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Nominations sought

for Community Stars

Nominations are being sought for the Tribune Chronicle Community Star program.

Now in its 12th year, the program celebrates the volunteers who have had a significant influence on Trumbull County, be it through tireless hours of service, random acts of kindness or a single moment of courage.

The 10 people chosen will be recognized in a special section published in the newspaper, and treated to a banquet open to the community at W.D. Packard Music Hall on March 19.

Nominations are due by Friday. They can be emailed to Sue Shafer at or submitted through the Virtual Newsroom on They can also be hand-delivered or mailed to Sue Shafer c/o Tribune Chronicle, 240 Franklin St. S.E., Warren, OH 44483.

Brookfield BOE

to meet on tax levy

BROOKFIELD – The Brookfield Board of Education will hold a special meeting at 5 p.m. today at the school auditorium to discuss a tax levy resolution.

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Forum to discuss

cost of school choice

CORTLAND – Superintendents from Howland and Lakeview schools and the League of Women Voters of Trumbull County are hosting a countywide forum about how charter schools financially affect school districts and communities.

The forum will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Lakeview High School auditorium.

There will be presentations by Howland Superintendent John Sheets, Lakeview Superintendent Robert Wilson, and William Phillis, executive director of Ohio’s Coalition for Equity and Adequacy of School Funding.

Kinsman to meet

on sanitary sewer project

KINSMAN – Trumbull County commissioners and Kinsman Township will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Joseph Badger High School auditorium, 7119 state Route 7, about the Kinsman Phase II sanitary sewer improvement project.

Residents will be able to ask questions regarding the project’s scope and costs. Low-income families will be able to apply for financial aid to assist with costs.

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School bus, truck collide on state Route 305

BAZETTA – The State Highway Patrol is investigating a collision between a Maplewood school bus and a tree service truck that happened shortly before 2 p.m. Friday at state Route 305 and Bazetta Road.

Bazetta fire officials said the road was closed for a short time as both vehicles suffered heavy damage and had to be towed. The vehicles were blocking the roadway, and traffic was backed up in both directions.

There were no injuries to either driver, officials said.

There were no students on the Maplewood bus as it was heading from Mecca to the Trumbull Career and Technical Center in Champion to pick them up.

Maplewood Superintendent Perry Nicholas, who went to the scene, said the bus driver was fine. He said the district shuffled some bus routes and sent a substitute driver to TCTC to pick up the students.

Further details were not available late Friday.

Weathersfield proceeds with new fire levy

WEATHERSFIELD – Township trustees at a special meeting on Thursday approved placing a 2.5-mill continuous fire levy on the May 7 primary ballot.

Fire Chief Randy Pugh said the money generated from the levy will be used to maintain current services and day-to-day operations at the township’s three fire stations.

Officials said the levy will generate $346,811 a year.

If approved, three current fire levies totaling 2.7 mills that generate an estimated $170,937 annually will be eliminated and replaced by the new levy.

If the new levy does not pass, the current levies will remain in place.

Masked and armed men burst into home

YOUNGSTOWN – People at a 233 Lora Ave. home on the North Side told police that four armed and masked men entered the home about 10:35 p.m. Thursday.

The men burst through a front door and herded several people under a table, reports state, then took several video games, a video game system and a bottle of pills.

No one was injured.

Cops find coke, heroin on man

YOUNGSTOWN – A man who led police on a chase through Mill Creek Park and a foot chase on the South Side had six bags of heroin on him when he was caught, reports state.

Michael A. Rivers, 29, 537 Miller St., was arraigned in Municipal Court on Friday on a felony charge of possession of drugs and fleeing and eluding, a misdemeanor.

A K9 unit working in a special anti-violence detail clocked Rivers speeding and tried to pull him over on Old Furnace Road on the West Side, reports state. He slowed, then accelerated through Mill Creek Park and exited the park near Volney Road, where the officer’s cruiser ran up on the sidewalk and the officer chased the car on foot.

Rivers got out of the car, ran and was caught behind a garage at 641 Cohasset Ave. When he was searched, besides the heroin, a rock of cocaine was also found. Reports also state he has 12 open suspensions on his driver’s license.

He is due back in court Thursday for a preliminary hearing.

