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Struthers man gets at least 33 years in slaying

YOUNGSTOWN – A man who pleaded guilty to murdering his girlfriend’s teenage son will spend at least the next 33 years in prison.

Zaryl Bush, 43, of Struthers, was sentenced Friday morning to life in prison with the possibility of parole in 33 years on charges of murder, four counts of child endangering and two counts of intimidation.

Earlier this month, Bush admitted to killing Teddy Foltz, 14, who died Jan. 26 of head trauma at St. Elizabeth Health Center, Youngs-town.

Foltz’s mother, Shain Widdersheim, 32, also has admitted her role in her son’s death. She pleaded guilty to four counts of child endangering and obstructing justice. Detectives said she refused to answer initial questions and seemed to be bereft of any feelings about her son’s death.

Widdersheim is expected to serve about 10 years.

Man dies after auto strikes horse and buggy

PARKMAN TOWNSHIP – One man is dead following a horse-and-buggy accident here Friday afternoon.

According to the Chardon Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Robert Miller, 18, of West Farmington, died after the buggy he was riding in was struck about 3 p.m. by Haley Jane Otto, 25, also of West Farmington.

Miller was traveling west on Farmington Road when his 2008 homemade buggy was struck from behind by a 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser driven by Otto, troopers said. Miller was thrown from the buggy.

He was flown by helicopter to Cleveland MetroHealth Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 8:51 p.m., the report states.

Otto was wearing her seat belt and was not injured.

Truck gets stuck under Interstate 80 overpass

HUBBARD TOWNSHIP – One lane of state Route 62 south was closed at Interstate 80 for about two hours on Friday as crews worked to remove a flatbed truck that got stuck underneath an overpass.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol said the truck was hauling an oversized load when it became stuck under the bridge just after 9 a.m. The truck was dislodged and removed from the roadway about 11:15 a.m., the patrol reported.

No injuries were reported. Troopers said the bridge sustained minor damage but deemed safe after inspection.

Troopers said Sebastien Dubois, 30, of Quebec, Canada, was driving a 2007 black Western Star commercial truck hauling an oversized load module pump.

Warren man killed in Pennsylvania crash

CLARION TOWNSHIP, Pa. – A Warren man was killed Thursday in a crash involving four commercial vehicles on Interstate 80 in Clarion Township, Pa.

Joseph Bieganowski, 54, died after his truck hit the back of another stopped in a construction backlog about 6:30 p.m. on I-80 east, about a mile west of the state Route 38 / Emlenton exit, according to Pennsylvania State Police

Bieganowski’s truck hit the rear of one driven by James Beaty, 64, of Nicktown, Pa. The impact pushed Beaty’s truck into a truck driven by Calvin Tartt, 61, of Canton, who then struck a fourth truck driven by Alonzo Pipkin, 37, of Columbus, Ga.

The crash shut down the eastbound lanes of the interstate for several hours, according to the patrol. It was not clear whether anyone else was injured.

Eight years for officer in school sex case

COLUMBUS – A former Ohio school resource officer has been sentenced to seven years in federal prison followed by a year on house arrest for coercing sexual behavior from minors.

Todd Smith was also ordered to register with local police as a sex offender for life.

The 50-year-old Smith pleaded guilty earlier this year to one count of using a cellphone to entice two underage minors to engage in sexual activity.

Staff, wire reports

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Ferrara to appear for arraignment

YOUNGSTOWN – The suspect in a 1974 triple homicide in Canfield is expected to appear in Mahoning County Court within the next week.

According to the Mahoning County Prosecutor’s Office, James P. Ferrara, 64, formerly of Youngstown, will be arraigned on three counts of aggravated murder, one count of aggravated burglary and a count of aggravated robbery.

Ferrara was indicted last week by a Mahoning County grand jury in connection with the Dec. 14, 1974, killings of Ben and Marilyn Marsh, and their 4-year-old daughter, Heather. Their 1-year-old son Chris survived.

Detectives with the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office re-opened the cold case in 2009 after entering the decades-old prints into the AFIS database and getting a match with Ferrara, who is serving a 20-year sentence in Marion Correctional Institution for an unrelated double murder in Franklin County.

If found guilty, Ferrara will not be eligible for the death penalty but would be subject to a potential life imprisonment on each aggravated murder count.

