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Air base in Vienna holds target practice

VIENNA – The sound of gunfire overnight was not cause for alarm for neighbors of the Youngstown Air Reserve Station.

Members of the 910th Security Forces Squadron and Department of Defense Security Officers conducted a weapons qualification from 10 p.m. Wednesday until approximately 6 a.m. today.

The weapons fire is a scheduled event and is necessary to maintain the mission readiness of the security personnel assigned to the 910th Airlift Wing, base officials said.

Police wait on victim in Youngstown shooting

YOUNGSTOWN – Youngstown police are still waiting to talk to the victim of a shooting that happened on the city’s South Side.

Aaron Jones, 19, was found about 5:45 a.m. Tuesday with a gunshot wound to his neck and back near the corner of East Boston Avenue and South Avenue, according to Tribune Chronicle news partner WYTV 33 News.

A resident on East Boston Avenue called police to report that someone was banging on the door trying to get in. At the same time officers were responding to that call, another call came in from an East Avondale address stating someone was pounding on the door screaming he had been shot.

That caller told the victim to go to Ally’s Food Store on South Avenue and police would be alerted.

Police found a pair of bloody jogging pants on the porch of one of the houses. Officers then noticed a back door hanging open to a house at 376 E. Boston Ave., where Jones was found.

Jones is in critical condition in the intensive care unit of St. Elizabeth Health Center and has not been able to provide police with details of the shooting, police said.

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Court officials attend domestic relations meet

WARREN – Domestic relations judges, attorneys and others involved with the local Family Court system recently returned from a regional summit meeting in Akron designed to minimize conflict for children and families.

Attending the meeting were Judges Sandra Stabile Harwood and Pamela Rintala, attorney Daniel Thomas, administrator of Trumbull County Child Support and Enforcement Agency, attorneys Anthony G. Rossi III and Elise M. Burkey, practitioners and guardians ad litem, and Elizabeth Chapin, advocate for Someplace Safe.

Teams from Ohio have been meeting throughout the year to assess their case management systems, examine resources and share promising practices leading up to the statewide Domestic Relations Summit next April in Columbus.

Fire destroys vacant house in Warren

WARREN – Fire destroyed a two-story wood-frame vacant house Sunday night at 2944 Choctaw S.W.

“It was almost to the ground by the time we arrived,” fire Chief Ken Nussle said. Firefighters were dispatched at 8:45 p.m. “There were not a lot of houses near the house. The fire probably went undetected for a long time before someone noticed it and called.”

Estimated value of the structure was $20,000. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Achievers Association seeks candidate for hall

WARREN – The Trumbull County African American Achievers Association is taking nominations for candidates for the 2014 Hall of Fame.

The TCAAAA recognizes African-Americans who have had a community impact in leadership, community service or development, entrepreneurship, family development, education, religious outreach programs and artistic talent.

Up to six adults and two high school seniors will be selected. Adult nominees may be current or former Trumbull County residents and should have at least five years of of service in their respective fields.

Nominations are due by Dec. 15. Forms may be picked up from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays at RBG Music Complex, 1958 Palmyra Road S.W.; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays at the Van and Carolla Barbershop; and 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the TCAAAA office, 418 Main Ave. S.W.

The TCAAAA induction ceremony will take place Feb. 22.

For information, call 330-399-6525 at the African American Achievers office.

Warren man reports robbery at gunpoint

WARREN – A city man told police he was robbed at gunpoint by two males who stole his wallet, cell phone and car on Friday.

Hamzah Yacuob, 18, of Whittier Place N.E. told police his identification and bank cards were among the items taken around 6:32 the area of 1665 Lexington Ave. N.W. The Warren police report also indicate $10 was taken.

No injuries were reported.

Niles police warn of telephone scams

NILES – The Niles Police Department is advising residents of scam phone calls several residents have received recently with individuals claiming to be calling from the city’s utility department.

Police Chief Robert Hinton said Monday he was informed by the utility department billing manager that several residents have received calls from individuals claiming to be calling customers about their delinquent bill and asking for personal and credit card information.

The utility department is not making such calls.

Hinton said residents should not give out any information and are asked to call the police at 330-652-9944 or utility department at 330-544-9000.

