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TCTC OKs alternative calamity day plan

CHAMPION – The Trumbull Career and Technical Center Board at a special meeting on Thursday approved an alternative calamity day makeup plan for the district.

Board President Diana DeVito said the board approved the plan, which allows TCTC Superintendent Jason Gray to submit it to the state by today’s deadline.

The plan allows for up to three additional makeup days, with students given work in ”blizzard bags” either online or on paper, to be completed within two weeks of time school was called off due to weather.

The district, like many others in Trumbull County, has used five or more calamity days this month due to severe cold weather and snow. Other area districts that already approved the makeup plan include Warren, Niles, Champion and Joseph Badger.

Officials: Candle cause of Warren house fire

WARREN – A burning candle likely caused a fire that damaged a bedroom inside a city home Thursday morning, officials said.

Warren fire Chief Ken Nussle said the candle ignited some bedding resulting in flames damaging a bedroom at 1446 Union St. S.W.

Fire crews were called to the house, owned and occupied by Kevin Watson, around 5 a.m. Nussle said the fire was contained to the bedroom, and there were no injuries. There was about $1,000 in damage done to the room and $800 to the contents, he said.

“The occupant had extinguished a lot of it by the time we got there,” Nussle said.

Ohio Rights Group to seek cannabis issue on ballot

WARREN – Members of the Ohio Rights Group will be providing information about medical cannabis from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Warren SCOPE Center, 220 W. Market St.

The group will have information about their effort to place a Ohio Cannabis Rights Amendment on the November ballot. A petition will be available for any registered voter to sign to help get the proposed amendment on the ballot.

Boil alert issued for Brookfield residents

BROOKFIELD – The Trumbull County Sanitary Engineer’s Office has issued a boil alert advisory for water customers from the 900 block of Bedford Road continuing to Stewart Sharon Road due to a water main break.

Residents are advised to boil water used for consumption for three to five minutes until further notice.

Sheriff’s Office searches for man on bad checks

WARREN – Detectives with the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office are searching for a former Mogadore man who is wanted in connection to bogus checks cashed throughout Ohio, as well as in Florida.

Gregory R. Haddox, 46, also is sought on a probation violation out of Erie County, Ohio. The U.S. Secret Service also is involved in the search, according to Maj. Tom Stewart of the Sheriff’s Office here.

Stewart said Haddox is wanted in connection with the recent cashing of a bad check at a local store that was made out to SYMEX, a phony company.

Haddox – a white male described as standing 5-foot-9 tall, weighing 200 pounds, with blond hair – is known to work construction jobs, sometimes taking on work for money without performing the job, Stewart said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 330-675-2504.

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One injured as car collides with truck

LIBERTY – A car collided with a tractor-trailer rig on Interstate 80, resulting in minor injuries to the woman driving the car about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The two vehicles were westbound with the car in the left lane. When the car headed off the left side of the road, the woman overcorrected causing the car to collide with the semi truck’s tire in the right lane, the patrol said.

The car then crossed the median and entered the eastbound lane of I-80. The driver was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries and the truck was not damaged. According to officials, the roadway was clear of ice and snow. The cause of the accident is pending an investigation.

Bazetta fire in complex causes $10,000 damage

BAZETTA – Construction workers remodeling a bathroom in the 3100 block of Ivy Hill Circle North caused a fire resulting in approximately $10,000 damage about 12:50 p.m. Monday.

The blaze began after workers soldering pipes caused the paper backing of some insulation to catch fire. Fire Chief Dennis Lewis said damage was caused to the first floor joist in apartment B, while apartments A and C suffered small amounts of water damage. No one was injured in the fire.

When firefighters attempted to put out the fire, the first fire hydrant they approached was frozen so they had to move to another. Lewis said this is not unusual with the recent frigid temperatures.

Howland BOE proceeds with emergency levy

HOWLAND The Howland Board of Education took the first step at a special meeting on Tuesday to placing an additional emergency operating levy on the May 6 primary ballot.

Board President Warner Bacak said the board will have the county auditor determine the exact millage needed to generate $2.07 million annually, which he estimates at 3.9 mills.

The new levy would be for a 10-year period for day-to-day needs and operations of the school district.