Alleged donation jar thieves surrender

WARREN Two Mineral Ridge residents accused of stealing $50 in change earmarked for charity turned themselves in to authorities on Monday.

Kimberly Chupa, 42, of County Line Road, and Duane Moore, 45, of Main Street, were booked in the Trumbull County Jail on misdemeanor petty theft charges. They are to be arraigned in Niles Municipal Court.

A store manager at Ser Market, 3843 state Route 46, told police that the two often shop at the store but she couldn’t remember their names. The manager gave police a copy of surveillance video that shows the woman grab change from the jar and leave the store. Shortly after, the man takes the jar and leaves as well. Another employee found the jar empty outside the store.

The donations were to go to a charity to fight leukemia, reports state.

OVI checkpoint nets two arrests

CANFIELD – The Mahoning County OVI Task Force has released results from the OVI checkpoint it held late last week in Jackson Township just east of Lipkey Road.

A total of 497 vehicles passed through the checkpoint, where 13 vehicles were directed into the diversion area for further investigation.

There were two arrests for OVI, one summons for driving under suspension, one citation for a seat belt violation, one citation for improper backing and one summons for open container.

Officers also seized an unknown spice and charges are pending laboratory testing.

The Mahoning County OVI Task Force is funded by a federal grant, which is administered through the Ohio Department of Public Safety. Officials said the task force will continue to conduct coordinated saturation patrol blitzes, corridor enforcement blitzes and sobriety checkpoints.

Father, adult daughter killed in house fire

SEAMAN – A southern Ohio coroner says a father and daughter have been killed in a house fire.

Adams County Coroner Larry Best says the 57-year-old father was blind and had health problems, and that his 21-year-old daughter was autistic.

It’s unclear what started the fire, reported Monday afternoon at a home in the village of Seaman, about 60 miles east of Cincinnati.

Best says the daughter was pronounced dead at the scene, while the father died in an emergency room.

The coroner says it appears they both died of smoke inhalation and seemed to be the only ones living in the home.

It’s unclear what caused the fire.

Their identities were not immediately released.

Staff, wire reports

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9-year-old boy killed while examining gun

CANTON – A 9-year-old northeastern Ohio boy was looking at a gun with his teenage cousin when the firearm went off and killed him in an apparent accident.

Stark County Sheriff George Maier says 9-year-old Matthew Schreckengaust of Canton was visiting family when he and his 14-year-old cousin began examining the gun Friday evening. They didn’t know it was loaded.

Maier says the gun went off in what appears to be an accidental discharge, and Matthew was killed.

The gun belonged to the older boy’s father, but Maier says it’s unclear yet whether the gun had been locked up.

McKinley Memorial nixes paid workouts

CANTON – The McKinley Memorial is unhappy with paid trainers taking runners there for a workout.

The privately managed William McKinley Presidential Library & Museum in Canton wants to stop personal trainers and fitness companies from using the memorial as a workout center.

Facility director Joyce Yut told The (Canton) Repository the practice is disrespectful.

Personal trainer Daniel Williams says he’s surprised and calls the memorial a workout favorite, especially the 108 steps to the memorial.

Officials say individual workouts are OK, but they don’t want the property used for business.

Crash in tunnel closes part of I-71

CINCINNATI – Southbound lanes of Interstate 71 in downtown Cincinnati are closed after crash inside a tunnel.

Officials say the crash happened after 7 p.m. Sunday in the Lytle Tunnel.

It’s not clear when traffic will be moving again. Vehicles were being forced to exit the interstate into downtown.

The number of vehicles involved was not immediately released but authorities said a motorcycle was involved.

Lyndhurst man wins sand competition

HAMPTON BEACH, N.H. – An Ohio man has successfully defended his title by winning a prominent sand sculpting competition in New Hampshire with his sculpture depicting a man’s face with multiple other faces in his hand.

Carl Jara of Lyndhurst was declared the winner of the 13th annual Hampton Beach Sand Sculpting Competition on Saturday night for his work entitled “Infinity.”

For the competition, the 13 participants were each given 10 tons of sand to work with.

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Boil alert lifted for Hubbard Township

HUBBARD TOWNSHIP – A boil advisory issued earlier this week for water customers on Tamareck Drive in Hubbard Township has been lifted.

The alert was spurred by a water main break.

