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Warren man charged in copper theft

WARREN – A 34-year-old Laird Avenue resident was arrested on multiple charges 8:15 p.m. Thursday after police said he was caught inside a Laird Avenue home stealing copper pipes.

Mickey L. Fisher, 255 Laird Ave., Warren, was found by police officers inside 416 Laird Ave. S.E., stealing copper piping.

He was charged with breaking and entering and possession of criminal tools. He also was arrested on an outstanding warrant from Warren Township.

Man struck inside club in Warren

WARREN – A 34-year-old Palmyra Road resident was struck in the face by another man inside Central Social Club, 1171 W. Market St.

William Tobias described playing pool at the club shortly after 9 p.m. Thursday when he saw another male thrust a drink at his girlfriend. As he approached the man, Tobias was struck in the left ear and then punched in the face in what he described as an unprovoked attack, according to a police report.

Body is found by Youngstown worker

YOUNGSTOWN – The body of an 18-year-old man was found shot to death about noon Friday on Worthington Avenue at Fleming Street, according to Youngstown police.

The man was discovered in the wooded area by a Youngstown Street Department worker and three people from the Adult Probation Department who were cleaning up the area for community service.

Police had not released an identification as of late Friday. Family members at the scene, however, identified the man as Mason Fleming of Albany Street, who had been reported missing for two days.

Walker shooting triggers assault

WARREN – A 29-year-old Stewart Drive resident reported being assaulted Thursday morning by someone she knows when she showed him a video about last weekend’s shooting of Taemarr Walker.

Antila Daniels, 29, reported being hit several times in the face after she made a comment about what was happening on the video, and then the suspect began breaking things inside the home.

The suspect said he would make the house a murder scene. He left before police arrived.

Walker was shot by a Warren police officer Oct. 19. Police cruiser dash camera video taken following the shooting has been released and posted on several media web sites.

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Police seek help to solve string of robberies

YOUNGSTOWN – City police are asking the public for help in solving four recent aggravated robberies on Market Street and Midlothian Boulevard.

Police said in each incident two light-skinned males, possibly teenagers or young adults, walked into the businesses brandishing handguns. They then took money from the cash registers.

The robberies occurred at 8:31 a.m. Sept. 30 at Burger King, 15 W. Midlothian Blvd., 1:45 p.m. Oct. 8 at Family Dollar, 2224 Market St.; at 2:56 p.m. Oct. 12 at Taco Bell, 3726 Market St.; and 4:06 p.m. Thursday at Subway, 830 E. Midlothian Blvd.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Youngstown Police Department at 330-747-7911 or Crime Stoppers at 330-746-CLUE.

A cash reward may be available for information leading to the arrest of the individuals involved.

Warren man says friend stabbed him in the arm

WARREN – A city man this week told police he was stabbed in the arm Monday by a friend while at work at a store on Parkman Road N.W.

Brian K. Calkins, 37, of Folsom N.W., told police his friend was playing with a pocket knife and “then without warning ran at him stabbing him in the arm,” according to a Warren police report.

Calkins didn’t report the stabbing until Thursday, telling police that it was captured on store surveillance cameras. He told police he went to St. Joseph Health Center for treatment and received three stitches.

Police advised Calkins to speak to the city prosecutor’s office about the possibility of filing charges.

Report: GM parts hauler overturns; driver hurt

FOWLER – An overturned tractor trailer on state Route 11 resulted in the driver being transported to St. Joseph Health Center with minor injuries and both lanes being closed early Friday.

Thomas Durkin, 42, of Erie, Pa., was driving the tractor trailer loaded with General Motors parts southbound on state Route 11, north of the King Graves Road exit. He went off the left side of the road and into the median.

While attempting to come back onto the road surface, the truck overturned onto the left side blocking all southbound lanes of state Route 11. Southbound traffic was detoured onto state Route 305 because of the lane blockage.

One lane of the highway was reopened by 9:45 a.m. and the second lane was expected to be open by early afternoon.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is handling the investigation.

