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Ohio Highway Patrol on scene of fatal crash

ORWELL – The Ohio State Highway Patrol was on the scene of a fatal traffic crash late Sunday night involving a horse-drawn carriage and all-terrain vehicle.

The crash happened shortly after 10 p.m. on Fenton Road. Details surrounding the crash were limited, except that the patrol had confirmed someone was deceased.

Shooting victim ID’d in Youngstown

YOUNGSTOWN – The man Youngstown police say walked into the department with a gunshot wound to his back has been identified as Mark Porter, 39, of Liberty, according to Tribune Chronicle newspartner WYTV 33.

According to police, a man walked into the station about 9 p.m. Saturday and told officers he’d been shot. Porter told police he was walking across the bridge on Market Street when two men in a silver Mitsubishi pulled up, pulled out a gun and tried to rob Porter.

Porter tried to run away and told police he heard half a dozen gunshots and a burning sensation in his back. He ran the couple blocks from the bridge to the police station.

Porter is in stable condition at St. Elizabeth Health Center.

East Liverpool man killed in motorcycle crash

NEGLEY – An East Liverpool man was killed early Sunday morning after his motorcycle struck a utility pole off the side of Union Ridge Road in Middleton Township.

According to the Lisbon post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Joshua Brown, 28, was pronounced dead at the scene by the county coroner’s office.

Brown was reportedly northbound on Union Ridge when he drove off the right side, striking the utility pole north of Dyke Road. His 2012 Harley-Davidson motorcycle was heavily damaged on the right side.

The patrol said alcohol use is unknown at this time but the accident remains under investigation.

The Negley Fire Department and EMS assisted at the scene.

Anyone with knowledge or information about this crash is asked to contact the Lisbon post at 330-424-7783.

Ohio county uses GPS

to monitor suspects

CINCINNATI – Changes and improvements in technology are helping authorities in southwest Ohio track crime suspects and convicts and freeing up scarce jail space.

The Hamilton County sheriff’s office owns or leases 143 electronic monitoring units with GPS and hopes to obtain 50 more. The ankle bracelets with global positioning system allow low-level offenders to be monitored while the jail is filled with those involved with more serious offenses.

1 killed, 1 wounded in

Columbus shootings

COLUMBUS – Police are investigating the shooting of two men in Columbus, one of whom has died.

Officers responding to a report of a shooting at a house around 1:25 p.m. Sunday, found two wounded men, 22-year-old Quinten Ellis-John Prater and 21-year-old James E. Norvet III.

Prater was pronounced dead at the scene and Norvet was taken to a local hospital, where he is in critical condition.

Police say Prater’s death is the city’s 49th homicide this year.

Staff, wire reports

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Trumbull County moves on road work

WARREN – Trumbull County commissioners voted Wednesday to get bids for the county’s 2013 road improvement program.

Roads to be improved are Educational Highway in Champion, which leads to Kent State University at Trumbull and the Trumbull Career and Technical Center; Larchmont Avenue N.E. from the Warren city limits to the state Route 5 / 82 interchange; and North River Road between state Route 46 and Elm Road N.E.

Work on Educational Highway and Larchmont Avenue N.E. should be complete by October. The North River Road improvements are being put off until more grant funding comes through, probably early next year.

Most of the $1.2 million project is being funded with grants. About 30 percent is being paid for by the Engineer’s Office, which operates the program.

Commissioners OK tax break for firm

WARREN – A tax incentive package that will let a Liberty company expand in Hubbard was approved Wednesday by Trumbull County commissioners.

Valley Electrical Consolidated Inc. is receiving a 75 percent, 10-year tax abatement on a nearly $2.5 million investment being made at its 500 Erie Street location.

The expansion would include a new fabrication shop, office space and painting facilities, and the company plans to hire 30 new employees within three years of completion of the project. Another 20 jobs would be retained.

The company plans to invest $1.7 million to $2 million in additions and new construction and $350,000 to $450,000 in new machinery and equipment.

ODOT to hold meeting on Farmington bridges

WEST FARMINGTON – The Ohio Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting from 5 to 7 p.m. July 31 at the West Farmington fire station to discuss the replacement of two bridges.

ODOT plans to replace bridges on state Route 534 over the Grand River and an adjacent floodway about one-quarter mile south of the state Route 88 / 534 intersection. The construction is scheduled for next summer.