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Man says woman tried to run him over with a car

WARREN – A city man told police a woman he knows tried to run him over with a car outside his residence Wednesday morning.

Steven J. Billock, 30, of 137 Forest St. N.W., suffered an apparent minor injury, according to a Warren police report. The report indicates the alleged assault took place around 10:15 a.m. The female’s name was not included on the police report.

No other injuries were reported and police provided no other information.

Today is last day to submit Giving Thanks

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.

Submissions are due today at the Tribune Chronicle.

To submit thankful thoughts, use the form published in the newspaper, 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.

Local teachers set to receive STEM grants

FirstEnergy has announced it will award 21 teachers, including educators in Warren and Youngstown, with education grants in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

Recipients of the grants include Terri Fleming of the Trumbull Career and Technical Center in Warren and Carrie Sinkele and Pam Lubich, both of the Chaney STEM Campus in Youngstown.

The grants will be up to $500 each and will be used to develop hands-on projects, workshops and teacher development programs during the school year.

Correctional Institution scores high marks

LEAVITTSBURG – The Trumbull Correctional Institution has scored high marks on its latest audit.

The review by Ohio’s Correctional Institution Inspection Committee found that TCI is one of the safest, cleanest, and well-managed higher security institutions in Ohio.

Under the leadership of Warden LaRose, critical incidents have all decreased at TCI, according to the audit report.

The report made special note that the number of assaults at the prison is “exceptional.” Also, the number of inmates who test positive for drugs has decreased, Tribune Chronicle news partner WYTV 33 News reported.

Two men indicted in West Side robbery

YOUNGSTOWN – Two men reportedly caught in the act of robbing a West Side convenience store last week were indicted Thursday by a Mahoning County grand jury.

Timothy Fulton, 38, and Charles Bulatko, 20, were indicted on charges of aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and two counts of having weapons while under disability. They both remain at the Mahoning County Jail pending their arraignments today, according to Tribune Chronicle news partner WYTV 33 News.

The men were arrested early Friday after police said they nearly crashed into a tree at Mill Creek Park. When Mill Creek Park police made the traffic stop, they found pills, marijuana and a gun inside the vehicle, according to a police report.

The gun matched the description of one used earlier in the evening to threaten a woman and one that was used to rob the Schenley Carry-Out store on Mahoning Avenue, police said.

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Man picked up after getting high

WARREN – Police here said a 31-year-old local man was so anxious to ”get his smoke on” that he left his 16-month-old daughter alone in an upstairs bedroom for two hours Tuesday afternoon.

Police working with the U.S. Marshals Task Force said they had been to Scotty Langham’s home on Highland Avenue S.W. a couple times throughout the day. He was wanted on a warrant for failing to register as a sex offender.

At one point, officers said they found Langham’s father at the home and he had called the toddler’s mother to come home from work since the child was left alone.

The child’s mother then called members of the task force after he returned home saying he had left to get high.

Langham pleaded not guilty to a charge of child endangering Wednesday and remains in Trumbull County Jail on a probation violation since he owes fines of $416 and $848 for prior convictions of failing to register his change of address as a Tier I sex offender who was convicted in Warren Municipal Court of misdemeanor sexual imposition. He served four months in jail on the charge in 2011.

Priest injured in two-car accident

POLAND – A priest from New Middletown, formerly of Austintown, had to be rescued from a vehicle after a crash Wednesday in Poland.

The accident happened about 9 a.m. on Struthers Road, between Route 224 and Dobbins Road, according to Tribune Chronicle news partner WYTV 33 News.

The Rev. Stephen Popovich was traveling north on Struthers Road when he lost control and hit an oncoming pickup truck, police said. The car then hit a tree before coming to a stop in a residential yard.

Popovich was taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center with serious injuries, police said. The driver of the pickup truck was not injured.

Police said icy road conditions were a factor in the crash.

Popovich has been a priest at St. Paul the Apostle in New Middletown since 2010. He also has served at Immaculate Heart of Mary in Austintown, St. Lucy Parish in Campbell and St. Paul Parish in Salem and was an associate principal at Cardinal Mooney High School from 1989 until 1991.

Volunteers, donations sought for dinner

WARREN – Anyone interested in volunteering or donating food for the annual ”Families Helping Families” Christmas Day dinner is asked to meet 7 p.m. Wednesday at the McDonald’s restaurant at the corner of East Market Street and North Road.