Man falls in hole running from cops

YOUNGSTOWN – Reports state a man who was to be cited for walking in the roadway instead ran from police and spent the night in the Mahoning County Jail.

Vice Squad officers on routine patrol about 7 p.m. Thursday spotted Martin Stewart, 43, 737 Lake Drive, walking in the middle of a South Side street, and when they went to write him up, he dropped a bag of crack cocaine and ran away, reports state.

Officers chased him on foot and caught him after he tripped over a wire and fell in a hole on East Delason Avenue, reports state.

He was arraigned in Municipal Court on a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest and a felony possession of drugs. He comes back to court Wednesday.

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Report: Apartment fire

caused by cigarette

YOUNGSTOWN – A blaze at a North Side apartment about 1:15 p.m. Wednesday was caused by a cigarette, according to reports.

Crews were called to 122 W. Dennick Ave. and found smoke coming from the second floor. People inside told firefighters that they were on the first floor and smelled smoke, so someone checked the second floor and discovered the fire in a bedroom.

The fire was kept to the bedroom, reports state. Damage is listed at $1,500. No one was injured.

Coroner IDs second victim

in Jackson fire

JACKSON – The Mahoning County Coroner’s office has identified the second victim of the Sunday morning fatal fire in the township as 48-year-old Jeffrey T. Davenport.

Earlier this week the coroner’s office confirmed that 75-year-old Audrey Lundsford, Davenport’s mother, also died in the blaze at 1875 N. Duck Creek Road.

Autopsies revealed that both of them died from smoke inhalation. The coroner reported that no evidence of trauma was found on their bodies.

Toxicology results are pending for both. Davenport’s body, which was badly burned, was identified through dental records. Officials were able to identify Lundsford more easily, they said.

Case against mayor’s son

transferred to Niles

WARREN – The Warren mayor’s son’s drug possession case has been transferred to a court outside the city.

Jelani Franklin, 28, of Homewood S.E., was cited Jan. 11 on a misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana by an agent with the Ohio Investigative Unit of the Ohio Department of Commerce. The state agency was in town investigating allegations that Uncle Sil’s Bar and Grill, 2774 Youngstown Road S.E., was selling alcohol to minors.

Franklin pleaded not guilty last week in Warren Municipal Court and was released on a $1,500 personal recognizance bond, court records show.

Per Judge Terry Ivanchak, the case was transferred to Niles Municipal Court, where a hearing is scheduled to take place on Feb. 13.

Police: Man arrested

with drugs, cash

YOUNGSTOWN – A man arrested on drug charges following a traffic stop late Wednesday evening had more than $7,800 cash on him, police reports state.

Louis R. Edwards, 45, of Brookview Court in Canfield, was arraigned on a felony charge of possession of drugs, a misdeamenor charge of possession of drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia and a traffic charge.

He was pulled over for failing to use a turn signal at Lucius and South avenues about 11:50 p.m., police said. He resisted efforts to handcuff him but eventually was cuffed and searched, the reports state. In his waistband Edwards had a large pile of cash, reports state. Officers also found a bag of powder cocaine which measured 21 grams, a digital scale and a small amount of marijuana, reports state.

Two men file lawsuit

in YSU hazing claim

YOUNGSTOWN – Two men who say they were severely beaten in a fraternity hazing last year sued a national fraternity, its Youngstown State University chapter and more than a dozen individuals, the Associated Press reported.

Resean Yancey and Breylon Stubbs, both of Youngstown, filed their lawsuit Tuesday in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court. The action alleges that the beatings occurred early last year. It seeks more than $25,000 from each defendant.

YSU spokesman Ron Cole said the university was not named in the lawsuit. The university suspended the chapter last year over the alleged hazing.

Eight men named in the lawsuit are to go on trial May 13 on felonious assault charges.

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Area hit by second day

of chilly temperatures

Most area school districts are closed today with a few on a 2-hour delay as the Mahoning Valley for a second day in a row was hit by very cold winter temperatures and a wind chill advisory.

The National Weather Service in Cleveland issued the wind chill advisory through 11 a.m. today as temperatures are to be a high of 16 degrees, with wind-chill factors as low as 15 degrees below 0.

Those going outdoors are advised to dress warmly covering all exposed skin to prevent frostbite and hypothermia, according to the National Weather Service.

The NWS forecasts area temperatures in the lower 20s on Thursday and Friday.

