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Politicians wager on Ohio State-Michigan

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown is betting a lawmaker from Michigan a six-pack of beer that the Ohio State Buckeyes will defeat the Michigan Wolverines on Saturday.

If the Buckeyes win, U.S. Rep. Gary Peters, a Democrat, will buy Brown Cleveland-brewed Great Lakes Christmas Ale. However, if the Wolverines win, Brown will buy Peters a selection from the Michigan-brewed Detroit Beer Company.

Saturday’s game, thought by many to be the greatest rivalry in sports, is the 110th game between the two schools.

Bristol Township to meet on road resurfacing

BRISTOL – Township trustees will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at the the township hall to act on a resolution on Housel Craft Road resurfacing project with Ohio Public Works Transportation Improvement program. Trustees have also canceled Tuesday’s meeting.

Farmington gets grant for wastewater hookups

West Farmington will receive a $414,000 state grant for wastewater collection and treatment in the village.

The Community Development Block Grant funding also will be used to help connect 50 low-to-moderate-income households to the system. A total 184 households will benefit from the project.

The funding is administered by the Community Development Office in the Ohio Development Services Agency, which announced the grant funding.

Brookfield court’s lease extended for one year

WARREN – Trumbull County commissioners Wednesday extended the county’s lease for space to house Eastern District Court in Brookfield.

The one-year extension with K-Y Residential, Commercial and Development Corporation in Brookfield calls for the county to pay monthly rent of $4,052, the same amount the county previously paid. At the end of the year, commissioners have the option to extend the lease for another two years in one-year terms.

The original lease agreement was signed in September 2002.

GOP?official set to speak at holiday party

Chris McNulty, political director for the Republican National Committee, will be the speaker at the Mahoning County Republican Party’s Christmas and holiday party.

The party will be 6 p.m. Dec. 28 at the Blue Wolf Banquet Center, 7095 Lockwood Blvd, Boardman.

Tickets cost $35 a person and reservations can be made by sending a check to the GOP headquarters with a list of group members, calling headquarters before and paying at the door or sending an email to Jill Downie at jdowniegop@gmail.

Man catches fire in possible theft attempt

EAST LIVERPOOL – A St. Clair Avenue man who reportedly caused an electrical outage to more than 3,000 residents for several hours overnight Saturday is facing a felony charge.

A spokesman for the city police department said this week that Joseph Monteiro, 47, is facing a charge of disrupting public service or public transportation, a fourth-degree felony.

The spokesman said he will most likely be indicted on the charge through the grand jury.

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Shots fired at house on Hamilton Street

WARREN – A Hamilton Street man told police shots were fired at his residence early Saturday morning.

Freddie Washington of 172 Logan St. S.E. said someone fired gunshots at his house around 2:30 a.m., according to a Warren police report. He told police he heard the shots hitting the house and yelled that he had a gun. He said he went outside and saw someone dressed all in black running west through the yards in the area.

Police said there were two holes in the siding of the house that appeared to be caused from bullets. Washington told police he was not having any problems with anyone at the time of the shooting.

No injuries were reported.

Fire crews called to vacant house again

WARREN – For the second time within a matter of days city firefighters were called early Monday to extinguish a blaze at a vacant house.

Warren fire Chief Ken Nussle said investigators are looking at both fires as suspicious.

The Monday blaze started at 12:10 a.m. at the house at 1216 Buena Vista Ave. N.E. Nussle said the fire caused $5,000 in damage on top of the original $10,000 caused by a Friday blaze, which started around 12:30 a.m.

The house, owned by Ed Hecker of Cortland, has been under renovation.

The initial fire damaged the first and second floors of the structure and burned out the stairwell. The second fire caused additional damage to the kitchen area and first and second floors.

No injuries were reported in either incident.

Inmate holds guard hostage with knife

WARREN – A Trumbull Correctional Institution inmate held a guard hostage with a homemade knife for a short time on Saturday.

The Ohio State Patrol, which is investigating the incident, confirmed the inmate held the guard hostage for about seven minutes before another guard interceded and talked the inmate into a peaceful surrender.

No injuries were reported. The names of the guard and the inmate were not released.

No injuries were reported.

Trial delayed for shooting suspect

LISBON – A Wellsville man accused of opening fire on police through the wall of his garage last year was granted more access to his children while his jury trial in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court was pushed back until February.

Joel Possage, 35, who is now living with a brother on Golfview Drive, Boardman, made the request through his attorneys, Mark A. Hanni and Dennis A. Dimartino. assistant county prosecutor Tammie Riley Jones had argued against allowing him unsupervised visitation with his children.

He is charged with felonious assault with a firearms specification. The jury trial, which had been scheduled for next week, was moved until Feb. 18.

