News In Brief

Columbiana man dies in single-car crash

GUILFORD LAKE – A 23-year-old Guilford Lake-area man was killed early Wednesday in a single-vehicle accident on state Route 172 in Hanover in Columbiana County.

John William Guappone of Sell Road was eastbound on Route 172, just past the Whinnery Road intersection, shortly after 12:30 a.m. when his 2013 Cadillac STS went off the right edge of the road, then went back across the road and off the north edge, striking a large tree, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Guappone was pronounced dead at the scene by a coroner’s investigator.

Kent State at Trumbull reports enrollment drop

WARREN – On Wednesday, Kent State University at Trumbull announced a slight decrease in enrollment for spring, the first enrollment drop in four years.

The decrease of 184 students brings the semester’s enrollment to 2,957 students, which halts a run of three straight spring enrollment increases, according to a news release.

The school is taking the loss in stride.

“The campus is pleased that our spring enrollment remains at nearly 3,000 students. As the local economy improves, it is not surprising to find some adjustment in enrollment trends, but we are glad to see only a minor drop in what remains historically very high enrollment at the campus,” assistant dean Dan Palmer said.

Maplewood, Austintown OK calamity day plans

MECCA – The Maplewood Board of Education at a special meeting on Wednesday approved a calamity day alternative make-up plan which would allow for the district to have three additional days beyond the five allowed by the state.

Also in a special meeting Wednesday, the Austintown school board approved a similar resolution.

Maplewood board President David Drawl said his schools have used five calamity days this month due to severe weather and cold temperatures.

The plan, which has been approved by several other area school districts that have used five or more days this winter, allows for the three additional days as long as students are given work to make up during that time period.

Hartford meets with Brookfield on fire pact

HARTFORD – Township trustees are working out terms with Brookfield to continue fire and emergency medical service they currently receive from the neighboring township.

Hartford Trustee Chairwoman Rebecca Whitman said the current contract with Brookfield will end later this year and are planning to meet with Brookfield officials to work out a new contract.

Hartford met Wednesday with fire officials from Brookfield to discuss aspects of the contract.

Bill adds athletic clubs to gym class waiver list

COLUMBUS – An Ohio bill would let school boards decide what athletic club activities would excuse high school students from physical education requirements.

Current law gives districts and chartered, nonpublic schools the authority to excuse students who participate in interscholastic athletics, marching band, or cheerleading for at least two full seasons, or Junior ROTC for two full school years.

The measure would add participation in a school-sponsored athletic club to the list of waivers.

Boil alert issued for Brookfield neighborhood

BROOKFIELD – A boil alert was been issued for residents along Bedford Road, south of Stewart-Sharon Road in Brookfield following a water line break. Customers need to boil their water for three minutes before consumption.

The advisory is in effect until further notice.

North Bloomfield to talk about fire truck

NORTH BLOOMFIELD – Trustees will hold a special meeting at 7:30 p.m. today at the township garage, 2063 Kinsman Road, to vote on whether to purchase a fire truck.

Staff, wire reports

News In Brief

Youngstown slaying suspect

in custody

YOUNGSTOWN – Authorities say a suspect in the slaying of a Youngstown mother has been arrested in Columbus.

The U.S. Marshal’s Service Northern Ohio Fugitive Task Force said it arrested 39-year-old Larry Johnson in the victim’s vehicle about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at a Columbus Walmart.

Johnson is accused of beating and stabbing 26-year-old Lashea Parker, whose body was found in her Shelby Road home on the West Side of Youngstown on Tuesday. A neighbor who went to investigate why a child was outside without a coat in the yard found her.

Parker’s children are with a relative, police said.

Johnson is being held in Columbus, where he is scheduled for a court hearing this morning. Youngstown police detectives are there, and plan to take him to Youngstown today.

Patrol reports three fatalities over holiday

The Ohio State Highway Patrol reported that three people were killed on the state’s roadways during the New Year’s holiday reporting period from midnight Tuesday through 11:59 p.m. Wednesday. None of the fatalities happened in northeast Ohio.

Last year, six people were killed during the same two-day holiday reporting period, and 14 the year before that.

Trumbull County ranked ninth-most total incidents over this year’s holiday period, with 212. Portage County was 10th out of the 88 counties with 211. Statewide, there were 9,051 reports.

Among those statewide, troopers arrested 162 drivers on impaired driving charges, an increase of 27 percent when compared to last year’s holiday. In addition, troopers cited 222 people with aggressive driving, an increase of 37 percent and arrested 53 motorists for drug-related offenses, an increase of 21 percent.

For a complete breakdown of the Patrol’s holiday enforcement visit

Youngstown police chief

to be sworn in

YOUNGSTOWN – Youngstown Mayor John McNally will administer the oath of office to new city police Chief Robin Lees at a swearing-in ceremony to be held at 10 a.m. today at City Council Chambers.

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