Trumbull County sanitary engineers tested the water and found it meets all Environmental Protection Agency standards and is safe for consumption.

Champion BOE meeting rescheduled

CHAMPION – The Champion Board of Education’s public hearing on the retire-rehire requests by high school Principal Mary Walker and high school Assistant Principal Anthony Carsone, originally scheduled for Monday, has been changed to 7 p.m. July 15 at the high school media center.

Officials said the hearing was changed to comply with state timelines.

The regular board meeting will be at 7 p.m. Monday in the high school media center.

Concert raises funds for injured girl

The Shades of Blue will play a benefit show Saturday at Packard Music Hall. The group is known for its 1966 hit ”Oh How Happy.”

The current incarnation of the group features Donald Revels, Charles Davis, Carlos Valverde and Stuart Avig, who sang lead with The Valadiers, the first white vocal group to record for Motown’s Berry Gordy.

The show is sponsored by the Blue Knights Chapter 14, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Marissa Kay, an 8-year-old girl from Howland who suffered extensive injuries in an accident with a Bobcat excavator in May 2012.

The concert starts at 8 p.m. Saturday at the music hall, 1703 Mahoning Ave. N.W., Warren. Tickets are $20 and will be available at the door.

LaBrae BOE to meet on employee discipline

LEAVITTSBURG – The LaBrae Board of Education has scheduled a special meeting for 8 a.m. Saturday at the board offices to address employee discipline.

Earlier this month, the board passed a resolution approving the termination process for an administrative / supervisor limited contract employee following a hearing.

Superintendent Anthony Calderone had said a hearing will be held for a district employee who was investigated for claims of being paid for work not approved and provided to the board of education. He said an investigation has been conducted.

Warren to begin work on waterlines

WARREN – The city’s water department will continue to replace waterlines on Youngstown Road S.E., Willard Avenue S.E. and Jefferson Street S.W.

Franco Lucarelli of the water department said the improvements will consist of new 8-inch mains and new fire hydrants. A total of 12,300 linear feet of water main will be replaced.

Work already began on Youngstown Road. The entire project is expected to take 120 days, weather permitting.

Lucarelli said efforts will be made to minimize disruption to traffic and water service. Intermittent lane closures along the roadway will occur.

Ohio plans human trafficking campaign

COLUMBUS – The state of Ohio is spending nearly $50,000 to launch a campaign to raise awareness of the problem of human trafficking.

Gov. John Kasich said Wednesday that the state is working with a Hudson public relations firm to develop a “multi-pronged outreach and education campaign” that is expected to be introduced before the end of the year.

Kasich’s office says the goals will be to educate the public on how to recognize the signs of human trafficking, how to report it and to direct victims to appropriate services and treatment.

Staff, wire reports

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OVI checkpoint results in arrests

AUSTINTOWN – More than 580 vehicles passed through an OVI checkpoint this weekend and a dozen vehicles were stopped by a saturation patrol that resulted in two OVI arrests, five summons for various reasons and one arrest on a felony warrant.

The operation was conducted by the Mahoning Valley OVI Task Force from 11 p.m. Saturday until 2 a.m. Sunday on Mahoning Avenue at Howard Avenue by 13 officers from several organizations.

“Motorists need to understand that law enforcement is committed to enforcing the drinking and driving laws in Mahoning County. People planning on consuming alcohol must make arrangements to get home safely,” said Canfield Assistant Chief Scott Weamer.

The OVI task force is funded by a federal grant administered through the Ohio Department of Public Safety.

Falls Relay For Life raises $40,000

NEWTON FALLS – Newton Falls Relay For Life raised $40,000 this weekend for the American Cancer Society.

Terri Baldwin, co-chair of the relay that included 11 teams from Newton Falls, Leavittsburg and Lordstown, said this was the seventh year for the event at the Newton Falls football stadium.

Baldwin said various events were held Friday and Saturday including a talent competition. Local Madison Baryak won a recording session at Tune Town Studios.

This was the final Relay For Life in Trumbull County this year.

Mayflies survive for another season

PORT CLINTON, – A researcher in northern Ohio says that Lake Erie’s mayfly population shows no signs of trouble despite recent water quality woes.

Now is the time of year when residents along the Lake Erie shore usually see the annual invasion of mayflies.

