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Power restored after explosions in Vienna

VIENNA – Power was restored by early Sunday afternoon to the 3,000 customers who lost it when transformers blew along Sodom Hutchings Road at Pin Oak Drive, just south of state Route 82.

A utility pole caught fire around midnight during a windy snowfall, according to reports. About 1 a.m., reported hearing four loud explosions when electrical transformers blew, and the lights went out.

Residents were told to stay inside since live wires were down, former township trustee Mark Finamore said. Power was reported out in Vienna, Liberty and Brookfield.

Firefighters had a difficult time reaching the fires at first, but everything was under control and power was starting to go back up around 2 a.m., according to a 911 Disptach Center supervisor. Power for most customers was restored early this morning, but for a few, it took until early this afternoon.

The cause of the original fire was to be determined.

Hydrant flushing begins on Wednesday

The Trumbull County Sanitary Engineer’s Office will begin flushing fire hydrants starting Wednesday, with crews working in Vienna, Brookfield, Liberty, Hubbard Township and parts of Howland. The flushing will take place throughout April.

Customers in the areas may experience temporary discoloration, which is not harmful and should clear within two hours of flushing in the area. If discoloration continues for more than two hours after the crews have left, call the office at 330-675-2775.

Customers should run cold water only until it clears and are cautioned not to wash clothes the day of or day after the flushing crews in the area. Customers may also experience fluctuating water pressures.

Tribune presents Packard gospel concert

WARREN – Tickets are on sale now for a double bill featuring Gold City Quartet and The Keelings, beginning at 7 p.m. May 19 at Packard Music Hall.

Alabama-based Gold City Quartet has earned No. 1 songs in each of the last four decades, with their most recent being “Peter James and John.”

The Keelings, from Hadley, Pa., delighted a Packard Hall audience in 2012, have been performing for more than 20 years.

A limited number of artist circle tickets are available for $20. Reserved seats are $12.50 and may be purchased through the Tribune Chronicle by calling Sue Shafer at 330-841-1696, by stopping into the newspaper office at 240 Franklin St. S.E., Warren, or online by visiting the website,

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Howland shooting called as accident

HOWLAND – A 23-year-old man was wounded Sunday night in what was initially reported as an accidental shooting near Howland Springs Elementary School.

Police were called about 9 p.m. to 1722 Stillwagon Road S.E. First reports were that the man had been shot in the shoulder, but minutes later, it was reported that he’d been hit below the heart. Police said he was conscious.

He was transported to St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown. His condition was unavailable Sunday night.

Police noted that the circumstances around the shooting were unclear, and investigators were working on the case late Sunday. Additional information, including the type of gun and how the shooting occurred, was not released Sunday night.

Helicopter called after buggy crash

MIDDLEFIELD TOWNSHIP – One person was flown to the hospital by a medical helicopter Sunday night after an Amish buggy and a car collided on Tavern Road, according to reports.

The initial accident happened at 9:15 p.m. Sunday, according to a report from Lt. John Hiscox of the Geauga County Sheriff’s Office. The horse pulling the buggy broke free, ran down Tavern Road, and was hit by another vehicle, he said.

Four people were listed with severe injuries, but no fatalities were reported. The investigation was continuing Sunday night, and additional information was unavailable.

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Police accuse woman of lighting crack pipe

WARREN – A 39-year-old Niles woman was being held in jail without bond Friday pending an April 3 preliminary hearing after police and U.S. Marshals said she lit a crack pipe while authorities tried to get her out of a vehicle.

Officers and marshals went to an Austin Avenue N.W. address to serve a warrant and found Robin O’Brien seated in a 2001 Ford pickup in the driveway of the home, a police report states.

Police repeatedly ordered O’Brien out of the truck. Instead, she turned a cigarette pack upside down, allowing a rock of crack and a glass pipe to fall out. She loaded the pipe and was lighting it when an officer knocked out the window and pulled O’Brien out of the vehicle, the report states.

After the woman started banging her head against the hood of the truck, she was taken to the ground, police said.

O’Brien, of 422 West Third St., Niles, faces charges of possession of cocaine and heroin, tampering with evidence, drug abuse instruments, obstructing official business and vehicle trespass.

Woman asking for ride gets held up instead

WARREN – A 28-year-old Lamphier Place N.E. woman told police she only wanted a ride from a man she knew. Instead, she was robbed late Thursday.

Police said Vanessa White was walking west on Youngstown Road S.E. about 11:40 p.m. when she was picked up near the intersection with Kenilworth Avenue S.E. She promised the man some money for gas.

The man drove a couple blocks before pulling a knife on White, telling her to get out of the vehicle near the Warren Water Department on Laird Avenue S.E., according to the police report.

Another man in the back seat of the car grabbed $36 out of White’s purse and pushed her out of the green Jeep Grand Cherokee.

YSU alumni donate to establish scholarship

YOUNGSTOWN – Youngstown State University will have a new scholarship.

YSU alumni Alan and Sandra Baxter donated $100,000 to establish an endowed scholarship for YSU students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in education or business administration.

Recipients of the Alan and Sandra Baxter Scholarship must be a graduate of a high school in Trumbull or Mahoning counties or Lawrence County, Pa. The scholarship will be awarded annually to qualifying students.

