Area news briefs

Boy steps on syringe while playing in Warren

WARREN – A city woman told police her 11-year-old son stepped on a syringe that was in the grass and punctured his foot Sunday while playing in a yard on Buckeye Street.

Roni Elix, 815 Kenilworth S.E., told police she found a needle and a spoon with residue on it, according to a Warren police report. The report states Elix planned to take her son to Trumbull Memorial Hospital to be assessed.

Police said they advised Elix that the needle would be logged into evidence and kept at the police department if it was needed for testing.

Body discovered in McDonald’s parking lot

WARREN – City police are investigating the Sunday afternoon discovery of a man’s body inside a vehicle parked at McDonald’s restaurant on South Street.

Police said they found the body of Michael R. Marks, 55, 3444 S. Canal St., Newton Falls, when they were called to the restaurant about 4:50 p.m. It is not clear how long the vehicle had been parked at the restaurant or how long Marks’ body had been there.

A Warren police report indicates suspected drug use. The Trumbull County Coroner’s Office said on Tuesday that an autopsy was performed on the body, which showed decomposition, and toxicology results are pending.

Woman taken to hospital after assault

GIRARD – Police are investigating an assault after a woman flagged down a patrolman about 12:45 a.m. Tuesday outside her Dearborn Street home.

The woman told police she fell asleep with the lights on, doors unlocked and open. She awakened to find the lights off and a man with a beard and dark hair in the house, a police report states.

The intruder hit her in the face and choked her, the report states. The victim told the intruder she didn’t want to die, at which point he fled the residence.

The woman was transported to St. Elizabeth Health Center for unspecified injuries, according to police.

Man stabbed at his residence in Warren

WARREN – Police are investigating the Monday night stabbing of a city man.

Police were called to Trumbull Memorial Hospital about 9 p.m. in reference to a stabbing victim, according to a Warren police report. The report states that Maurice Lowery, 45, 814 Hollywood N.E., was being taken to surgery and was not able to speak with officers at the time.

Reports indicate the stabbing took place at Lowery’s residence. No other information was available.

Profanities painted on Warren business

WARREN – The back wall of a local business was spray-painted with graffiti last week, according to city police.

Vandals painted the back of the Warren Boxing Gym on Main Avenue with profanities and racial and gang graffiti between noon Wednesday and 2 p.m. Thursday, according to a Warren police report.

Workers at the gym, who reported the matter to police Friday afternoon, said they do not believe they know who is responsible, the report states.

Hubbard woman says child was raped

WARREN – City police are investigating an allegation of rape of a 4-year-old girl.

A Hubbard woman reported an alleged rape to Warren police on Sunday. However, a Warren police report indicates an assault took place sometime between Aug. 15 and Sunday at a Glenwood Street residence.

No other information was available.

Area news briefs

Champion residents

to pay less for tie-in

WARREN – Residents along Champion Avenue East in Champion will pay $2,569 to connect to new sewers and $54.25 for each foot of property they own along the project.

The final assessments approved by Trumbull County commissioners are much less than amounts presented to residents in May – about 18 percent less per service connection and about 35 percent less for front foot cost.

The project provides sewer to 19 residences along the road. The final cost was $173,201.

County OKs contracts

for area road work

WARREN – Trumbull County commissioners have approved an $829,034 contract with Shelly and Sands Inc. of Akron to pave parts of Educational Highway, Larchmont Avenue and North River Road.

Educational Highway from Mahoning Avenue to Research Parkway and Larchmont Avenue from Bronze Road to Perkins Jones Road should be done by mid-October. North River Road from North Road to state Route 46 will be completed in the spring of 2014.

Other companies that submitted bids were DiOrio Paving of Girard, $829,565; The Shelly Company of Twinsburg, $873,473; and Barbicas Construction Co. of Akron, $920,888.

Newton trustees to

meet on zoning issues

NEWTON – Newton Township trustees will hold a special meeting at 8 a.m. Tuesday at the township hall to address zoning nuisance complaints.

Trustees said action may be taken.

Tickets are on sale

for Taste of Home

Tickets are on sale now for the annual Taste of Home cooking school sponsored by the Tribune Chronicle. The event will take place Oct. 8 at the W.D. Packard Music Hall, 1703 Mahoning Ave. N.W., Warren.

Along with the chance to win a door prize, those who buy a ticket at $10 for general admission can win a table top KitchenAid mixer if they donate a nonperishable food item at the door.

Goodie bags full of coupons and more also will be offered to all attendees and include a cookbook with the recipes featured in the day’s presentation, led by culinary specialist chef Eric Villegas.

For more information and to buy tickets, contact Sue Shafer at 330-841-1696 or at