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Warren police are investigating death

WARREN – Warren police were investigating the death of a 56-year-old man whose body was found at a home at 1003 Hemlock Ave. S.W.

Warren police Lt. Martin Gargas said police were called to the home Thursday afternoon after a neighbor reported a foul odor coming from the home. Police found the man’s body inside.

The name of the deceased was not being released pending the investigation. Police declined comment on if foul play is suspected.

Two men arrested following bank robbery

LAKE MILTON – Two men were jailed on Thursday after police said they robbed a Mahoning Avenue bank earlier in the day.

The men, who were wearing makeup, walked into the Farmers National Bank, 17817 Mahoning Ave., just before 10 a.m. and gave a teller a note demanding money, according to reports. They fled with the cash in a black BMW, reports state.

Police said they were not releasing the names of the men arrested until charges had been filed.

No injuries were reported.

Woman pleads in endangering case

WARREN – A Youngstown woman will undergo a presentence investigation before being sentenced later on a bill of information containing charges of endangering children and misdemeanor assault in connection with injuries to her 6-month-old son.

Megan Grubb, 23, of East Ravenwood Avenue, remains free on bond in the meantime. She pleaded guilty to the charges Thursday before Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Ronald Rice.

The endangering charge alleges that Grubb violated the duty of care on March 25, 2012, when the child suffered two broken legs. The assault charge stems from bruising found on the child Feb. 27, 2012.

Police break up fight among juveniles

WARREN – City police broke up a fight among a group of juveniles Thursday night at Mazda Avenue N.E. and Hollywood Street N.E.

Police were called to the disturbance just before 9 p.m. They said they detained a couple of the teenagers, but later released them to their parents.

No one was charged and no injuries were reported.

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Warren man to answer to kidnapping charges

WARREN – A 20-year-old local man is scheduled for a preliminary hearing later this morning on a charge of aggravated burglary and three counts of kidnapping after police said he held a gun to a woman’s head last month.

Kemari James of Tod Avenue remains in Trumbull County Jail without bond pending the appearance before Warren Municipal Judge Thomas Gysegem.

James was charged by Warren detectives May 13, the day after they said Takia Williams of Lancer Court was held against her will along with two of her children she has with James after James broke into her home.

Police:?Truck catches fire on Interstate 680

YOUNGSTOWN – City fire and police departments worked Wednesday afternoon to clear a truck fire on Interstate 680. Traffic was backed up as crews worked to clear the scene.

The accident happened just before 4 p.m. in the southbound lane of the interstate near the Glenwood Avenue exit, according to Tribune Chronicle news partner WYTV 33 News.

No injuries were reported.

Commissioners OK new contract with Chamber

WARREN – Trumbull County commissioners on Wednesday approved a new contract with the Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber to continue economic development services in Trumbull County.

The 12-month contract, totaling $18,000, will enable the Regional Chamber to continue its multi-faceted economic development efforts throughout Trumbull County, according to Tribune Chronicle newspartner WYTV 33 News.

The Chamber provides a broad range of economic development services, including assisting companies in identifying suitable properties, securing project incentives and obtaining strategic information.

Sarah Boyarko, the chamber’s vice president of Economic Development North America, said that during 2012, the Regional Chamber had significant involvement in 10 Trumbull County projects totaling nearly $221 million of investments, and the creation of 87 new jobs with an estimated annual payroll of more than $3.1 million as well as 4,508 retained jobs.

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Warren schools

to hold Mobile Farmers Market

WARREN – Free produce will be available for the community on Friday.

The Warren City Schools Food Service Department will hold a Mobile Farmers Market from 11 a.m. to noon Friday at Laird Community Garden, 565 Laird, and from noon to 1 p.m. at Agape Assembly, 426 Nevada St.

The free produce includes oranges, bananas, collard greens, sweet corn, cucumbers, cabbage and watermelons and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

The mobile market is being held in cooperation with the Ohio Association of Food Banks.

School board OKs retire, rehire

YOUNGSTOWN – Dr. Connie Hathorn will continue his career as superintendent of Youngstown City Schools after the Board of Education on Tuesday approved a retire / rehire deal that will keep Hathorn in charge until 2017.

The board voted 5-2, with board members Andrea Mahone and Brenda Kimble casting the dissenting votes on the four-year contract, which is effective July 2 at an annual salary of $119,250. This is a 10-percent cut from his previous contract, in which Hathorn made $132,000 a year, according to Tribune Chronicle news partner WYTV 33 News.

He will also start to collect his retirement from the state.

The contract runs through July 31, 2017. Hathorn said previously he wanted to retire now because changes to the state retirement system would result in him receiving less money from his pension if he waited.

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Women report attack

by carload of women

WARREN – Two women told police they were attacked by a carload of women Tuesday night shortly before 11 p.m. as they walked along Roberts Avenue N.W.

