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David Denovchek, of Niles, holds Jamie, 6, who received a lifesaving liver donation from Denovchek in 2015, while speaking at an announcement Tuesday afternoon at her foster family’s home. To officially adopt Jamie and her three siblings, the Vienna family has to expand their house in order to meet state adoption rules.

Family wants to adopt girl and siblings, seeks home expansion

VIENNA — A foster family wants to keep four siblings together, but first the family needs a bigger house. Trumbull County Children Services Director of Out of Home Services Marilyn Pape said because of state adoption regulations, the family cannot officially adopt all four siblings because ...

$18B to fund border wall’s start would come from domestic cuts

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is proposing immediate budget cuts of $18 billion from programs like medical research, infrastructure and community grants so U.S. taxpayers, not Mexico, can cover the down payment on the border wall. The White House documents were submitted to Congress ...

Weathersfield police: Man tried to run over officer

WEATHERSFIELD — A police officer reported he was nearly run down by the driver of an all-terrain vehicle when he tried to stop the man who pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a slew of charges related to the chase, according to a police report. Daniel Hilty, 28, 691 Woodbine Ave. SE, Warren, is ...

Girard council mulling sewer rate increase

GIRARD — Sewer customers likely will see a 7 percent rate increase by mid-year to help finance $18 million in improvements to the city’s wastewater treatment plant mandated by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. Safety Director Jerry Lambert told city council Monday the increase — ...

Deborah Hall, a volunteer, sorts food items for the Salvation Army produce giveaway,

Helping out the hungry at Warren Salvation Army

Deborah Hall, a volunteer, places food items in bags for the monthly food distribution held at the Salvation Army in Warren. Local residents lined up in the parking lot to get the items.

Newton Falls park board: Raze Community Center

NEWTON FALLS — The Newton Falls Parks and Recreation Board has recommended to Village Council that the closed community center be demolished and a levy be placed on the November ballot to build a new one. The board voted 2-1 Tuesday on the recommendation, which now will be considered by ...

Caregiver found guilty in stabbing

WARREN — A caregiver who was criminally charged after her intellectually disabled client was stabbed last April in a Warren apartment was found guilty Tuesday afternoon by a Trumbull County jury. Paula Lightning, 40, 261 Dickey Ave., Warren, was convicted of failing to provide care for a ...

Girard camera revenue funds street paving

GIRARD — After reviewing the condition of streets throughout the city to find which need the most work, city council will proceed with a $422,100 paving project this summer. Mayor James Melfi said Monday the city received a $164,600 Ohio Public Works grant covering 39 percent of the project ...

Champion seeks board candidates

CHAMPION — The Champion Board of Education needs to fill a board vacancy with the recent death of 26-year board member Roger Samuelson. Superintendent Pamela Hood said the person selected will serve through Dec. 31 and would have to run in the Nov. 7 general election for the remaining two ...

Pretrial set for man accused in sex case

WARREN — A Warren man charged with encouraging sex acts involving a minor is due back in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court April 11, according to court filings. Derwin Norman Jr., 21, 1360 Autumn Drive NW, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Monday to charges of compelling prostitution, ...

Liberty school board extends contracts

LIBERTY — The Liberty Board of Education on Monday approved new three-year contracts for E. J. Blott Elementary principal Michael Palmer at $82,300 and Treasurer Brad Panak at $64,900, both for the 2017-18 school year. The new contracts are effective through the 2019-2020 school ...

Cortland woman gets 18 months in DUI case

WARREN — A Cortland woman was sentenced Tuesday to 18 months in prison after she was convicted of a repeat driving under the influence charge. Kelly R. Plyler, 45, 2000 Liberty Blvd. Apt. 203, pleaded guilty Jan. 24 before Trumbull County Common Pleas Court Judge Andrew D. Logan to one DUI ...

Niles police captain retires after 33 years

Niles police captain retires after 33 years NILES — Police Capt. Ken Criswell, head of the department’s detective bureau, on Tuesday served the last day of his 33 years at the department. “Ken will be missed for his professionalism, work ethic, and the meticulous way he went about ...

On the record

Bazetta WHAT: Township Trustees meeting Monday PRESENT: Ted Webb and Frank Parke ABSENT: Paul Hovis Trustees: • Recognized Brendan Bockleman for his Eagle Scout project, which is a memorial with 343 red bricks surrounding the base and patio area surrounding a piece of the Twin Towers ...

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Judge denies defense motions

WARREN — A Trumbull County Common Pleas Court judge has denied eight motions from the attorney representing Nasser Hamad in his capital murder case, including one to disqualify the judge and the Trumbull County Prosecutor’s Office from the case. Judge Ronald J. Rice in his orders also ...

Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch, left, shares a laugh with Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb.as he arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 21, 2017, for his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Former New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte is at center. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Democrats earn delay in Supreme Court vote

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats on Monday forced a one-week delay in a committee vote on President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, who remains on track for confirmation with solid Republican backing. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, announced that, as ...

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McDonald students mourn classmate

McDONALD — Grief counselors were brought into McDonald Local School District on Monday to help students sort through the emotions of losing a classmate on Sunday. Anna Booth died at home following a short battle with Fibrolamellar Hepatocellular Carcinoma, a rare form of liver cancer ...

Kasich to engage in tax fight

COLUMBUS — Republican Gov. John Kasich is preparing to make an $800 million argument for his plan that would allow the state to process and distribute the taxes levied by cities, counties and villages on business profits. An Ohio Department of Taxation estimate released to The Associated ...

032717...R TRAIL 1...Howland...03-27-17...Laborer Chuck Bulick, right, grades dirt as Frank Rappich operates an excavator in the background as construction continues on the Trumbull County MetroParks North Road Nature Preserve Trailhead parking lot Monday morning...Both work for Foust Construction of Girard...by R. Michael Semple

Boost for bikers

Chuck Bulick, a laborer with Foust Construction of Girard, grades dirt as Frank Rappich operates an excavator in the background on Monday during construction to improve the trailhead at the North Road Nature Preserve. The trailhead will consist of a new gravel parking lot, driveway and curbs to ...

Warren considers new trash rules

WARREN — Residents concerned with proposed changes to the city’s trash pickup policies will have chances to ask questions during at least two city council meetings before the legislation comes to a vote on April 19. Leann O’Brien, Warren’s environmental services department manager, ...