michael Semple TOP: Braxton Moore, 15, a member of the Warren G. Harding FIRST Robotics Delphi ELITE team, replaces a battery in the robot while in the pit area during the fourth annual Mahoning Valley For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) ...