Bacak said the district has received less and less in state funding for the school system over the years with the levy’s passage needed to make up that financial loss.

The board will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at the administration offices for final action on the matter.

Howland park commissioners meet

HOWLAND – Howland Township Park commissioners have named Jackie Mills as board chairwoman and Allen Seman as board vice chairman for 2014.

Seman attended his first meeting Monday, replacing Dr. Jim Lapolla who became a township trustee.

Seman, who was sworn in Monday, was named by Judge Thomas Swift to fill the remainder of Lapolla’s term on the board.

The commissioners will wait until spring to continue work on the percola and gardens located in the northeastern section of the park, north of the tennis courts.

Meetings will be held at 4:30 p.m. at the park building with the next set for Feb. 10.

Warren G. Harding’s Incentive Day canceled

Due to another sweep of frigid temperatures resulting in additional calamity days, Warren G. Harding’s Incentive Day scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday has been canceled. An alternate date had not been announced.

Mathews BOE to meet with Vienna trustees

VIENNA – The Mathews Board of Education has scheduled a special meeting for 6 p.m. today at the high school to meet with Vienna Township trustees regarding joint economic development and other issues.

School Superintendent Lew Lowery said the trustees were invited to attend to help answer board members’ questions on township issues as the district plans for a proposed new school complex.

The school board will also be taking final action to place a bond issue on the May 6 primary, which is needed to raise the local share towards a new K-12 school complex.

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re damages Bazetta apartment complex

BAZETTA – Fire crews were called to extinguish flames Monday afternoon inside an apartment complex.

Firefighters said the blaze started in the floor of one of the units at the apartments in the Ivy Hills development off Elm Road.

No injuries were reported. The cause is under investigation and a damage estimate was not available.

Man charged in investment fraud

AUSTINTOWN – A Boardman man accused of mishandling an investor’s money has been charged with grand theft and complicity to forgery.

Austintown police said David M. Perham accepted a check for almost $13,000 from a client, who believed it would be invested on his behalf. Instead, Perham deposited the check into his personal account, police said.

Police believe Perham may have at least two other victims and they are urging individuals who have done business with him or any of his associates to check their investments. Individuals who believe they are victims of theft are being advised to contact police.

Firm sues Trumbull over Falls sewer project

WARREN – A Boardman engineering firm has filed suit against Trumbull County commissioners, seeking $296,000 in damages after claiming the county breached a contract by terminating it before performance on a second phase.

ES&C International Engineering and Sat Adlaka filed the lawsuit in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court earlier this month. The case has been assigned to Judge Andrew Logan. No hearing date has been set.

ES&C says it completed work on the first phase of what’s known as the Scott Street Sanitary Sewer Improvement Project in Newton Falls.

Commissioners had no comment on the suit, but the county reportedly handled engineering for the second phase of the project in-house rather than award another contract.

Falls man pleads innocent in drug case

WARREN – A Newton Falls man pleaded not guilty Monday to three counts pertaining to making methamphetamine, including one count that accuses him of being a major drug offender.

Matthew Greathouse, of McMullen-Allen Road, remained in Trumbull County Jail in lieu of $50,000 following his arrest on secret indictments charging him with illegal possession or assembly of chemicals to manufacture drugs, illegal manufacture of drugs and aggravated possession of drugs.

Agents with Trumbull-Ashtabula Group Law Enforcement Task Force in November reportedly found Greathouse with 330 grams of meth, which prosecutors say is 100 times the bulk amount leading to the major drug offender allegation, which can enhance any penalty if convicted.

Nominations sought for Community Stars

Nominations are being sought for the Tribune Chronicle Community Star program.

Now in its 13th year, the program celebrates the volunteers who have had a significant influence on Trumbull County, be it through tireless hours of service, random acts of kindness or a single moment of courage.

The 10 people chosen will be recognized in a special section published in the newspaper, and treated to a banquet open to the community at W.D. Packard Music Hall on March 18.

Nominations are due by Monday. They can be emailed to Sue Shafer at or submitted through the Virtual Newsroom on They can also be hand-delivered or mailed to Sue Shafer, c/o Tribune Chronicle, 240 Franklin St. S.E., Warren, OH 44483.

