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Harding students compete at History bee

WARREN – Five Warren Harding High School students competed at the National History Bee / Bowl in Washington, D.C.

Adviser Kim Hunter said the event is like an academic history quiz bowl challenge similar to a spelling bee with questions asked of the team relating to history. She said the team placed fourth in their bracket in the varsity division at the event.

The team qualified for the national event by placing third at the northeastern Ohio region state competition.

Workshop set on future of Northeast Ohio

WARREN Vibrant NEO will be holding a workshop Tuesday at John F. Kennedy High School, Central Parkway S.E., on how to make Northeast Ohio a more resilient region.

Open to the public, participants will use scenario planning to aid in assessing the future of the region.

Registration is at 5:30 p.m. with a workshop at 6:30 p.m.

Vibrant NEO was developed by the Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium.

Contract approval ends strike in Strongsville

STRONGSVILLE – Teachers and a suburban Cleveland school board have approved a contract, ending an eight-week strike by teachers.

The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reports that the Strongsville City Schools board on Sunday unanimously approved the contract that teachers ratified on Saturday.

The strike was primarily over salary and working conditions in the district of about 6,200 students. The president of the union said its 383 members overwhelmingly ratified the contract.

Contract provisions include restoring raises frozen in the 2011-12 school year and teachers agreeing to pay more of their health insurance.

Man killed in fall at Hocking Hills

LOGAN – A state spokesman says a man was killed and a woman seriously injured in separate falls at southern Ohio’s Hocking Hills State Park.

An Ohio Department of Natural Resources spokesman said Sunday that a 19-year-old Columbus man fell about 60 feet from a cliff Saturday. Spokesman Matt Eiselstein says the man left the marked trail to climb a rock face while hiking with friends. He couldn’t confirm the man’s name.

Eiselstein say a 23-year-old Chillicothe-area woman was injured Saturday at another site in the park when she and her boyfriend left the trail. Eiselstein says the woman fell about 100 feet after slipping on the edge of a cliff and was taken to a Columbus hospital.

He did not know her name and couldn’t comment on her condition Sunday.

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Warren girl, 11, accused of assaulting sister

WARREN – An 11-year-old Nevada Avenue girl is accused of assaulting her 6-year-old sister Wednesday afternoon, according to police.

Police said they were called to Highland Avenue about 5:20 p.m. in reference to an assault between two sisters. Police said they determined the 11-year-old was the aggressor. They took her into custody on a domestic violence allegation, but she was later released to the Juvenile Justice Center, according to a police report.

The 6-year-old suffered apparent minor injuries, police reported.

Accident sends

two to hospitals

AUSTINTOWN – A child was transported to Akron Children’s Hospital and an adult to another local hospital following a car-SUV crash Thursday morning near Kirk Road and Penny Lane.

One of the vehicles rolled over, and a woman was trapped inside the SUV. More information was not available Thursday night.

Canfield family sues over rape charges

CANFIELD – A Canfield couple is suing a city police department and a prosecutor for what they claim was the malicious prosecution of their 11-year-old daughter on rape charges.

The $5 million lawsuit against the city of Canfield, some of its police officers and a Mahoning County prosecutor was filed this week in federal court.

The action claims the couple’s daughter was falsely imprisoned and maliciously prosecuted after three other girls claimed she raped them in 2012. She later was acquitted of all the charges.

One of the accusers recanted and gave officers information ”that showed the three accusers conspired to fabricate their allegation,” the lawsuit said.

The Mahoning County Prosecutor’s Office declined to comment.

Poland man dies in Carroll County crash

A Poland man died Tuesday in a one-vehicle accident in Lee Township.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, James C. Masterson was driving a 2012 Freightliner south on state Route 9 in Carroll County when he failed to negotiate a curve.

Masterson, 54, lost control of the semi and it overturned. He was wearing a seat belt at time of the crash, the patrol reports.

He was pronounced dead at a hospital, according to the patrol.

The accident remains under investigation.