One victim, Jada Sisco, 22, of Roberts Avenue N.W., was still being treated at Trumbull Memorial Hospital Wednesday following the attack. She suffered a cut to her face from below the right ear along her jawline to her chin, according to reports.

Police said three of the four women who jumped out of an unidentified auto began punching and kicking her. She was taken to the hospital by ambulance.

Another woman, Ashley Leeann Sullivan, 20, also of Roberts Avenue N.W., refused any medical treatment and told police that one of the attackers chased after her and caused damage to her right eye. She called police from her home later.

Dominion gets OK

for natural gas lines

WARREN – Dominion East Ohio could begin installing natural gas gathering lines as soon as next week in Fowler, Hartford and Bristol.

The gas company on Wednesday was awarded permits to install the lines by Trumbull County commissioners. The county Engineer’s Office already signed off on giving Dominion permission to install the lines.

The lines in Fowler and Hartford begin at state Route 305 on the east side of the road and travel south to within 450 feet of King Graves Road. The line in Bristol begins at state Route 88 and runs south 3,750 feet on the west side of the road.

Seismic testing to begin

this week in Trumbull

WARREN – Seismic testing for minerals, gas and oil should be happening this week on parcels of property owned by Trumbull County, Commissioner Frank Fuda said.

County commissioners on Wednesday gave permission to Front Runner Seismic Inc. of Westfield, Pa., and Vector Seismic Processing of Houston to do seismic testing on about 106 acres of county-owned property in Lordstown and Newton and Weathersfield townships. The fee to do the testing is $5 an acre.

Water tank in Vienna

to be fixed, painted

WARREN – Trumbull County commissioners on Wednesday awarded a $335,000 contract to a Washington, Pa., company to rehabilitate and paint a water tank on Sodom Hutchings Road in Vienna.

The project being done by D&M Painting Corporation will be finished this summer, said Rex Fee, executive director of the county’s Sanitary Engineer’s Office. Fee said the inside and outside of the elevated tank will be painted.

Other companies submitting bids were L&T Painting Company of Michigan, $335,000; L.C. United Painting Company of Michigan, $381,000; Horizon Brothers Painting Corp. of Michigan, $438,500; and Classic Protective Coatings of Wisconsin, $574,647.

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Police search for man who shot at bank ATM

NILES – City police are looking for a man who used a gun to shoot open an ATM banking machine at First Place Bank in front of the Village Center.

He did not reach the cash vault.

Police said the man may be injured from shrapnel created when he shot the ATM around 1:20 a.m. Monday.

The shooter is described as a tall, thin, white man who was wearing a ski mask, a dark T-shirt and gloves similar to ones used for washing dishes. Police ask that anyone with more information call 330-652-9944.

SMARTS center to relocate to YSU campus

YOUNGSTOWN – Students Motivated by the Arts will soon relocate its center from downtown Youngstown to the Youngstown State University campus.

The SMARTS program will move its administrative offices to Tod Hall on campus on July 1. The free youth program offers early teaching opportunities to YSU students.

“We’re hopeful that by moving to an on-campus location, our increased access to faculty and campus resources will broaden and expand the reach of this important community engagement initiative,” said Bryan DePoy, dean of YSU’s College of Creative Arts and Communication.

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Hubbard schools send relief to tornado victims

HUBBARD – Hubbard schools sent a semi truck full of various relief items for the tornado victims in Moore, Okla.

The truck, which was filled with donations for several weeks in the parking lot at the former Roosevelt Elementary School, left Monday.

Staff and parents helped load the truck with donations.

The items include hygiene products, batteries, trash bags, school supplies, pet food and non-perishable food.

Cause of Jefferson Street fire unknown

WARREN – Fire investigators are looking into what may have caused an early-Monday morning fire at 1777 Jefferson St. S.W.

Fire Chief Ken Nussle said firefighters were called to the bungalow-style home around 4:30 a.m. for a fire on the home’s front porch. The fire extended inside the home into the living room, Nussle said. The loss is estimated to be about $10,000.

No one was injured.

Police:?Warren man shot in shoulder

WARREN – A 35-year-old Warren man was treated at a hospital after he suffered a gunshot wound to his left shoulder Sunday night inside his apartment.

Police said Charles E. Pack Jr., 1190 Roberts Ave. N.W., was found inside the apartment about 8:30 p.m. after Pack’s sister inside the home called 911.

The case was turned over to detectives, who said they took a statement from Pack and hoped to make an arrest soon. A detective said Pack’s injury was not life threatening.

Thief breaks in at Valley Counseling

WARREN – Police suspect a thief climbed a tree to get on the roof of Valley Counseling Services, 150 E. Market St., before kicking in a window to gain entry early Friday.

Besides Valley, where $30 in petty cash was stolen and $2,000 in damage to the window and office equipment was reported, the office of attorney Michael Buzulencia also was entered.