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Warren Schools to talk adding calamity days

WARREN – The Warren Board of Education has scheduled a special meeting at 8 a.m. Monday at the administration building to approve a resolution for a calamity day alternative make-up plan and to act on other business.

Warren schools have already used more than the five calamity snow days approved by the state due to the severe cold weather and the district having many students who walk to school.

Niles Board of Education on Thursday approved a resolution for an alternative make-up plan that allows three additional days beyond the five already allowed, with students making up the missed work on those additional days. Niles has also used more than five calamity days in the past two months.

With expected severe cold weather for next week, many local schools will likely go beyond five days this school year.

Interstate 80 ramp

to close for repairs

HUBBARD TOWNSHIP – Beginning Feb. 3, the ramp from Interstate 80 westbound to U.S. Route 62 southbound will be closed to truck traffic for bridge repairs. The detour will be I-80 westbound to state Route 193 to I-80 eastbound, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation.

This work is the beginning of a $130,000 project to repair the I-80 bridge over route 62. The entire project is scheduled to be completed by June.

Leavittsburg man arrested after burglary

BRACEVILLE – A 27-year-old Leavittsburg man remains in Trumbull County Jail awaiting formal burglary charges by Braceville police after he was arrested by a Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office detective about three hours after a home was broken into Thursday on Herr-Fieldhouse Road.

Maj. Tom Stewart said he heard of the burglary in progress about 11 a.m., and then about 2 p.m., he spotted the described getaway car at Oak Street at West Park S.W.

Stewart said the man he arrested in the car, Charles Wallace of Barclay Messerly Road, admitted to the burglary and later admitted the burglary to Braceville police.

Nominations sought

for Community Stars

Nominations are being sought for the Tribune Chronicle Community Star program.

Now in its 13th year, the program celebrates the volunteers who have had a significant influence on Trumbull County, be it through tireless hours of service, random acts of kindness or a single moment of courage.

The 10 people chosen will be recognized in a special section published in the newspaper, and treated to a banquet open to the community at W.D. Packard Music Hall on March 18.

Nominations are due by Feb. 3. They can be emailed to Sue Shafer at or submitted through the Virtual Newsroom on They can also be hand-delivered or mailed to Sue Shafer, c/o Tribune Chronicle, 240 Franklin St. S.E., Warren, OH 44483.

Cleveland suspends traffic ticket appeals

CLEVELAND – Cleveland has suspended its process for drivers to contest traffic camera tickets while it decides what to do following a courtroom setback.

For now, the city said Friday it will continue issuing traffic camera tickets for speeding and red light violations. The delay of several weeks in sending tickets in the mail will give the city time to decide how to let drivers challenge tickets.

The 8th Ohio District Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that the city must allow motorists to fight tickets in Municipal Court, not before a hearing officer as it has been handled.

The court says Cleveland’s system violates the requirement that tickets come under Municipal Court. Sam Jodka of Columbus sued over how Cleveland handles challenges of ticket fines costing up to $200.

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YSU to offer scholarship for incoming freshmen

A new scholarship will provide $1,000 for incoming freshmen at Youngstown State University.

The First Opportunity Award will be granted to prospective freshmen with at least a 3.0 high school grade-point average and score of 20 on the ACT or 900 on the SAT exam. It will be available starting this fall semester.

As many as 200 to 300 students could meet requirements for eligibility, YSU officials expect. The scholarship is funded by the university and YSU Foundation.

McDonald BOE to vote on employee contract

McDONALD – In a special meeting today, the McDonald Board of Education will vote on a new contract with the Ohio Association of Public School Employees.

If approved, the three-year pact would be retroactive to Sept. 1, 2013, and run through Aug. 31, 2016.

The meeting will be held 7 p.m. today in the high school library.

Lordstown board to meet on personnel

LORDSTOWN – The Lordstown Board of Education will discuss personnel and negotiations today during a special meeting.

The board will meet at 6 p.m. and go into executive session. Some action may be taken.

Ice fishing tournament plans on trying again

MECCA – After two ice-less years, the fifth annual IceFishOhio Mosquito Lake Panfish Tournament is set for Feb. 2.

Up to 75 teams will compete to see who can catch the most panfish from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Check-in at Causeway Sporting Goods will take place from 6 to 7:30 a.m., with the final weigh-in held at 3:10 p.m.