Head of Ohio’s Job and Family Services resigns

COLUMBUS – The director of Ohio’s Department of Job and Family Services has resigned from his cabinet position in Gov. John Kasich’s administration.

The governor’s office said in a written statement Friday that Michael Colbert is leaving to pursue other opportunities. The statement did not provide additional details on his departure. His resignation was effective Friday.

In his resignation letter, Colbert told Kasich he was grateful for his 2 years as director and the decision wasn’t easy. The department oversees public assistance, unemployment compensation and other programs.

Kasich has named Cynthia Callender Dungey to take Colbert’s place. Dungey manages daily operations at the state’s Department of Medicaid as its chief of staff. She has a law degree from Ohio Northern University College of Law and a bachelor’s degree from DePauw University.

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Heroin conviction nets 6 years for Warren man

WARREN – A 37-year-old local man was sentenced to six years in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to trafficking in heroin.

Darius Simmons, formerly of Highland Avenue S.W., also forfeited $1,123 that Warren police and members of the U.S. Marshals Service found on him along with more than 100 bindles of heroin during a traffic stop July 19, 2012.

Simmons was a passenger in the car and still has another drug case pending before another common pleas judge.

The six-year sentence runs concurrent with a 15-year sentence Simmons got last week in federal court for having a gun while prohibited as a convicted felon and during the course of a domestic incident in Warren in January 2012.

Youngstown man jailed on harassment charges

AUSTINTOWN – A Youngstown man is behind bars on accusations that he repeatedly harassed and threatened his ex-girlfriend and her husband over the weekend by smashing the windows and slashing the tires on their three vehicles.

Brian Romine, 33, was arraigned Wednesday on charges of aggravated trespassing, telephone harassment and violation of a protection order, according to Tribune Chronicle news partner WYTV 33 News.

The victim, Daisy Berdis, said Romine, her ex-boyfriend and the father of two of her children, showed up with a tire iron and knife on Sunday. Berdis told police after he vandalized the cars, Romine knelt down on the sidewalk and waited for police to arrive and arrest him.

According to court records, Romine has been charged with numerous counts of telephone harassment, violation of a protection order, trespassing, criminal damaging and menacing by stalking.

Southington board discusses petitions

SOUTHINGTON – The Southington Water Board met Wednesday with 14 officials from Champion, Southington and Warren townships and the Trumbull County Sanitary Engineer’s Office on what would be involved to get residents to sign a petition expressing interest in getting water.

Water Board Chairman Skip Hanes said although no official action was taken, the three communities are the area north of Interstate 80 and west of U.S. Route 422 that get water from wells, ponds and cisterns.

Hanes said petitions would need to be circulated and signed by residents in the three townships to show there would be interest in getting waterlines to the area.

Officials discussed how they would go about getting the petitions circulated.

Warren Rotary hosts chocolate fundraiser

WARREN – A chocolate lover’s paradise will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday as part of the Rotary Club of Warren’s ninth annual Chocolate Festival at Packard Music Hall. Confections will be provided by 12 area vendors. The event also will include wine tasting, beer tasting, auctions and a raffle.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit the YWCA of Warren.

Tickets are $15 a person, $25 a couple and $10 for those 12 and younger from any Warren Rotarian, by calling the Packard Music Hall at 330-841-2931, by visiting the online box office at or at the YWCA of Warren, 375 North Park Ave. Tickets will be available at the door.

Annual Niles bike run rides on Saturday

NILES – The annual Niles Trailhead Community Bicycle Run will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday beginning at the Niles Trailhead downtown.

The run is sponsored by Stoneyard Grill and Tavern, and all proceeds will be provided to Niles Community Services. Donations are $10 for adults and $5 for children younger than 12. Refreshments and lunch following the ride are being provided by the Stoneyard Grill and Tavern.

For information, contact Stoneyard Grill at 330-544-9273.

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Trumbull County OKs roof work

WARREN – Trumbull County commissioners Wednesday moved on getting a new roof for a portion of the Engineer’s Office administration building.

