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Fallen firefighters to be remembered Saturday

WARREN – Seven Warren firefighters who died in the line of duty will be remembered at 10 a.m. Saturday with a memorial marker and dedication ceremony to be held at Memorial Park by the log cabin in downtown Warren.

Fire Capt. Tom Walker and Lt. Paul Lamosek have been discussing placing a marker for firefighters at Memorial Park, which is the site of memorials for police officers and veterans.

Warren Firefighters Local 204 Memorial marker will include the names of firefighters and the years they died. They are Leroy Bartholomew (1931), Lee O’Brien (1936), Ora Smith (1943), Eugene Spahr (1955), Henry Mann (1966), Roy Kujala (1969) and John Mock (1974).

Family or friends of the seven have been invited to the event.

The marker is being prepared by O.T. Beight Monuments and is being paid for with private donations.

Man found sleeping in Warren house

WARREN Police charged a 58-year-old Oak Knoll Avenue S.E. man with criminal trespass after they said he was found sleeping inside another vacant Oak Knoll home Friday.

Paul A. Rose, who police say lives at 1229 Oak Knoll, told officers he was homeless and had permission to stay at the vacant home at 1649 Oak Knoll.

A woman who inherited the vacant house drove by Friday morning and found the front door wide open. Rose was sleeping in a bed upstairs.

Rose said a resident at a home on Woodbine Avenue S.E. gave him permission, but officers said that story never checked out.

The home on Oak Knoll had been stripped of copper pipes and appliances, but officers said that theft couldn’t be attributed to Rose.

Congressional art contest deadline Friday

This is the final week for high- school students in the 13th U.S. Congressional District to participate in the 32nd Congressional Art Competition.

Submissions for Artistic Discovery may be dropped off at U.S. Rep. Timothy J. Ryan’s offices in Warren or Youngstown between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Deadline is 4 p.m. Friday.

The Warren office is located at 197 W. Market St. and in Youngstown at 241 W. Federal St.

The Akron Art Museum will host the district’s art competition awards at 11:30 a.m. May 18. The winner will be invited to a reception June 26 at the Capitol Visitor Center Auditorium and Atrium in Washington, D.C.

Entries will be part of an 11-month exhibit in the Cannon Tunnel that leads to the Capitol.

Councilman Sferra hospitalized for heart

WARREN – Career politician Daniel Sferra received the scare of his life Thursday morning when he felt a burning sensation in his chest.

The multiple-term mayor, state representative and now city councilman went to Trumbull Memorial Hospital to have the burning checked out.

Doctors immediately examined him and decided to place a stent to increase the blood flow due to his heart attack.

“I was resting comfortably at home by Saturday evening,” Sferra said on Monday. “I quit smoking and work out every day. This was not supposed to happen to me.”

Running unopposed in the May 7 primary election, Sferra expects to win the election even without being able to campaign during the next week.

Grant writing workshop this week

WARREN – The city’s Community Development Department this week will have two application workshops for the 2014 funding of the Community Development Block Grant funds.

All nonprofits that serve low- to moderate-income clients can apply. Eligible programs may include food, transportation, removal of blight and anything else that affects low- to moderate-income residents.

Workshops about the application process are 9 a.m. Wednesday and 2 p.m. Friday at the Community Services Building, 418 Main Ave. SW.

All finalized applications are due at the community development office on July 31.

For more information, contact Michael Keys at 330-841-2595, Ext 14.

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Warren man reports he is robbed at gunpoint

WARREN – A city man told police he was robbed Friday by two men at gunpoint near West Market Street and Parkman Road.

Richard Cummins, 28, 554 Nevada Ave. S.W., told police he was walking about 7 p.m. when two men approached him, brandished a handgun and demanded money.

One of the men reached into Cummins’ pocket and removed money, the report states. The report indicates Cummins suffered possible internal injuries, but it was not clear how seriously he was injured.

No other information was available.

Shots are fired at house in Warren

WARREN – A Willow Drive man reported that gunshots were fired into his residence just after midnight on Friday.

Johnny Taylor Jr., 29, 2255 Willow Drive, said shots from a rifle were fired into his house, according to police reports.