Those wishing to enter can download an application from the Mosquito Lake forum page on or contact Dave Hoheisel at 614-361-5548. Completed forms can be turned in to Causeway Sporting Goods.

The tournament fee will be $75 with a $10 late fee for those registering on the day of the event. If entering at Causeway Sporting Goods, teams must pay in cash.

The Trumbull County Tourism Bureau and Causeway Sporting Goods will be partnering with to present the ice fishing tournament.

Bazetta, Cortland crews battle chimney fire

BAZETTA – Fire crews from Bazetta and Cortland were called out at 10:10 p.m. Monday to a chimney fire at 2790 Niles Cortland Road N.E.

A Bazetta fire department spokesman said it was a very minor fire contained to the chimney in the detached garage and was put out quickly.

The call originally came in as a fire to the garage, which was not damaged.

Crews were back to the station within a half hour of the call.

Hubbard man robbed after responding to ad

AKRON – A 41-year-old man from Hubbard was robbed of $200 after he responded to an ad on Craigslist, according to Akron police.

Around 11:30 a.m. Friday, the victim said he met the supposed seller in a parking lot on East South Street in Akron to buy some gold jewelry. When he arrived, the seller pulled a handgun, took $200 and ran, he told police.

Zachary L. Christopher, 31, of Brown Street, was arrested in the robbery. Police said a search of Christopher’s home turned up a 9 mm handgun, syringes, rolling papers, a burnt spoon, plastic bags and razors.

He was charged with aggravated robbery, weapons under disability, possession of drug abuse instruments and possession of drug paraphernalia.

His roommate, Ron B. Hopkins, 30, was charged with having a working meth lab inside of the home. He faces other charges, as well, according to Tribune Chronicle news partner WYTV 33 News.

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Commissioners give nod to hotel tax exemption

WARREN – Trumbull County commissioners have gotten the ball rolling toward approval of a 49 percent, 10-year property tax exemption for a hotel developer planning to build a Comfort Inn on Belmont Avenue in Liberty.

Wednesday’s move authorizing the Trumbull County Planning Commission to prepare a draft agreement for Perni & Perni Equities LLC is the beginning of what’s expected to be a two-month process that includes a review by Liberty School District officials and approval by commissioners, township trustees and the Ohio Development Services Agency.

The project is located in a 3.5-mile stretch of Belmont Avenue from Gypsy Lane to Tibbetts Wick Road designated by the state last year a community reinvestment area, which allows for certain tax exemptions.

The $6.5 million hotel is planned for the site of the old Ramada Inn, which closed in 2011.

Commissioners increase money for land bank

WARREN – Funding for the Trumbull County Land Bank, which runs on money taken from delinquent property tax penalty fees, was increased Wednesday by Trumbull County commissioners.

The increase to 5 percent – one half of the penalty added to a past due property tax bill – should give the land bank about $320,000 a year to run on, said its board president, Sam Lamancusa.

The added cash is needed, in part, to use for local matching dollars for grants and give the land bank the capital to attract larger, reimbursable grants.

When it was created in November 2010, the land bank relied on 2.5 percent, which raised about $160,000 a year. The remaining 5 percent is split evenly between the treasurer’s and prosecutor’s office to pay for the costs associated to foreclosure cases filed in court.

Red Cross offices moving from Warren

WARREN – The American Red Cross of the Mahoning Valley is moving its headquarters from Warren to what executive director Karen Conklin says is a ”more central location,” the Liberty Center on Belmont Avenue.

Conklin said the move should be complete by the end of February. The agency is waiting for its information / technology staff to set up the computer system at the office, space the Red Cross will rent. It owns the building on Mahoning Avenue in Warren. The office has a four-person staff.

The Liberty location will let the agency provide a better service for disaster response; it’s on a bus line, which can make it easier for clients to come to the office; and it’s close to the highway, Conklin said.

The building in Warren will be sold and some contents auctioned. Moving was part of the agency’s plan since the merger of the Red Cross agencies in Trumbull and Mahoning counties in 2010.

Bristol Schools place renewal levy on ballot

BRISTOL – The Bristol Board of Education at a special meeting on Wednesday approved placing an 8.1-mill renewal emergency operating levy on the May 6 primary ballot.

