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Warren power outage lasts about 45 minutes

WARREN – For a little less than an hour Wednesday afternoon, the power went out in the south side of the city near the intersection of Franklin and East Market.

At 2:09 p.m. Wednesday, 195 customers lost power due to primary wires touching, according to Ohio Edison representative Robin Patton. The power returned at 2:57 p.m. and did not cause any accidents, according to the Warren Police Department.

Woman in apartment fire died of smoke inhalation

BOARDMAN – A woman killed in a fire at a Lockwood Boulevard apartment complex died of smoke inhalation, according to the Mahoning County Coroner’s office.

Shawna Carney, 45, died after she was found at the Mill Creek Apartment Complex at 6849 Lockwood Blvd. Firefighters are still searching for a cause of the blaze, which started in her apartment.

Carney was found in her apartment and taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center Boardman Campus, where she later died.

Warren police looking for hit-skip vehicle

WARREN – City police are asking for the public’s help in solving a Jan. 16 hit-skip at the intersection of South Street and Main Avenue S.W. that caused an electrical pole to catch fire.

Damage was reported about 2:35 a.m. to the main light pole at the corner of the intersection. Police said they believe a vehicle hit the pole, causing significant damage to the pole’s main power box.

Based on debris at the scene, the vehicle is a red 1993 to 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo and likely has heavy front end damage, police said. It appeared the vehicle continued traveling south after the crash, then traveled east on South Street and down Warren Boulevard, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Warren Police Traffic Department at 330-841-2507 or 330-841-2797.

Nominations sought for Community Star program

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.

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At least one person injured in crash

VIENNA – The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a two car, head-on collision on Warner Road near Smith-Stewart Road on Monday.

Troopers confirmed that at least one person was transported to a local hospital; however, they said they do not believe anyone suffered any life-threatening injuries.

Grant helps minority business center open

YOUNGSTOWN – A new Minority Business Assistance Center is now open.

The Ohio Development Services Agency awarded a $75,000 grant to the Mahoning Youngstown Community Action Partnership to open the center at the MYCAP office. The grant also will provide local minority and disadvantaged or underutilized businesses with the opportunity to expand global economic opportunities and to generate funding.

The grand opening will be held today at the center, 1325 Fifth Ave., Youngstown, and the office will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

For more information on MYCAP, visit

Teenage GOP club meeting today

The Mahoning County Teenage Republican Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. today at the Mahoning County Republican Party headquarters, 621 Boardman Canfield Road.

The guest speaker is Tom Costello, a trustee in Boardman.

Mahoning elections director honored

Joyce Kale-Pesta, director of the Mahoning County Board of Elections, has been named ”Ohio Democratic Election Official of the Year” by Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted.

Kale-Pesta has worked for the elections board for more than 25 years, serves as a member of the Ohio Board of Voting Machine Examiners and Ohio Association of Election Officials Legislative Committee.

She was nominated for the award by board of elections members Dave Betras, Mahoning County Democrat Party chairman, and Mark Munroe, Mahoning County Republican Party chairman.

The Republican award was given to Kim Antrican, director of the Warren County Board of Elections.

YSU getting grant to keep grads in Ohio

The state has approved $573,000 for Youngstown State University to attract students and keep them in Ohio after they graduate.

The Ohio Means Internships and Co-ops program purpose is to ensure students are ready to take jobs in the science, technology, engineering, math and medicine fields after graduation. The program was signed into law in 2008 by former Gov. Ted Strickland.

State Rep. Bob Hagan said in a news release Monday announcing the award that ”investing in our young people is investing in our state’s successful future.”

LaBrae student released from custody

WARREN TOWNSHIP – A LaBrae High School student charged Sunday with inducing panic after making online threats has been released from custody, according to school Superintendent Anthony Calderone.

Calderone said the police know her whereabouts, and the school is processing her actions through their disciplinary system.

According to township police, the message read, “I’m going to school and going to fail some midterm tests. Going to kill my geometry teacher and every annoying (expletive) in my school.”

A LaBrae teacher intercepted the message and alerted the school officials.

The girl, who lives in Leavittsburg, claimed during an interview with police that she was “just frustrated.”

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Boil alert is issued for parts of 3 townships

The Trumbull County Sanitary Engineer’s Office on Thursday issued a boil alert advisory for water customers in Brookfield, Vienna and Liberty townships east of state Route 11 and north of Churchill Road due to a water main break.

The alert will be in effect until further notice, officials said.

The alert means customers should take precautions and boil the tap water used for drinking or other ingestion, with a rolling boil for three to five minutes adequate.

Officials said the break occurred late Wednesday under a bridge on Niles Vienna Road near the area of Liberty Lakes with cold weather likely the cause. The boil alert is precautionary because water pressure decreased in that area while the line was being repaired, officials said.

Committee to hear from CityScapes speaker

WARREN – Warren City Council’s Resident Advisory Committee will meet at 4:30 p.m. Monday at the City Council caucus room, 141 South St., followed by the Strategic Planning Committee, which will have guest speaker Sharon Letson of Youngstown CityScapes.

