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Man treated for gunshot wound

WARREN – A man shot early Friday morning at a residence on Garden Street N.W. was taken to a local hospital, according to police.

They said they do not believe his injury is life-threatening. However, there is a chance he may have been transferred to another hospital.

It is believed he was shot in the pelvic area.

His identity and the circumstances surrounding the shooting have not been disclosed. No other injuries were reported, and police did not say whether they have any suspects in the case.

Threat message found in school bathroom

CORTLAND – Police were called to a school after a threatening message was discovered.

About 1 p.m. Friday, school officials contacted Cortland police after a message was found on a bathroom stall in Maplewood Middle School, Superintendent Perry Nicholas said.

The message stated, “This is my school and I can shoot it up,” Nicholas said.

“We didn’t know how long it was there, and we immediately called the police. The police investigated, and they found that there was no threat,” Nicholas explained.

Two officers questioned students and school officials and found there was no need to evacuate the school, he said.

Mosquito ice fishing tournament canceled

BAZETTA – The Mosquito Creek Reservoir ice fishing tournament set for Sunday has been canceled for safety reasons, according to David Hoheisel, tournament director.

“There’s never safe ice,” Hoheisel said, “but I just don’t feel 100 percent confident.”

The event had been postponed at least one other time, and Hoheisel said they will try to hold the tournament again next year.

Falls graduate moves up in fire division

COLUMBUS – Tod E. Whetzel, a graduate of Newton Falls High School, was promoted to the rank of captain within the Columbus Division of Fire on Feb. 11.

Whetzel, of London, joined the division in 1994 as a certified paramedic before being promoted to lieutenant in October 2006. His father, Kenneth Whetzel, was fire chief in Newton Falls from 1972 to 1999.

The younger Whetzel served four years in the U.S. Army and nine years in the Ohio National Guard. During his service he was awarded the Southwest Asia Service Medal, three Army Achievement Awards and the Expert Infantry Award.

He lives in London with his wife, three children and one granddaughter.

Information forum for online school set

YOUNGSTOWN – Parents and students can learn about a tuition-free online public school.

An information session on e-school Ohio Connections Academy will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. March 11 at Fairfield Inn and Suites, 801 N. Canfield Niles Road, Youngstown.

Representatives from the school as well as teachers and parents of current students will answer questions about how the school works and the enrollment process.

Enrollment for the 2013-14 academic year begins Monday.

For more information, visit

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Sanitary engineer lifts boil alert in Brookfield

A boil alert for areas in Brookfield and Hubbard townships was lifted Wednesday by the Trumbull County Sanitary Engineer’s Department.

The alert was put into effect at 4 p.m. Monday for parts of Brookfield and Hubbard townships due to a water main break.

Murder suspect caught Wednesday in Akron

YOUNGSTOWN – A man accused in slaying early Tuesday morning was arrested Wednesday afternoon in Akron.

Police said Emmett Perkins IV, 25, was arrested without incident. He is wanted in the murder of 28-year-old Frank Whitted inside a West Princeton Avenue home about 1:45 a.m. Tuesday.

Witnesses told police Perkins and Whitted were arguing before they heard a gunshot, and Perkins said he shot his uncle. He then ran out of the house.

He is expected to be arraigned in Municipal Court Friday.

Whitted’s death is the second homicide in the city in 2013. In 2012, Youngstown recorded 26 homicides.

Couple indicted on workers’ comp charge

WARREN – A Cortland couple that operate a pizza shop was charged in secret indictments with failing to maintain workers’ compensation coverage for their business.

Angelo Pizzurro, 54, and his wife Deanna, 47, of Portal Drive, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to the fifth-degree felony charges. Angelo Pizzurro’s case was assigned to Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Peter Kontos, and his wife’s case was assigned to Judge Ronald Rice.

The Pizzurros operate Brothers Pizza on South High Street.

Secret indictments against them claim $6,679 was owed to the state fund for coverage between Jan. 1, 2007, and June 30, 2012.