For more information, call Heather Chunn at 330-941-2123 or visit

Cleanup set for today at Peace of Hope Garden

WARREN – There will be a cleanup from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the site of a new Peace of Hope Garden, 682 Mercer St., for the preparation of the installation of the garden, which will be near Washington Street.

Those wishing to help may bring gloves, garbage bags and rakes. For more information, call Rachel Dunn 234-600-8365.

Youngstown seeks rep for MVSD board

YOUNGSTOWN – The city of Youngstown is seeking an individual to serve for a three-year term as the mayor’s representative on the Mahoning Valley Sanitary District’s Board of Directors.

The term will be May 2014 to May 2017, with applicants needing to be a Youngstown resident. Applications need to be submitted by 5 p.m. April 11 to Mayor John A. McNally, 26 S. Phelps St., Youngstown 44503, or emailed to mayormcnally@

The MVSD was formed in 1926 in Mineral Ridge. MVSD has provided water to its member cities since 1932. Members include Youngstown and Niles, and by special contract, McDonald.

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Trumbull students to compete

KENT – Eight undergraduate students from Kent State University at Trumbull will participate in an upcoming symposium at Kent’s main campus on April 2.

Biology, English and psychology students will compete for cash awards, develop research and presentation skills and prepare for graduate school or other professional opportunities during the Undergraduate Symposium on Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity.

The following Trumbull students will give presentations during the event: psychology students Morgan Fee, Randi Hidasey, Greg Perry and Vince Sabelli; English student Shannon Lutz; and biology students Anthony Amicucci, Michael Hickle and Kyra Yonnotti.

Tribune presents gospel concert

WARREN – Tickets are on sale now for a double bill featuring Gold City Quartet and The Keelings beginning at 7 p.m. May 19 at Packard Music Hall.

Alabama-based Gold City Quartet has performed gospel music for 34 years and achieved the rare accomplishment of earning No.1 songs in each of the last four decades, with their most recent being “Peter James and John” in 2012.

The Keelings, from Hadley, Pa., delighted a Packard Hall audience in 2012 and have been performing for more than 20 years.

“Both of these groups have been touring for decades and they put on a great show,” said Sue Shafer, Tribune Chronicle community events coordinator.

A limited number of artist circle tickets are available for $20. Reserved seats are $12.50 and may be purchased through the Tribune Chronicle by calling Shafer at 330-841-1696, by stopping into the newspaper office located at 240 Franklin St. S.E., Warren, or online by visiting the Tribune Chronicle website,

Tax prep offered for military

Ohio military families may sign up for free tax preparation from The Ohio Society of CPAs, the group announced.

CPAs from around the state will volunteer to prepare tax returns for military personnel who are permanent residents of Ohio and currently deployed outside of the state. Operation CPA is a partnership with the Ohio National Guard and has helped hundreds of military families since 2005.

To find a local Operation CPA volunteer, call The Ohio Society of CPAs toll-free at 888-959-1212 or email The agency represents more than 21,000 CPAs and accounting professionals.

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Electrical issue sends Ridge students home

WEATHERSFIELD – Students at Mineral Ridge High School had a half-day Thursday, as an electrical malfunction caused the school to send students home at around noon.

According to Weathersfield Township Administrator Dave Rouan, Weathersfield police responded to the school after the building had been experiencing electrical problems, which forced the gas to be shut off at the building. At that point, the school made the decision to send students home.

At this point, the issues are not expected to impact scheduled classes on Friday.

Portman announces auto caucus in Senate

A bi-partisan group of senators, led by U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, have formed the Senate Auto Caucus, a forum for them ”to exchange ideas and work to improve policy on issues” impact the U.S. automobile industry.

Portman and Michigan Democrat Sen. Carl Levin, a co-chair, announced the launch of the caucus Thursday. Among the issues the 13-member caucus will address are work force development, regulatory issues, safety, technology and fuel efficiency.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, is vice chair of the caucus.

Woman who survived Warren fire dies

WARREN – An elderly woman who firefighters rescued from her burning home in January has died.

Jean Brugler, 82, died Thursday at Gillette Nursing Home. It’s not believed injuries she received in the Jan. 22 fire at her Beechcrest Street N.W. home contributed to her death.

She and her husband, Richard Brugler, 85, were saved by Warren firefighters from the home. Both had suffered smoke inhalation. Richard Brugler died Jan. 30 at the Akron Children’s Hospital Burn Center.

Medicare informational event scheduled

YOUNGSTOWN – A ”Welcome to Medicare” event to help consumers and families understand the basics of the insurance program will be held at 6 p.m. April 22 at the Youngstown Senior Center, 1110 Fifth Ave., Youngstown.

The program is among 19 events that will be held around the state, put on by the Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program.

Specifics about deadlines, Medicare Advantage plans, supplemental health insurance, prescription drug coverage and financial assistance programs to help beneficiaries pay Medicare’s Part B premium and prescription drug out-of-pocket expenses will be provided.

Civic League presents civil rights discussion

WARREN – “Celebrating Women’s History: 50 Years after the Civil Rights Act” will be the subject of a panel discussion sponsored by the Warren Civic League at 4 p.m. Sunday at Grace AME Church, 1137 Main Ave. S.W.

U.S. District Judge Benita Pearson will serve as moderator. Panelists are Edwina Whitehead, the Rev. Georgina Thornton, Cheryl Sadler, Ph.D., Anna Biggins, Sarah Brown Clark, Gloria Duren-Gee, Dalphne Baldwin, Helen Rucker and Madonna Pinkard.