Champion OKs

$9,000 for SCOPE

CHAMPION – Trustees at a special meeting on Thursday approved contributing $9,000 toward the township’s SCOPE center.

About $54,000 is needed to run the center on state Route 45 near Kent State University at Trumbull. The remainder will be covered by senior levy funding.

SCOPE is requesting a total of about $30,000 from three communities that house their facilities.

The request is a result of actions taken by the Senior Services Advisory Board to help make up for some of the funding that SCOPE has been losing the past few years.

Hubbard family

loses pet dog to fire

HUBBARD – A family lost its pet dog in a Thursday morning fire at a home on Washington Avenue, a 911 supervisor confirmed.

Firefighters were called to the home at 5954 Washington Ave. S.E. about 9:40 a.m. The house, which was heavily damaged, was engulfed in flames when fire crews arrived, officials said. No one was home at the time. Firefighters rescued the family’s cat from the basement, according to reports.

Fire crews from Hubbard, Coitsville, Liberty, Brookfield and the U.S. Air Force were at the scene.

The American Red Cross of the Mahoning Valley was called in to assist the family of two adults and two children.

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Baby squirrels found with tails tied together

LIBERTY – A township man said he discovered five baby squirrels tied together by their tails in his front yard Sunday morning, Tribune Chronicle news partner WYTV Channel 33 reported.

According to reports, Tom Scharrer of Shannon Road noticed the squirrels underneath his car around 8:30 a.m.

He reported that he and a friend had to jack the car up to reach the squirrels and that’s when they noticed someone had tied the baby squirrels together by their tails using pieces of cloth and a plastic grocery bag.

Liberty Police responded and were able to untangle the squirrels, according to reports.

A few of the squirrels reportedly suffered minor bleeding on their tails.

Vigil to commemorate victims of crime

WARREN The annual Victim Rights Week vigil will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church, 309 N. Park Ave., Warren.

The local chapter of Parents of Murdered Children will commemorate all victims of crime. The names of victims who have died in the past year due to violence will be read and candles lit for each victim and survivor attending.

The keynote speaker is Dan Fynes, supervising U.S. probation officer from Cleveland.

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. today and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday in the newspaper’s parking lot at Vine Avenue and South Street in Warren.

Protect-N-Shred of Cortland will be on site from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today 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.

Report: Ohio tax breaks worth $7.7B a year

COLUMBUS – The state government budget debate in Ohio has focused fresh attention on tax breaks and loopholes granted to residents and businesses over the years.

The Columbus Dispatch says some 130 tax deductions, credits and exemptions will be worth $7.7 billion next year. Projections put it at about $8 billion for 2015.

Each year, Ohio’s single biggest tax break, around since 1935, is on the sale of manufacturing equipment. It will be worth about $1.8 billion next year.

OH airport gets $20M grant for runway safety

CLEVELAND – A Federal Aviation Administration grant of more than $20 million will finance runway safety improvements at a Cleveland airport.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown says the FAA grant to Burke Lakefront Airport was announced last week by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The Plain Dealer reports that Burke will use the grant to move the end of one runway 600 feet to the east. It also will construct a 400-foot bed of collapsible concrete at the end of another runway to slow or stop planes that can’t stop on their own.

Trustees cancel meeting with agency

CHAMPION – Township trustees have canceled their meeting with Integrys Energy scheduled for today. Trustees will meet at 7:30 p.m. at the township hall with Diane Drawl from Trumbull County Senior Service for additional information regarding SCOPE funding.

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Student threatens

to kill classmate

WARREN – Police and school officials are looking into allegations that an elementary student, who was found to have a knife, threatened the life of another student.

Earlier this week, a Lincoln K-8 teacher notified the principal that a student was in possession of a knife and threatened to kill an 8-year-old female classmate, according to a police report. The student asked another student to help him kill her, the report states. The report was unclear as to whether the incident occurred on Tuesday or Wednesday.

The principal confiscated the Swiss army knife, which was turned over to police. The juvenile prosecutor will be contacted about filing charges, police said.