Commissioners approved a $34,876 proposal submitted by Durolast Roofing of Michigan to replace the roof that covers space for the sign shop and equipment storage area. It’s part of the administration building on North River Road, but does not have administrative offices, said Engineer Randy Smith.

The contract is for the roof system, installation done by Holko Enercon of Fowler and a 15-year warranty.

The roof is original to the building, built in 1978. Casino revenue is being used to pay for the improvement.

Austintown school bus goes into ditch

AUSTINTOWN – A township school bus used to transport special needs students tipped onto its side Wednesday morning after going into a a ditch on New Road between Route 46 and Turner Road.

No injuries were reported. Reports state that a middle school student and a high school student were on the bus with the substitute driver and an aide. Tribune Chronicle news partner WYTV 33 News reported that all four were taken to the Austintown High School health clinic after the 7 a.m. accident.

The accident remains under investigation and the driver could face charges.

Newton road work extended till Friday

WARREN – Newton Bailey Road between Pennsylvania Avenue and Miller Graber Road in Newton Township will be closed an extra couple of days for road upgrades near railroad tracks.

The closure will end at 3 p.m. Friday, according to the county Engineer’s Office.

The recommended detour is Pennsylvania Avenue to Newton Tomlinson Road to Selkirk Bush Road to Miller Graber Road.

Farm foliage tour set for Sunday

The Trumbull County Farm Foliage Tour will be 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday in the Hartford/Burghill area.

Directional signs will be posted to lead tour goers along six stops on the drive-it-yourself tour.

The event is free.

The stops are Hartford Orchards, 6951 state Route 305; Storeyland Christmas Tree Farm, 5148 state Route 7; Hartford Greenhouses, 3084 state Route 7; Hartford Center, the intersection of state Routes 305 and 7; Hartford United Methodist Church, 6846 state Route 305; and the Hartford Township Volunteer Fire Department, 6959 state Route 305.

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Bristol Schools plan open house Saturday

BRISTOL – Bristol’s Parents Interested in Education group will hold a tour of the school building from 8 a.m to noon today.

The event is to showcase the schools, show what work needs to be done, and why passage of a school levy in November is necessary to bring the high school into the 21st century.

There will be voter registration information and refreshments.

Niles bicyclist dies from injuries

NILES – A city man who was hit by a car while riding his bicycle on North Main Street last month has died from his injuries.

Gregory Dunn, 54, of Bent Willow Drive, was pronounced dead Thursday by the Mahoning County coroner at St. Elizabeth Health Center, reports state.

Dunn was pedaling about 8 p.m. on Sept. 20 near Federal Street when he was struck by a vehicle driven by Elizabeth Sheets, 18. Sheets is expected to face charges after police meet with prosecutors, according to Tribune Chronicle newspartner WYTV 33 News.

Liberty trustees to meet on road levy

LIBERTY – Township trustees have scheduled a special meeting for 7 p.m. Monday at the township administration building for a presentation about the road levy on the Nov. 5 ballot.

The 1.25-mill, five-year additional levy is for the construction, reconstruction, resurfacing and repair of streets and bridges in the township.

Trustee Chairwoman Jodi Stoyak said residents will be able to ask questions about the levy.

Stretch of road to remain closed

NEWTON – The need to do more work along Newton Falls Bailey Road will require the stretch to be closed longer than planned.

The section of road between Pennsylvania Avenue and Miller Graber Road was slated to open Friday. The new opening date is Wednesday, according to a news release from the Trumbull County Engineer’s Office.

Workers began upgrading crosspipes along the road on Sept. 30.

The detour is south on Pennsylvania, southeast on Newton Falls Tomlinson Road, east on Selkirk Bush Road and north on Miller Graber.

Woman released on bond in theft case

WARREN – A former operator of a tattoo parlor is out on bond following her arraignment Friday morning on theft and tampering charges.