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Man dies as space heater ignites

DIAMOND – Authorities say a man has died after being burned by a space heater while painting a bathroom at a northeast Ohio park.

The Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office said 49-year-old Jon Blystone of Youngstown was painting a bathroom Wednesday at Green Acres Lake Park in Diamond, between Akron and Youngstown.

He was using a space heater to keep warm, and was seen emerging from the bathroom “engulfed in flames,” according to the medical examiner.

He was taken to an Akron hospital where he died early Thursday.

Bill would require tax notice

COLUMBUS – Businesses and taxpayers would be notified when they overpay their taxes under a bill passed by the Ohio House.

The measure was passed Wednesday and now goes to the Senate.

It would allow Ohio’s tax commissioner to give automatic refunds or provide credit toward future taxes if a taxpayer has overpaid – similar to when consumers overpay on their utility bills.

Under current law, the Ohio Department of Taxation can refund the overpayments, but only by request and only during the first three or four years, within the statute of limitations. The bill updates the law to ensure that taxpayers are notified no later than 60 days before the end of that limited three- or four-year period.

The state currently isn’t required to notify taxpayers if they have overpaid.

Union wants more prison guards

COLUMBUS- Ohio prisons need an additional 400 guards, the union representing corrections officers said Thursday as it warned that serious inmate assaults on officers are at a 7-year high.

An upcoming state budget proposal to add 83 officers at three individual prisons is not enough to keep guards from being injured and costing the state in workers’ comp payouts and overtime costs, the union said. Forty-six officers suffered serious attacks last year, according to the union.

“Too many correctional officers are getting hurt because of the understaffing, and they’re getting hurt badly,” said Christopher Mabe, president of the Ohio Civil Service Employees Union and a guard at Lorain Correctional Institution.

The union says that while the overall rate of assaults on staff has declined, the major assault rate has at its highest in seven years – a span that has seen nearly 850 guard positions cut. Mabe said the last time the assault rate went down was in 2008, when the state added 57 officers.

The state’s prison budget proposal asks for 293 new employees, including the 83 guards but also social workers, parole officers, psychologists, nurses and mental health administrators, among others.

Mumps spreads beyond Columbus

COLUMBUS – Health officials monitoring a central Ohio mumps outbreak say the viral illness has affected people from five counties.

Seventy of the 87 confirmed cases reported Thursday are linked to Ohio State University. Fifty-eight are students, and seven are staff.

Those infected range in age from 4 to 58. The cases span from January to this week.

Most of those infected are from Columbus. A few are from elsewhere in surrounding Franklin County. Individual cases were reported involving people from Fairfield, Hamilton, Licking and Union counties.

Delaware County says it is investigating six suspected cases of mumps.

Mumps often starts with fever, fatigue and body aches. Those infected are urged to stay home for a few days, cover their mouths and noses when coughing or sneezing, and frequently wash their hands.

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Ohio House supports CNG use for vehicles

WARREN – Ohio House members Wednesday unanimously supported a bill that promotes using compressed natural gas in vehicles.

The legislation, sponsored by state Reps. Sean O’Brien, D-Bazetta, and Dave Hall, R-Millersburg, now moves on to the Ohio Senate for consideration.

The bill would provide tax incentives for entities that buy or convert vehicles to operate using compressed natural gas (CNG), establish a sales tax reduction for those who purchase electric vehicles and create a motor fuel tax on compressed natural gas.

The incentives would be funded by existing oil and gas taxes on companies in Ohio and phased out over five years.

Greek Independence Parade set for Sunday

WARREN – The 14th annual Greek Independence Day parade will be held at noon Sunday, starting at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 429 High St.

Christina Kapolis, event co-chair, said that Greece’s independence is officially celebrated in the United States each March as a way to enrich Greek heritage. March 22, 1829, marks the day of the creation of the modern Greek state.

The parade will begin at the church and proceed west on High Street, north on Mahoning Avenue to city hall, 391 Mahoning Ave., where the Greek flag will be raised at city hall followed by a short ceremony.

Anyone wishing to join the event can call 330-392-9655 or 330-372-3358.

Two dispatchers

hired for 911 Center

WARREN – Trumbull County commissioners on Wednesday hired two new dispatchers for the Trumbull County 911 Center.

Tiffany Burke will begin March 31 and Amanda Demsey April 14. Both will earn $15.72 an hour and serve a 90-day probationary period. Their employment is contingent on passing all pre-employment tests.

Sewer project to start in Liberty and Vienna

WARREN – Construction on part four of a five-part project to run sewer lines along state Route 193 in Liberty and Vienna will begin Monday.

This section, costing about $2.3 million, will continue the line north from near Squaw Creek Country Club to Warren Sharon Road, and include a leg east to near Mathews High School. It will have 62 new connections. Completion should be in mid-October.

Known as the Little Squaw Creek project, it begins near Tibbets Wick Road, heads north and will end near the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport when it’s complete. The project is being done to remedy a problem with broken down and failing septic systems.

Southington to meet about board member

SOUTHINGTON – The Southington Board of Education has scheduled a special meeting for 6 p.m. today in the school media center to discuss the continued service of a board member and personnel matters.