Tuesday blaze causes

$80,000 in damages

CHAMPION – A fire caused an estimated $80,000 in damage to a structure and contents of 145 Glendola Ave., firefighters said.

Champion, Warren Township, Southington and Bazetta departments responded to the fire at the home of Larry and Patty Davis about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. Lt. Matt Balut reported that the room where the fire started had severe damage, while the rest of the home suffered heat damage.

The fire was extinguished by 5:26 p.m. It is under investigation but does not appear suspicious, according to Balut. There were no injuries reported.

Ice fishing tournament

postponed for safety

BAZETTA – The Mosquito Creek Reservoir ice fishing tournament set for Sunday has been postponed to Feb. 10 for safety precautions. Time and rules will stay the same, according to David Hoheisel, tournament director.

Vienna trustees

to meet on levies

VIENNA -Township trustees have called a special meeting for 6:30 p.m. today at the township hall to discuss placing the renewal of a police levy on the ballot.

Clients’ work to be showcased at art event

WARREN – Valley Counseling Services, along with Valley Community Mental Health Foundation, will host its third annual client art show and reception from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Trumbull Art Gallery in Warren.

The event, which is free, will feature artwork in various media created by those dealing with mental illness. Refreshments will be served.

The exhibit will remain on display through Feb. 1.

Nominations sought for Community Stars

Nominations are being sought for the Tribune Chronicle Community Star program.

Now in its 12th year, the program celebrates the volunteers who have had a significant influence on Trumbull County, be it through tireless hours of service, random acts of kindness or a single moment of courage.

The 10 people chosen will be recognized in a special section published in the newspaper, and treated to a banquet open to the community at W.D. Packard Music Hall on March 19.

Nominations are due by Feb. 1. They can be emailed to Sue Shafer at or submitted through the Virtual Newsroom on They can also be hand-delivered or mailed to Sue Shafer c/o Tribune Chronicle, 240 Franklin St. S.E., Warren, OH 44483.

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Gun and marijuana

found following chase

WARREN – Police found a handgun and marijuana in an SUV that crashed following a short chase at Laird and Woodland about 1:40 p.m. Friday.

Police were looking for a car that was stolen in a robbery and when they found it and tried to pull it over, the sport utility vehicle fled before crashing into another vehicle, according to Tribune news partner Channel 33 news.

Arrested was the driver of the car, Chance Wells, 22, of Roosevelt Street N.W., on a charge of failure to comply, and a passenger, Charvell V. Smith, 23, of Sandpiper Trail, on charges of drug abuse and improper handling of firearms in a motor vehicle.

They were both taken to the Trumbull County Jail.

Pair indicted in

home invasion

BOARDMAN – A Mahoning County grand jury indicted Doretha Weston, 36, and Keymonnie Harris, 22, of Campbell, for their involvement in a home invasion and shooting in Boardman.

The pair face two counts of aggravated robbery and one count each of kidnapping and felonious assault, all with firearms specifications, according to a grand jury report.

At 5:30 p.m. Dec. 15, police said four people showed up at 61 Terrace Drive in Boardman when the homeowner, James Truman Sr., exchanged gunfire with Harris.

Former treasurer

pleads guilty

COLUMBUS – A former Democratic candidate for state auditor has admitted falsifying election documents.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that former Mahoning County treasurer John Reardon pleaded guilty this week to two misdemeanor charges of election falsification. Prosecutors said he listed false loans from his supporters to improve the image of his campaign coffers in 2006.

He was sentenced to five years of probation and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine.

Reardon repeatedly denied wrongdoing in multiple interviews with FBI investigators. In court he said he believed at the time that his reports were filed properly but now accepts responsibility for what he called a “mistake.”

Reardon eventually dropped out of the race and received $50,000 from the state party.

Shooting suspect caught

in Warren is back in N.Y.

NEW YORK – A man accused of killing his girlfriend’s mother in New York City’s first homicide of the year has been returned after he was captured in Warren.

Police say 25-year-old Raymond Mayrant of Queens was captured on Jan. 11. He was brought back to New York and charged on Friday with second-degree murder, second-degree attempted murder and criminal possession of a weapon.

Police say Mayrant killed Elzina Brown on Jan. 3. Authorities say he also shot and injured his girlfriend, Brown’s 22-year-old daughter.