Police identify body found out in snow

WARREN – The body of a woman found at the corner of Forest Street N.E. and Atlantic Street at approximately 2:20 p.m. Wednesday has been identified as Janell Diann Embry-McGriff of 148 Hall Ave. N.W.

Embry-McGriff, 48, was found outside in the snow. There were no visible signs of trauma, according to police, and Trumbull County Coroner Humphrey Germanuik has ruled out foul play.

The cause of death remains under investigation, police said.

Mill Creek Park roads to close for race Sunday

YOUNGSTOWN – Mill Creek MetroParks will close three streets in the park Sunday for the Race To The Altar 5K Run / Walk.

The streets that will be closed are West Cohasset Drive, Valley Drive and East Park Drive. The streets will be closed from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Plans set for crime lab to reduce time

COLUMBUS – Ohio’s attorney general is announcing efforts by the state crime lab to cut the time it takes to process evidence.

When Mike DeWine took office in 2011, state investigators needed more than four months to process biological evidence, typically blood or other body fluids that could link a suspect to a crime.

The lab also needed 43 days for fingerprints.

DeWine’s office said he will provide details today on how Ohio is reducing turnaround time for evidence and how these efforts are helping law enforcement.

Improving the crime lab was a campaign priority for DeWine, whose office has sought to speed processing by hiring more forensic scientists, adding equipment and doing a top-to-bottom analysis of how the lab handles evidence.

Judge dismisses stun gun claim by inmate

COLUMBUS – A judge has dismissed an Ohio jail inmate’s claims that deputies used excessive force when shocking him with a stun gun at the jail and later at a hospital.

The allegations by Michael Reed were among several claims of unconstitutional use of stun guns brought in the past two years by inmates at the Franklin County Jail.

Reed said deputies improperly used a stun gun when trying to remove him from his cell for a medical appointment following a seizure on Jan. 29, 2009, and again later in the day at the hospital.

Columbus federal judge Edmund Sargus said Wednesday that deputies responded appropriately to control Reed and that Reed’s claims of excessive force aren’t backed up by video evidence.

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Police:?Bloodied man arrested in yard

WARREN – Police arrested a St. Louis, Mo., man in a Parkman Road yard Sunday evening who was drunk and also injured from an apparent fight.

Martez Taylor, 29, was arraigned Monday in Municipal Court on a charge of disorderly conduct while intoxicated.

Police were called to Oak Street and Austin Avenue about 9:40 p.m. for a report of a disturbance between a man and woman and found Taylor and a woman in the front yard of 437 Parkman Road.

Taylor was stumbling around and had a bloody mouth and bumps on his head but refused to tell police what happened. The woman said she lost her purse but refused to give police any information, reports state.

Taylor became increasingly belligerent, reports state, and was arrested after he was treated for his injuries at the scene by paramedics.

Man can’t explain fall; another arrested

WARREN – Police arrested a man on a warrant after responding to a call that another man had fallen and injured himself about 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

Police were called to 533 Tod Ave. N.W. for a report that 27-year-old Christopher Bash of McMyler Street N.W. had fallen down the stairs and was bleeding from the head.

Bash smelled of alcohol and had a cut on his head and a swollen lip, reports state, and was not able to tell police what happened, reports state.

Officers also learned that a person in the home, Tio Tisdale, 26, 7725 Sutton Place, had a warrant from Portage County for failing to appear in court on a driving under the influence charge. He was taken into custody.

Reports state when officers went to look for Bash’s shoes they found one outside and no one could explain why.

Fire confined to room

in South Side home

YOUNGSTOWN – Firefighters say an early morning fire in a South Side home Monday was confined to a bedroom.

A fire department spokesman said crews were called to 925 Mabel Ave. about 8 a.m. and found a fire in the backroom, which they managed to put out quickly.

A damage estimate is unavailable and a cause is under investigation. A family who lived there got out, and no one was injured, the spokesman said.

Man busted for suspended license

CORTLAND – A Trumbull County Sheriff’s Deputy arrested a man Saturday afternoon who was driving on a suspended license.

Joseph Smith, 41, 1145 Greenville Road, Cortland, was booked into the county jail on charges of driving under suspension, expired plates and consumption of liquor in a motor vehicle as well as two warrants out of Warren Municipal Court for unpaid fines.

A deputy spotted an SUV with expired plates Smith was driving on Warren-Meadville Road about 4:15 p.m. Saturday after it slid on the ice in front of him and turned into a driveway.

Smith told the deputy he did not have a license because it was suspended, and he was plowing drives to earn extra money. Inside the SUV the deputy found a can of an alcoholic beverage. Reports state Smith told the deputy he was thirsty after plowing snow and deserved the drink.

Smith is expected to appear in Central District Court on Wednesday. Reports did not state if the SUV was equipped with a plow.

Fire damages West Side home in Youngstown

YOUNGSTOWN – A fire Sunday afternoon damaged a home on the West Side.

Crews were called to a 137 N. Hazelwood Ave. home just after 3 p.m. and found a fire in the attic, a spokesman for the department said.

The family who lives in the home was not there at the time.

A damage estimate was unavailable and a cause is under investigation. No one was injured.

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