Board member Al Haberstroh, who was re-elected to the board last November, indicated he will submit his resignation to retain his seat as a board member of the Trumbull County Educational Service Center Governing Board for a term through December 2015.

A recent decision by the Attorney General’s Office indicated there was an incompatibility issue for him to serve on both boards at the same time.

Engineer’s Office buying new trucks

WARREN – The Trumbull County Engineer’s Office is buying four new dump trucks with snow and ice control packages.

The purchase, financed over six years, includes four single-axle cab and chassis from Rush Truck Centers in Cincinnati for $382,932 and the snow and ice control packages from the Gledhill Road Machinery Co. in Galion for $211,680.

The office is also spending $49,180 on a machine that melts solid cubes of asphalt sealer into liquid to seal road cracks. Trumbull County commissioners approved the purchases on Wednesday.

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Police search, don’t find man reported with gun

WEATHERSFIELD – A reported incident of road rage had police officers from three area police departments following a dark-colored pickup truck after reports were made that the driver had a gun.

Officers from Howland, Niles and Weathersfield were involved in the search for the pickup, but no one was found.

Trumbull County 911 received a report that a person was driving with a gun at about 7:20 p.m. Wednesday, from the Walgreens store at U.S. Route 422 and Tibbets Wick Road.

Warren home invaded by daytime burglar

WARREN – A woman and her month-old baby are OK after a man invaded their Oak Knoll Avenue S.E. home during a daytime burglary at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, police said.

The resident, who recently moved to the neighborhood, told police that a man knocked on the back door, and when no one answered, he broke a window and went in.

Reports indicate the woman barricaded herself and the baby in the bedroom and called 911. Police arrived minutes later, but the invader escaped.

Warren police Lt. Jeff Cole told Tribune Chronicle news partner WYTV 33 News that these type of break-ins are happening often around the area. Anyone with information is asked to call the Warren Police Department at 330-394-2521.

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Warren man dies in Tuesday morning crash

AUSTINTOWN – The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a Tuesday morning crash that killed a 24-year-old Warren man.

Troopers confirmed that Angelo Tabachino was on the state Route 46 entrance ramp to Interstate 80 just after midnight when the 2000 GMC Sierra truck he was driving hit a guard rail and flipped over.

Tabachino, who was partially ejected from the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Troopers said Tabachino was not wearing a seat belt, and that alcohol and speed may have been factors in the crash.

The entrance ramp to I-80 was blocked for about two hours as crews worked to clear the scene.

Woman gets six months for theft from estate

WARREN – A 49-year-old Elyria woman was sentenced to six months in Trumbull County Jail for stealing more than $100,000 from her grandfather’s estate.

Sandy Hayton, also known as Neider, was also ordered to pay $112,793 in restitution to the estate of Simon Teresko of North Bloomfield, who died May 11, 2009.

Hayton had pleaded guilty in January to a fourth-degree felony charge of theft from an elderly person.

The case had been referred to assistant county prosecutor Chris Becker from Probate Court.

Tickets now on sale for spring gospel concert

WARREN – Gospel music will fill the spring air this season, as two well-known groups plan to visit Packard Music Hall. Tickets are on sale for a double bill featuring Gold City Quartet and The Keelings, beginning at 7 p.m. May 19.

Alabama-based Gold City Quartet is a veteran group in gospel music, playing to fans for 34 years and counting.

The group has achieved a rare accomplishment, earning number one songs in each of the last four decades, with their most recent being “Peter James and John” in 2012.

The Keelings, from Hadley, Pa., delighted a Packard Hall audience in 2012.

“Both of these groups have been touring for decades and they put on a great show,” said Sue Shafer, Tribune Chronicle community events coordinator.

A limited number of artist circle tickets are available for $20. Reserved seats are $12.50 and may be purchased through the Tribune Chronicle by calling Shafer at 330-841-1696, by stopping into the newspaper office at 240 Franklin St. S.E., Warren, or online by visiting the Tribune Chronicle website,

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Driver loses control, hits Subway

BAZETTA – A car lost control and drove into the Subway restaurant on state Route 5 in Bazetta Township on Monday morning.

According to a representative of the Bazetta Township Fire Department, a car drove through the window of the restaurant at 9:30 a.m.

The representative said that there were no injuries.

Warren SOUP accepting 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 via email at

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

At a glance

4-year-old lights mattress on fire

WARREN – A second-floor bedroom fire brought police to 786 Homewood Ave. where three adults and five children were temporarily evacuated from the home about 8:30 p.m. Sunday.

The Warren Fire Department arrived within minutes of being called and were able to put out the fire with about 100 gallons of water. The fire appeared to start with a mattress, which they then threw outside from a window.

Keri Miller, 35, lives at the home with her 9-year-old child, her sister, Sonya Kelleston, her husband, Kenneth Kelleston and their four young children. She said her 4-year-old nephew lit the mattress on fire while the rest of the family was downstairs.

“We heard a pop and thought something fell so we sent his dad upstairs to check on it,” she said.

Next thing she said she knew, they were calling 9-1-1 and rushing the children out of the house. No one was injured in the incident and Red Cross was called to provide a place for the children to stay overnight.

Police seek suspect in sibling squabble

WARREN TOWNSHIP – A domestic squabble between a brother and sister escalated quickly on Saturday night and caused some confusion for police.