Warren Superintendent Michael Notar said on Thursday that the district will follow school board policy, which calls for students involved in incidents involving weapons to be suspended with a recommendation for expulsion.

Police probing vandalism at deck

WARREN – City police are looking into several reports of vandalism at the Franklin Street parking deck over the past few weeks.

Warren police Chief Timothy Bowers said investigators are reviewing surveillance videos to try to identify individuals involved.

According to reports, on Wednesday a parking lot attendant told police that he discovered several windows and light bulbs had been broken when he arrived at work around 7:30 a.m.

On Tuesday, several city residents told police that the tires on their vehicles were slashed while they were at the parking deck.

Earlier this month, Warren Councilman Greg Bartholomew also reported his vehicle was vandalized while at the parking deck. He said his car was damaged about 7 p.m. on a weekday.

Security is typically on site at the parking deck weekdays, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Farmington man gets two years in sex case

WARREN – A West Farmington man will spend two years in prison after pleading guilty to inappropriate contact with a minor.

Ervin Kempf, 28, had pleaded guilty to two counts of gross sexual imposition. Prosecutors claim the contact took place in July 2011.

Dubbed a Tier III sex offender, Kempf will have to register his whereabouts with the sheriff’s office every 90 days for the rest of his life.

Warren crews battle apartment fire

WARREN – A family of four escaped unharmed Thursday evening from an apartment on Martin Avenue.

Warren firefighter Mark Thigpen said the department received a call at 7:25 p.m. of an apartment fire at 599 Martin Ave. He said the fire was contained to the one apartment, which had extensive damage. The American Red Cross was contacted to help one adult and three children who lived there, he said.

The cause of the blaze is being investigated.

Disturbance involved several teen girls

WARREN – At least four girls received minor injuries during a scuffle Wednesday afternoon on Shalom Avenue, police said. At least six females between the ages of 15 to 18 were involved, with four suffering “apparent minor injuries.”

Police were dispatched about 3:15 p.m. to a residence in the 2200 block of Shalom Avenue N.W., which is listed as the residence for one of the girls. A large group of people were standing outside the apartments, police said.

Police “spoke with both sides of the disturbance and were unable to determine a primary aggressor,” the police report states. Police said they advised everyone involved of their legal options.

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Girard man gets prison in burglary

WARREN – A 28-year-old Girard man was sentenced to five years in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to burglarizing a Newton Township home on Sept. 22.

James Tingler of Oakview Drive has remained in Trumbull County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bond. He faces similar burglary or receiving stolen property charges in other courts in Trumbull and Mahoning counties. He also has served time in prison for a receiving stolen property conviction.

At the West River Road home in Newton Township, neighbors spotted Tingler and another man, who was never arrested. The men told neighbors they were looking for a lost dog.

A license plate number was given to police, and Tingler had pawned jewelry that was stolen in Austintown.

Attic fire damages Hubbard home

HUBBARD – An afternoon fire at a home on 20 Princeton Ave. appears to have started in the attic, firefighters said.

Fire crews were called around 2 p.m. Wednesday to the home, where the people who were inside at the time were able to make it outside safely, according to Tribune Chronicle newspartner WYTV 33 News. A cause and a damage estimate have not yet been determined.

Council holds up on sale of golf course

WARREN – An effort to hang a for sale sign at the Old Avalon Golf Course ran into objections Wednesday night from several City Council members who believe the nearly 150 acres of land in Howland Township can still be beneficial to the city.

Councilman Dan Sferra, D-at large, who sponsored the sale legislation, said the closed course is losing value each day no decision is made.

“If there is a sale, I would like the money to be used specifically for development and demolition projects,” Sferra told his fellow council members.

Councilman Eddie Colbert, D-7th Ward, said he is hesitant because he does not have a “clue to how much the golf course could sell for.”

“We do not know the value of the mineral rights under the course,” Colbert said. “I do not know whether it should sell for $500,000 or $2 million.”

Councilman Jim Valesky, D-at Large said, ”I believe if we can get good management, this course can be money-making.”