No injuries were reported. The police report contained few details about the matter. However, scanner traffic indicated that police received numerous calls in reference to shots being fired at the house.

Taylor said he did not know who fired the shots, according to the police report.

Youngstown firefighters battle suspected arsons

YOUNGSTOWN – City firefighters battled two arson fires late Thursday evening.

Crews were first called to 264 Potomac Ave. about 10:50 p.m. and found a small fire inside the living room, which was quickly put out. There was a strong smell of gasoline in the home, a report states.

Damage was listed at $1,500.

Crews were also called to 1162 Springdale Ave. about 11:05 p.m. and found a home there engulfed in flames. Firefighters concentrated on protecting neighboring buildings and the home was allowed to burn down. Damage was listed at $4,320.

Both homes were vacant, the report stated.

Fire damages Hubbard lumber yard business

HUBBARD – Officials are investigating a fire that damaged a business at a local lumber yard on Friday.

The fire started about 9:45 a.m. at the Countertop Shop, which is owned by at Babcock Lumber Company, on Mount Everett Road.

Firefighters said the building was engulfed when they arrived, and they were calling for assistance from other departments.

The fire was contained by 11 a.m., officials said.

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Student at Liberty admits to bomb threat

LIBERTY – A Liberty High School student admitted to making a written bomb threat that was discovered on a restroom wall on Tuesday, police said.

Liberty police Chief Richard Tisone said officers took the 18-year-old male student into custody after questioning him at his home Wednesday morning. He was taken to Trumbull Memorial Hospital in Warren for a mental evaluation, Tisone said.

The student had not been charged on Wednesday, but police said he could be facing a felony charge of inducing panic. He is on probation on a robbery charge in Warren.

The threat stated a bomb would detonate on Wednesday. Police searched the school but found nothing.

Telephone messages left at the high school and Liberty School Board of Education offices were not returned on Wednesday.

Police find pot plants in Bazetta house

BAZETTA – Police removed nine marijuana plants, with a street value of about $9,000, from a Durst Clagg Road home after being called to the location to handle a domestic violence situation Tuesday evening.

Officers arrested Jonathan Adams, 4711 Durst Clagg Road, for domestic violence against his stepfather, possession of drug paraphernalia and illegal manufacturing of drugs.

According to acting police Chief Mike Hovis, the officers discovered the indoor growing operation about 6 p.m. in Adams’ bedroom, complete with heaters, lamps and fertilizer.

Three officers aided with the incident, which took about 3 1/2 hours. Adams was taken to jail, and the stepfather was evaluated on the scene by paramedics but was not taken to the hospital.

Youngstown police find loaded gun in park

YOUNGSTOWN – Police arrested a man on weapons charges after they found a loaded .38-caliber revolver underneath a hooded sweatshirt in a South Side park Tuesday evening.

Jawuan Brown, 23, is being held in the Mahoning County Jail on charges of carrying a concealed weapon and having weapons under disability after he was arrested in front of an 844 Compton Lane home at 7:20 p.m. Tuesday.

Police were called to the 700 block of Wilbur Avenue for a report of a large fight and were told that one person was seen with a gun, reports state.

When police arrived, the crowd had dispersed to nearby Homestead Park, and several people were walking out of the park on Compton Lane.

Brown fit the description of the person who had the gun, reports state, and they found the sweatshirt they said he was wearing in the park. Reports noted there were several children around the sweatshirt where the gun was hidden.

Youngstown teen is shot in the hand

YOUNGSTOWN – Police say a male teenager was wounded in the hand and thumb following a shooting in front of 540 E. Boston Ave. on the South Side about 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Reports state Arthur Tarver, 14, was in a car with his mother when someone fired several shots and he was hit. He was driven to a relative’s home at 540 E. Florida Ave., where police were called.

Tarver’s mother told police her son had been fighting with another teen earlier, and she went to look for him and found him on East Boston Avenue. Gunfire broke out when he got in her car, reports state.

A window on her car was shattered, reports state. Police found the car at a South Avenue store, where Tarver’s mother had parked while looking for the person her son had been fighting with, reports state.