Warren city police were called to a disturbance at 655 Bane St., but couldn’t find anything, according to Warren Township police Chief Don Bishop.

Then at 8:14 p.m., township police were called to a home at 662 Oak St., where a man said he had been stabbed on Bane Street.

Cortez Boston, 40, told police that he had been fighting with his sister, 33-year-old Ebony Boston, with whom he lives at the Oak Street address. The siblings were pushing and shoving each other, police reports said, when she ran into the kitchen and grabbed two steak knives.

Reports show Cortez Boston, had at least three stab wounds.

Ebony Boston is on the run, Bishop said on Sunday. Police said they are meeting with the prosecutor’s office today to proceed with felonious assault, and possibly domestic violence, charges against the woman.

Tickets now on sale for spring gospel concert

WARREN – Gospel music will fill the spring air this season, as two well-known groups plan to visit Packard Music Hall. Tickets are on sale now for a double bill featuring Gold City Quartet and The Keelings, beginning at 7 p.m. May 19.

Alabama-based Gold City Quartet is a veteran group in gospel music, playing to adoring fans for 34 years and counting.

The group has earned number one songs in each of the last four decades, with their most recent being “Peter James and John” in 2012.

The Keelings, from Hadley, Pa., delighted a Packard Music Hall audience in 2012.

A limited number of artist circle tickets are available for $20. Reserved seats are $12.50 and may be purchased through the Tribune Chronicle by calling Sue Shafer at 330-841-1696, by stopping into the newspaper office located at 240 Franklin St. S.E., Warren, or online by visiting the Tribune Chronicle website,

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Man stabbed during dispute

WARREN TOWNSHIP – A male was stabbed at 6:46 p.m. Saturday, during a domestic incident on the 600 block of Bane Street, according to Warren Township police. The victim was then transported to Oak Street and police were called.

According to scanner traffic Saturday night, the victim was stabbed in the chest and hand. He was transported to Trumbull Memorial Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Police say man with knife shot by cop

COLUMBUS – Columbus police say an officer shot a man who was armed with a knife in the leg.

Police say 23-year-old Timothy Slaughter was shot about 5 a.m. Saturday. They say officers were responding to a call from a woman who said a man approached her and a friend and reached into his pocket as if he had a weapon. The woman told police she believed the man was trying to rob someone.

Police say Slaughter matched the suspect’s description and fled when he saw the officers. They say he was shot by one of the officers during a confrontation.

Obese Texas girl has surgery in Ohio

CINCINNATI – A 12-year-old girl with a rare case of medically induced obesity that pushed her weight past 200 pounds is recovering after weight-loss surgery.

Alexis Shapiro, from Cibolo, Texas, was sedated and on a ventilator late Friday after undergoing weight-loss surgery at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, NBC News reported.

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Ohio plant makes 10 millionth Accord

The 10 millionth U.S.-built Honda Accord rolled off the assembly line this week at Honda’s first U.S. auto plant in Marysville.

All four Honda auto plants in America celebrated the cumulative production of 20 million automobiles in the U.S. Honda also marked the achievement at two engine and two transmission plants that build the powertrains used in Honda’s U.S.-built cars and trucks, the company announced. The first U.S.-made Honda Accord was produced Nov. 1, 1982, at the Marysville Auto Plant, home to the first Japanese auto plant to begin production of automobiles in the U.S.

Honda’s U.S. plants produced a record 1,309,917 automobiles in 2013, an increase of 7.4 percent from the previous annual mark set in 2012. Honda is supported by a network of 533 suppliers in the U.S., with purchasing of parts and components last year exceeding $23 billion.

Ohio unemployment rate in February was 6.5 percent

COLUMBUS – Ohio’s unemployment rate dropped to 6.5 percent last month, the lowest rate in nearly six years, according to numbers released Friday by the state.

The seasonally adjusted rate was down from 6.9 percent in January and 7.1 percent in December, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

The rate is the lowest since June 2008, when it began trending upward as the Great Recession took hold. It also dipped below the national rate, which was 6.7 percent in February. That was up from 6.6 percent in January but well below the 7.7 percent national rate in February 2013.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in February was 377,000, down 18,000 from 395,000 in January. The number of unemployed has decreased by 44,000 in the past 12 months.

Media General to buy LIN in deal worth $1.6B

RICHMOND, Va. – Media General is buying fellow TV broadcaster LIN Media in a deal worth about $1.6 billion in cash and stock, the companies announced Friday.

The combined company would own and operate or service 74 stations across 46 markets, reaching about 26.5 million households. Media General said that it has offered about $27.82 for each LIN Media share, representing an 87 percent premium over LIN’s Thursday closing stock price.

LIN shareholders will own about 36 percent of the combined company.

Lin Media owns Youngstown television stations WKBN, WYTX and WYFX.

Report: Pa. drilling taxes among lowest

PITTSBURGH – Pennsylvania’s taxes on the natural gas drilling boom are among the lowest in the nation, according to a new report from a nonpartisan office of the state Legislature.

Pennsylvania is the only state with significant production that doesn’t impose a severance tax based on the volume or market value of gas produced, the figures released Thursday by the Independent Fiscal Office found. Instead, the state imposes an impact fee for each well drilled, no matter what it produces.

Local bank stocks reported

First Niles Financial held steady in trading Friday to close at $7 per share. Cortland Bancorp remained at $10.51 a share.

