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Mom: Daughter beaten up while walking home

WARREN – A Leavittsburg woman told police her 15-year-old daughter was beaten up by four other students after school Wednesday.

The woman told police her daughter was walking to her bus at LaBrae High School when the four girls said they would beat her up off school property and would not let her get on the bus.

The daughter tried to walk home on Leavitt Road but she was threatened by the four students before they began hitting her in the face at Lovers Lane and Caleb Avenue N.W., reports state. Some of the girls video-recorded the beating on their cell phones.

The victim ran to a nearby home and called her mother, reports state. The victim had blood on her clothes and her hands, knuckles and nose were scratched and bleeding, reports state.

Three of the girls go to LaBrae and another to Warren G. Harding, and it has been an ongoing problem, police said.

Counterfeit items found during stop

CANFIELD – A New York state man is in the Mahoning County Jail on charges of trademark counterfeiting and criminal simulation after a traffic stop at 6:26 p.m. Wednesday on the Ohio Turnpike in Mahoning County.

A news release from the Ohio State Highway Patrol states a trooper pulled over a van for an improper lane change and found 1,705 counterfeit items, including purses, shirts, perfume and sunglasses.

The driver, Man Zhang, 30, of Woodside, N.Y., also had two active warrants on the same charges, patrol reports state.

Cash and marijuana found in raid on home

YOUNGSTOWN – Police said they found 22 bags of marijuana on a man Wednesday in a South Side home.

Officers from the vice squad serving a search warrant at 107 E. Lucius Ave. said the drugs were found on Charles Sewell, 52, police reports state.

Police also found more than $400 in cash inside the home, reports state. Sewell was arrested on a charge of trafficking in drugs and is expected to be arraigned in municipal court today.

Weathersfield gets grant for firefighting

WARREN – A $42,750 federal grant will help the fire department in Weathersfield buy protective equipment, vehicles and gear.

Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, announced Thursday that the department had been awarded the money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Brown said the money will make sure firefighters in the township will ”have the resources they need to perform their jobs safely.”

Hubbard man indicted on federal drug charge

CLEVELAND – A 27-year-old Hubbard man has been indicted by a federal grand jury. Andre M. Little faces a charge of possession with the intent to distribute heroin.

The indictment charges that on or about Feb. 13, Little possessed with the intent to distribute more than 1,000 grams of heroin.

The investigation preceding the indictment was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration-Youngstown Resident Office. The matter is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David M. Toepfer.

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One killed in crash in Berlin Center

BERLIN CENTER – One person died in a crash Monday morning near Western Reserve High School, the Ohio State Patrol reported.

Troopers said a car and a utility truck collided about 7:30 a.m. on U.S. Route 224 near South Duck Creek Road.

It is not clear whether there were any other injuries. Troopers said the individual killed was one of the drivers.

Route 224 westbound was closed for several hours while the vehicles were removed from the road.

New computer lab to help community

WARREN – The United Methodist Community Center Warren Site, 760 Main Ave., will hold a dedication at 10 a.m. Wednesday for the computer lab.

Juanita Pasley, executive director, said the new lab will help veterans and people with low income in the community train and find employment through the Ready Workforce Program for Trumbull County.

Youngstown officials to discuss blight

YOUNGSTOWN – Mayor Charles Sammarone and Youngstown city officials will discuss the city’s efforts to address blight at 10:30 a.m. today at city hall.

Officials will discuss the upcoming spring and summer seasons and the enforcement of the recently added foreclosure bond requirement to the vacant property registry ordinance.

The Mahoning Valley Organizing Collaborative will present information on the importance of the foreclosure bond.

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Crews battle house

fire in Newton Falls

NEWTON FALLS – Firefighters from the Newton Falls Joint Fire District and from Braceville were called to a house fire at 227 Oak Knoll St. late Sunday afternoon.

