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DeWine plans gas tax hike

COLUMBUS — Gov. Mike DeWine will announce Thursday his proposed recommendation for increasing the state gas tax to address a chronic shortfall in spending on road renovations, the governor said at an annual forum sponsored by The Associated Press. DeWine, a Republican, said there are no ...

Man facing drug charges shot to death

WARREN — A man who was scheduled for trial Tuesday on felony drug charges was shot to death several hours before he was to appear in court. Aaron Staggers, 33, 2227 Peace Ave., died as a result of gunfire just before 2 a.m. Tuesday at 840 Woodbine Ave. SE. He was one of two men shot ...

County engineer wants planning commission report disclosed

WARREN — Trumbull County Engineer Randy Smith, who the director of the Trumbull County Planning Commission accused of orchestrating professional retaliation against her after the two butted heads, is demanding the release of a report created to investigate her claims against him. “The ...

Parole board to decide on convicted murder from ’70s case

WARREN — A man described as a shotgun-toting bounty hunter when he was tried more than four decades ago for murder in Trumbull County will appear in May before an Ohio Parole Board after his release from a California prison, records show. John Tidwell, 70, pleaded guilty to murder in 1980 ...

Lordstown nixes another hearing for TJX

LORDSTOWN — Village council on Tuesday voted against holding a public meeting with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency regarding the environmental impacts of the planned TJX HomeGoods distribution center. The village will send a letter to the Ohio EPA — similar to what Trumbull ...

Homeless vets topic for council committee

WARREN — A group providing temporary housing and counseling for homeless veterans has 11 of 24 apartments available in the Riverside Apartments at 700 Buckeye St. NW. Veteran’s Haven will be the focus of a Warren City Council engineering committee meeting scheduled at 4 p.m. today at ...

Boys like outdoors

CANFIELD — More than 150 Cub Scouts from throughout Trumbull County converged on Camp Stambaugh for a day to mark “Salute to our Armed Forces” Day, which included various events and activities for scouts to practice their skills. The Cub Scouts in teams took part in 12 stations that ...

YARS has last land use meeting

VIENNA — There are issues with 14 of the 25 “compatability factors” being used in a joint land use study of the Youngstown Air Reserve Station, according to the study’s project manager. The joint land use study is a cooperative land use planning effort between the Youngstown Air ...

DeWine to meet Friday with Trumbull officials

WARREN — Gov. Mike DeWine is expected to be in Trumbull County this week to meet with area officials. The meeting is slated 2 p.m. Friday with Trumbull County commissioners at the Covelli Enterprises offices on East Market Street. Other local officials, as well as representatives of ...

Man arraigned in fatality case

WARREN — A man accused of causing the death of his passenger Sept. 3 when the tractor-trailer he was driving went off Interstate 80 pleaded not guilty Tuesday to several misdemeanor charges Michelle Morones, 38, of Puyallup, Wash., was killed when the tractor-trailer being driven by ...

Man charged with domestic violence

WARREN — A man accused of striking his girlfriend in the head multiple times Saturday afternoon and tearing her blouse as they struggled over a phone pleaded not guilty Tuesday during a jail arraignment before Warren Municipal Judge Thomas Gysegem. Freddie R. Wells, 2316 Risher Road SW, ...

Naval ship to bear Cleveland name

WARREN — A U.S. Navy combat ship will bear the name of perhaps the most well-known city in Ohio. The USS Cleveland will be built on the shores of the Great Lakes in Marinette, Wis., by Fincantieri Marinette Marine Corporation. It will hold the hull number LCS 31. Over the past five ...

Ohio Supreme Court justice to speak

WARREN — Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon L. Kennedy will be guest speaker at the 2019 Lincoln Day dinner Tuesday. Tickets cost $50 per person and $25 for students and those under 18. The last day to get a ticket is Thursday. For more information, call 833-878-6285. The dinner is 6 ...

On the record – Bloomfield

WHAT: Township trustee meeting, Feb. 11. PRESENT: Roger Peterson, John Beran and Jason Gwinn Trustees: • Heard from residents on water issue problems on Route 45 with trustees offering to be a liaison between residents and Ohio Department of Transportation; • Discussed an ...

On the record – Lordstown

WHAT: Village council meeting Tuesday PRESENT: Robert Bond, Karen Jones, Lamar Liming, Ron Radtka, Donald Reider, Howard Sheely and Mayor Arno Hill Council: • Heard from Village Engineer Chris Kogelnik that testing is being done on the warning siren on Highland Avenue near the ...

NE Ohio gasoline prices rise

WARREN — Gas prices in northeast Ohio are 6 cents more expensive this week at $2.22 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. The Warren-Youngstown area is right at the average $2.22 per gallon, while the average price is 1 cent greater in Niles. The average price this ...

Border wall foes gather

WARREN — Calling President Donald Trump’s declaration for a border wall a “fake national emergency,” about a dozen sign-carrying local Democrats gathered Monday in Courthouse Square to protest. The rally was one of more than 200 scheduled for communities nationwide to coincide with ...

GM to invest $36 million in Lansing plant

LANSING, Mich. — General Motors says it will invest $36 million in its Lansing-area plant to prepare for future production of crossover vehicles. GM CEO Mary Barra announced the investment Monday. The company didn’t disclose timing related to the Lansing Delta Township plant’s future ...

Kmart center done at end of February

BAZETTA — Most of the employees at the Kmart distribution center already have worked their last day at the facility that is expected to close by the end of February. A “handful” of employees remain at the center on Perkins Jones Road cleaning and moving items in the warehouse, said ...

Theft suspected in congressman’s campaign

CLEVELAND — The committee to re-elect Republican Congressman Dave Joyce told the Federal Election Commission it suspects the campaign’s former treasurer stole tens of thousands of dollars from the campaign’s bank account. A letter sent from Joyce’s campaign to the election commission ...