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Bush to deliver oil-gas address in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH – President George W. Bush will address oil and natural gas executives during the fifth annual DUG East conference at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center this fall.

The event generally draws hundreds of oil and gas officials from all over the world, including representatives of companies such as Chesapeake Energy, Consol Energy, XTO Energy, Chevron, EQT Corp., Royal Dutch Shell and many others.

The 2012 DUG East attracted more than 3,200 attendees and 315 exhibitors to a 45,800-square-foot show floor. The event has also drawn anti-fracking protesters to the downtown Pittsburgh streets.

Niles man injured in Route 422 crash

NELSON – The Ohio State Patrol is investigating a one-vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon which resulted in the driver being flown to the hospital for treatment.

Troopers responded to the crash about 2:25 p.m. on U.S. Route 422 in Nelson Township near the Trumbull-Portage County line.

William Turner, 28, of Niles, was driving a 2012 Suzuki SX4 sedan east when it went off the side of the roadway, struck a ditch and flipped several times, according to the patrol.

Turner was flown by helicopter to Cleveland Metro Hospital due to undisclosed injuries sustained in the accident, trooper said.

The preliminary investigation indicates speed and alcohol were not factors in the crash. Witnesses stated the vehicle gradually changed lanes and drifted off the right side of the roadway, according to the patrol report.

Southington Township emergency medical service and firefighters responded to the crash.

Campbell board, teachers OK contract

CAMPBELL – The Campbell Board of Education Tuesday approved a two-year contract with the district’s 93 teachers represented. The Campbell Education Association also voted for the new pact.

Superintendent Thomas Robey told Tribune Chronicle newspartner WYTV 33 News that the contract includes previously negotiated step increases in the first and second years, plus an additional 1 percent salary increase in the second year.

Teachers who are not eligible for a step increase will receive a $500 one-time stipend in the first year of the contract and the 1 percent salary increase in year two.

About half the teachers qualify for step increases, union member Ryan Stowell said.

Teachers will contribute an additional 1 percent to their health care premiums in the first year and 2 percent more in the second year. The contract also clarifies language on teacher evaluations and modifies some personal leave provisions, Robey said.

Public invited to YSU internship showcase

YOUNGSTOWN – Seventy-nine Youngstown State University student interns will take part in a showcase today about their experiences.

Among them is mechanical engineering major Travis Kneen, who also is the first YSU student to serve an internship at the new National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute in downtown Youngstown.

The Summer 2013 STEM Experiential Learning Co-Op Internship Presentations will be held 2:30 p.m. today in Schwebel Auditorium in Moser Hall on the YSU campus.

To read more about the presentations, visit

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Friend auction and sale set for this week

WARREN – An auction of artist James Friend’s original pieces is being held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the cafetorium at Warren G. Harding High School, 860 Elm Road N.E.

Also, a two-day sale of framed and unframed Friend prints only runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Tribune Chronicle, 240 Franklin St. S.E.

For more information on the auction and sale, contact Tribune Chronicle community events coordinator Sue Shafer at 330-841-1696 or at Interested buyers also can call Shafer to place absentee bids.

Friend, formerly of Warren, died Dec. 14, 2012, at his home in Fairmont, W.Va.

A portion of the proceeds from the auction will benefit the Tribune’s Newspaper In Education program.

Driver injured after truck flips in Hubbard

HUBBARD – One man was taken to the hospital Monday evening following a truck accident on state Route 7.

Police responded to the accident about 6:20 p.m., where they found a semi-trailer had flipped onto its side, spilling steel coils onto the road, reports said, and into the lawns of nearby residences.

According to reports, the truck hit a utility pole before flipping over. The incident forced crews to shut down Route 7 for several hours while they worked to clean up the scene.

Reports said the driver was transported to St. Elizabeth Health Center with undisclosed injuries.

Woman facing child endangering charge

WARREN A 22-year-old woman is facing a misdemeanor child endangering charge after police said she left her infant son alone in her vehicle Saturday while she went into a local grocery store.

Ashlyn Kempton, 22, 3170 Lodwick, Drive, was arraigned Monday.

According to police reports, she went into the Giant Eagle on Mahoning Avenue about 4 p.m. and left the 7-month-old boy in the car with the windows up.