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Livestock die in fire on Mesopotamia farm

MESOPOTAMIA – Livestock perished in a barn fire Wednesday morning, but property owners managed to save two horses.

Fire Chief Matt Balut of the Trumbull County Fire Investigative Unit said the cause of the blaze remains under investigation. The fire started in an upper hay loft inside the barn on state Route 87, near the intersection of South Girdle Road.

Two other horses, two cows and two goats died in the fire that was reported at 6:30 a.m. on the property of Alice Bean and her family. Balut said the livestock was valued at more than $4,000, but farm equipment also was lost in what was described as total loss.

Volunteer firefighters came from more than a half dozen communities, including Mesopotamia, Windsor, Middlefield, Orwell, Greene, Bloomfield and Bristol. Sheriff’s deputies also assisted firefighters.

Search narrowed in Liberty hit-skip

LIBERTY – Liberty police have narrowed the search for a car that may have been involved with a hit-and-run in early March.

Police detective Sgt. Thomas Couche said a mirror left behind at the scene of the impact has been identified as an after-market mirror for a 2002-to-2008 Dodge RAM 1500 pickup truck. Couche noted that the passenger-side mirror was equipped with a power heater.

David Blair, 21, of Girard, was struck by a vehicle early March 9 as he walked along Churchill Road on the state Route 11 overpass. The vehicle drove off, while Blair recovered enough to make it to the closest house and ask for help.

Couche asked that anyone who may see a vehicle matching that description contact the Liberty Police Department.

Austintown BOE to discuss alleged threat

The Austintown Board of Education will meet in executive session at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the central office to discuss an altercation that allegedly occurred last year between board member Harold Porter and Superintendent Vincent Colaluca.

The board began an investigation on Nov. 7 after a police report filed Oct. 29 by Colaluca stated he was verbally threatened by Porter in the elementary school cafeteria following an Oct. 22 board meeting. The report states Porter said something to Colaluca that he was unable to hear. Colaluca said he was later told by board member David Ritchie that the comment was a threat.

The stated purpose of Monday’s closed session is to ”consider the investigation of charges or complaints against a public employee and public official and to address matters required to be kept confidential by federal law, rules or state statutes.”

The board has declined to state whether any action will be taken afterward in open session or whether results of the board’s findings will be released publicly.

Bridge in Southington closed for replacement

WARREN – A portion of Leiby Osborne Road in Southington will be closed until April 18 while the Trumbull County Engineer’s Office replaces a bridge.

The closing is between state Route 305 and Warren Burton Road. The recommended detour is northwest of Warren Burton Road and east on state Route 305.

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Shooter kills driver in Wellsville

WELLSVILLE – One man is dead following a shooting Tuesday evening, with his alleged assailant still at large.

Police Lt. Ed Wilson said that Taru Smith, 36, of Lorain, died after being shot several times. Preliminary reports indicate Smith was in an SUV on Clover Alley when someone in another vehicle opened fire, with between four and five shots fired.

The shooter was driving a late model white Mazda, which fled the scene, police said.

Smith drove onto 12th Street, across Main Street to the front of the police department, where his vehicle drifted into another vehicle according to reports. He was taken by ambulance to East Liverpool City Hospital, where Wilson said he died.

Police continued searching for the shooter Tuesday night. They did not have a name or description of the suspect.

Driver hurt in Brookfield crash

BROOKFIELD – A semi-truck driver was taken to the hospital on Tuesday after flipping his large truck on state Route 82.

The truck was driving east on Route 82 around 9 a.m. when it went through a guardrail, down an embankment, and landed on Route 82 westbound. The truck was carrying a roll of steel and was making its way to Wheatland Steel Processing. It took about an hour to rescue the driver from the cab of the truck, police said.

The crash is under investigation by the Warren Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol. State Route 82 westbound was closed for about five hours.

A friend of the truck driver told Tribune Chronicle news partner WYTV 33 News that he believes the driver had a coughing spell and blacked out.

In another accident, traffic was backed up about an hour Tuesday afternoon along Route 11 near Tibbetts Wick Road following a two-vehicle crash. The state patrol is investigating, but said no one was hurt.

Youngstown BOE to hold meetings

The Youngstown Board of Education invites community members to attend informational meetings to meet board members, express concerns, offer suggestions and learn about new programs.

The meetings began Tuesday and will continue over the next two months. Next month’s meeting will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. April 21 at Newport Library, 3730 Market St., Youngstown. May’s meeting will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. May 6 at Elizabeth Missionary Baptist Church, 1210 Himrod Ave., Youngstown.

For more information, contact Yvonne Mathis at 330-744-7871 or

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At a glance

Girard blockwatch meeting planned

GIRARD – The city’s 2nd Ward blockwatch will hold a public meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, to be attended by several city officials.

Girard Councilman Larry Steiner will be joined at the meeting by a representative from the Girard Police Department. The meeting is set to be held at the Girard Public Library.

Ohio gas prices up to start week

COLUMBUS – Ohio motorists will be paying more at the pump to start the work week.

The cost for a gallon of regular gas in Ohio was averaging $3.65 in Monday’s survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That’s about 7 cents higher than last Monday.

Monday’s price is 31 cents higher than a month ago, but is a few cents lower than last year at this time.