The meeting is being held to organize this year’s dinner, 3 to 5 p.m. Dec. 25 at Aulizio’s Banquet Center, 4395 Youngstown Road S.E. The free meal is being provided with the help of The Movement Church.

Questions should be directed to Dan Polivka at 330-233-2024.

Police investigate Salem fatal stabbing

SALEM – A Salem resident charged with assault after stabbing his brother during a 2006 fight is now charged with murder in the stabbing death of a Washingtonville man after an altercation early Wednesday.

Robert L. Harmony, 45, of 383 1/2 E. Fourth St., remains in the county jail after reportedly telling police that he stabbed someone.

Gerrod S. Lanzendorfer, 23, of 540 Union St., Washingtonville, was found lying in the middle of the street in the 400 block of South Broadway and declared dead at the scene.

He had multiple stab wounds, according to Salem Police Chief J.T. Panezott, who said the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office conducted an autopsy and advised investigators of the injuries. The Columbiana County Coroner’s Office is also investigating.

Harmony is expected to be arraigned this morning in County Municipal Court.

At this point, police are still trying to determine exactly what happened. Detective Dave Talbert said there was an altercation between Harmony and Lanzendorfer, but he would not release additional details.

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Warren woman dies in morning car crash

MESOPOTAMIA – A Warren woman was killed in a crash Tuesday morning on state Route 87 west of state Route 534.

Brandi L. Miller, 26, was traveling east on state Route 87 in a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am about 7:15 a.m. when she lost control of the vehicle and slid left of center, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. She collided with a 2002 Dodge Caravan driven by Katrina L. Port, 32, of Dorset.

Miller was killed. Port was transported to Geauga Medical Center with nonlife-threatening injuries, according to the patrol. No other injuries were reported.

Troopers said unsafe speed for the condition of the roadways – wet from snow – appears to be a factor.

Mayfield heights man stabbed in Warren

WARREN – City police were called to St. Joseph Health Center on Monday after receiving a report that a man had been stabbed.

Police said Anthony H. Brown, 26, of Mayfield Heights, provided few details about the incident or the person responsible for stabbing him.

A Warren police report indicates Brown suffered apparent minor injury and that he reported being robbed of $15 around 9:30 p.m.

Police: Woman drives on wrong side of Route 82

BAZETTA – Police arrested a Cortland woman on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol on the wrong side of state Route 82 about 1:40 a.m. Sunday.

Officers reported seeing Valerie Campbell, 42, driving west in the eastbound lane of the highway and pulled her over east of Larchmont Avenue, according to police reports. She was unable to pass field sobriety tests, police said.

Officers took Campbell into custody and called her father to take possession of her dog, which was in the back seat of the car, and of Campbell herself. She also was charged with reckless operation of a vehicle and given a court date.

Prosecutors win appeal to use tossed evidence

WARREN – Trumbull County prosecutors won an appeal Tuesday, signaling the startup of a Warren Township drug case that was delayed when a former judge threw out evidence that he ruled was based on hearsay.

The case involves Anthony Hudson, 30, who was living on Miller Street S.W. when county drug agents said they raided his home in November 2006 and found 27 grams of crack cocaine after making undercover buys there.

Former Judge John M. Stuard suppressed the evidence, saying that a search warrant used for the raid was based on information relayed from an undercover agent to the detective who applied for the warrant.

Prosecutors argued successfully at the 11th District Court of Appeals that second-hand information is acceptable and a ”good faith exception” applies.

Girard ward blockwatch to hold public meeting

GIRARD – The city’s 2nd Ward blockwatch will hold a public meeting at 6 p.m. Nov. 21, to be attended by several city officials. Girard Safety Service Director Jerry Lambert, fire Chief Kenneth Bornemiss and Councilman Larry Steiner are scheduled to appear at the meeting.

The meeting is set to be held at the Girard Public Library.

Warren crews called to douse vehicle fire

WARREN – City fire crews were called out Monday night to extinguish a vehicle fire on Parkman Road S.W. Warren Fire Chief Ken Nussle said it is believed the fire was set intentionally and that investigators are working to sort out all the details.