The pesky but harmless bugs rise out of the lake and blanket street lamps, store windows and just about anything they can cling to in places that include Sandusky, Port Clinton and parts of the Toledo area.

Mayflies are a sign of a healthier Lake Erie.

Staff, wire reports

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Man claims four attacked him

WARREN – A 30-year-old local man said he was assaulted by four men he doesn’t know while he was walking near a store at the intersection of West Market Street and Parkman Road N.W. shortly after 4 a.m. Friday.

Shawn Draa of Tod Avenue N.W. reported the assault to officers while he was being treated for injuries at Trumbull Memorial Hospital.

Mosquito spraying set in Howland

HOWLAND – Howland Township will have Alexander Pest Control spraying for mosquitoes from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday and Tuesday.

In case of rain, the spraying will take place the following evening.

Residents are encouraged to close their windows, keep pets indoors and not leave any food outdoors during the spraying.

Separate armed robberies reported

WARREN – A Lener Avenue S.W. woman told police she was robbed early Friday by an armed bandit who approached her at an automated DVD machine outside Walgreens, 804 W. Market St.

Two hours before the 26-year-old woman was robbed shortly after midnight, a pizza delivery man from Pizza Hut on Mahoning Avenue N.W. said he was held up at gunpoint by two bandits on the 500 block of Lener Avenue S.W.

The 25-year-old man said the robbers took the two pizzas and the $15 he had at the time. The robbers fled on foot.

Teen Republicans meeting Monday

YOUNGSTOWN – The Mahoning County Teenage Republican group will meet 6 p.m. Monday and carpool to a rally of the Portage County TEA Party in Ravenna.

The meeting will be at the Mahoning County Republican Party office, 621 Boardman Canfield Road. Immediately after, the carpool will leave for the rally, which is being held over the controversy with the IRS targeting conservative groups.

Tribune Chronicle

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Martin’s murder trial scheduled for January

WARREN – Attorneys in the the murder case of David Martin completed arguments on motions Friday, leading up to a trial scheduled for Jan. 22 before Common Pleas Judge Andrew Logan.

Martin, 28, is accused of killing Jeremy Cole, 21, who was shot to death while tied up in a home on Warren’s southwest side.

Cole was shot in the head, and Melissa Putnam was shot in the hand. The bullet traveled through her hand into her neck, and she spent several days in the hospital.

U.S. Marshals arrested Martin on Oct. 16 in Tallmadge shortly after the murder.

Another pre-trial is scheduled for Sept. 13.

Warren man charged in stabbing case

WARREN – Police charged a Hall Avenue man accused of stabbing another man Thursday afternoon with felonious assault.

Chris Kardizes, 50, 429 Hall Ave. N.W., remained at the Trumbull County Jail on Friday in lieu of $5,000 bond. He is accused of stabbing Curtis Shavers, 39, 1333 Tod Ave. S.W., about 1:40 p.m. in the area of 447 Hall Ave. N.W., according to a Warren police report.

The report indicates Shavers suffered possible internal injury and was taken to St. Joseph Health Center. An update on his condition was not available on Friday.

Brown co-sponsoring cell phone theft bill

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown will announce a plan Monday in Youngstown to deter theft by preventing the illegal reselling of stolen cell phones.

Brown, a Democrat, said in a news release Friday the legislation he is co-sponsoring would make it a crime to tamper with cell phone identity cards.

He said despite carriers agreeing to work with the Federal Communications Commission to create a database of cell phone identification numbers that would allow carriers to completely deactivate the phones, criminals are tampering with the identity cards to avoid detection.

Brown will be joined by a captain in the Youngstown Police Department and a former student of Youngstown State University who had her cell phone stolen. The event is 11 a.m. at the Youngstown Police Department.

Warren couple is robbed at gunpoint

WARREN – A city couple reported being robbed at gunpoint at their Lilac Place home Thursday evening.

Brad Bertuzzi, 28, Lilac Place N.W., told police three men forced their way into the home about 7 p.m., held him and his girlfriend, Tisha Ramsey, 27, at gunpoint and took their cell phones and rent money, according to a Warren police report.

Bertuzzi told police the men took off and that he was injured in the incident. The police report indicated he suffered apparent minor injury.

Crews clean up after produce truck tips

CANFIELD – Work crews spent several hours cleaning up a portion of state Route 11 after a produce truck overturned Friday morning.