The national average Monday was about $3.52 per gallon, which is up 3 cents from last week, and 18 cents higher than a month ago.

23 cases of mumps now at Ohio State

COLUMBUS – Health officials say 23 cases of mumps are confirmed in an outbreak at Ohio State University. Eighteen students and a staff member are among those infected.

University and public health officials warned Ohio State students, faculty and staff to take precautions to keep themselves healthy as they headed back to class Monday after spring break.

A Columbus Public Health spokesman says authorities are mapping cases to determine how people became infected and any links between them. He says three people have been hospitalized for at least one day. The confirmed cases involve 11 women and 12 men.

They range in age from 18 to 48.

The spokesman says they include a relative of a student and three people who don’t study or work at Ohio State but have links to the university community.

Ohio adds 16,700 jobs to workforce in January

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor says Ohio had the second-biggest job gains of any state in January, adding 16,700 positions.

The January state employment report released Monday says 23 states reported more hiring for that month, while 27 said that the number of jobs fell. Among those adding jobs, Ohio ranked behind only Texas, which added 33,900 positions.

Local, wire reports

At a Glance

Mathews Schools to begin talks

VIENNA – The Mathews Board of Education has scheduled a special meeting for 6 p.m. today at the board office for an executive session to prepare for reviewing negotiations and bargaining sessions with employees on compensation and other terms.

No action will be taken.

Salem woman dies after rollover

SALEM – A Salem woman died following a single-car crash late Friday.

Brooke Penick, 25, and Stephen W. Bell, 27, both of Salem, were traveling east on U.S. Route 62 when their 1999 Chevrolet Lumina lost control, struck a ditch and overturned, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Penick was pronounced dead at Salem Regional Medical Center. Bell was flown to St. Elizabeth Health Center with serious injuries.

Neither occupant was wearing a seat belt. Troopers told Tribune Chronicle news partner WYTV 33 News that alcohol is suspected in the crash.

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At a Glance

Youngstown man critical after shooting

YOUNGSTOWN – A 31-year-old Youngstown man was shot in a convenience store parking lot Saturday evening.

Jaquez Brown was shot in the head and arm just before 6 p.m. while sitting in his vehicle, according to Tribune Chronicle news partner WYTV 33 News.

A car pulled up next to Brown, who was sitting in a white SUV in a parking lot on South Avenue at Dewey Avenue, and fired multiple rounds into the vehicle, police said. Police found Brown slumped over the steering wheel with the engine still running.

Investigators say there are no witnesses and Brown was too badly injured to speak to them.

He was listed in critical condition Saturday night at Saint Elizabeth Health Center.

Unclaimed funds list in Tuesday’s Tribune

WARREN – Tuesday’s edition of the Tribune Chronicle will allow Trumbull County residents to join in the 2014 Unclaimed Funds Treasure Hunt, said Ohio Department of Commerce Director Andre T. Porter.

By checking the newspaper advertisement, readers can find out if they are entitled to unclaimed funds turned over to the Ohio Division of Unclaimed Funds in the past year, Porter said.

Unclaimed funds are money or the rights to money that have been dormant or forgotten. Some common examples include dormant checking and savings accounts, forgotten rent and utility deposits, uncashed checks, undelivered stock certificates, and uncashed insurance policies.

Tuesday’s list will include 3,255 unclaimed funds accounts worth $2.7 million. Anyone with questions about unclaimed funds can call the Division toll free at 877-644-6823.

Goodyear unveils blimp’s replacement

AKRON – The next generation of the well-known Goodyear blimp is getting ready to take flight as the Ohio-based company moves toward replacing its old fleet of airships with a new trio.

The helium-filled airship, assembled at an Akron-area hangar and unveiled there Friday, is bigger, quicker and more maneuverable than earlier models, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. said.

Staff, wire reports

The 246-foot airship fits 12 passengers and has a semi-rigid internal skeleton, a feature that wasn’t present in earlier models and raises questions about whether it is truly a blimp, though the company still refers to it as such. The structure is covered by a silver, balloon-like body emblazoned with Goodyear’s yellow logo on a blue background.

It can travel at up to 73 mph and has custom computer-controlled avionics, an upgrade from the manual flight system used by the blimp pilots since the 1920s, the company said. It plans to build two more.

A spokesman wouldn’t specify the cost of the new airship, which is expected to provide a longer flight range and better aerial broadcast capabilities for event coverage.

“The completion of the new blimp marks the beginning of a new era for our airship program and reflects Goodyear’s commitment to remaining at the forefront of aerial broadcast coverage and support,” Paul Fitzhenry, Goodyear’s senior vice president for global communications, said in a statement.

The airship is scheduled to start test flights this month and go into service this summer.

It still needs one component: a name. Goodyear is collecting suggestions through a contest on its website until April 4. Whoever submits the chosen name will get to use the blimp for a day, the company said.

Thousands of suggestions were submitted in 2006 when the company named its Spirit of Innovation blimp, which now operates from Pompano Beach, Fla.

That is where the old Ohio blimp, Spirit of Goodyear, retired. It is being decommissioned this year.

At a glance

Mathews rescinds strike set for today

VIENNA – Mathews School District employees, who were poised to strike today, rescinded their strike notice.

Custodians, food service workers and bus drivers in district’s Ohio Association of Public School Employees Local 611 filed a 10-day strike notice March 4, forewarning of their absence after rejecting the board of education’s “last, best and final” offer on their collective bargaining agreement.