Red Cross also was called to help the two adults and two teens at the home, according to the Trumbull County 911 Center. Crews were called at 4:30 p.m. and left at 5:35 p.m.

Husted in Warren

for Democracy Day

WARREN – Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted will visit John F. Kennedy High School in Warren today to participate in the school’s Democracy Day celebration.

Democracy Day recognizes the 26th Amendment, which gives 18-year-olds the right to vote. Husted’s visit is part of the Republican’s effort to educate students on the importance of voting.

April 8 is the deadline to register to vote in the May 7 primary election. Individuals who will be 18 on or before Election Day are allowed to register to vote.

Sen. Brown to discuss

minimum wage

Democrat U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown will be in Boardman today to call for passage of the Fair Minimum Wage Act, legislation that would raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour in three steps.

Brown will join owners of the Yankee Kitchen at their Market Street restaurant to urge passage for the bill, which also would give a pay increase to tipped workers.

Minimum wage in the U.S. is $7.25 an hour. In Ohio, it is $7.85 an hour.

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Five hospitalized

in two-vehicle crash

FOWLER – Five people were taken to Trumbull Memorial Hospital in Warren after two pickup trucks collided on King Graves Road and state Route 193 about 6 p.m. Sunday.

A white 2004 GMC Sierra pickup truck heading east on Kings Graves failed to yield to a red 1999 Dodge RAM pickup truck heading north on Route 193, according to Fowler police Officer Chuck Lohry.

The drivers involved were David Lahner, 45, of Ashtabula, and Stephen Holliday, 25, of Garrettsville.

Lohry said it is unclear if the driver of the white pickup was running the stop sign or not. He said the injuries sustained were not critical.

Both Fowler and Vienna police and fire departments responded to the accident.

Names and conditions of the passengers were not available late Sunday.

Family safe after Howland blaze

HOWLAND – A family is safe after firefighters put out a blaze in their home at 1739 North River Road on Sunday morning.

Fire departments from Howland and Bazetta appeared at the scene where flames were visible from the house. Everyone inside made it out safe, but according to Howland police the home is likely a total loss. The fire was possibly caused by a laundry machine.

Tribune Chronicle newspartner WYTV 33 contributed to this report.

Vienna man jailed following hit-skip

NILES – The Warren Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a hit-skip injury crash involving a city police officer that occurred here about 1 a.m. Sunday.

Matthew Stein, 20, of Vienna, was traveling westbound on McKees Lane in a 2008 Chevrolet Impala when he went off the right side of the road and struck a 2008 Ford Crown Victoria that was legally parked in a private business’ driveway, according to the patrol.

Officer Daniel Myers, 33, from Niles – who was in the Ford – was taken to St. Joseph Health Center in Warren with non-life threatening injuries.

After the collision, Stein left the scene and was stopped by city police several miles from the crash location, the patrol states.

Stein received minor injuries. He was taken to the Trumbull County Jail on charges of operating a vehicle under the influence, underage alcohol consumption, and hit-skip leaving the scene of an accident.

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Youngstown man dies in Ravenna crash

RAVENNA – A crash on state Route 14 about 6:41 a.m. Wednesday took the life of a Youngstown man.

Troopers with the Ravenna Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said that Lawrence Santangelo, 52, of Youngstown, was driving northwest on Route 14 near state Route 5 when a SUV driven by 21-year-old Anthony Rodriguez of Mantua lost control, went left of center and hit Santangelo’s car.

Santangelo was taken to Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna, where he was pronounced dead. Rodriguez was treated for his injuries and released.

The accident is under investigation.

Bristol BOE accepts resignation of principals

BRISTOL – The Bristol Board of Education on Wednesday accepted the resignations of two principals, one of whom will become the new superintendent this summer.

Board President Barbara Cibella said the resignation of Gene Jones, who served 10 years as high school principal, was accepted effective July 31. The resignation of Christopher Dray, who served five years as elementary principal, was accepted effective Aug. 1.