Police in Maine allege Mayrant later stole a car from an unsuspecting father and daughter who apparently met him while asking for directions during a trip and gave him a ride to Maine.

Nominations sought for Community Stars

Nominations are being sought for the Tribune Chronicle Community Star program.

Now in its 12th year, the program celebrates the volunteers who have had a significant influence on Trumbull County, be it through tireless hours of service, random acts of kindness or a single moment of courage.

The 10 people chosen will be recognized in a special section published in the newspaper and treated to a banquet open to the community at W.D. Packard Music Hall on March 19.

Nominations are due by Feb. 1. They can be emailed to Sue Shafer at or submitted through the Virtual Newsroom on They can also be hand-delivered or mailed to Sue Shafer c/o Tribune Chronicle, 240 Franklin St. S.E., Warren, OH 44483

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Bomb threat made

at Warren McGuffey School

WARREN – Warren police and the Geauga County Sheriff’s Office searched the McGuffey K-8 school Wednesday afternoon following a bomb threat that was posted on the school’s internal messaging system.

Superintendent Michael Notar said an administrator at the Tod Avenue N.W. school saw a post on the student messaging system that they were going to blow up the school on Thursday because they were unhappy with how other students were treating them.

Warren police were contacted, and they did a sweep of the school with the assistance of a bomb sniffing dog from the Geauga County Sheriff’s Office, Notar told Tribune news partner WYTV 33 News.

Notar said the threat was posted at the end of the school day and nothing was found during the search. He said the building was cleared and secured, and all parents and staff were notified of the situation through the district’s automated phone system about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

He said students will be searched by Warren police as they enter the building this morning. Notar asked that students not bring backpacks to school so the search process goes more quickly.

Notar said the police department is working with the school district’s information technology staff to determine who made the threat.

Former Warren woman

dies after N.C. crash

GASTONIA, N.C. – Former Warren resident Joleesa Denise Hameed, 25, died Saturday from injuries suffered in an automobile accident Friday in Gastonia, N.C.

Police said Hameed was driving her 1998 Chevrolet Impala north on Union Road around 6:50 a.m. Friday when she lost control, police said. The vehicle hit a curb and several trees and ended up in the lawn of Gaston Manor, an assisted living center at 1717 Union Road, police said.

She was resusciated at the scene and admitted into the intensive care unit at Gaston Memorial Hospital, where she died the next day. Speed was a factor in the crash, police said.

Hameed was employed with DirecTV in Gastonia, N.C. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the House of Prayer Church, 2016 Wick St. S.E., Warren, where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the services.

Deadline for dog license

extended through February

WARREN Dog owners have until Feb. 28 to get licenses for their pets or will face a penalty.

The Trumbull County Auditor’s Office has extended the time for dog owners to get licenses through Feb. 28 instead of Jan. 31. Cost is $14 per dog by Feb. 28 or $28 after that. Kennel license is $60 by Feb. 28 or $120 after that. The license is good for one year.

Ohio Revised Code requires every person who owns, keeps, or harbors a dog more than three months of age to file with the county auditor, an application for registration for the following year. The board of county commissioners may extend the period for filing the application.

If the application for registration is not filed and the registration fee not paid by Feb. 28, the penalty will be assessed.

Half-naked, intoxicated man

fights with Warren police

WARREN – A 40-year-old resident at 250 Tod Ave. was taken to Trumbull Memorial Hospital after getting into a fight with two city police sergeants about 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Police were called to investigate a disorderly conduct call about an intoxicated, half-naked man on the third floor of the apartment building.

As one of the officers stepped off the elevator the man, Michael Joll, swung a fist at the officer. A fight ensued.

Joll was taken to Trumbull Memorial Hospital to be treated for his injuries. He was placed on a police hold.

The officers received some cuts and bruises, but were not kept at the hospital.

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Coroner: Boy who died suffered viral infection

YOUNGSTOWN – A news release from the Mahoning County Coroner’s Office states preliminary results from an autopsy show that a 4-year-old boy who died Saturday had results consistent with a viral infection.

Hunter Ewert, 4, of Boardman, died early Saturday at Akron Children’s Hospital Beeghly Campus in Boardman after his parents found him unresponsive in his bed.

