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Bond set at $1M in stomping death
WARREN – A man accused of stomping his ex-girlfriend’s father to death early Sunday morning is being held in the Trumbull County Jail in lieu of a $1 million bond.
Jerred Watson, 28, entered no plea Tuesday to a murder charge at his initial appearance in Warren Municipal Court.
He is accused of killing George Myers, 57, in the backyard of Myer’s 148 Dickey Ave. N.W. home. Police records list Watson’s address also as 148 Dickey Ave. N.W.
Trumbull County Coroner Dr. Humphrey Germaniuk said Tuesday that Myers died from multiple blunt force traumatic injuries. Police said it appeared he died from being beaten to death with a blunt object and may have been stomped to death.
Police said Watson is Myers’ daughter’s ex-boyfriend.
Board rules on provisional ballots
WARREN – The Trumbull County Board of Elections has rejected 11 provisional ballots and one absentee ballot from the May 7 election.
Three provisional ballots were rejected because the voters were not registered, and the other eight because the voters voted in the wrong polling locations, Deputy Director Jodi Fiorenzo Dibble said.
The absentee ballot was rejected because of lack of identification.
The board also agreed Friday to remake two provisional ballots because although the voters voted in the wrong precinct, the people were in the right building. Law allows in instances like this for the ballot to be remade by the board of elections.
The board will meet May 28 to certify the election. Provisional and absentee ballots could change results of at least one election. A 4.85-mill additional levy for Brookfield Local Schools was ahead by three votes after the primary election, with seven provisional and several absentee ballots to be decided and counted in that issue.
Boiling advised in Hubbard Township
HUBBARD TOWNSHIP – The Trumbull County Sanitary Engineer’s Office issued a boil advisory Tuesday for water customers on White Oak Drive in Hubbard Township due to a water main break.
Residents should bring water meant for drinking, cooking or other ingestion to a rolling boil for three to five minutes before cooling for use, according to the engineer’s office.
The alert will be in effect until further notice.
Student art on display in capitol
The artwork of area students will be on display in Washington, D.C., after they won a nationwide competition.
Students from Ursuline High School, Poland Seminary High School, and Warren G. Harding were awarded for entries in the 32nd annual Congressional Art Competition, An Artistic Discovery.
Taking first place was Arona Mostov of Ursuline, second-place winner was Allison Mitcham of Poland, and numerous honorable mentions were issued, including Harding student Jackie Callow and Ursuline students MarTaysia Holland, Cassandra Murphy, Qixuan Fu and Candace Hernandez.
The artwork will hang in the Cannon Tunnel that leads to the U.S. Capitol building during an 11-month exhibition.
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Lawmakers to address mental health issues
WARREN – State Sen. Capri Cafaro, D-Hubbard, and state Rep. Sean O’Brien, D-Brookfield, will speak at the Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board’s annual legislative breakfast on May 17.
The discussion is expected to include Medicaid expansion, opiate overdose deaths in Trumbull County, homelessness, housing and funding for mental health services.
MVSD directors to meet on negotiations
WARREN – The Mahoning Valley Sanitary District Board of Directors will hold a special meeting at 4 p.m. Monday in the assembly room at the district’s office.
The directors will hold an executive session to prepare for and to review negotiations or bargaining sessions with employees on compensation.
Jewelry heist part of 3-state theft ring
SALEM – An early morning burglary at Downtown Gems & Jewels last October was apparently part of a multi-state theft ring involving two Canton men recently named in an eight-count federal indictment.
Detective Dave Talbert of the Salem Police Department said he received notification Thursday about the indictment against Nicholas Moore, 23, and Arsenio Smith, 25, who are charged with conspiracy, transportation of stolen goods, and sale or receipt of stolen goods across state lines.
According to a press release issued by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of Ohio, the two men allegedly stole coins, jewelry and silver bars from businesses in multiple jurisdictions, including Salem, and then sold the stolen goods in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Illinois.
In the case of Downtown Gems & Jewels on East State Street, Talbert said $27,000 worth of coins and jewelry were stolen.