Police said when they arrived they found the baby in a car seat in the back seat of the vehicle, according to reports.

Police issued Kempton a summons, and she was released at the scene, reports state. The child was released to his grandmother, police reported.

Educators co-author book, will hold signings

Two area educators seeking to encourage parents to educate their children on classroom etiquette will hold book signings for their recent novel, “Life Lessons for Little Learners: Beginning Steps Toward Academic Success.”

The book is geared toward pre-K, through third-graders, and is designed help parents teach important social skills and behaviors needed to enhance their children’s learning environment, thus affording them a greater opportunity for individual academic success.

Co-authors, former high school English teacher Louise Mason and retired high school English teacher and retired YSU adjunct professor Janine Motley, will be at the Supply Room, 3221 Belmont Ave., Youngstown, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 10. They also will appear at various libraries and have a book signing planned 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at Jimmy’s Deli on Belmont Avenue in Liberty.

For more information, visit

Youngstown shooting victim dies in hospital

YOUNGSTOWN – A man who was shot on the East Side late Saturday night died of his wounds in the hospital.

William McClain, 39, was shot about 11 p.m. Saturday on East High Avenue, police said.

When police arrived on the scene, they found McClain lying in the middle of the street, reports said. An SUV was parked awkwardly near McClain with several bullet holes in its doors.

The shooting marks the 11th homicide in Youngstown in 2013.

No arrests have been made in con

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Lily Pond reopened at Mill Creek Park

YOUNGSTOWN – The Lily Pond at Mill Creek MetroParks has been cleaned up and is now open to the public, a park official confirmed.

The pond was closed after a Saturday storm, coupled with high temperatures, resulted in the death of hundreds of fish. A study of the water done by Youngstown State University found that the fish died from lack of oxygen.

Linda Kostka, development and marketing director for Mill Creek MetroParks, said Tuesday night’s storm did not cause any significant incidents, and the pond has been reopened.

Girl shot in back with BB outside of Willard

WARREN – An 11-year-old girl told police she was shot with a BB gun at the playground area of the Willard K-8 school building Wednesday afternoon.

The girl told police she was playing about 2:30 p.m. when she was struck by a pellet from the air gun. The BB hit her in the lower back, breaking the skin and causing a small laceration, according to a Warren police report.

The girl said she saw two boys shooting the air gun, but she was not certain who shot her, the report states.

Copper piping stolen from court building

WARREN – Police were called Wednesday to investigate a copper theft at Trumbull County property at 111 High St.

A Warren police report states that approximately 15 to 20 feet of copper piping was removed from one of the six air-conditioning units at the rear of the building where the 11th District Court of Appeals is located.

The report indicates the theft took place sometime between 4:30 p.m. July 18 and 7 a.m. Tuesday.

Hughes withdraws from mayor’s race

YOUNGSTOWN – Independent candidate for mayor of Youngstown Jimmy Hughes dropped out of the race Thursday and announced he’s throwing his support behind another independent candidate DeMaine Kitchen.

It’s only been a week since Hughes, the city’s former chief of police, and Kitchen, chief of staff for Youngstown Mayor Charles Sammarone, were allowed to stay on the November ballot as non-party candidates by the Mahoning County Board of Elections. There had been a question about whether the pair were still Democrats.

Hughes said publicly he is getting out to avoid splitting the vote between himself and Kitchen. With both in the race, Hughes said, the chances of either being elected were low.

The Democrat nominee in the race is John McNally, former Mahoning County commissioner.

Man dies from injuries in two-cycle crash

WARREN – Services are set for today for a man who died from injuries suffered two weeks ago in a collision between two motorcycles.

Nicholas Charles Cost, 56, died at 12:57 p.m. Monday at the St. Elizabeth Health Center, Youngstown, from complications from the accident.

Calling hours for Cost will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the Holeton-Yuhasz Funeral Home. The funeral will follow at 7 p.m.

On July 11, David Robinson, 50, of Williamsport, Pa., was traveling north on North Road on his 2007 Harley-Davidson and failed to yield while attempting to turn left onto Crestview Avenue, according to Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers. He was struck by Cost, who was traveling south on North Road on his 2001 Big Dog motorcycle, according to the patrol.

Neither man was wearing a helmet. Robinson was treated at Trumbull Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.

Toxicology results on both drivers are pending, troopers said.