Reports did not state where Tarver was treated for his wound.

Rep. Joyce to meet with constituents

U.S. Rep. Dave Joyce, a Republican who represents the northern portion of Trumbull County, will have his first mobile office hours Saturday.

The ”Coffee with Dave” will be from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Woods Room at the Mentor Ice Arena / Community Center, 8600 Munson Road, Mentor. Joyce will be available to talk about issues affecting Ohio’s 14th U.S. Congressional District.

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Discarded portable meth lab found in Warren

WARREN – Firefighters here stood by early Tuesday and used a spotlight from a firetruck to light up pieces of a discarded portable methamphetamine operation found in the 400 block of Douglas Street N.W.

Members of a countywide drug unit and Trumbull County’s HAZMAT wore protective gear about 1 a.m. to gather up the equipment and ingredients that police say could have been thrown out of a vehicle into the yard.

Authorities said the procedure to manufacture the drug can be very explosive. Agents with the Trumbull-Ashtabula Group Law Enforcement Task Force said they were needed to collect the ingredients as potential evidence.

Agents said they have a ”person of interest” connected to what was confiscated.

Bomb devices bought at Phantom Fireworks

The older of two brothers suspected in the Boston Marathon bombings bought the pyrotechnic devices from a Phantom Fireworks store in New Hampshire, according to published reports.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Tamerlan Tsarnaev on Feb. 6 bought two “Lock and Load” mortar kits at the Youngstown-based company’s Seabrook, N.H., store.

The kits cost $200 each, according to William Weimer, a vice president of Phantom.

This is not the first time items from the local company have been used in attacks or would-be attacks.

In 2010, Faisal Shahzad tried to set off fireworks at New York’s Times Square. Those explosives were purchased at a Phantom store in Pennsylvania.

“We’ve been around this block before, in having an alleged criminal purchase from us,” Phantom President Bruce Zoldan told the Wall Street Journal. He said the company was “very happy” to cooperate with authorities.

Tsarnaev’s younger brother and fellow suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was charged Monday with using a weapon of mass destruction to kill in the bombings. He could face the death penalty if convicted.

Earth Day effort collects 44,000 pounds of items

WARREN – The Tribune Chronicle’s fourth annual Earth Day recycling collection held Monday and Tuesday collected 44,000 pounds of items.

Residents dropped off items at the newspaper’s parking lot, where a collection site was set up.

General Manager Len Blose said residents brought newspapers, phone books, hardback books, office paper and mail to be recycled or shredded.

Protect-N-Shred of Cortland took part on Monday, collecting 7,000 pounds of items in six hours to shred.

For each pound of recyclable paper dropped off, River Valley Paper Co. of Akron will make a donation to the Hope Chest Foundation, which serves local residents in need.

Warren: Man reports assault by 15 others

WARREN – A Fifth Street S.W. man said he was assaulted by about 15 men Monday afternoon.

Salon Smith, 22, 1330 Fifth St. S.W., told police he answered his door about 3:30 p.m., and a man he knows who was there began assaulting him.

Reports state Smith told police 15 other men came into his home and began assaulting him before running away.

An uncle drove him to Trumbull Memorial Hospital for treatment, reports state.

Report:?Alcohol taken from Warren bar

WARREN – Reports state about $2,000 worth of beer and liquor was taken from a North Park Avenue bar overnight Sunday.

Police were called to Kiefer’s, 1707 N. Park Ave., about 10:25 a.m. Monday, after an employee came to work and saw a glass block window was broken out by a rock.

The bar was locked about 11 p.m. the day before, reports state.

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Youngstown murder case delayed again

YOUNGSTOWN – Mahoning County Common Pleas Judge Maureen Sweeney Friday delayed the murder trial of 33-year-old Paul Brown.

Sweeney agreed with a defense motion for a continuance. Brown is on trial for the murder of 19-year-old Ashten Jackson, who was found shot to death in an East Side field May 25, 2009.

Brown was on trial in January 2012 when Sweeney declared a mistrial because police failed to share some documents with attorneys.