Last month, Dray was selected to serve as the district’s new superintendent after the retirement of Marty Santillo, who served the district recently and in the late 1990s.

Jones is retiring.

The district is taking applications for both positions through April 12 with plans to have both principals in place by July. The high school is seventh to 12th grades and the elementary kindergarten to sixth.

Trumbull pays pledge to Port Authority

WARREN – Trumbull County commissioners on Wednesday approved the third and final $100,000 payment to the Western Reserve Port Authority to use on economic development.

The money is combined with contributions from Mahoning County and other communities to, in part, fund the position of executive director at the port authority to head economic development and business attraction efforts in the two-county area.

Trumbull and Mahoning counties pledged $100,000, and the cities of Youngstown, Warren and Niles contributed $50,000 apiece for each year of a three-year funding period. The Western Reserve Building Trades Council also provided contributions.

Sewer line assessment will hit area of Howland

WARREN – Residents along a section of Elm Road in Howland with new sewers will pay $14 month for the local construction debt on the project.

Rex Fee, executive director of the county Sanitary Engineer’s Office, said the capital charge is about 20 percent less than the $18.03 presented to residents in September. The payoff is 20 years.

The project connects 96 homes and businesses in the area of Elm Road and Overland Avenue N.E. to sewers in Warren, which will keep the residents as customers and provide maintenance to the new lines, Fee said. Residents will pay the city $450 to connect to the new lines.

About 78 percent of the $1.5 million project is being covered by grants. The rest is a $288,000 state loan and $45,240 from the county’s Metropolitan Sewer District.

Ohio officer indicted in attack caught on camera

NELSONVILLE – An Ohio police officer caught on video aggressively grabbing a seated and unarmed 15-year-old boy by the face and pushing him into a desk has been indicted on charges of kidnapping, assault and interfering with civil rights.

An Athens County grand jury in southwestern Ohio returned the three-count indictment against Nelsonville police Officer Randy Secoy on Monday.

The kidnapping charge is a felony, while the assault and civil rights charges are listed as misdemeanors.

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Three burglaries

reported in Warren

WARREN – Police are investigating three aggravated burglaries that took place Monday evening.

A woman at 1160 Roberts Ave. N.W. said a man she knows came into her home about 5:30 p.m. and took several video games and movies.

At 8:24 p.m., a 3326 Northwest Blvd. N.W. man said a man he knows came to his door, sprayed him with pepper spray, and took a remote to an alarm system and a key to a van.

At 8:56 p.m., a 3022 Lancer Court woman said a man she knows broke down her back door, smashed her television and left.

Woman says beating

was over drug debt

WARREN – A Grant Street S.E. woman said she was beaten in her driveway about 7:30 p.m. Monday over her boyfriend’s drug debt.

Kimberly Fritz, 39, 1249 Grant St. S.E., told police at Trumbull Memorial Hospital, where she was being treated for her injuries, that a man her boyfriend owes money to for drugs hit her during an argument in her driveway. She ran into her house and locked the door when she thought she saw a gun, the police report states.

After the man left, she walked to the hospital, where police were called, the report states. She had injuries to her head and face, police said.

The report noted Fritz said her boyfriend is in rehab.

Niles Board of Education

to conduct interviews

NILES – The Niles Board of Education will hold a special meeting at 6:15 p.m. today at the administration building, 100 West St., to interview candidates for a vacancy on the board.

The board position became open with the recent resignation of member Eric Lanham, who resigned Feb. 21.

The board will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at Jackson Elementary School.

Brookfield officials

approve road work

BROOKFIELD – Township trustees at a special meeting on Tuesday approved 15 roads for either hot mix or chip-and-seal work, with all project costs to be less than $50,000.

Trustee Chairman Ron Haun said hot mix work will be done on Upper Sunnydell Drive.