Man pleads guilty in Salem girl’s death

LISBON – The man accused of causing the death of a 9-year-old Salem girl by striking her with his pickup truck last year before driving away pleaded guilty in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court Monday to aggravated vehicular homicide and failure to stop after an accident.

Todd R. Roberts, 28, Thomas Road, Lisbon, quietly pleaded guilty to the charges, which had been part of a negotiated plea agreement, which included input from the parents of the child, Olivia S. Thompson.

Assistant County Prosecutor John Gamble said he plans to ask for a four-year prison term followed by four years probation.

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Woman robbed in TMH parking lot

WARREN – A city woman reported being robbed Thursday night by two males at gunpoint in the parking lot of Trumbull Memorial Hospital.

Diane Skidmore, 49, of Howland Wilson Road, told police she was approached by two males wearing masks and carrying handguns as she was standing in the rear parking lot at the hospital at 1350 E. Market St. just before 8:30 p.m., according to a Warren police report. The report states the gunmen took her purse.

They reportedly ran away on foot on Laird Avenue.

Youngstown Road pizza shop robbed

WARREN – Police were searching for two men Friday night in connection with the robbery of Little Caesars Pizza on Youngstown Road.

The business was robbed shortly after 10 p.m., according to police radio traffic. Two men wearing hoodies and masks were able to obtain the cash register drawer before running away on foot westbound.

Radio traffic also indicated a witness later told police she saw two men matching the description running through a residential area near the shop.

Warren police were not available for comment late Friday.

Trash collection will be delayed for holiday

YOUNGSTOWN – Allied Waste Services will be closed Thursday for the Thanksgiving holiday with all trash collection service moved one day later Thursday and Friday.

Mona Rance, customer service manager at Republic Services in Youngstown / Allied Waste Services, said the company will operate on a one-day delay for the remainder of the week. All Thursday service will be performed on Friday, and all Friday service will be performed on Saturday.

Gas odor gone at Girard school

GIRARD – Girard Fire Department and Dominion East Ohio Gas officials returned to Girard High School Friday, and this time found no odor of gas that existed Wednesday and Thursday.

Classes at the Shannon Road school were canceled Friday for 800 students in grades 7 to 12 as investigators worked to pinpoint a cause. Students were evacuated and sent home Wednesday. Classes resumed Thursday, but the smell returned and students were evacuated once again to the nearby elementary school but later returned to school after it was found to be safe.

As a precaution, Girard Superintendent David Cappuzzello canceled classes Friday. School will be in session Monday. The school is scheduled for use today for a local FIRST Robotics competition.

Dominion East Ohio Gas officials have said they do not believe natural gas triggered the odor.

State again questions horse stalls at racino

COLUMBUS – State horse-racing officials say they’ll hold off on approving racing dates at a new northeastern Ohio racino until an issue is settled regarding the number of horse stalls being built at the track.

The racing commission is concerned there aren’t enough horse stalls at the new racino in Austintown. They worry that the track might emphasize the video lottery gambling more and short-change fans of live horse racing.

Mark Loewe, Penn’s vice president of racing operations in Ohio, said there’s room to expand beyond the 760 stalls planned, but the company can’t do it initially because of the cost.

Grissom letter fails to sell at auction

CONCORD, N.H. – A letter written by Mercury 7 astronaut Gus Grissom that exposes resentment over the pick of John Glenn as the first American to orbit the Earth has failed to sell at auction.

The October 1961 letter to his mother had a high bid of $13,155 in the online sale run by RR Auction of Amherst, N.H. Before the auction ended Thursday, company officials estimated it could bring $80,000.

A spokesman said Friday that because the minimum price was not offered, the letter was withdrawn.

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Swiped, burning Jeep driven into Quinby pond

WARREN – A “joy ride” ended with a Jeep on fire being driven into the small pond in Quinby Park about 8 p.m. Monday.

Fire department officials said the car was not being driven by its owner. The driver jumped out before the Jeep hit the pond. No injuries were sustained, and officials believe the vehicle was stolen.

Police and fire crews put out the fire and removed the vehicle from the water. The name of the driver was not released and the cause of the fire is not yet known.

Police investigating weekend shooting

WARREN – No arrests had been made by Monday night in the weekend shooting that left one man wounded.

Warren police confirmed that David P. Nelson, whose age or address was not available, was shot Saturday.

Police reports state Nelson was shot in the shoulder about 6:30 p.m. at the intersection of Parkman and Palmyra roads S.W. Nelson was able to drive to the Sunoco gas station at 805 W. Market St., where he called police.

Details remained sketchy on Monday. Police said the shooting remains under investigation.

Assault case handed over to prosecutor

NILES – A Sunday incident involving two women near the Eastwood Mall has been handed over the the city prosecutor’s office for review.

Police said Sara Jerina, whose age and address were not available, told them that the other woman, who dates the father of her child, chased her through the mall area in a vehicle and cut her off at Youngstown Road near the BP gas station about 3:15 p.m., according to a Niles police report.