Warren woman reports two gunmen take goods

WARREN – City police are investigating a reported aggravated burglary at a residence on Arnold Drive S.W. early Wednesday morning.

According to reports, Marlena Schotsch, 33, told police two men – one she knew and the other she did not – came to her residence around 1 a.m., produced a handgun and removed several items including a PlayStation III and controller, an XBox 360 and controller and a flat-screen TV.

No other information was available.

Wednesday stove fire damages Warren home

WARREN – An early-morning fire Wednesday caused about $25,000 in damage to a house at 2873 Clearwater St. N.W. and another $5,000 to items inside the home.

Fire Chief Ken Nussle said a fire that began on the kitchen stove got into the kitchen wall, but firefighters were able to stop it before it caused significant damage to the home’s second floor. Most of the damage was contained to the kitchen, Nussle said.

A woman, her daughter and a relative were at home, but were not injured, the chief said.

Road project begins Saturday in Kinsman

KINSMAN – Webber Cole Road between state Route 7 and Kinsman Pymatuning Road will be closed starting Saturday through Feb. 23 for bridge repairs and upgrades.

The recommended detour is south on Kinsman Pymatuning Road and north on State Route 7.

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Mother arraigned in Stuthers boy’s death

STRUTHERS – The mother of a 14-year-old who was killed was arraigned Friday in Struthers Municipal Court on complicity charges.

Bond was set at $100,000 for Shain Widdersheim, 32, who faces charges of complicity to murder, complicity to rape, tampering with evidence and obstruction of justice in the death of her son, Teddy Foltz.

Her boyfriend, Zaryl Bush, 43, is charged with murder and an additional count of rape in Foltz’s death.

Foltz died last weekend at St. Elizabeth Health Center, where he was taken after he was hospitalized Jan. 21 with a severe head injury.

Family members tipped off detectives that Foltz’s injuries were suspicious and after an investigation, police charged Bush, saying that for three years he abused the teen.

Widdersheim was charged because she was not truthful with investigators and that she allowed the abuse to happen, according to officials.

Bush was arrested Tuesday and is being held in the Mahoning County Jail on $1 million bond. Widdersheim was arrested Wednesday and is also in the Mahoning County Jail.

Cortland man flown to hospital after crash

HOWLAND – A Cortland man was being flown by helicopter to a Cleveland hospital after a two-car accident about 1:40 p.m. Friday.

Troopers with the Southington post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said 73-year-old Marilyn McBride of Cortland was driving north on North Road when she ran a red light and collided with a car driven by 45-year-old William Morris of Warren who was driving west on North River Road.

McBride’s car hit a telephone pole and her husband, Gary McBride, 82, was injured. He was first taken to Trumbull Memorial Hospital before being transferred.

A spokesman did not say if any citations were issued.

Water boil called for Lowellville

LOWELLVILLE – Aqua Ohio customers in the village are advised to boil their water after a contractor struck the water main on Friday that supplies water to the village.

A news release from Aqua states the break is repaired, but customers are advised to boil their water until 4 p.m. today.

All water used for drinking, cooking and brushing teeth should be boiled for at least one minute, the release states.

West Farmington council discusses water

WEST FARMINGTON – Village council will review a new rate structure for water and revisions to the water rules and regulations at 7 p.m. Monday at the village hall.

Mayor Allen Patchin will present the rate structure to council for review.

After council reviews it and if there are no questions or more information requested, council will give the item a first reading, he said.

Patchin said a second reading will be given at a special meeting to be scheduled by council. A public meeting on the structure and revisions also will have to be scheduled.

Technical center to hold open house

WARREN – An open house for prospective students will be held Thursday at the Trumbull Career and Technical Center.

The event is open to the public from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the TCTC campus, 528 Educational Highway, Champion.

Attendees will have the opportunity to tour the facility, meet teachers and staff, learn about high school and adult education and career center programs as well as participate in interactive demonstrations.

Refreshments will be offered, and attendees also can register to win door prizes.

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