Chip and seal is planned for South, Locust, Oak, Chestnut, Lower and Upper Elm, Short, Lower and Upper First, Second, Lower and Upper Third and Collinan streets. A section of Amy Boyle Road where there are surface problems will also have chip-and-seal work done.

Bristol trustees approve

work on town hall

BRISTOL – Township trustees have approved Mahan Construction at $6,400 for work at the new community room at the old fire department building.

Trustee Chairman Doug Seemann said work will include insulating the ceiling in three bays to allow for heating, creating a pass through area to get to the kitchen, panic bar on exit doors and automatic door closers.

The room is in the former fire bays and can be rented by the public for various events.

Cafe owner pleads not guilty

on gambling charge

LIBERTY – The owner of an Internet cafe entered a plea of not guilty on Tuesday during his arraignment at Girard Municipal Court.

Adam Syed, 30, of Fairlawn, faces a first-degree misdemeanor charge of operating a gambling house. His pretrial hearing is set for April 29 and he was released on $5,000 bond, according to WYTV 33 News.

Police raided the cafe on Feb. 26 and seized guns and slot machines, according to reports. Employees Amber Al Mhaiat, 27, of Warren and Patricia Micochero, 45, of Tallmadge, were both charged with a first-degree misdemeanor of operating a gambling house and gambling. They have also both pleaded not guilty.

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Hubbard woman’s body found in icy waters

Authorities identified the body of a woman they said appeared to have fallen through the ice at the Shenango Reservoir in Transfer, Pa.

Pymatuning police said they had been searching for Jean Black, 56, of Hubbard, since about 9:40 a.m. Thursday before recovering her body two hours later.

They said she was found about 40 feet from the shore.

She was reported missing Wednesday. Police said they believe Black was trying to rescue her dogs after they fell through the ice. It appeared she had also fallen through the ice and drowned. Police said they do not believe there was any foul play, and it appears Black’s death was an accident.

Police said Black’s car was found at the Shenango Camp, which is a common place for dog walking. They said it was reported that Black frequented the area where her body was found.

Troopers: Austintown man killed in car crash

VIENNA – Troopers with the Southington Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol say an Austintown man was killed in an accident late Friday afternoon on state Route 193.

A spokesman for the post said Dale C. Johnstone, 60, was driving north on Route 193 near Crew Hood Road when his car went out of control, went left of center and struck a tree.

Johnstone was taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center, where he was pronounced dead. An investigation is ongoing, the spokesman said. He said it appeared that Johnstone was not wearing a seat belt.

Student arraigned

on weapons charge

CANFIELD – A student from the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center is free on bond after being charged with bringing a gun to the school this week.

Joseph Bailey, 18, of North Jackson, was arraigned Friday in Mahoning County Court in Canfield on a charge of illegally conveying a dangerous weapon into a school safety zone. He has a preliminary hearing March 15.

Reports state he had a .22-caliber handgun in his car at the school and a student told authorities about it. He was arrested after that.

University to host robotics competition

YOUNGSTOWN – Middle and high school students will soon compete in an annual robotics competition.

The 15th annual Northeast Ohio Robotics Education Program Competition will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at Youngstown State University’s Beeghly Center.

Fifteen teams from area schools will compete. The event is free and open to the public.

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910th Airman recognized

for lifesaving actions

YOUNGSTOWN – Senior Airman Steve Cresanto, an air transportation specialist assigned to the 910th Airlift Wing’s 76th Aerial Port Squadron, was recognized by Youngstown Mayor Charles Sammarone at city council’s meeting on Wednesday.

The mayor recognized Cresanto for his life-saving actions at the scene of a traffic accident in the city during the early morning hours of Feb. 5.

Local man indicted

on federal drug charges

William T. Hughes, 39, of Youngstown, was indicted by a federal grand jury this week on the charges of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and being a felon in possession of ammunition.

A news release from U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio Steven Dettelbach said that the charges stem from an incident July 23 in Youngstown.

The release states Hughes tried to distribute more than 28 grams of crack.