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Report: Warren teen assaulted at school

WARREN – A 15-year-old male was injured when he was assaulted by another teenager at Warren G. Harding High School on Thursday, according to city police reports.

The boy suffered loss of teeth and consciousness, the report stated. Information about the extent of his injuries or his condition was not available.

Warren police reported they took the other male, who is 16, into custody and transported him to Trumbull County Juvenile Justice Center. According to the police report, a weapon may have been involved. No other information was provided, and attempts to reach Warren City Schools Superintendent Michael Notar by telephone on Friday were unsuccessful.

Police: Man tried to lure girls into vehicle

WEATHERSFIELD – A man is being sought in Weathersfield on claims he tried to lure female juveniles into his vehicle on Friday.

The incident occurred about 1:30 p.m. on Heaton Boulevard, where reports state the man pulled alongside four young females in his truck and asked for help in finding his lost dog.

The man is described as a white male in his 50s with a goatee and dark hair. The truck was either a copper-colored pickup or SUV with a black stripe along the sides and tinted windows. It was last seen heading from Weathersfield into Niles on state Route 169.

Anyone with information is asked to call Weathersfield police at 330-652-6486.

Family gets $3.3M over pothole crash

CLEVELAND – A judge has ordered the state to give an Ohio woman’s family $3.3 million for failing to fix the potholes that caused a fatal 2008 traffic crash.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports a Court of Claims judge issued the award Thursday to the husband and adult children of Pauline Miller. The 49-year-old nurse was killed when a truck crashed head-on into her vehicle after hitting potholes on state Route 165.

Judge Patrick McGrath’s decision says the state Department of Transportation was negligent in failing to maintain the roadway in reasonably safe condition.

State audits fund used by district

MEDINA – The state auditor will review a fund used to pay more than $265,000 for a northeast Ohio school superintendent’s college education expenses.

The Medina Gazette reports the Medina school board sought the review from Auditor Dave Yost after questions arose about the district’s fund at the Medina County Schools’ Educational Service Center.

The newspaper says superintendent Randy Stepp approved payments from the account that the district board and treasurer didn’t have to approve.

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Warren police called on claims of gunshot

WARREN – Warren police were called out Thursday afternoon on reports of gunshots being heard off Idylwild Road N.E. Residents in the 180 block of Idylwild told police they had heard what sounded like gunshots.

Police were at the scene shortly after 5 p.m. and checked the area for shell casings and spoke to residents. Police Sgt. Martin Gargas said no one was injured and no shell casings were found.

Local church leaders remember MLK’s death

YOUNGSTOWN – A memorial was held Thursday at the Mahoning County Courthouse Rotunda to remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who was assassinated 45 years ago on the balcony of a hotel in Tennessee.

The Baptist Pastor’s Council hosted the service, which focused not only on mourning King’s passing but also celebrating his legacy. Program chairman was the Rev. Lewis Macklin said the day was a way to have King’s dream from more than 45 years ago expounded upon today.

Members of Youngstown’s Sojourn to the Past spent Thursday at the site where King was killed, according to Tribune Chronicle newspartner WYTV 33 News.

ODOT receives national recognition for excellence

COLUMBUS – The Ohio Department of Transportation received the American Public Works Association Excellence in Snow and Ice Control Award for 2013.

ODOT is the only state department of transportation in the country to receive the award, according to a news release from the agency.

“Our people do great things every day and it’s nice to be recognized for the superior level of service we are providing to our customers – the motoring public,” ODOT Director Jerry Wray stated in the release.

The APWA states that ODOT was awarded because of the agency’s high standard of service for snow and ice removal on 43,000 miles of highways, using 1,600 snow plows, 3,000 employees, and more than 650,000 tons of salt stored at 200 locations around the state.

This winter, ODOT used 738,948 tons of salt statewide at a cost of almost $81 million.

YSU to host annual Social Work Day

YOUNGSTOWN – Several presentations with the theme “Weaving Threads of Resilience and Advocacy” will be given today on the campus of Youngstown State University.