Engineer’s office helps with Kinsman roads

WARREN – Trumbull County’s Engineer’s Office is helping Kinsman with repairs and improvements to three roads in the township.

The work will be done to Jewell North, Perkins Greenville and Turner Mullen roads. The township is paying for the material costs, estimated to be about $25,000; the engineer’ office is providing the labor and equipment.

The township will be responsible for future maintenance.

Probate records being stored off-site

WARREN – Trumbull County Probate Court Judge Thomas A. Swift said Wednesday that due to recent flooding in the Stone Building at the corner of High Street and North Park Avenue, court records must be stored off-site.

None of the records were destroyed, the judge said. Public access to the records will be restored as soon as possible, and digital images will be provided in the meantime.

For more information, call the court at 330-675-2520.

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Warren schools offer mobile farmers market

WARREN – Free produce will be distributed to families with children on Thursday.

The Warren City Schools Food Service Department, in cooperation with the Ohio Association of Food Banks, will provide oranges, bananas, collard greens, sweet corn, cucumbers, cabbage and watermelons on a first-come, first-served basis.

The produce will be distributed from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the following locations: under the football bleachers at Warren G. Harding High School and behind the Willard K-8 school building.

Warren firefighters called twice Tuesday

WARREN – Firefighters fought two blazes on Tuesday, including one at a home that was being renovated.

Fire Chief Ken Nussle said crews were called to 490 Maple St. S.W. shortly before 4:30 a.m. for a fire that began in the kitchen of the home, which is being improved. The cause of the fire that caused an estimated $15,000 damage is being investigated.

At around 1 p.m., firefighters put out a fire in the basement of a vacant home at 715 Webb Court S.W. Nussle said someone had been spotted in the basement before the fire broke out in the home, which is on the city’s condemned list. Nussle said that fire was intentional.

The recent blazes lengthen the list of fires city crews have been called to extinguish over the past several days.

Nussle said all of the fires reported since Friday remain under investigation.

No charges expected in boy’s death

STRUTHERS – Struthers police don’t anticipate filing any charges after a 2-year-old boy was hit by a car and killed Monday night, according to Tribune Chronicle newspartner WYTV 33 News.

The incident happened at 7:30 p.m. Monday at 20 Euclid Ave. Investigators said the boy was playing in the grass and somehow ended up behind an SUV.

Reports indicate police did a toxicology test on the driver, which is standard procedure in these cases, but at this point they believe the incident was a tragic accident.

Struthers police and the Ohio State Highway Patrol are investigating the incident, and police said the driver is cooperating.

Planned Parenthood ad to criticize Kasich

COLUMBUS – Planned Parenthood is scheduled to begin airing a TV ad that criticizes Ohio Gov. John Kasich for signing a state budget last month that they say restricts the work of rape counselors.

The Columbus Dispatch reports the ad will be broadcast in central Ohio starting Wednesday.

Misha Barnes is the managing director of public affairs for Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio. She told the newspaper the restrictions are “egregious” because they limit women’s access to health care during a very vulnerable time.

The state’s spending bill that Kasich signed June 30 includes several anti-abortion measures.

Staff, wire reports

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Two-year-old dies after being hit by car

STRUTHERS – A 2-year-old boy died Monday evening after being struck by a car in a driveway at 20 Euclid Ave. in Struthers, according to Tribune Chronicle news partner WYTV-33.

Struthers police and the Ohio State Highway Patrol are investigating the crash, which occurred about 8:30 p.m.

Police said the driver of the car is cooperating, and foul play is not suspected.

Police were not releasing the name of the child or further details, including whether the boy lived at the home or was there visiting.

Struthers investigating possible child abuse

STRUTHERS Struthers police are investigating a possible child abuse case involving a 2-month-old boy.

Police reports indicate officers found a bath towel stained with blood, a pair of scissors stained with blood and a baby wipe that was lodged in the baby’s throat at 41 Park Ave., according to Tribune Chronicle news partner WYTV-33.

The boy’s father, Robert Purfey Jr., 32, was charged Monday with second-degree felony child endangering, a charge that carries an eight-year maximum penalty. He is being held in the Mahoning County Jail on $150,000 bond and is scheduled for a July 15 preliminary hearing.