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Police ask for help

in tracking burglar

LORDSTOWN – Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a person they said broke into a village restaurant earlier this month.

Lordstown police reported that Ross Foods on Tod Avenue was broken into July 8. Surveillance cameras captured the image of one person.

Police said they do not know whether anyone else was involved in the break-in. They noted only one person was visible on the video.

Anyone with information is asked to call Lordstown police at 330-824-2712.

Halcon agrees to

improve more roads

WARREN – Trumbull County commissioners on Wednesday approved another agreement with Halcon Resources for the company to improve roads near one of its natural gas and oil wells.

Under the agreement with the Engineer’s Office, the Pennsylvania-based company will mill and resurface about 3,040 feet of Highland Avenue and about 2,940 feet of Yerke Young Road, where the horizontal well is located.

Jack Simon, road use maintenance agreement coordinator with the Engineer’s Office, said Halcon will do the improvement work after the well is drilled.

The road is in good enough shape now, he said, to accommodate the heavy truck traffic.

Woman sentenced

in shoplifting fight

WARREN – A 33-year-old Howland woman was sentenced to two years in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to charges of robbery and escape in connection with a shoplifting episode that turned violent.

Chantelle Croff of Raglan Drive N.E. was arrested after a scuffle with a loss prevention officer at Burlington Coat Factory on March 9. The officer had stopped Croff and accused her of theft.

Croff was taken by police to a hospital after she complained of a pregnancy-related problem.

A prosecutor pointed out that Croff wasn’t pregnant at the time and walked out of the hospital even though police placed a formal ”hold” on her.

County OKs paving

for public parking lot

WARREN – Improvements will be made to a public parking lot in downtown Warren.

Trumbull County commissioners on Wednesday gave Stateline Paving of North Lima the contract to pave the parking lot at Harmon Avenue and Monroe Street N.W. for $37,670. The county is buying the material from the Shelley and Sands Asphalt Plant for $60,990.

The Engineer’s Office is transporting the material from the plant to the work site.

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Auditor: Wait till September

for Sunshine audit request

WARREN – The Ohio Auditor’s Office says it will wait until September before deciding on a request to audit Sunshine of Warren Trumbull Inc. and the Warren Redevelopment and Planning Corp.

“The Auditor of State’s Office is currently analyzing the effects of Senate Bill 67 and the impact it may have on our ability to audit the organizations you requested us to audit,” Joey Jones, chief auditor of the East Region, states in the letter to City Councilman Al Novak.

Senate Bill 67 sets a precedent for auditing private nonprofits and will not come into effect until Sept. 4.

Novak said Tuesday he remains confident that with taxpayer funding that Sunshine and WRAP have received from the city, that an audit will be granted.

Sunshine Director Anthony Iannucci has contended that as non-profits, neither organization is subject to state audit or open meeting laws.

Ryan pitches extension

of retirees health credit

U.S. Rep. Timothy J. Ryan is co-sponsoring legislation that will provide retirees of Delphi and other eligible individuals the choice of continuing in the Health Coverage Tax Credit program past its December 2013 end date, according to a release from the Democrat’s office Tuesday.

Law enacted as part of the Affordable Care Act terminates the tax credit program at the end of the year, but Ryan’s proposal would extend it for people already enrolled, as long as the participants are receiving pensions through the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. and there are no breaks in their coverage.

People already enrolled who are eligible for the tax credit because of receiving Trade Adjustment Assistance will not be grandfathered into the program. Ryan, D-Niles, and U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, introduced the bill Monday.

Burglars swipe tools, train from senior center sheds

WARREN – Thieves cut the locks off two storage sheds at the SCOPE Center over the weekend, making off with tools and model railroad equipment.

A maintenance employee for the center at 220 W. Market St. discovered the theft Monday morning about 9 a.m.

Tools, including a Craftsman electric drill, was taken from one shed. And a Rio Grande model train locomotive and other train cars were stolen from the other shed.

A more detailed list of stolen items was being drafted for Warren police.

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Niles spa owner pleads not guilty to bribery

NILES – The owner of Susi Kim’s Spa pleaded not guilty Monday to two counts of bribery after she was arrested Friday for allegedly trying to pay off a fire inspector.