Holly Kahn-Webber, with addresses of both 2050 Niles Cortland Road, Niles, and 38 South State St., Girard, was charged Wednesday by a Trumbull County grand jury with 11 counts of tampering with records and one count of grand theft.

The indictment for theft alleges more than $99,000 worth of benefits were given to Kahn-Webber between April 2007 and May 2013. The multiple counts of tampering with records reflects documents the woman signed off on twice a year that stated she had no income.

During that time, Kahn-Webber operated Hollywood Ink, a tattoo parlor in Girard.

Firefighters to be sworn in Monday

YOUNGSTOWN – Two new firefighters will be sworn in by Mayor Charles Sammarone at 9:30 a.m. Monday at Fire Station No 1.

An oath ceremony will take place.

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Car crashes through chiropractic office

WEATHERSFIELD – No injuries were reported Monday afternoon when a driver lost control of a vehicle and slammed into a chiropractic clinic on Youngstown Warren Road.

Weathersfield police and fire were called about 6 p.m. at 22 Youngstown Warren Road, where the car was found inside the waiting room, reports state. No one was in the waiting room at the time of the accident, according to reports.

The driver was taken to the hospital for evaluation.

The driver was parked in a handicap spot just outside the waiting room when the car crashed through the building.

Police arrest three during burglary call

WARREN – City police arrested a 21-year-old Youngstown man and two city teens Monday after being called to a burglary in progress at a Red Fox Run residence.

Police said they made the arrest about 11:40 a.m. while working with the U.S. Marshal’s Task Force, according to a Warren police report. The police report indicates that officers retrieved a folding razor knife and 16 individual bindles of heroin in foil wrappers, but provided few details.

Kenneth M. Daniel, 21, 1840 Market St., Youngstown, was charged with aggravated trafficking in drugs. His bond was set at $5,000 at his arraignment Tuesday in Warren Municipal Court. He is due back in court Thursday for a preliminary hearing.

The other two males, ages 15 and 16, each were charged with armed aggravated burglary. Information about their cases was not available because they are juveniles.

Warren cops investigate reports of violence

WARREN – City police investigated separate incidents of violence reported Monday.

Louis E. May, 29, of South Street S.E., was injured when a male he knows cut him with a knife between 2 and 3 p.m., according to a Warren police report.

Later in the day, just before 11 p.m., Andrew Cline, 19, of Elmhill Drive N.W., told police his ex-girlfriend and two males robbed him at gunpoint. Reports indicate $200 was taken from Cline.

Police provided no other information about either incident.

Boy Scouts council reports shed break-in

WARREN – Police are investigating a break-in at a shed at the Boy Scouts of America Western Reserve Council’s main office on Enterprise Drive last month.

Reports state that sometime between 5 p.m. Sept. 11 and 10 a.m. Sept. 12. the lock to the shed just west of the office was broken off, and eight sections of aluminum pinewood derby track valued at $1,024 were taken.

Elections board OKs early voting hours

WARREN – The Trumbull County Board of Elections on Tuesday approved in-person, early voting hours for the Nov. 5 election.

In addition to voting during the office’s regular weekday hours – 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – voters can cast a ballot at the board office, 2947 Youngstown Road S.E., until 6 p.m. on Nov. 1 and 8:30 a.m. to noon on Nov. 2.

There is no in-person, early voting on Election Day.

Patrol: Woman killed crossing road was drunk

SOUTHINGTON – A woman who was killed in August while crossing U.S. Route 422 in Southington was intoxicated, according to toxicology results received Tuesday by the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Christine Pettry, 42, had a blood-alcohol content of 0.227, which is nearly three times the legal limit for drivers of 0.8 percent, according to the report. Troopers said that two of the juveniles who were with Pettry are facing charges for underage drinking.

Pettry was crossing the road late at night Aug. 14 with her teenage daughter, niece and their 13-year-old friend when she was struck by a car, then by a truck near her home on Leiby Osborne Road. The drivers are not facing any charges in the accident, according to the patrol.

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