No injuries were reported. Police said the driver was exiting Route 11 onto U.S. Route 224 when the truck overturned about 7:30 a.m.

Flag retirement ceremonies set

Flag Day is coming up on June 14, and a pair of communities are holding retirement ceremonies.

The Vienna Neighborhood Watch and the Vienna VFW are holding a flag retirement ceremony at 7 p.m. Monday behind the Vienna Fire Station. Mary Swift of the watch group said the public can bring flags to the station any time before Monday and participate in the ceremony.

VFW Post 7200 in West Farmington will have a flag burning ceremony from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 14 at the VFW Post 7200, 6006 state Route 534.

For more information, call Bob Fedor at 330-898-5521.

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Two cars set on fire at Warren residence

WARREN – Two cars were intentionally set on fire early Tuesday morning while parked at 676 Hoyt St. S.W., fire Chief Ken Nussle said.

The vehicles, a 1999 Ford Windstar van and a 2007 Buick Rendevous, were set on fire, and a third vehicle at the home, a 1995 Ford Thunderbird, was damaged by the flames, Nussle said. Crews were called to the home shortly before 2 a.m.

Damage is estimated between $3,500 and $4,000. The fire is being investigated.

Lecture hall upgrades under way at KSU

WARREN – Renovation for Kent State University at Trumbull’s primary lecture hall is under way, the college announced Tuesday.

At a projected cost of $3.5 million, the renovation and expansion will extend the hall to accommodate 300 theater-style seats and will include new audio / visual and lecture equipment, a new stage with wheelchair access and HVAC climate control equipment. The area under the new seating will function as a sales floor or storage area for the campus bookstore.

The north and west walls of the hall will be removed and replaced, and a new entryway to the building will be constructed.

Due to the renovations, the campus bookstore, which is adjacent to the lecture hall, has temporarily relocated to room 132 in the Technology Building and will remain there until construction is complete.

The project is expected to take approximately one year.

NWNA to patrol neighborhoods

WARREN – Members of the Northwest Neighborhood Association will be patrolling their residential neighborhoods and business districts, serving as extra eyes and ears for police and public.

The group will meet at 7 p.m. today at the Grace United Methodist Church on Drexel Avenue.

Bob Weitzel, a member of the group, said the members especially watch the plaza area and business parking lots off Parkman Road.

He said the group simply keeps an eye on the neighborhood and if anything suspicious is seen, they contact Warren police.

Pennsylvania man reported missing

A search is on for a Mercer County, Pa., man who has been missing for about a week.

According to the Pennsylvania State Police, Douglas Kerr, 46, was last seen about 6 p.m. May 29 in Cool Springs Township. He told his father he was going on a bike ride.

Kerr is white male standing about 5-foot-8, weighing 160 pounds, with light brown hair and blue eyes. It is not known what he was wearing at the time. Kerr lives and works in the Mercer area.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the patrol at at 724-662-6162.

Ruling ensures steel duties will remain

U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat, and Rob Portman, a Republican, say Tuesday’s Commerce Department preliminary ruling in favor of defending steel companies from the dumping of Chinese steel pipe imports is ”great news” and a ”step in the right direction.”

The ruling ensures that antidumping and countervailing duties will continue to be placed on illegally subsidized and intentionally undersold Chinese steel imports, according to a joint new release.

It will affect companies such as Wheatland Tube Company in Warren, TMK IPSCO in Brookfield and Vallourec, formerly known as V&M Star in Youngstown.

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Multiple bullet holes found in Warren house

WARREN – A Federal Street woman told police several shots were fired at her home over the weekend.

According to a Warren police report, a resident in the 200 block of Federal N.E. reported gunfire in the area just before 11 p.m. Friday. The caller described the shooter as a man in a hooded sweatshirt who was on foot near North Park Avenue.

Police said they checked the area but were unable to find anyone or any damage to any of the homes there. However, just after midnight Saturday, another woman reported her house had been shot up. Police found at least five bullet holes in the west and south side of the residence, located in the 100 block of Federal Street N.E.

Also, a spent bullet was located on the living room floor, police reported.

Warren kitchen fire causes $10,000 damage

WARREN – Investigators are trying to determine the cause of an early Monday morning fire at 2117 Hamilton St. S.W.