Great American Cleanup this weekend

The Geauga-Trumbull Solid Waste Management District will kick off its Great American Cleanup target litter event at 10 a.m. today at the Mosquito Lake State Park in Bazetta.

Volunteers can meet at the park office to get supplies. Staff will be available to direct participants to areas that need cleaned.

At 1 p.m. Sunday, more than 100 Girl Scouts are scheduled to clean up Howland Township Park. They will also participate in educational activities and recycling crafts.

Holly Carine of the solid waste district said the 24th annual Great American Cleanup in Trumbull County will take place throughout April and May.

To register a cleanup, visit or call 330-675-2673.

More time to vote in primary election

WARREN – The Trumbull County Board of Elections will have additional hours for early, in-person voting in the three days before the May 7 election.

The office, 2947 Youngstown Road S.E., will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 3; 8:30 a.m. to noon on May 4; and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on May 6.

Warren employee pleads not guilty to paper theft

WARREN – An employee in the city’s operations department pleaded not guilty Friday to a misdemeanor theft charge in connection with the theft of 15 copies of Wednesday’s Tribune Chronicle from a coin box.

Dennis J. Griffing, 52, of North Street N.W., remains free on a personal bond after an appearance before Warren Municipal Judge Terry Ivanchak. Griffing was scheduled for a pre-trial at 1:30 p.m. June 13 in front of Ivanchak.

A detective in the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office said he saw Griffing put money in a Tribune box in front of Save-A-Lot on North Park Avenue and then grab a stack of the newspapers that he said he distributed to people he worked with.

Griffing was arrested on the spot by the detective.

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Boil alert issued for Brookfield, Hubbard

Due to a waterline break on state Route 7 between Stewart Sharon Road and Pine Grove, a boil alert was issued late Wednesday and is in effect until further notice.

Officials with the Trumbull County Sanitary Engineer’s Office said an 8-inch waterline was broken by contractors installing the Kermont Heights Sanitary sewer.

The alert means to take precautions and boil the tap water used for drinking and ingestion. A rolling boil for 3 to 5 minutes is adequate, officials said.

OVI checkpoint set for Mahoning County

CANFIELD – The Mahoning County OVI Task Force is planning a checkpoint today to look for drunken drivers. The location of the checkpoint will be revealed sometime today.

In addition, officers will patrol the roads around the checkpoint to look for any impaired drivers who may try to elude it.

McDonald to pave Ohio Avenue in summer

McDONALD – The village’s main route, Ohio Avenue, will be paved later this summer and not cost the community a penny.

Mayor Glenn Holmes said the $548,200 resurfacing project of the street will span from Marshall Road north to the mill area by the bridge and the boulevard area by the municipal building.

The entire cost will be paid by federal transportation grants through Ohio Department of Transportation and state funding from Ohio Public Works Commission. Holmes said the engineering costs also will be covered.

The project will not begin until after the annual village firefighters’ festival held around July 4.

Officials said at this week’s meeting that the state will also handle bidding for the project, and that will take place in May.

Man stabbed on South Side

YOUNGSTOWN – Police say a man stabbed on the South Side early Wednesday morning is not being very cooperative.

Reports state officers were called to a home on Cohasset Avenue about 4:10 a.m. Wednesday and found Darren Moore, 47, bleeding heavily from stab wounds to his ankle and leg.

A woman who lives in the home who is a relative told police she heard a knock on the door and a car drive away. When she opened the door she found Moore, reports state.

All Moore would tell police is he was stabbed by a woman at the corner of Oak Hill and Chalmers avenues. He was treated at St. Elizabeth Health Center, reports state.

Car fire spreads to house in Warren

WARREN – An early morning fire destroyed one vehicle and damaged a house in Warren.

According to a fire official, a 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier caught fire about 6:30 a.m. Thursday at 129 Ohio Ave. The blaze destroyed the vehicle and the flames spread to the exterior of the house at 121 Ohio Ave., causing approximately $1,500 worth of damage to the building.

Fire officials do not know what caused the fire and estimated the damage to the vehicle to be about $800.