Chong Suk Williams, of Mercer, Pa., remains free on $5,000 bond pending a preliminary hearing scheduled for Sept. 6 by Judge Thomas Townley.

Andrew Bickerstaff of the Niles Fire Department said Williams tried to give him $230 on July 10 after his inspection showed electrical violations at the Youngstown Warren Road business.

Bickerstaff photographed the money and refused to accept it.

Two days later, Bickerstaff returned with a police officer and found the violations were fixed. But he said Williams twice tried to hand him him more money, referring to the cash as ”lunch money.”

Separate shootings at Warren gas stations

WARREN – Police were investigating two shootings from over the weekend – both of them at local gas stations.

Jerald L. Jones, 49, of Burton Street S.E., told police he had ridden a bicycle to Pit Stop on Youngstown Road S.E. and was shot in the leg Saturday about 6 a.m. He was taken to Trumbull Memorial Hospital for a non-life threatening injury.

Russell E. Surrena, 31, of Natchez, Miss., told police he was at the Sunoco station on West Market Street about 4:30 a.m. Saturday when he was beaten up by three unknown men. He said one of the men pulled out a gun and fired two shots at him.

He was struck by gunfire and also taken to Trumbull Memorial Hospital.

Health aide pleads not guilty to sex charges

WARREN – A 73-year-old aide at a Kinsman facility that cares for developmentally disabled clients pleaded not guilty Monday to four counts of gross sexual imposition.

Donald Church of Chestnut Street, Andover, was secretly indicted on those charges after an adult woman reported being repeatedly molested in May at Boyd’s Kinsman House on state Route 5.

Assistant county prosecutor Gabe Wildman said staff members and a detective with the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case.

Church’s bond was set at $10,000 and a pre-trial was scheduled for July 29 before Judge Peter Kontos.

Man claims he was attacked by woman

WARREN – A 32-year-old local woman was free on $3,500 bond after pleading not guilty Monday to charges of felonious assault in connection with an attack Saturday on a Milton Street S.E. man inside his home.

Farrah Jones, of Willard Avenue S.E., is due back in Warren Municipal Court for a preliminary hearing Aug. 15.

She was arrested after police said Deion White, 2119 Milton, accused the woman of throwing a coffee cup or a bottle at him and then picking up a broken piece of the of the cup or bottle and cutting him on the left side of his face and the left side of his chest.

White refused medical treatment by ambulance technicians who were called to the scene.

Hospice of Valley opens Pennsylvania office

VILLA MARIA, Pa. – Hospice of the Valley has expanded its service area to western Pennsylvania with the opening of its office at Villa Maria, Pa.

The Pennsylvania office serves Mercer, Lawrence and Butler counties. All Hospice of the Valley services are available to qualified patients in their homes, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, hospitals or anywhere the patient calls home. Services include support for the patient and family from staff specially trained in end-of-life care. The faith-based, not-for-profit service is CMS / Medicare approved and all staff members are licensed by the state of Pennsylvania.

The new office will open Monday. For more information, contact clinical manager Gerianne Costantini at 724-964-1082. HOV also serves patients in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties in Ohio.

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Man waits in jail after charge of rape

AUSTINTOWN – A 41-year-old Niles man was scheduled to appear later today in Mahoning County Area Court on charges of rape and domestic violence after police here said the mother of his son accused him of attacking her Monday.

Sean Watkins remains in Mahoning County Jail in the meantime.

Police said they were called to a Youngstown hospital where the woman was being treated after the incident in her Idlewood Road home.

The woman said Watkins punched her and shoved her head into the couch where she was sleeping when he let himself into her home. Police said a sexual assault evidence kit was taken at the hospital.

W. Farmington places renewal levy on ballot

WEST FARMINGTON – Village Council on Monday gave final reading to place a 6.6-mill general operating renewal levy on the Nov. 5 general election ballot.

Mayor Allen Patchin said the levy generates $26,424 annually for day-to-day operations and general needs of the village such as heating, lighting and electric expenses.

Reward offered in converter thefts

SALEM – Chrysler Jeep Dodge dealership owner John Kufleitner said he is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of persons responsible for stealing catalytic converters from 40 trucks at his Salem and Columbiana locations.

The thefts were reported Monday morning to police agencies in the two cities.