Superintendent Christopher Dray said the five-year levy would generate $730,000 annually for day-to-day operations and needs of the school district. Officials noted that with a renewal there is no increase in tax.

Dray said the new levy is a consolidation of two previous operating levies, a 3.8-mill and a 4.6-mill, which have been taken off the ballot.

Replacement chosen for Civil Service Commission

WARREN – The Rev. Todd Johnson of Agape Assembly Church was appointed to a six-year term on the Warren Civil Service Commission on Jan. 8 to replace the Rev. Frank Hearns, formerly the pastor of Second Baptist Church.

Hearns retired from the church in December and resigned from Warren Civil Service Commission on Dec. 31.

Johnson, 31, was installed as the pastor of Agape Assembly Church in June 2012.

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Woman held without bond in baby’s death

YOUNGSTOWN – A city woman charged in connection with the death last month of an infant she was watching is being held without bond at the Mahoning County Jail.

Traniqua Floyd, 22, was arraigned in front of Mahoning County Common Pleas Judge Maureen Sweeney on Tuesday. She is facing one count each of murder, felonious assault and felony child endangering in the death of 2-month-old Jamar Jones.

She is due to appear back in common pleas court Jan. 27 for a pre-trial.

Police said the child’s mother, Jasmine Nickerson, left the baby with Floyd around 3 p.m. Dec. 12 at a house on Pasadena Avenue. About five hours later, an ambulance was called to the house. Reports state the baby suffered severe head trauma. The infant was taken to Akron’s Children’s Hospital in Akron, where he later died.

Police: Shoplifter body slams Walmart manager

BAZETTA – Police chased down a shoplifter after he ran out of Walmart with approximately $170 worth of merchandise about 6 a.m. Monday, a report states.

Walmart manager told police she saw Marquel Deshawn Baker, 1308 Riverview St., Warren, conceal merchandise throughout the store and leave. When she confronted him, he body slammed her several times before running through the parking lot toward the Four Seasons Car Wash, the report states.

Police found a person matching the suspect’s description near the car wash and ordered him to put his hands up and get on the ground. The man, Baker, resisted until being handcuffed, police said.

He was arrested on charges of petty theft, assault, resisting arrest and obstructing official business. The stolen merchandise was found in the car wash parking lot and returned.

Report:?Drunken driver gets stuck in snow

BAZETTA – Police arrested a Howland man on a charge of driving while intoxicated after finding a vehicle stuck on a snowbank in the parking lot of Walmart off state Route 5.

About 3:20 a.m. Saturday, police were dispatched to Walmart in reference to a reckless vehicle. Police found Michael Fischer, 9058 Briarbrook Drive N.E., and Ryan Tyler Merrifield, 3888 Hightree Circle S.E., along with two juveniles attempting to remove a 1996 Chevy four-door vehicle from the snow.

Fischer appeared highly intoxicated, according to reports, and eventually Merrifield, the registered owner of the vehicle, admitted to police that Fischer had been driving at the time of the accident, police said. Fischer was charged with driving under the influence and endangering children. Merrifield was charged with wrongful entrustment of a motor vehicle.

Bazetta police find gun, no driver’s license

BAZETTA – Police pulled over a Warren man after a traffic stop on driving without a license and later found a handgun in the vehicle.

About 11 p.m. Saturday, a patrol officer ran the temporary registration of a black Ford SUV through the cruiser’s mobile database terminal and discovered that the vehicle’s owner did not have a valid driver’s license.

Brandon Michael Evans, 147 Linden Ave. N.E., was pulled over at Uncle Bob’s Storage on state Route 5. Evans admitted to having no license and officers noticed that he and a passenger were acting suspicious.

Evans was given a citation for driving without a license and was released. The vehicle was impounded. Police searching the SUV before having it towed discovered a Ruger P95 handgun behind the driver’s seat. A charge of having weapons while under disability because of a prior felony conviction is pending, police said.

Bazetta trustees

to meet on contract

BAZETTA – Bazetta Township trustees will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. today at the road department building for an executive session regarding the agreement between the trustees and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 377.

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Bursting pipes close Mahoning buildings

YOUNGSTOWN – The Oakhill Renaissance Place, which houses many Mahoning County offices, is closed today because a water line that feeds the entire building burst on Wednesday evening.