Reports state the fire started around 7 p.m. and that the 2012 Jeep Wrangler was a loss. The vehicle was set on fire outside owner Mary Lee Spain McClain’s residence at 1322 Parkman Road S.W., reports state.

No injuries were reported.

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Principal receives written reprimand

LORDSTOWN – A Lordstown Elementary School principal who threw a pair of scissors in the cafeteria last week after reprimanding some sixth-graders for misbehaving has received a written reprimand from the school district’s administration, according to Tribune Chronicle news partner WYTV-33.

Several parents attended a special board of education meeting on Wednesday angry about the incident.

WYTV reports that a letter it obtained from School Superintendent William Pfahler states it will serve as the “formal reprimand” to Parise of her conduct during the Oct. 29 incident. It praised her for being “candid and forthright” in describing the incident, including sending a letter home to some parents explaining the situation. Pfahler’s letter also states her “record as principal for eight years has been a bright point in the district’s report card.”

WYTV reports that those who witnessed the incident reported hearing and seeing Parise yelling at sixth graders who were “misbehaving” for smashing peas in the floor, not sitting in assigned seats and throwing food.

Investigation in child’s death continues

HOWLAND – The death of 7-year-old Cormaree Floyd continues to be investigated under standard procedures, according to Coroner Dr. Humphrey Germaniuk.

“There was nothing obvious to suspect abuse,” he said.

Floyd was found unresponsive in his High Street home about 5:30 a.m. Friday and declared dead after being taken to St. Joseph Health Center. Attempts to resuscitate him by his father Corey Floyd, and emergency personnel were unsuccessful.

Germaniuk said, “kids are not just miniature adults,” so the post-mortem examination they undergo is different and can be more extensive. Toxicology tests will take at least eight weeks to complete. Germaniuk confirmed Cormaree had a substantial medical history.

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Woman dies in fire in Youngstown home

YOUNGSTOWN – One person died early Wednesday in a house fire in Youngstown.

Crews were called about 3:15 a.m. Wednesday to a home at 532 Dorothy Ave. on the city’s South Side. When crews arrived, the house was fully engulfed in flames.

A man, Richard Adams, 48, was able to escape the home with serious burns. He was taken to the Akron Burn Center, according to Tribune Chronicle news partner WYTV 33 News.

The woman who died was identified as Martha Cole, 38. The coroner said there was no obvious signs of trauma on the body, but a full autopsy is scheduled today.

Another woman who lives at the house was not home. Youngstown Fire Chief John O’Neill said there were also several dogs in the house and all but one died. The cause still is under investigation.

Police release ID of boy who died in Howland

HOWLAND – Police released the name of a 7-year-old boy who died Friday as Cormaree Floyd. The boy was found unresponsive in his High Street home and later declared dead Friday morning.

Howland police Chief Paul Monroe said Wednesday the manner of the death – intentional, accidental or natural – is pending conclusion of a coroner’s investigation. Though Coroner Dr. Humphrey Germaniuk was not available for comment Wednesday afternoon, according to his office, it will take several weeks for the return of toxicology tests.

Initial reports indicate the boy had an extensive medical history and that there is little to indicate a suspicious death.

Cormaree was autistic, according to previous police reports and in July 2012 was found on the roof of his 8454 High St. home. The boy had removed a window fan and climbed outside.

On the morning Cormaree was declared dead, his father and emergency responders both made unsuccessful attempts at resuscitating him.

Lordstown parents don’t get answers at meeting

LORDSTOWN – Parents waited for about 90 minutes while the Lordstown School Board met in closed session to discuss personnel, but had little chance to discuss complaints against the Elementary School principal.

Students claimed that a week ago Tuesday, Principal Laura Parise lost her temper during lunch and threw a pair of scissors in their direction. Parise sent a letter home to parents telling parents that she tried to toss the scissors – used to open lunch items for students – onto a table, but they caught in her fingers and hit the ceiling, then the floor.

Parents who showed up at the special meeting Wednesday told Tribune Chronicle news partner WYTV 33 News that they thought they’d have a chance to ask questions. But the board went right into executive session, and cut question time short when they came back into open session to adjourn.

“Personnel matters, as far as our board goes, do not get discussed publicly, no,” Mark McGrail, school board president, said.