He said anyone with information about the thefts at either dealership needs to contact the proper police agency and give identification. The reward will cover information leading to the arrest and conviction of the thief and the return of the stolen property.

The catalytic converters were removed from new diesel Dodge Ram trucks. Columbiana police Chief Tim Gladis said there were 12 catalytic converters stolen from the Columbiana dealership the same time converters were stolen from the Salem dealership.

Salem Police can be contacted at 330-337-7811, while Columbiana Police can be reached at 330-482-9292. Anonymous tips also can also be sent directly to Gladis via

Champion puts 2-mill police levy on ballot

CHAMPION – Township trustees on Tuesday took the final step toward placing a 2-mill continuous police operating levy on the November general election ballot.

Trustee Chairman Jeff Hovanic said if the levy is passed, trustees will remove two 1-mill continuing police levies from 1979 and 1982 that bring in $179,000.

The new levy would generate $338,000 annually for police personnel, equipment, building and other needs.

Also, trustees received a $2,450 donation form Shafer Industries Inc. to be used by Police Chief Chris Redick to purchase a used cruiser from the Ohio State Highway Patrol auction.

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Sunset Lounge permit

holder gets extension

WARREN – The Ohio Division of Liquor Control is allowing the man who owns the liquor permit for the former Sunset Lounge to keep the license in a holding pattern for another 180 days.

Matt Mullins, liquor control spokesman, said Monday the decision was made last week to let Joe Sankey Jr. keep the license in ”temporary closing authority” because Sankey’s in the process of selling the building, contents and property.

Sankey put the permit on the shelf temporarily after he voluntarily closed the bar in downtown Warren in January following a fatal shooting there during a New Year’s celebration. The 180-day term expired July 1.

Meanwhile, a hearing on liquor license violations filed against the company that operated as the now-closed Sunset has been postponed, according to the Ohio Liquor Control Commission. The hearing will be reset sometime in the next three months.

Hubbard Township

proceeds with levy

HUBBARD TOWNSHIP – Trustees have approved placing a 1.75-mill, three-year police renewal levy on the Nov. 5 general election ballot.

Fiscal Officer Sue Goterba said the levy would continue to generate $154,872 annually for three more years for continued day-to-day operations in the police department at the current level.

She said with the renewal, there is no increase in taxes.

Former state rep

eyes Congress seat

A former state representative filed Monday to run for Congress in the 6th District, which includes the southern portion of Mahoning County.

Jennifer Garrison, a Democrat, plans to hold events today in Marietta and in Canfield to announce her candidacy.

Garrison represented Ohio’s 93rd District from 2004 to 2010 in the Ohio House. Afterward, she founded the Southeastern Ohio Landowners Association, which helped landowners negotiate natural gas and oil mineral leases.

The winding congressional district along the Ohio River is represented by Republican Bill Johnson. Garrison will have to win the party nomination before challenging Johnson, who likely will be unopposed in the primary.

Click-It or Ticket

nabs nearly 16,000

COLUMBUS – During the 2013 Click-It or Ticket safety belt enforcement mobilization, 500 law enforcement agencies around Ohio worked 148,958 hours to crack down on those who don’t buckle up.

According to a news release, the initiative ran from May 20 to June 2 and 15,992 motorists were cited for not wearing their safety belt. An additional 530 were cited for child restraint violations. Officers made 2,180 arrests on impaired driving charges and conducted 1,455 felony arrests.

“Initiatives like Click-It or Ticket illustrate the effectiveness of law enforcement agencies working together for a common cause,” said Thomas P. Charles, director of the Ohio Department of Public Safety.

Click-It or Ticket is coordinated by the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

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Legislator to discuss earthquake study

WARREN – Following last week’s release of a report linking the natural gas and oil drilling industry to seismic activity, state Rep. Robert Hagan this morning is scheduled to discuss the findings with Joel Riley of news radio 610 WTVN in Columbus.

The study, released Friday by Science Magazine, indicates that “injection-induced earthquakes,” such as those that struck in 2011, clearly contribute to the seismic hazard. The report also indicates that hydraulic fracturing has been known to induce ”microearthquakes,” or those with magnitudes below 2, and which pose a low risk of inducing destructive earthquakes.

“There is no harm in slowing down to examine scientific research to see what we can do better in our state,” said Hagan, D-Youngstown. “We are at the forefront of oil and gas exploration in Ohio; there’s no reason our safety and regulatory practices shouldn’t be cutting-edge as well.”