No one was injured.

Area railroads honored for solid safety records

WARREN – A number of local short line railroads are among those in Ohio that were recognized for outstanding 2012 safety records.

Honored with 2012 Jake Awards for their dedication to high safety standards are the Warren and Trumbull Railroad, Youngstown and Austintown Railroad Co., Youngstown Belt Railroad and Youngstown and Southeastern Railroad Co.

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Niles Relay for Life raises $50,000

NILES – The first Relay for Life this year in Trumbull County raised $50,000 over the weekend.

The relay, which was held two weeks earlier than usual, at the Ralph Infante Wellness Center, due to another event booked at the venue that weekend, had 14 teams walking the indoor track Friday and Saturday.

Event chairman JW Aleshire said the Relay celebrated the American Cancer Society’s 100th anniversary this year and of the 14 teams involved, four of the teams were new.

He said one new team, ”Team Cancer Sucks,” which included members from the Niles Grub Club, received several awards and recognition for their participation.

Aleshire said Ciminero’s Banquet Center provided the meals to the cancer survivors.

Johnston seeks grant for playground

JOHNSTON – The Johnston Kid’s Playground Committee and the township trustees have submitted a grant to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources / Natureworks seeking funding for a new ADA-handicap accessible playground structure.

Officials said the existing play structure is obsolete. The new structure would include play panels, riding toys and other activities.

The Natureworks grant requires a 25 percent local match.

Grants coordinator Mary Kay Sly said the committee will be hosting several fundraisers and seeking donations.

She said the township does not have a nearby ADA playground and parents have to drive their children to neighboring towns.

Nominations sought for A+ teacher awards

WARREN – Nominations are being accepted for the Tribune Chronicle’s 2013 A+ teacher awards.

The teacher should be a current K-12 educator who teaches in Trumbull County in a public, private or parochial school setting.

Nominations should include the name of the teacher and school and how the teacher has influenced, supported or inspired students. Nominations can be submitted by students, parents or colleagues. Parents can assist children with nominations.

Twenty teachers will be chosen and will be featured in a story on May 19.

Forms have been sent to area schools, but submissions also can be emailed to Tribune Chronicle Events Coordinator Sue Shafer at or dropped off or mailed to the Tribune Chronicle, 240 Franklin St., Warren 44483.

The deadline for entries to be received is April 26.

Tribune offers recycling collection for Earth Day

WARREN – The Tribune Chronicle will offer an Earth Day recycling collection from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 22 and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 23 in the newspaper’s parking lot at Vine Avenue and South Street, Warren.

Protect-N-Shred of Cortland will be onsite from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 22 for residential shredding of up to four boxes of documents per household.

Residents also can drop off newspapers, phone books, hardback books, office paper and mail to be recycled.

This is the fourth year for the recycling event. In 2012 the Tribune Chronicle recycled 904,072 pounds of newsprint.

For each pound of recyclable paper dropped off, River Valley Paper Co. of Akron will make a donation to the Hope Chest Foundation, which serves local residents in need.

For information, call Sue Shafer at 330-841-1696.

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Man picked up on homicide warrant

NILES – A routine traffic stop this week resulted in the capture of a man facing murder charges in Alabama.

Ladarius Cole, 20, of Birmingham, Ala., was taken into custody Tuesday by Niles police on a homicide warrant out of Tuskegee, Ala. He was being held at the Trumbull County Jail awaiting extradition.

According to reports, Cole is charged with killing a man during a 2009 drive-by shooting.

About 1:21 a.m., a vehicle was pulled over for speeding in front of Family Dollar at 353 Robbins Ave. Cole was a passenger in the Chevrolet Cavalier. He told the officer his name and Social Security number, which led to the officer later finding the warrant.

The driver in Tuesday’s incident, Carlos D. Huff, 18, of Warren, was issued a citation for operating a vehicle without a valid driver’s license.

Holocaust memorial service Sunday at JCC

YOUNGSTOWN – A Shoah Memorial Ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Jewish Community Center, 505 Gypsy Lane.