The annual Social Work Day will be held from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Chestnut Room of Kilkawley Center, where nearly 250 educators, students, alumni, community professional social workers and faculty will be in attendance.

Featured presentations include “Social Media and Professional Ethics” by Adrienne Gavula, relationship manager of the Ohio chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, at 8:25 a.m. and “The Challenges Facing Social Workers Today” by Victoria Mason, president of the Ohio chapter of NASW.

Man pinned by load of asphalt sealant dies

BATAVIA – Police say a man unloading pavement sealant from a truck became pinned by a skid of the product and died a short time later at a southwest Ohio hospital.

He was injured Wednesday at Towne Construction Services in Batavia while unloading about a ton of an asphalt product used to seal and fill cracks in pavement. Police say a skid of the sealant that had been unloaded tipped forward, temporarily pinning the man between the skid and the truck.

Batavia police on Thursday identified the man as 54-year-old Carl Root but didn’t release his hometown. They say Root wasn’t a Towne Construction Services employee. The company did not immediately return a call seeking comment Thursday.

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Police seek help in finding Niles woman

NILES – Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a 44-year-old woman they said is believed to be suicidal.

Police said a co-worker of Kimberly Dianne Carter, 1227 North Road, asked them earlier Monday to check on her welfare.

They said the co-worker had received text messages from Carter in which she threatened to harm herself. Responding officers found a suicide note inside Carter’s apartment, but she and her vehicle were gone.

Carter is black, with black hair and brown eyes. She is 5 feet 8 and weighs 172 pounds. She drives a gray 2005 Chevrolet Equinox.

Police said Carter is a General Motors Lordstown transfer worker from out of state and has not been to work since Thursday. Police are asking anyone who has had contact with Carter or her vehicle is to contact them at 330-652-9944.

Man pleads guilty to vehicular assault

WARREN – A 34-year-old former Struthers man will undergo a pre-sentence investigation ordered Monday after he pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular assault in connection with a July 18 ”road rage” incident that injured his girlfriend.

Trevor L. Noble Sr., who has a more recent address in Transfer, Pa., is free on $5,000 bond after admitting to the fourth-degree felony that developed from a crash on state Route 82, between Howland Wilson Road and state Route 11.

Noble was reportedly headed westbound on Route 82 and slid across the median strip, striking an eastbound pickup truck driven by 62-year-old John Cross of Howland.

Assistant prosecutor Michael Burnett said troopers discovered that Noble was driving about 70 mph and had repeatedly been passed and continued passing another car when he locked up his brakes, skidding across the highway.

Angela Vitale, 32, of the Struthers address and who was in Noble’s car at the time, was seriously injured, Burnett said.

Man charged in theft of statue

GIRARD – A Hubbard man was charged Monday in connection with the taking of a brass veterans memorial statue from the Mahoning Valley Memorial Park in Youngstown.

Richard Couturiaux, 30, entered no plea to charges of receiving stolen property at his first appearance in Girard Municipal Court. He plead not guilty to misdemeanor theft charges.

The 4-foot statue of a soldier was stolen from the park last week. According to reports, Couturiaux’s name was on a receipt at a Girard junkyard. According to the receipt, he received $25. The statue was valued at $36,000.

Couturiaux’s preliminary hearing is set for Wednesday and his bond was set at $75,000.

Two hospitalized in Mesopotamia crash

MESOPOTAMIA – A two-vehicle collision Monday afternoon left two people injured on state Route 87.

According to reports, Sarah Hoskinson, 23, of Windham, tried to make a left turn onto state Route 534 at about 5:30 p.m. when her Ford E350 van was hit in the side by Ronald Gingrich, 57, of North Bloomfield.

Gingrich, who was driving a Chrysler Voyager, was flown to University Hospital in Cleveland. Hoskinson was taken by Bristol EMS to Trumbull Memorial Hospital in Warren.

She was cited with failure to yield to oncoming traffic.

Reports said Gingrich was later taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown for a chest injury, but his injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.

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