The boy was taken to Akron Children’s Hospital on Friday where nurses there reported the possible abuse.

East Liverpool woman dies in weekend crash

NEGLEY – An East Liverpool woman was killed Saturday in a two-car collision on state Route 170 just south of Negley.

Jacqueline P. Werling was the front-seat passenger in a Mitsubishi Montero driven by her husband, Melvin D. Werling.

According to the highway patrol, the Werling vehicle was northbound on Route 170 about 10:30 a.m. when it went off the right side of the road, then collided head-on with a Chevrolet Silverado pickup driven by Cary S. Winters of Negley.

Jacqueline Werling was pronounced dead at the scene. Melvin Werling and a passenger in Winters’ truck were flown by STAT MedEvac to St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown. Winters was taken by ambulance to Salem Community Hospital.

Alcohol was not a factor, the patrol said.

Champion trustees take first step on police levy

CHAMPION – Township trustees at a special meeting on Monday took the first step to placing a 2-mill continuous police operating levy on the November general election ballot.

Trustee Chairman Jeff Hovanic said the county auditor will verify the millage and the $338,000 annual amount to be generated from the levy before trustees take final action on placement of the issue on the ballot at 6 p.m. July 16.

Hovanic said trustees originally were going to combine and replace two 1-mill continuing levies from 1979 and 1982 that bring in $159,000 with a new levy, but were informed by the county prosecutor they were not able to do that due to the wording difference of the two levies.

Instead, Hovanic said trustees plan to move forward with the new levy and, if passed this fall, will remove the two old 1-mill levies.

Weathersfield chief is out on sick leave

WEATHERSFIELD – Township police Chief Joseph P. Consiglio has been on sick leave for the last several weeks.

A veteran of Weathersfield law enforcement, Consiglio has been with the police department for 30 years and has served as chief since 2002.

Capt. Michael J. Naples is heading the department until Consiglio’s return, which township officials hope will be in the next few weeks.

Weathersfield Police Department employs 15 sworn officers, including eight full-time and seven part-time officers, along with one civilian.

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Niles, Warren police involved in pursuit

WARREN – What started as a reported dispute Tuesday evening at the Royal Mall Apartments in Niles led to a police pursuit along U.S. Route 422 through Niles into Warren.

A resident of the Royal Mall reported to police about 8:30 p.m. that a man with a gun fled the apartment complex in a green-colored vehicle, according to police radio traffic. There was no report of any injuries, but the man fired several shots at a vehicle in the complex parking lot, putting a hole in the hood, according to reports.

The chase ran along Route 422 in Niles, Howland and into Warren, where police were reported to have stopped the driver near Parkman Road and Union Street. A towing company was contacted to remove the vehicle.

Police were not releasing details of the incident nor the name of the driver Tuesday night.

Agents seize drugs, make arrest in Salem

SALEM – Drug agents and police seized more than $6,000 worth of cocaine, crack cocaine and marijuana from an East Fourth Street apartment Tuesday morning after executing a search warrant based on a six-month investigation.

Columbiana County Drug Task Force Director Lt. Brian McLaughlin said he is expecting drug charges to be presented to the county grand jury for consideration against the resident, whom he described as a mid-level dealer.

Lee Webb, 53, of 284 E. Fourth St. 2W, was home when the search warrant was served. He was charged with a third-degree felony of having weapons under disability for allegedly being in possession of a shotgun.

Salem police Chief J.T. Panezott said Webb is not permitted to have a gun in his possession due to a previous felony conviction.

DTF agents, with assistance from Salem police, the sheriff’s office and the Drug Enforcement Administration, recovered a 12-gauge shotgun, more than $2,500 cash and some drug paraphernalia from the apartment besides the drugs, reports state.

Bristol woman to be remembered

BRISTOL – A township resident who left $240,000 to the Bristol cemetery and fire department will be remembered with a memorial garden at Evergreen Cemetery near a planned cemetery chapel made possible with her donation.

Trustee Chairman Doug Seemann said Tuesday that longtime community member Stella Shaffer, who died in 2011 at age 94, left the township the money. It will first be used to build the chapel, then for future expenses and equipment purchases for the fire department.

He said a memorial garden will be placed near the chapel at the cemetery where Shaffer is buried. Groundbreaking for the chapel was last week.

Seemann said Shaffer also left donations to the local school district and library.

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