The free event will include a traveling Holocaust exhibit, a memorial ceremony, student-developed media presentations and a candlelighting processional commemorating victims of the Holocaust.

There also will be a movie about Bill Vegh, a Holocaust survivor who died in Youngstown in 2009.

The theme this year is ”Never Again: Heeding the Warning Signs.”

The events are open to the public and sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council and the Board of Rabbis of Greater Youngstown. For more information, call 330-746-3251.

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Brookfield to meet

about license fees

BROOKFIELD – Township trustees will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. Thursday and April 18 at the township administration building to discuss instituting a motor vehicle license fee within the unincorporated area of the township.

Meanwhile, a special meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday to pass two payment resolutions and to discuss a new police towing policy.

Woman gets 1 year

on drug charge

WARREN – A 49-year-old Andover woman was sentenced to a year in prison Monday after pleading guilty to a charge linking her to the potential manufacture of methamphetamine.

Juanita Klemencic of Russell Road had pleaded guilty Feb. 11 to the fourth-degree felony charge of attempted illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs after police found her at the Stonegate Apartments on July 5. Police said she had an ice pack, batteries and other ingredients used to make meth.

Klemencic is also under indictment in Ashtabula County for several charges linked to meth, including drug possession, trafficking, having weapons under disability and illegal assembly.

County sees grant

for Newton sewers

WARREN – The Trumbull County’s Sanitary Engineer’s Office is asking Ohio’s Appalachian Regional Commission for a $250,000 grant to help replace failing and broken septic systems with sewers in an area of Newton Township.

The money would help fund a $3.5 million project to connect about 200 residences in the area of Scott Street to the Newton Falls’ sewage treatment facility. As it stands now, the sanitary engineer’s office will move ahead with the entire project, but depending on funding, it could be split into two parts, said Gary Newbrough, project planner.

Phase one of the project is done. Completed in 2009, it cost $1.7 million and connected 70 homes to the system as well as other big ticket items, such as installing a pump station and boring under the Mahoning River, Newbrough said.

The project is among a dozen in Trumbull County that must be completed under a consent order with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. It must done by 2015.

Howland BOE to hold grievance hearing today

HOWLAND – Classified staff of Howland Local Schools will voice a grievance to the board today during a special meeting.

The grievance involves working conditions and outsourcing of work, said Superintendent John Sheets. Grievance hearings, which are not common, often deal with disagreements on the interpretation of the contract, he said.

The meeting is open to the public and will be held at 6:30 p.m. today at the administration offices, 8200 South St. S.E. After the grievances are stated, the board will issue a response or decision which the employees can then decide whether to accept or submit the complaint to an arbitrator.

The contract, which is set to expire June 14, began June 15, 2011.

Fifth Ward hopeful withdraws from race

WARREN – Kimberly Kruppa has withdrawn from the May 7 Democratic primary election for city council in Warren’s Fifth Ward.

Kruppa’s decision to take herself out of the running is due to family circumstances, according to a letter submitted to the Trumbull County Board of Elections.

Her name will not appear on the ballot because she withdrew before the ballots were printed, said elections board director Kelly Pallante.

Kruppa’s withdrawal leaves incumbent councilman Vince Flask unopposed in the primary election. Non-party affiliated candidates have until May 6 to file to run in the November general election.

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Naked woman seen

running with scissors

WARREN – A naked woman was reported running with scissors along Washington Street Monday morning in Warren.

Police dispatched at 9:30 a.m. found toilet paper and garbage thrown all over the driveway to a car wash off Washington Street, and found the woman, a police report states.

Residents told police that the woman began to throw things out of a broken window of her apartment before she decided to undress. The woman’s clothes were found on the sidewalk.

The woman was taken away by ambulance for a mental evaluation, according to Tribune Chronicle newspartner WYTV 33 News.

Former clerk of courts

Durkin dead at 84

YOUNGSTOWN – Former Youngstown Clerk of Courts Rosemary Durkin has died.

Durkin, 84, served from 1975 until she retired in 1999. She died over the weekend after a brief illness and was buried Monday morning in a private funeral service, according to Tribune Chronicle newspartner WYTV 33 News.

