Liberty, police union still working on deal

LIBERTY – Liberty officials are working to wrap up a new contract with the township’s police union.

Liberty FOP President Chad McGarry declined to comment on details of the negotiation, stating only that a contract has not yet been signed between the two parties.

For a Monday story in the Tribune Chronicle, Liberty Township Administrator Pat Ungaro provided financial information about a pay raise the police were to receive and also commented on changes to their health coverage. In a phone call Monday afternoon, Ungaro, who handles contract negotiations for the township, said the numbers he provided were actually part of the township’s contract negotiations with its fire department, not the police department. He said specifics of the tentative agreement with the police department have not yet been released.

The Tribune Chronicle has placed a public records request for the tentative police department deal.

McGarry said the contract could be up for a vote as soon as next week.

Warren man gets prison on sex charges

WARREN – A 49-year-old Warren man was sentenced to 18 months in prison Monday after pleading guilty to charges of abduction and gross sexual imposition.

David Jorden, of Scott Street N.E., was indicted on the charges following a complaint by a 9-year-old boy who was using a restroom at Trumbull County Action Program on Palmyra Road S.W. and said Jorden wouldn’t allow him to leave the room and attempted to grope him.

Jorden, who had refereed middle school basketball games, also was labeled a Tier II sex offender, requiring him to register his whereabouts with authorities twice a year for 25 years. Jorden had no criminal record when he was arrested.

Resch Foundation gives $1.2 million in grants

Area colleges, including Youngstown State University, will receive grants totalling $1.2 million, the Marion G. Resch Foundation announced Monday.

The grants are being awarded for the 2014-15 school year and will benefit approximately 170 students.

Other schools include Thiel College, Lake Erie College, University of Mount Union, Westminster College and the College of Wooster.

Since 2003, the foundation has awarded more than $11 million in assistance to Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana County students.

Recipients are selected by the individual colleges. Students can contact the financial aid office to determine their eligibility.

Liberty seeks volunteers for upkeep of roads

LIBERTY – Citizens for Good Roads in Liberty Township are currently seeking volunteers.

A meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the township administration building, 1315 Churchill Hubbard Road, for anyone interested in improving township roads.

For information, call 330-759-1315, Ext. 106.

Youngstown BOE to discuss superintendent

On Wednesday, the Youngstown Board of Education will meet to discuss goals and expectations for the evaluation of the superintendent.

The meeting will be at 5 p.m. in executive session in the board caucus room. No formal action will be taken.

Crash sends several to area hospital

HOWLAND The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a multi-vehicle crash that resulted in several people being hurt Monday afternoon on Niles Cortland Road.

Emergency crews responded to the crash around 1:40 p.m. on the westbound offramp from Route 82 to Route 46, which is north of the Eastwood Mall.

Troopers confirmed several people were transported to area hospitals. The crash caused traffic delays.

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Warren SOUP to accept presentation proposals

WARREN – Warren SOUP is accepting proposals for their next micro-funding dinner from presenters with creative local projects looking for a financial jump start.

The dinner will be held May 2, and presenters will be given a limited amount of time to pitch their idea to attendees who will then vote on which project they would like to fund through their ticket donation. Projects can range in topic from social entrepreneurship, urban gardens, youth development, fine and performing arts, social justice and the like.

All proposals are due in hand by noon April 18. Applications can be obtained at 170 N. Park Ave. or by contacting Sheila Calko, Warren SOUP committee member, via email at sheila@tnpwarren.org.

Volunteers and those wishing to donate soup, paper products and the like are also encourage to contact Calko.


Lupo to change plea in brine-dumping case

YOUNGSTOWN – The Poland businessman accused of ordering that oilfield waste be dumped down a storm sewer is scheduled to change his plea Monday to the federal charge stemming from the dumping.

Benedict Lupo, who owns D&L Energy and other related companies, is scheduled to appear 10:30 a.m Monday in U.S. District Court in Cleveland for a “Change of Plea” hearing. Lupo previously had pleaded not guilty to a single violation of the Federal Clean Water Act.

Documents compiled by environmental investigators noted that Lupo acknowledged ordering his employee at Hard Rock Excavating to empty the brine into a storm sewer on the Salt Springs Road property in 2012. The sewer drained into a tributary of the Mahoning River. Cleanup took months.

Lupo’s former employee, co-defendant Michael Guesman of Cortland, pleaded guilty to the same charge and is awaiting sentencing set for 10:30 a.m. Thursday.

BP robbery with BB gun nets two years in prison

WARREN – A 24-year-old Howland man was sentenced to two years in prison Tuesday after pleading guilty to robbing the BP Service Station on Niles Cortland Road at East Market Street in November.

Brady Mowery, of Howland Wilson Road, also was ordered to make restitution of $761 dollars to the service station.

A firearms specification was dismissed after prosecutors said Mowery used a pellet, or BB, gun in the hold-up. He was identified through surveillance video and on Facebook and turned himself in to authorities.

Former Howland man faces jail in rage case

WARREN – A 20-year-old former Howland man will undergo a pre-sentence investigation after pleading guilty to a bill of information charging him with attempted felonious assault in a road rage episode at Howland Park.

Andrew Scott, now with an address in Venice, Fla., was arrested following an incident Aug. 26 when prosecutors said a group of people yelled at Scott to stop speeding in the park.

Scott left his car, and a confrontation occurred with a group of people watching a youth soccer game. Scott was tackled and police said he bit the thumb of a man who was there.

He faces between nine and 36 months behind bars, but also is eligible for probation since he has no prior criminal record, a prosecutor said.

Walsh bows out of race for Court of Appeals

YOUNGSTOWN – Area attorney Maureen Walsh withdrew her candidacy for the 7th District Court of Appeals, based in Youngstown.

Walsh states in a news release that a ”recent and unexpected health issue” prevents her from devoting the time needed to campaign for the May primary race against appellate Judge Cheryl Waite.

”My candidacy was never against Judge Waite, but rather for Maureen Walsh. I continue to believe that I would have brought a unique and valuable perspective to the Court of Appeals due to my almost 30 years as a lawyer,” Walsh states in a release.

Walsh said she has not ruled out the possibility of running for a judicial position in the future.

Youngstown Schools to hold Super Saturday

YOUNGSTOWN – Families are invited to explore new program choices in the Youngstown City School District for children in grades 3 to 12.

Super Saturday will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Youngstown City Schools Administration Building, 20 W. Wood St.

Student groups such as Destination Imagination teams and participants in the Chaney STEM/VPA Program will be in attendance to provide demonstrations such as robotics and visual and performing arts.

For more information, call Kathleen Good, supervisor of Student Services, at 330-744-5769.

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