Chief Ken Nussle said the fire started in the home’s kitchen, which sustained most of the estimated $10,000 in damage. The people living there were woken up by a smoke detector outside the kitchen, the chief said. Crews were called to the home about 12:30 a.m.

No one was injured.

Bristol Schools finish administration hiring

BRISTOL – The Bristol Local School district will see a new administration for the 2013-14 school year as the board named Alleen Santee as the district’s new elementary principal.

Board of Education President Barb Cibella said the board granted Santee a three-year contract effective Aug. 1 at $58,000 per year. Santee most recently served as curriculum and technology supervisor for Ashtabula Educational Service Center.

Santee replaces Christopher Dray, who was named the new district superintendent effective in July following the retirement of Marty Santillo.

Also, Tracey Ryser was named last month the new high school principal for grades seventh to 12th, replacing Gene Jones, who retired.

Cibella said this is the first time in many years the district’s administration will have three new people.

Boil alert issued for parts of Liberty

LIBERTY – The Trumbull County Sanitary Engineer’s Office has issued a boil alert for county water customers on Potters Circle in Liberty Township due to a service break.

Residents are advised to boil tap water used for drinking or other ingestion. A rolling boil of three to five minutes is adequate.

Youngstown BOE to meet superintendent

YOUNGSTOWN – The Youngstown Board of Education has scheduled a special public meeting for 5 p.m. today at the Ward Building regarding the retire / rehire of Superintendent Connie Hahhorn.

Any official action on Hathorn will take place June 25.

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Empty propane tanks spill in Route 7 crash

HUBBARD TOWNSHIP – The driver of a commercial tractor-trailer that overturned at about 1:25 p.m. Sunday on state Route 7, north of Chestnut Ridge Road, was not injured, police said.

Jeffrey L. Retar, 44, of Youngstown was driving south when the truck dropped off the right side of the roadway.

The tractor-trailer struck a utility pole and a driveway culvert. It then fell onto its side, spilling part of the load of new, empty propane tanks.

The vehicle is owned by Nick Strimbu Trucking in Brookfield.

The road remained closed for several hours while Ohio Edison and AT&T telephone crews worked to clear and restore utility service.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Police:?Man fires gun

at Warren home

WARREN – Warren city police were called out Sunday afternoon to what originally was reported as a shooting on Comstock Street N.W.

Police arrived at the scene around 3:15 p.m. at 415 Comstock N.W., and found that no one had been shot but a black man wearing an olive-colored shirt was reported to have fired six shots into the area with a gun, and then ran.

The man was later apprehended in the 300 block of Comstock. His name and charges were not available Sunday evening.

Ohio State president apologizes to Big Ten

COLUMBUS – The president of Ohio State University has apologized to the Big Ten conference for “hurtful remarks” he made last year about some university athletic programs.

In a statement Sunday, Gordon Gee says he apologized for his “misguided attempt at humor” before the university’s Athletic Council in December. He says the Big Ten universities are “some of this country’s most highly accomplished research institutions” and he’s honored to lead a Big Ten school.

An Associated Press report last week revealed Gee said Notre Dame wasn’t allowed to join the Big Ten because its leaders weren’t good partners.

He said its Roman Catholic priests were “holy hell” on days other than Sunday and joked “those damn Catholics” can’t be trusted.

He also questioned the academic integrity of schools in the Southeastern Conference.

Job fair set at medical school in Rootstown

ROOTSTOWN – A career fair for job seekers is scheduled for today at Northeast Ohio Medical University in Rootstown.

All employers at the fair will be hiring in 2013. The event is free and open to the public. U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, whose office is helping to host the event, will be on hand to give welcome remarks.

Several chambers of commerce, including Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber and regional economic development organizations, including TeamNEO, NorTech and Portage County Economic Development Board, and county One-Stop employment centers, are also involved.

African-American festival to close roads

WARREN – Several city streets will be closed starting at 6 p.m. Thursday to 9 a.m. June 10 for the annual African-American festival being held at Courthouse Square in downtown Warren.

Roads to be closed are West Market Street at North Park Avenue, West Market at Mahoning Avenue, Mahoning at West Market, Mahoning at High Street, Mahoning at Monroe Street, High at North Park and High at Harmon.

Staff, wire reports