Mahoning County Commissioner Carol Rimedio-Righetti said there was enough water in the building to fill an elevator shaft.

The facility houses Mahoning County Job and Family Services, the Youngstown Health Department, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Board of Elections and the Head Start and pre-school.

Also Wednesday evening, water pipes burst at Heritage Presbyterian Church in Poland during a Bible study.

Events for today at the church, including the preschool, a women’s circle meeting and a Red Cross blood drive, are canceled.

State sues dealership over auto titles timing

A car dealership in Youngstown is among five in northeast Ohio being sued by Attorney General Mike DeWine.

Y-Town Auto Sales, 3205 Market St., named in the lawsuit filed in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court, is accused of violation Ohio’s Consumer Sales Practices Act by failing to obtain titles in the purchasers’ name within the required 30-day time frame.

DeWine is seeking Y-Town Auto Sales pay $2,266. The other dealerships being sued are in Cleveland, Akron and Garfield Heights.

A number for Y-Town Auto Sales was disconnected.

Woman sentenced in shoplifting fight

WARREN – A 40-year-old Youngstown woman was sentenced to four years in prison Wednesday for tussling with a security guard at Walmart in Liberty after getting caught shoplifting.

Besides pleading guilty to robbery, Chalise Gibson-Canty also pleaded guilty to two counts each of receiving stolen property and forgery.

Assistant county prosecutor Gabe Wildman said Gibson-Canty was arrested Oct. 13 at Walmart. Credit cards stolen a week earlier from vehicles at Truck World in Hubbard were used to make purchases.

She was sentenced to a concurrent two years in November from a similar credit card case.

Fitness Challenge deadline approaches

The sign-up deadline for the 13th annual Tribune Chronicle / St. Joseph-St. Elizabeth Fitness Challenge is fast approaching.

Teams of five need to have their entry forms submitted along with at least $50 of the $250 entry fee by Friday. The initial weigh-in for the Fitness Challenge is Jan. 16.

For 10 weeks, teams will compete to get fit and shed pounds. Each team will designate a charity, which is guaranteed a donation of at least $225. The team that loses the great percentage of its starting weight gains the greatest share of the prize money for its charity.

Contact Sue Shafer at 330-841-1696 with any questions or for more information.

Auditor’s app allows tipsters to report fraud

COLUMBUS – Want to report a case of suspected fraud in Ohio? The state auditor has an app for that.

Auditor Dave Yost says his “Ohio Stops Fraud” app lets public workers and others report instances of fraud that may be occurring in local government agencies or other public offices.

The iPhone app is free. It lets users submit anonymous tips and track the progress of their complaint. They can attach video or photographic evidence with their tip and answer brief questions about what they have witnessed.

The app also lets tipsters contact an investigator and submit the location of the suspected fraud case with a GPS locator.

Staff, wire reports

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Lights go out for 10,000 customers

About 5,600 FirstEnergy customers in Trumbull County were without power Monday night, a spokesman for the company reported shortly after 11 p.m. In Mahoning County, those without electricity numbered around 4,200 at the same time.

The cause apparently is weather-related but has not been pinpointed, he said. Temperatures were about 10 degrees below zero when a blue flash lit up the sky and lights went out about 9:30 p.m.

FirstEnergy spokesman David Turner could not say when power would be restored .

The largest concentration of customer powerless was in Girard, McDonald and Weathersfield, which had 2,100 customers without electricity, Turner said. The rest were scattered among other communities, Turner said. A dispatcher at the Trumbull County 911 Center said residents in Liberty also were experiencing outages.

In Mahoning County, there were about 2,000 FirstEnergy customers in Austintown and another 1,500 or so in Youngstown without power, Turner said.The rest without power are scattered around the county.

Turner said warming centers were available at the Boardman Township administrative building, 8299 Market St., and the Austintown Senior Center, 100 Westchester Drive.

Woman reports potential arson

WARREN – City police and firefighters were called to a North Feederle Drive S.E. home Sunday afternoon when a woman said her ex-boyfriend poured gasoline on the front door of her place.

Officers said in a report that the man left before police arrived shortly after 4 p.m.

No fire was started, but firefighters arrived at the scene to begin an arson investigation.