Hagan is expected to discuss the issue at 8:30 a.m. on the Columbus-based talk radio station.

Howland to hold mosquito spraying

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

In case of rain, the spraying will be the following night.

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

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City man found dead inside car at his home

WARREN – City police initiated a death investigation on Friday after the body of an elderly man was discovered in the garage of his North Park Avenue home.

Warren police Lt. Jeff Cole, who was at the scene, said investigators do not suspect foul play but are waiting for the results of a coroner’s investigation before making a final determination.

Police said a neighbor found the man’s body in his car.

Meet-the-chief event planned for Warren

WARREN – A ‘Meet the New Police Chief’ event will be held Monday at First United Methodist Church, 309 N. Park Ave. The event, sponsored by the city of Warren and ACTION Inc., will run from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Organizers said the event will provide an opportunity for discussion related to new initiatives, thoughts and ideas that will be introduced by Warren’s new police chief, Eric Merkel.

Hartford trustees to meet on police levy

HARTFORD – Township trustees will hold a special meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at the township hall to act on a police levy and to meet with Front Runner Seismic.

Bristol school board to act on bond issue

BRISTOL – The Bristol Board of Education will hold a special meeting at 9 a.m. Monday at the board offices to act on a bond issue it wants to place on the ballot to raise the local share for a planned new high school.

The Ohio Facilities Construction Commission this week approved funding about $8.8 million of the $13.9 million project if Bristol can raise the other $5. 1 million.

The district is one of 19 from across the state that received an offer of funding from the commission, which oversees the state’s school facility renovation and construction program.

The board may also hold an executive session on personnel.

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Construction vehicle

damaged at school

WARREN – A city schools construction vehicle parked behind the Jefferson K-8 building was vandalized sometime late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning.

Warren City Schools Superintendent Michael Notar said no damage was done to the school. However, a window was broken out of the vehicle.

It’s the second reported vandalism at the site. On June 19, the windows to an excavator were broken, several pieces of insulation foam destroyed, and glue was found in gas tanks of a heavy equipment machine, among other vandalism.

OEPA taking samples

from Mahoning River

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is collecting water samples along the lower Mahoning River basin in Trumbull and Mahoning counties to get information that will be included in a plan to maintain and restore the river and tributary quality.

Sampling locations are generally chosen upstream and downstream of sewage treatment plants, industrial discharges, tributaries, streams and dams and where there has been a significant change in land use.

Samples which will be collected from the same sites multiple times will be used to assess the condition of the water quality and aquatic life.

The basin is along the Ohio-Pennsylvania border and includes the cities of Youngstown and Warren, Mosquito Lake and Meander Reservoir. The river joins the Shenango River in Pennsylvania to form the Beaver River and flow to the Ohio River.

Sampling will continue all summer.

Winery to host


BERLIN CENTER – Singer-songwriter Zak Shaffer, son of country songwriter Randy Shaffer, will play a dinner concert Thursday at Myrddin Winery, 3020 Scenic Ave., Berlin Center.

The evening includes a reception, with Shaffer starting at 6 p.m., followed by a dinner and concert in the Twinkle Garden. Shaffer’s music is described as a mix of rock, pop, blues and country.

Tickets are $45 per person. For more information, call 330-654-9181.

YSU to receive $22,500

for nursing program

YOUNGSTOWN – The nursing program at Youngstown State University was awarded a $22,500 grant, U.S. Rep. Timothy J. Ryan announced this week.

The grant, issued by the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will go to the university’s nurse anesthetist traineeship program.

“This grant will help Youngstown State further students’ opportunities to get hands-on experience in the health care industry.

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Youngstown death investigated as homicide

YOUNGSTOWN – City police are investigating the death of a man whose body was discovered early Wednesday at his home in the 300 block of East Florida Avenue.

The man has been identified as 36-year-old Roosevelt Cooper III. Police said they learned about Cooper’s death from a man they arrested earlier on an unrelated charge. That man led them to Cooper’s home.

That man isn’t facing charges related to Cooper’s death, police said.

Although initial reports indicated Cooper had been shot, police said they are waiting on results of the Mahoning County coroner’s investigation to determine how and when Cooper died.