Jerina told police that the other woman got out of her own vehicle and, after opening Jerina’s car door, started punching Jerina in the face. Jerina told police the other woman also damaged her car door and backed into it while the door was open, breaking the door frame.

Police reported that a witness “described the event exactly as stated by” Jerina.

The police report did not indicate whether anyone needed medical attention.

Diocese to help with typhoon relief effort

YOUNGSTOWN – The Catholic Diocese of Youngstown, Office of Social Action / Catholic Relief Services, is accepting monetary donations for emergency relief and long-term development after the devastation in the Philippines and the surrounding region caused by Typhoon Haiyan.

Catholic Relief Services, the official overseas emergency relief and development agency, continues to work with local church-related institutions to provide emergency shelter, water and sanitation, household relief items such as blankets and cookware, potable water and toilets.

To donate online, visit or to donate by mail, make check payable to Catholic Relief Services – Diocese of Youngstown (memo line: Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund) and mail it to Diocese of Youngstown, Office of Social Action / CRS, Attn: “Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund,” 144 W. Wood St., Youngstown, OH 44503.

Councilwoman will seek Hagan’s office

YOUNGSTOWN – Sixth Ward Councilwoman Janet Tarpley is running for the 58th District Ohio House seat. Tarpley said in a news release that she will file her nominating petitions today with the Mahoning County Board of Elections.

Also seeking the Democratic nomination next year so far is Michele Lepore-Hagan, wife of incumbent state Rep. Bob Hagan, who cannot run again for the House seat because of term limits.

The district includes Austintown, Campbell, Coitsville, Lowellville, Struthers and Youngstown.

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Robbery reported at Little Caesar’s

WARREN – City police are investigating a Thursday night robbery at Little Caesars, 2525 Youngstown Road S.E.

The restaurant reported about $210 in cash was taken about 7:30 p.m. Details were sketchy and police provided little information about the robbery.

The incident is the third robbery at local eateries reported in the past week. On Nov. 1, police were called to Carmen’s Pizza, 1861 Youngstown Road S.E., and Caesar’s Restaurant on West Market Street to investigate robberies at both establishments.

Bike to Work group to hold ride today

WARREN – Warren’s Bike to Work Committee will take part in a fall ride on the Warren portion of the Western Reserve Greenway starting at noon today, with those taking part to meet at the Warren G. Harding parking lot at Panther Drive.

The group will ride south east through the city and back within an hour.

Submit gratitude for Giving Thanks feature

WARREN – The Tribune Chronicle is continuing its tradition of publishing notes of gratitude for the annual Giving Thanks features over Thanksgiving week.

Good fortune may include things like a steady paycheck, a happy family, a life-changing experience or a special person.

To submit thankful thoughts, use the form published periodically in the Tribune Chronicle and mail to: Tribune Chronicle, attn: Giving Thanks, 240 Franklin St. S.E., Warren OH 44483. Or submit electronically at “”>, click ”VNR: submit your news” and go to “Giving Thanks”; or email to

Include your complete name, a phone number (not for publication) and the community in which you reside. Submissions should be limited to 25 words.

Local schools who wish to participate this year are encouraged to send student submissions electronically. After each submission, please list the student’s name and grade. Also include the name of the school and community.

Submissions are due at the Tribune Chronicle by Nov. 15.

Ohio Libertarians sue over 3rd-party limits

COLUMBUS – Libertarians in political battleground Ohio challenged the constitutionality of new ballot access rules in federal court Friday, arguing that a bill signed Wednesday by Republican Gov. John Kasich will effectively eliminate all minor party candidates from next year’s primary ballots.

That’s because no minor party operating in the state won the percentage of votes in the last election that was required by the bill to remain a qualified party next spring, the filing in U.S. District Court in Columbus argued, adding that the right to a primary is guaranteed under Ohio’s Constitution.

The bill moved quickly through the GOP-dominated Legislature as Ohio Republicans face increased competition from tea party supporters who have threatened to back a third-party challenger to Kasich next year.

1 suit dropped in Ohio’s cancer cluster case

CLYDE – Lawyers have dropped one of two lawsuits against Whirlpool Corp. related to a child cancer cluster in northern Ohio.

Attorneys on Friday wouldn’t say why they dropped the $750 million class-action lawsuit.

The News-Messenger in Fremont reported an attorney said the suit could be refiled.

The lawsuit attempted to link Benton Harbor, Mich.-based Whirlpool and others to the cancer cluster that has sickened dozens near the city of Clyde since the mid-1990s.

Whirlpool has a washing machine factory in Clyde. The company has said it will vigorously defend itself against allegations that it was responsible for the illnesses.

A message seeking comment was left with Whirlpool Friday.

A second suit against Whirlpool filed in May by families of the children is continuing in federal court.

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