Police had been to the same home between 8:30 and 9 a.m. the same day after the woman reported an ”unwanted subject” at the home.

Business collecting for family fire victims

WARREN – Donations are being accepted for a woman and three children who lost their home and belongings in a fire Saturday.

The items are being collected at Glo Tanning and Nails, 1819 Elm Road N.E., which is the same plaza as Roses of Wood and Ianazone’s Homemade Pizza. All items, including clothing, blankets and pillows, are being collected.

The salon is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday to collect the donations. If the items cannot be dropped off, call 330-372-4561 for them to be collected. For more information on the clothing sizes, visit the salon’s Facebook page, Glo Tanning & Nails.

The fire at 1091 Elm Road N.E. early Saturday morning caused about $50,000 in damage. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Warren market robbers still at large after heist

WARREN – Police were still looking for a pair of bandits who held up the Z&J Market on Perkinswood Boulevard S.E. on Sunday evening.

According to reports, the two men came into the store shortly after 8:30 p.m. and escaped with $150 after pointing a handgun at the owners, Mostafa Ahmad Amireh and his wife, Ibtisam M. Amireh. Mrs. Amireh said she opened the cash register door and the thieves quickly grabbed the money and ran.

No injuries were reported.

Initial reports indicated the two males fled from the store in a silver Bonneville and were last seen heading toward Youngstown Road S.E. Witnesses told a police dispatcher the gunmen’s faces were covered.

Woman accused of trying to drown baby

CINCINNATI – Police say the mother of a 7-week-old girl found floating in a bathtub was arrested on a charge of attempted murder.

Fire and police crews responded to a report of the infant floating in a bathtub Dec. 31. They took the child to a hospital, where she is being treated for life-threatening injuries.

Police said they arrested the mother, 27-year-old Jessica Whitehead, on Monday.

Staff, wire reports

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WHAT: 2014 Eastwood Mall Bridal Extravaganza

WHERE:Eastwood Expo Center

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday

COST: $6 in advance, $8 at the door

NILES – The 2014 Eastwood Mall Bridal Extravaganza returns to the Eastwood Expo Center this weekend.

The annual event showcases all things wedding, with booths set up by numerous specialty businesses. Brides-to-be and their parties are invited to peruse the latest products and services from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The popular bridal fashion show will take place each day at 3 p.m., with the gowns and suits of David’s Bridal and American Commodore Tuxedo on display. Models will display the hair and make-up stylings of Casal’s de Spa and Salon.

Live music will also be performed by several bands that are available to rent on the big day. There will also be giveaways and the chance to register to win prizes.

Tickets are on sale now for $6 at the Eastwood Mall Customer Service Center. The price will be $8 at the door on the days of the show.

Pittsburgh hosts women in comics exhibit

PITTSBURGH – Exploring the role of women in the pages of comic books as characters and off the pages as artists is the goal of the Toonseum’s latest exhibit running Jan. 4 to March 30.

Wonder Women: On Page and Off takes a look at how history has shaped the gender’s portrayal and entrance into the medium of illustration. The exhibit of more than 50 pieces of original art, walks attendees through the minor roles to which characters were confined into the broader main character positions they hold today.

Female artists also found difficulties breaking into the comic scene. In the 1940s women first began in the industry but struggled to stay in the 1950s, by 1990 they had found their niche.

Thanks to Trina Robbins’ historical collection and Curator Kathleen Adam of The Women’s Museum of California, the Toonseum will be able to show both sides of the story.

Pittsburgh itself is home of the first African American Woman cartoonist, Jackie Ormes and the site for the creation of the iconic “We Can Do It” poster. A private opening reception celebrating Pittsburgh’s Wonder Women will take place on Jan. 4.

Ashtabula Arts Center host retirement reception

The Ashtabula Arts Center will be celebrating the dedication and retirement of its executive director on Saturday.

Well-wishers are welcome to bid farewell to Elizabeth Koski, who has served at the center’s helm for the last 28 years at a reception from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the center, 2928 W. 13th St..

Lori Robishaw was selected by a search committee to succeed Koski. Robishaw has a long history in the arts and their management, most recently working at a consultant for the Southeastern Connecticut Cultural Coalition.

For more information on the reception contact the Ashtabula Arts Center at 440-964-3396.