A public celebration of her life is expected to be held later this summer.

Among her accomplishments, Durkin was the first woman in Mahoning County to hold a major public office. In 2010, she was named to the Mahoning County Hall of Fame.

Youngstown officer

is hit by vehicle

YOUNGSTOWN – A Youngs-town police officer was treated at the hospital Monday after he was struck by a truck pulling a trailer on the West Side, according to Tribune Chronicle newspartner WYTV 33 News.

Police were called around 3 p.m. Monday for a disturbance in the parking lot of Grace Services on Meridian Road. A man got in his truck and left, then came back, according to a police report.

When the man left the second time, he was not paying attention and struck the officer in his leg, slicing it open, the report states. The officer was up and walking around and is expected to be OK, reports state.

The driver is expected to be cited, police said.

Blown-over grill starts fire in Austintown

AUSTINTOWN – A grill knocked over by the wind Sunday started a fire that caused $170,000 in damage about 7 p.m.

Township fire Chief Andy Frost said crews were called to 4830 Heritage Drive and found the back of the home engulfed in flames. He said it took about 12 minutes for firefighters to bring the blaze under control.

A charcoal grill on a table was knocked over by the high winds, which then caught the table on fire and some propane tanks nearby, Frost said.

No one was injured. Canfield firefighters also assisted, Frost said.

Funds available for weather damage

Small businesses in seven northeast Ohio counties, including Trumbull, will have access to federal resources to offset losses caused by frost and freezes last spring, officials announced Monday.

The relief will be available through the U.S. Small Business Administration in the form of federal economic injury disaster loans available to small businesses in Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Portage, Summit and Trumbull counties, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, said.

Application deadline for low-interest loans up to $2 million is May 6 for both farm and non-farm-related damages that occurred from March 1 to May 31, 2012.

Contact the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955, email or log on to

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Shooting outside house

leaves man injured

YOUNGSTOWN – A shooting Wednesday morning left one man injured on the city’s South Side.

Phillip W. Hardy, 21, of Judson Avenue, entered no plea Wednesday to one count of second-degree felonious assault. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing April 12 in Youngstown Municipal Court.

The shooting happened about 3 a.m. on Judson Avenue when a weapon was fired, hitting one of four people standing outside a nearby car, a police report states.

The 25-year-old passenger was admitted to St. Elizabeth Health Center with what is being described as a graze wound to the back.

Police reports state that Hardy’s girlfriend came to his house in the vehicle to pick up her own car. Hardy told police that when she went in the house, he went out and fired a handgun because he thought the group would fire on him with an assault weapon, reports state.

Greek Independence Day

parade Sunday

WARREN – The 13th annual Greek Independence Day parade will be held at noon Sunday starting at the St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 429 High St.

The parade will begin at the church, proceed west on High Street, and north on Mahoning Avenue to City Hall, 391 Mahoning Ave. The Greek flag will be raised at City Hall followed by a short ceremony.

Greece’s independence is the only foreign nation’s independence which is officially celebrated in the United States. March 22, 1829, marks the official day of the creation of the modern Greek state.

Participants are welcome to join the parade by calling Christina at 330-392-9655 or Georgette at 330-372-3358.

Struthers firm gets

bid on salt building

WARREN – Trumbull County commissioners on Wednesday gave a $585,235 contract to build a road salt storage facility at the county engineer’s office to a company in Struthers.

Rudzik Excavating was among three companies interested in the project, providing a bid that was about $86,000 less than originally thought to erect the building. Others bidding were Swede Construction of Elizabeth, Pa., $824,413, and Bulk Storage of Beecher, Ill., $841,902.

The 100-by-200 foot building on North River Road is being partially funded with a $500,000 no-interest loan from the state of Ohio.

Construction should begin sometime in mid-summer.

Trumbull County

worker gets suspension

WARREN – An employee in the Trumbull County Sanitary Engineer’s Office has been suspended five days without pay for insubordination.

Commissioners Wednesday suspended Lisa Walker, a technician, for not following orders. Walker, hired in 1995, earns $19.32 an hour.