Mayor’s son fined $50 on disorderly charge

NILES – Jelani S. Franklin pleaded no contest to an amended charge of disorderly conduct and was fined $50, according to court records.

Franklin, 28, the son of Warren Mayor Doug Franklin, was cited in January after an officer of the Ohio Investigative Unit of the Ohio Department of Commerce said he saw Franklin smoking what was identified as marijuana in a vehicle parked outside of Uncle Sil’s Bar & Grill, 2774 Youngstown Road S.E.

The original citation was a misdemeanor possession of marijuana, which was changed to disorderly conduct. Franklin was found guilty by Judge Thomas W. Townley.

Ryan: One Health receives grant share

One Health Ohio, which operates clinics in Warren, Youngstown and Alliance, has been given a federal grant to hire workers to help with outreach and enrollment for uninsured Ohioans eligible for health coverage through the Affordable Care Act.

The $127,937 grant announced late Tuesday by U.S. Rep. Timothy J. Ryan is part of $150 million awarded to 1,159 community health centers in the U.S.

Health centers are expected to hire 2,900 employees, according to the news release from Ryan’s office.

Coroner’s office conducts autopsy of boy

YOUNGSTOWN – Mahoning County Deputy Coroner Dr. Joseph Ohr conducted an autopsy of 22-month-old Adam Dorman. Dorman died of multiple head injuries, Ohr said Wednesday.

Dorman was hit about 8:30 p.m. Monday in the driveway at 20 Euclid Ave., Struthers. He was taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center.

Struthers police and the Ohio State Highway Patrol said no charges are likely to be filed, according to WYTV 33 News.

Weathersfield sets dates for scrap tire pickups

WEATHERSFIELD – A $2,400 scrap tire grant from the Geauga-Trumbull Waste District will be used to pay for curbside pickup of scrap tires from Aug. 5 through 9.

There is a limit of four off-rim car tires per household, township officials said. Large truck tires will not be accepted.

Tires may be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. during collection week at the Township Administration Building, 1451 Prospect St., Mineral Ridge, OH 44440.

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Man injured in

single-car crash

SHALERSVILLE?- A man was listed in critical condition following a one-vehicle crash that occurred about 7:40 p.m. Tuesday on state Route 303, east of state Route 44 in Shalersville.

According to the Ravenna post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Andrew D. Hadzinsky, 27, of Mantua, was traveling west on state Route 303 when his Pontiac G6 went off the right side of the road and into the ditch.

The vehicle continued along the ditch line, struck a driveway culvert and drainage pipe, then overturned and landed on its left side.

Mantua / Shalersville Township Fire crews got Hadzinsky from the car and transported to an awaiting medical helicopter. He was flown to Akron City Hospital.

He was wearing a safety belt, and the air bags had deployed, troopers said. The crash remains under investigation.

Newton Falls man out on

bond in bath salts case

YOUNGSTOWN – A Newton Falls man charged with running a bath salts operation is free on bond.

Ryan Kralik, 32, of Newton Falls, was released on a $250,000 bond Wednesday following a detention hearing in federal court. Also charged was Ruth Eimers, 36, of Ravenna, whose bond was set at $25,000.

The pair has been charged with an assortment of felony drug charges related to the distribution of bath salts, which is a term for a class of designer drugs that are similar in effect to cocaine and amphetamines.

Kralik and Eimers each pleaded not guilty last week following a raid at an East Church Street home that Kralik rented.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Teresa Dirksen is prosecuting the case.

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Commissioners approve contract with union

WARREN – Trumbull County commissioners Monday approved a three-year contract between the county Engineer’s Office and 45 highway, engineering and clerical workers there.

The agreement freezes wages, increases employee health care contributions, keeps the county’s employee contribution at 4 percent, makes changes to the longevity scale and gives bargaining unit members a one-time $520 payment.

Members of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 11 approved the contract terms Thursday.

The agreement became effective Monday.

911 Center dispatching Weathersfield calls

WEATHERSFIELD The Trumbull County 911 Center on Monday started dispatching calls for Weatherfield Township’s police, fire and emergency services departments.

Weathersfield trustees announced the change last month. The township is among a growing number of communities in Trumbull County to switch from using their own dispatching systems to the county’s 911 center.