Forensic pathologist Dr. Joseph Ohr said that tissue samples have been sent to the state Health Department to see if they can rule out the flu as a cause of death, but those results may take several weeks.

A spokeswoman for the Health Department did not return a message seeking comment.

Three people injured in Youngstown shooting

YOUNGSTOWN – Three people were shot Tuesday night inside an apartment on Plazaview Court in Youngstown, police said.

The shooting happened just before 8 p.m. on the city’s East side, according to Tribune Chronicle news partner WYTV 33 News

One victim was shot in the chest and taken to the hospital, where police said he was in serious condition.

Another victim suffered an injury to his leg, while the third victim drove himself to the hospital. His condition was unknown late Tuesday.

Names of victims and details of what happened were unavailable Tuesday night as police continued to work the scene.

Car crashes into doctor’s office

HOWLAND – Emergency crews spent several hours cleaning up after an SUV crashed into a local dentist’s office shortly after noon on Tuesday.

The vehicle hit the brick building at 8893 E. Market St. where Dr. Jeffrey R. McClain DMD, MD, practices oral and maxillofacial surgery.

The 84-year-old woman who was driving hit the gas pedal instead of the brake, police reports state. There were people in the waiting room, but no one was injured, according to Tribune Chronicle newspartner WYTV 33 News.

An attempt to reach McClain by telephone at his office on Tuesday was not successful. A woman who answered the phone at the doctor’s office said the practice was not ”really” open at the time.

Officials said no one was injured.

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State of Schools

set in Champion

CHAMPION – Champion Board of Education will hold a State of the Schools presentation at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the high school cafeteria.

The 90-minute meeting will be a presentation on maintaining programs for students, a group dialogues session, and follow-up and question session with feedback from residents.

The board is deciding whether to place some type of levy on the May primary ballot.

Nominations sought

for Community Stars

Nominations are being sought for the Tribune Chronicle Community Star program.

Now in its 12th year, the program celebrates the volunteers who have had a significant influence on Trumbull County, be it through tireless hours of service, random acts of kindness or a single moment of courage.

The 10 people chosen will be recognized in a special section published in the newspaper and treated to a banquet open to the community at W.D. Packard Music Hall on March 19.

Nominations are due by Feb. 1. They can be emailed to Sue Shafer at or submitted through the Virtual Newsroom on They can also be hand-delivered or mailed to Sue Shafer c/o Tribune Chronicle, 240 Franklin St. S.E., Warren, OH 44483.

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Police confiscate drugs during South Side raid

YOUNGSTOWN – Officers found 29 bags of crack cocaine during a raid about 5:05 p.m. Thursday at 373 W. Earle Ave. home on the South Side, police said.

Daryl Hall, 26, of that address, was arrested on the charges of possession of crack cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia and taken to the Mahoning County Jail.

Also inside the home, officers found a large rock of crack cocaine, three digital scales, more than $300 in cash, a .38-caliber revolver loaded with four rounds and four bags of marijuana, police reports state.

The raid was carried out by the department’s vice squad, who were serving a search warrant at the home.

Bond was set at $10,000 at his arraignment in Municipal Court, and he must be on house arrest if he posts bond. He has a preliminary hearing Monday.

Library board organizes for year

WARREN – The Warren-Trumbull County Public Library Board of Trustees recently reorganized for 2013 and elected James McFarland to serve as president. Lynn Miller will serve as vice president and Michael McGee as secretary.

Other board members include James Duff, Donald Emerson Jr., Lillie Johnson and Franklin Manios.

Four library board members are appointed by the county commissioners and three by the judges of the Common Pleas Court. All appointees serve unpaid, seven-year terms.

Board meetings will be held at 4:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at the main library, 444 Mahoning Ave. N.W., Warren.

Court date set in school threat case

WARREN – A student accused of threatening a Champion High School student will be back in court Feb. 14.

Leland Fritz, 19, of South Leavitt Road, was arraigned in Warren Municipal Court Thursday on a charge of inducing panic and was released on his own recognizance.

Fritz is accused of threatening a student at Champion on the Internet. Police were notified Tuesday, and Fritz was arrested. Police were at the school Wednesday to make sure there was no trouble.

Youngstown men charged in smuggling

CONNEAUT – Three Youngstown men will be in court Tuesday on claims they tried to sneak contraband into a prison.