Youngstown schools

to meet on treasurer

YOUNGSTOWN – The Youngstown Board of Education has set a special meeting for 5:30 p.m. Friday at the I.L. Ward Building, 200 W. Wood St., to discuss and possibly appoint the new school treasurer.

The board may also discuss additional topics in executive session.

State patrol to update

crash that killed six

SOUTHINGTON – The Ohio State Highway Patrol plans to provide an update on the investigation into the March 10 fatal crash that killed six teenagers in Trumbull County.

A news conference is set for 1 p.m. today, according to post Lt. Brian Holt. Along with patrol Capt. James J. Holt, the patrol will host Warren Mayor Doug Franklin, Warren police Chief Tim Bowers and Warren City Schools Superintendent Michael Notar.

The six teens drowned when an SUV struck a guardrail and flipped into a pond off Niles Warren River Road.

Killed were Alexis Cayson, 19; Andrique Bennett, 14; Kirklan M. Behner, 15; Ray, 15; Brandon A. Murray, 17; and Ramone M. White, 15. Injured in the accident were Brian K. Henry, 18, and Asher C. Lewis, 15.

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Fire crews battle

Tuesday brush fire

LIBERTY – Fire crews from Hubbard and Youngstown cities and Liberty Township were called to a Tuesday evening brush fire behind Cleveland Auto Wrecking, 2700 Youngstown Hubbard Road.

Youngstown fire dispatch said the fire started in Mahoning County in a wooded area and field behind the auto wrecking business and near the Corrections Corporation of America prison. She said the fire was in a small area away from the businesses and spread into Trumbull County.

Trumbull 911 reported the call came in about 7:45 p.m., and crews extinguished the fire quickly.

Walmart evacuates

twice after threats

LIBERTY -Police are investigating two bomb threats received at Walmart on Belmont Avenue days apart.

According to township police, the threats were called into the store Friday afternoon and again Monday evening. Each time the store was evacuated while police and store officials searched the premises for suspicious packages or other items.

Police Chief Richard Tisone said nothing was found either time, and the store resumed its business as usual.

Tisone said authorities believe the calls were made by the same individual.

“You have two bomb threats within days,” Tisone said. “It sounds like it likely was the same person.”

Tisone said typically it is up to store management whether to close the building.

Middle school to

host summer success fair

AUSTINTOWN – Austintown Middle School wants to help students retain math skills and reading ability over the summer break.

To that end, area families are invited to attend the Summer Success Fair from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Austintown Middle School cafetorium.

The event will feature a performance by the Frank Ohl band, with area libraries, bookstores, children’s centers and other community groups, as well as keynote speaker Chris Yambar, an author and 1979 Fitch graduate.

Participants will be able to enter to win a Nook Simple or Nook HD Color.

YSU to collaborate with

institute in S. Korea

YOUNGSTOWN – Youngstown State University will be partnering with an institute in South Korea to research electric vehicles.

The YSU-UNIST relationship for research collaboration and student / faculty engagement with the Ulsan National Institute for Science and Technology in Ulsan, South Korea, will focus on research involving electric vehicle technologies. UNIST, one of Asia’s leading technology schools, is often referred to as the MIT of South Korea.

“This agreement represents the expanding reputation of YSU as a center for great research and development capabilities,” YSU President Cynthia E. Anderson said. “Furthermore, it will enable our students to expand their horizons with more opportunities to study and work with firms in the growing Asian market.”

Another meeting

called on Sunshine

WARREN – Councilman Alford Novak, D-2nd Ward, has called a finance committee meeting for 3 p.m. Tuesday to discuss Sunshine of Trumbull County Inc., its finances and issues it is having paying property taxes owed to the county.

Earlier this week, Councilwoman Helen Rucker, D-at large, called a council Health and Welfare committee meeting for 4 p.m. Tuesday to discuss many of the same issues.

Novak said he would like the administration to consider having the state conduct performance audits of Sunshine, WRAP and other nonprofit agencies led by Anthony Iannucci.

He said there have been ongoing questions about these agencies.

It was revealed recently that Sunshine owes more than $188,000 in back property taxes and fees.