Man, woman jailed after domestic dispute

WARREN – A man and woman remained at the Trumbull County Jail on Monday after a weekend domestic dispute in which one of them walked away with a stab wound.

Bond for Sharena N. Jefferson, 24, 2148 Peace St. S.W., Warren, who is facing a felonious assault charge, was set at $20,000 at her initial court appearance on Monday. She is accused of stabbing Marvis Campbell, 29, 734 Fifth St. S.W., Warren. Campbell is facing a felony charge of domestic violence-repeat offender. He was being lodged at the county jail without bond.

Campbell was sentenced to three years’ probation on a misdemeanor domestic violence charge in October 2012.

Police said they were called to Jefferson’s residence about 12:30 a.m. Saturday in response to a disturbance and determined Campbell had assaulted Jefferson, who is the mother of his child, and that Jefferson had stabbed Campbell during the dispute.

According to a Warren police report, Campbell suffered what seemed to be a minor injury.

Police determined Campbell and Jefferson were each aggressors, the report states. The report also indicates suspected alcohol use.

Warren man reports robbery at gunpoint

WARREN A city man told police he was robbed at gunpoint by two people on Mahoning Avenue N.W. Monday morning.

Major C. Beckwith, 62, of Tod Avenue S.W., told police he was walking south on Mahoning Avenue near Hall Street when he saw two people exit from behind a bush, according to a Warren police report. Beckwith told police the people approached him, brandished a small, dark-colored gun, demanded money from him, took his hat and shoes off him, assaulted and searched him before fleeing on foot eastbound on Hall Street N.W., the report states. Beckwith told police he handed over his wallet.

Police reported they checked the area but were unable to locate anyone matching the descriptions Beckwith gave them.

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Carriage driver charged Sunday

WARREN – A 20-year-old man from Middlefield is in the Trumbull County Jail on charges related to haphazardly operating a horse-drawn carriage in Mesopotamia on Sunday.

Daniel Yoder faces charges of consumption in a motor vehicle and fleeing after signaling to stop, according to jail records.

Sheriff’s deputy Rick Tackett said the carriage, a two-seater, had five occupants, three of which ran into woods near Bundysburg Road. The driver and a 17-year-old remained, and the driver was arrested. Tackett said he found alcohol in the carriage, which was placed on a flatbed truck and hauled away.

Also Sunday, another sheriff’s officer, Anthony Diehl, cited five other people in a separate incident involving a carriage, Tackett said. That incident involved alcohol and occupants of the carriage hanging all over the buggy with one person riding on the roof as it traveled on state Route 534, Tackett said.

The arrest and citations are part of a focused effort after the office received several calls related to carriage traffic, loud music and alcohol on Sundays, Tackett said.

Warren pair in jail on violence charges

WARREN – A Warren woman arrested on a charge related to stabbing a man during a domestic fight remained in the Trumbull County Jail late Sunday.

A man arrested in the same fight remains in jail, too.

Arrested by Warren police on a charge of felonious assault was Sharena N. Jefferson, 24, 2148 Peace Ave. N.W., and arrested on a charge of domestic violence was Marvis Campbell, 29, 734 Fifth St. S.W.

According to a report, police were called to 2158 Peace Ave. N.W. about 2 a.m. and determined a man had assaulted the mother of his child. They also determined that a woman stabbed the father of her child in the same fight, according to the report.

Camp Ravenna opens training site today

A ”first shot” ceremony for a new shoot house at the Camp Ravenna Joint Military Training Center will be 1 p.m. today.

A federal earmark put in a 2010 spending bill by U.S. Rep. Timothy J. Ryan furnished the $2 million to build the facility, which lets soldiers train in urban and close quarters warfare.

Attending are Ryan, D-Niles; Brig. Gen. John C. Harris Jr., Ohio assistant adjutant general for Army; Col. Chip Tansil, Ohio Army National Guard chief of staff; Chief Warrant Office 5 Jay Stuckman, state command chief warrant officer; and Command Sgt. Maj. Rodger Jones, state command sergeant major.

Youngstown getting rebate check today

YOUNGSTOWN – Mayor Charles Sammarone will hold a news conference at 11:30 a.m. today at city hall where Steve Buehrer, administrator / CEO of the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, will present the city’s rebate check.

The check is distributed as part of the BWC’s Billion Back plan.