Jawann M. Evans, 35, Brandon R. Miller, 28, and Anthony J. West, 28, all of Youngstown, and Cregg Vaughn, 39, of Ashtabula, were arrested Monday at the Lake Erie Correctional Institution.

A man was spotted about 6:30 p.m. getting out of a car near the prison and running into the woods with a bag, police said. Two hours later, a man with snow and dirt on his clothes forced a pair of handcuffs onto the hands of an officer who tried to handcuff him.

The man, identified as West, had been stopped because he was seen walking near the prison, reports state. He tried to run but was caught a short distance away with the other three men, police said.

All four will have hearings in Conneaut Municipal Court.

West is charged with assault of a police officer, obstructing justice, obstructing official business and resisting arrest, according to WYTV 33 News. Evans, Miller and Vaughn were charged with obstructing official business.

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Massillon teen arrested after robbery in Warren

WARREN – A 16-year-old Massillon teen was being held at the Juvenile Justice Center after police said they arrested him shortly after a burglary Wednesday night on the northwest side.

Police said they found Ollie Dukes, 16, of Wales Road, Massillon, at a home on Parkman Road with property stolen from the home at 1841 Monticello Ave. N.W.

A burglary was reported there shortly before 9:30 p.m. and residents said a $500 flat-screen TV, a video game system and a laptop computer were stolen.

Sheriff’s cruisers

to get digital mapping

WARREN – Cruisers in the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office will be outfitted soon with electronic devices that will show their location to emergency dispatchers.

The automatic vehicle locators, with the new digital mapping at the county 911 center, gives dispatchers real time sight on the vehicles, allowing them to more efficiently dispatch officers, said Ernest Cook III, sheriff’s office chief deputy and director of the 911 center.

County commissioners approved buying 27 of the devices on Wednesday.

Cook said the device will show if the officer has activated the vehicle’s lights and sirens and in cases of accidents, it will show if the vehicle’s airbags have been deployed. Also, the devices should lead to a savings in fuel use, Cook said.

Independence Communications in Independence won the contract with a bid of $38,721.

Niles McKinley High

releasing early next week

NILES – Students at Niles McKinley High School will be released early next week.

On Jan. 18, which is the end of the second nine weeks, students will be released at 12:02 p.m.

Buses will be at the school to provide transport. Students of Trumbull Career and Technical Center will be picked up at 11:30 a.m. at TCTC.

Students also will be off Jan. 21 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Mathews school board

chooses new member

VIENNA – The Mathews Board of Education named Vienna resident Mary Swift to fill the board opening created by Don Cheffo’s resignation last month.

Superintendent Lew Lowery said Thursday that Swift was selected from five candidates. The board held interviews on Wednesday before making the selection.

Swift, who has served as president with the Vienna Neighborhood Watch group, will begin serving at the Feb. 20 board meeting.

Swift will fill Cheffo’s second year of a four-year term and then will have to run in November for the remaining two years of the term. Cheffo resigned because he is moving out of the district.

Johnston officials to

discuss ambulance service

JOHNSTON – Township trustees plan to discuss continuing ambulance and emergency medical service coverage they provide to neighboring Vernon, Kinsman and Gustavus at their monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Johnston VFW Hall.

Johnston Trustee Dominic Marchese said Thursday that Johnston has provided the ambulance service for a fee and is waiting for Vernon officials to make a decision to continue the agreement. He said new agreements have been reached with Kinsman and Gustavus.

Vernon Trustee Walter Emrick said Johnston has provided a backup service to the township, which has its own paramedic squad. He said he wants to continue negotiations but realizes a deadline is approaching.

Also on Monday, Johnston officials plan to discuss updates to oil and gas well regulations, which were reviewed at a recent public hearing. Marchese said proposals are for fee updates with oil and gas wells to be $300 and injection wells $3,000.

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Chamber hosts meeting on Obamacare

BOARDMAN – The Regional Chamber is hosting a health care reform event 8 to 9 a.m. today at the Holiday Inn, 7410 South Ave.

A panel of experts will discuss the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, public and private insurance exchanges, small business tax credits, potential penalties for employers and how community ratings will affect companies and their employees.

The panel will include John Cooper of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Jim Rosa of Hill, Barth and King and George Millich of Harrington, Hoppe and Mitchell.