The case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Commission to hear

fired school worker

WARREN – The Warren Civil Service Commission agreed to have a hearing to determine if a fired Warren School District employee had the right to have a hearing before the termination.

Attorney Martin Hume suggested that his client, Honeya D’Jerras Price, did not receive a required hearing before the Civil Service Commission before her Jan. 31 firing.

Hume said Price has worked for the school district since 2008. At the time of her firing, she was a school / family liaison assigned at Lincoln K-8 school.

Hume was stopped and charged with having loaded .40-caliber pistol in her car. She was off duty and away from school property.

Congressman to speak

at Lincoln Day dinner

BOARDMAN – U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, a Republican who represents a portion of Mahoning County, will be the speaker at the county GOP’s annual Lincoln Day dinner on April 8.

The event will be at the Georgetown Banquet Center, 5945 South Ave., Boardman. The 6 p.m. social and 6:30 p.m. dinner will be followed by remarks by Johnson and a tribute to President Abraham Lincoln by the Mahoning County Teenage Republicans.

The cost is $40 per person and $75 per couple. Reservations can be made by calling party headquarters at 330-629-7006.

Three precincts

moving for primary

WARREN – Three voter precincts in the May 7 election are being moved to new locations because of their low numbers of registered voters.

Braceville B, which has 35 voters in the Newton Falls School District, is being moved to the United Methodist Church in Newton Falls, and Braceville C, which has seven voters in the district, will vote at the Newton Township administration building.

Liberty L, which has 18 voters in the Girard school district, will be moved to the Prospect Street School in Girard.

The affected voters will be sent a letter explaining the one-time change from the Trumbull County Board of Elections. Similar changes have been made in the past to avoid opening a full precinct for so few voters.

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Two victims identified

in fatal Poland crash

POLAND – Police on Monday identified the victims in a Poland double fatal car crash as Louis Pullia, 49, and Thomas Costillo, 55, who were pronounced dead at the scene, and Charles Park, 41, who was transported to St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown with life-threatening injuries.

According to the Canfield post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, a 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe was traveling westbound on New Castle Road, went left of center, struck a mailbox and then a tree.

Pullia and Costillo were in the front seat, and both died at the scene.

None of the occupants of the vehicle were wearing a seatbelt, according to the patrol.

The crash is under investigation.

Salem teen dies

in auto accident

LISBON – A Salem teenager died Sunday in a one-vehicle accident.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Brittany Marie Gulu, 17, of Salem, died in Salem Community Hospital after crashing the Volkswagen Beetle she was driving on Lisbon Road near St. Jacob-Logtown Sunday night.

Gulu was transported by ambulance after being ejected from the vehicle as a result of the crash. The Leetonia Fire Department was on the scene.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol said alcohol was not a factor.

Mathews board, teachers

to resume negotiations

VIENNA – The teachers union and Mathews Board of Education are meeting today to negotiate contracts.

A special BOE meeting was held Sunday in executive session, where members discussed ongoing negotiations. Teachers have been working under an expired contract since July.

Superintendent Lou Lowery said details of the talks are not available while negotiations are under way.

Union president Carla Pacileo could not be reached for comment Monday.

Landowners group

to meet Thursday

LORDSTOWN – The Lordstown Regional Landowners Group will be meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at the UAW 1714 Hall, 2121 Salt Springs Road.

According to a release from the group, negotiations with Halcon Resources will be discussed at the meeting. Additional membership signup will also be discussed.

Halcon recently bought mineral rights in the area from NCL Appalachian Partners, and LRLG was formed to provide Halcon a single point of contact.

LRLG is open for all NCL / Halcon leaseholders to join and gain the benefits of natural gas dealing as a large pool of members, the release states. Members of the group have more than 6,000 acres of property in Lordstown and North Jackson with NCL gas wells on them.

For more information, contact Mike Hodak, LRLG president, at 330-716-8448.