Buzulencia reported $1,000 in damage in his office, where a cabinet

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Man gets two years

for sex with minor

WARREN – A Warren man who failed to show up Wednesday for sentencing turned himself in on Thursday and was sentenced to two years in prison for having sex with a 15-year-old girl in 2011.

Besides the two counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, Keith Foley, 37, of Maryland Street, also pleaded guilty in May to importuning for texting the girl and inviting her to have sex with him at his home.

Foley was free on $10,000 bond.

Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge W. Wyatt McKay already has designated Foley a Tier II sex offender, requiring him to register his whereabouts twice a year for 25 years after being released.

Man facing charges

after attempted crash

WARREN – A Meadowbrook Avenue man accused of trying to crash a car Wednesday night with several people inside it, including three small children, is facing charges of endangering children and domestic violence.

Robert E. Patterson, 38, of 655 Meadowbrook Ave. S.E., was being held at the Trumbull County Jail Thursday in lieu of a $20,000 bond.

According to Warren police reports, Patterson, his live-in girlfriend, Kelly L. Gobowicz, 37, a 16-year-old boy and three children, ages 1, 2 and 3, were inside his car when he tried to crash the vehicle around 9:30 p.m. Police reports state that Patterson also threatened his girlfriend and her 16-year-old son.

No injuries were reported.

The police report indicated Patterson had consumed alcohol.

Former lawyer Ohlin’s

clients reimbursed

COLUMBUS – Two former clients of former Trumbull County attorney Joseph D. Ohlin were reimbursed $8,527.34 as a result of Ohlin’s failure to account for settlement proceeds.

The two clients were among 39 victims of attorney theft who were awarded $336,636.59. The reimbursements involve 18 former or suspended Ohio attorneys who were found to have misappropriated client funds. Two deceased attorneys and two permanently retired attorneys were also involved in the claims presented to the board.

Ohlin resigned from the practice of law in Ohio, with discipline pending, on March 14.

Created in 1985 by the Ohio Supreme Court to reimburse victims of attorney theft, embezzlement or misappropriation, the fund is supported entirely by attorney registration fees. Ohio has more than 44,000 attorneys engaged in the active practice of law. Less than one-tenth of 1 percent of those attorneys are involved in CSF claims, according to the state.

Trumbull to share

in fed land payout

Trumbull County and the four other counties in the 13th Congressional District will share $112,000 in payments in lieu of taxes from the federal government.

The money will help local governments provide for police and firefighters, infrastructure work and school construction, according to U.S. Rep. Timothy J. Ryan, who announced the payment sharing Thursday.

The PILT (payments in lieu of taxes) program compensates counties and local governments for non-taxable federal land in their jurisdiction.

Trumbull County will receive $38,852; Mahoning County, $3,961; Summit County, $40,299; Portage County, $23,890; and Stark County, $5,262. About 1,900 local governments in the U.S. are getting nearly $400 million under the plan in 2013.

Summer-long flushing

of hydrants to begin

WARREN – A hydrant flushing program will begin between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. Friday and run throughout the summer. The program will begin on the city’s north side and gradually move south, according to the Water Department.

Residents may notice low water pressure and brown water during this process. If water turns brown, residents are advised to run cold water until it clears. Do not wash clothes or cook with the water until it has cleared. For questions or concerns, call the Water Department at 330-841-2531.

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Cortland relay raises $65,500

CORTLAND – Eleven teams raised $65,500 for the American Cancer Society the weekend at the Cortland Relay For Life.

The relay was the fourth this spring in Trumbull County, with relays held in Niles, Warren and Liberty. The next local relay is 6 p.m. Friday at Newton Falls football stadium.

Kate Elliott, Cortland Relay’s co-chair, said although the goal was to raise $84,000, they were glad for the $65,500.

She said money will be accepted through Aug. 31. A golf outing is planned for July 20 at Walnut Run Golf Course, and a Hope Ride will be held Aug. 24 on the bike trail in Champion.

Warrant issued for rape suspect

LISBON – A bench warrant was issued Friday for an East Liverpool man accused of raping a younger family member and failing to appear for a hearing in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court.

Ricky Eldon Wright, 33, of East Liverpool, was indicted in April on charges of rape and sexual battery.

At his arraignment on May 16, bond was set at $100,000 cash or surety. Because of his reported financial situation, Wright requested and was granted a public defender.

Wright managed to make bail, though, and was released from the Columbiana County Jail with orders he was to have no contact with the victim or anyone younger than 18.

Judge Scott Washam ordered Wright to be held on the bench warrant without bond until further order.

Trustees to discuss police personnel

WARREN TOWNSHIP – Township trustees have scheduled a special meeting for 11 a.m. today at the LaBrae school board offices to discuss police personnel matters.