The event is open only to Regional Chamber members.

Portman to give update on budget

BOARDMAN – Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman will visit the Mahoning County Republican Headquarters, 621 Boardman Canfield Road, on Friday.

A news release states that Portman is making the stop to thank volunteers for their work during the 2012 campaign season and give an update on what’s happening in Washington on the budget, national debt and tax and spending issues.

Warren man bit by dog ends up in county jail

WARREN – A 41-year-old Warren man got more than he bargained for Monday night after he was bitten by a dog, went to a hospital for treatment and then wound up in Trumbull County Jail after officers found he was wanted on two outstanding warrants.

Milton Dixon of Palmyra Road S.W. said a pit bull bit him in the left thigh on Southwest Boulevard S.W., and an ambulance took him for treatment.

Officers placed a hold on Dixon at the hospital, citing a warrant from Warren Municipal Court that states that he failed to show up in court in October on a disorderly conduct charge and another warrant that states that he still owed $310 for a petty theft and disorderly conduct conviction in 2012.

He was in Trumbull County Jail Tuesday.

Jogger killed by truck in Mercer County

PINE TOWNSHIP, Pa. – A Grove City woman was hit by a truck and killed on Tuesday in Mercer County.

Megan M. Kays, 22, was struck at about 10:05 a.m. while jogging north at the intersection of state Route 58 and Airport Road, according to Pennsylvania State Police. She was transported to Grove City Medical Center by Superior Ambulance, where she was pronounced dead at 10:40 a.m. due to blunt force trauma, police said.

The driver of the 2006 Peterbilt box truck, Veronica L. Salusky, 27, of Emlenton, Pa., was not injured, police said.

Youngstown fire crews battle railyard blaze

YOUNGSTOWN – City firefighters responded Tuesday afternoon to a South Side railyard after a railcar full of crushed cars caught fire.

At one point, smoke and flames could be seen from nearby Poland Avenue, according to Tribune Chronicle news partner WYTV 33 News.

Officials said the train was stopped on the tracks just east of the Center Street Bridge while workers were trying to cut away a piece of scrap metal with a torch when the fire started. Workers from the city street department had to be called in to lift the cars out of the railcar so the flames could be extinguished.

Crews were on the scene for more than three hours.

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Police: Akron girl,

16, shot and killed

AKRON – Police in Akron are investigating the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old girl.

WEWS TV reports that officers responded shortly before 4 a.m. Sunday to a report of shots fired in the 200 block of East Archwood.

They arrived to find the girl dead of a gunshot wound.

Authorities have not released the girl’s name nor provided further details of her injuries.

The investigation continues.

NE Ohio house explodes, others damaged

MADISON – An early morning blast has destroyed an unoccupied northeast Ohio home and damaged several others.

WEWS TV of Cleveland reports the explosion occurred around 12:30 a.m. Sunday at 1518 Parkview Drive in the Lake County village of Madison, between Cleveland and Ashtabula. The blast was felt as far as Geneva, which is six miles away.

Madison fire Chief Gene Lutz said all four walls of the house were blown out, and the roof collapsed.

Crews were set to begin digging up the gas line to the house after the scene was cleared in search of an explanation for the incident. Fire officials told the station any gas issue was isolated to the home that exploded.

Police make arrest after fatal Columbus shooting

COLUMBUS – Police have arrested a Columbus man in the Saturday shooting death of a 20-year-old man outside a birthday party on the city’s north side.

Authorities arrested 25-year-old Dennis Oteng, also known as Dennis Boateng, Sunday.

He is charged with the murder of 20-year-old Kingsley Owusu. Owusu, whose identity wasn’t initially known, was found shot in a parking lot at 3439 Westerville Road at about 2 a.m. Saturday. He later died.

Witnesses said a dispute at the party led to a fight and the shooting. They did not identify the topic.

The incident marked the city’s first homicide of 2013.

Local elections boards set first 2013 meetings

Elections boards in both Mahoning and Trumbull County will hold their first meetings of the year today.

The Trumbull County Board of Elections will meet at 1 p.m. at the board offices, 2947 Youngstown Road S.E., Warren. The Mahoning County Board of Elections will meet at 10 a.m. at the board offices, 345 Oak Hill Ave., Youngstown.