Superintendent Lew Lowery said the workers decided to rescind the notice on March 7 after meeting with a mediator a few days prior.

The two sides will come before a mediator on Tuesday to continue contract negotiation, though Lowery said the board’s last offer has not changed since. Among the contract’s sticking points are the number of personal days allowed to each employee, severance pay, summer work rates and base salary increase.

Warren council to discuss redestricting

WARREN – Warren city councilmen John Brown and Vince Flask will discuss proposed city ward redistricting at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Knights of Columbus, 1947 E. Market St., at the gathering of the Northeast Warren Neighborhood Association, which has canceled its meeting Monday.

Extra patrols planned for holiday weekend

WARREN TOWNSHIP – The Warren Township Police Department has announced that it will conduct extra patrols from March 14 to 18 as area residents celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

Officers will look for violations for speed, seat belt and distracted drivers.

“We urge drivers to use caution on the roadways, and have a designated driver,” Chief Donald Bishop said.

Police investigate

two burglaries

WARREN – Police are investigating two burglaries Wednesday on the city’s northwest side.

Officers responded to a call at about 10 a.m. after a woman told police a man she knows entered her home on Peace Avenue N.W., punched her and took several items from her purse.

Mathew S. Burroughs, 30, 53 Royal Mall Drive, was charged with one felony count of aggravated burglary.

Police said that victim left her back door ajar while taking out the garbage, and when she returned Burroughs was inside waiting for her.

About 1:45 p.m., police were called to a home on Maryland Street N.W. where a witness said two males took a video game console, a television and jewelry, and ran out the back door. The back door was also damaged.

No arrests have been made, and the investigation is ongoing in that case.

Police look for person in hit-and-run incident

LIBERTY – Liberty police are looking for a suspect in a hit-and-run incident early Sunday.

David Blair, 21, of Girard, was struck by a car around 4 a.m. as he was walking along Churchill Road on the state Route 11 overpass. Blair was taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center by Liberty Fire, according to a township police report.

A police department spokesman was unavailable for comment.

Charges allege man

held mother, daughter

HOWLAND – Police arrested local resident Chad Summers early Wednesday on charges of abduction, assault and aggravated burglary with the intent to inflict harm after he was accused of holding a mother and daughter against their will.

Police were called to a mobile home at 176 Shady Lane Circle just after midnight. The two women burst out of the home, pursued by Summers, who was handcuffed by police, according to a police report.

Summers is accused of breaking into the locked home and threatening the two with a knife. He told the daughter, “You’re going to watch your mother die,” the report states. While Summers was distracted, the mother called police

The victim is Summers’ ex-girlfriend, the report states.

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At a Glance

Court closes in honor of Griffith

WARREN – Warren Municipal Court will be closed 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday for the funeral of retired judge Lynn B. Griffith Jr. All cases set for the morning have been rescheduled for 1:30 p.m.

Griffith, a former county prosecutor, common pleas court judge and judge in Warren Municipal Court, died Saturday. He was 86.

Trustees rehire police captain

WEATHERSFIELD – Township trustees on Tuesday first accepted the retirement of police Capt. Michael Naples, then rehired him in his same position. Naples will retire March 31, return April 1, and effective June 1, he will be paid 80 percent of his former hourly rate.

He has 30 years in law enforcement with 21 years in Weathersfield.

Trustee Chairman Gil Blair said with the recent retire-rehire of three employees, which include police Chief Joseph Consiglio, Naples and a road department employee, the township will save $60,000 annually.

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At a glance

Driver injured when milk truck overturned

NORTH JACKSON – A Pennsylvania man was flown by medical helicopter to St. Elizabeth Health Center Friday evening after the tractor trailer he was operating overturned, spilling thousands of gallons of milk along Interstate 76.

Police responded to the accident about 6:30 p.m. near the Lipkey Road exit, where they found the one-vehicle crash. The driver, Robert Beaver, 81, of New Oxford, Pa., was attempting to enter the Ohio Turnpike from Interstate 76 eastbound, when police said he lost control of his vehicle. The trailer, transporting 6,000 gallons of milk, traveled off the left side of the entrance ramp and overturned. The tank ruptured, spilling about 3,000 gallons of milk onto the roadway.

According to Ohio State Highway Patrol Canfield Post, Beaver had to be extricated using Jaws of Life. He was flown to St. Elizabeth Medical Center.

Grant to help locals living with AIDS or HIV

YOUNGSTOWN – COMPASS Family and Community Services in Mahoning County has been awarded a $51,600 grant from the state to support people living with AIDS or HIV in Ashtabula, Columbiana, Jefferson, Mahoning and Trumbull counties.

The money will help with rental, mortgage and utility assistance and some case management services. The grant will help 337 people.

The money is part of $1.2 million given to three nonprofit organizations in Ohio by the Ohio Development Services Agency, which administers the federal Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS program.

High school students to compete in Quiz Bowl

YOUNGSTOWN – A Quiz Bowl competition today will feature 16 area high school teams.

Students in four-person teams will answer questions on literature, science and history, beginning at 9 a.m. today at South Range Local Schools.

Included are South Range, Boardman, West Branch, Sebring, Austintown, Canfield, Lowellville, Poland, Columbiana, East Palestine, Youngstown Early College, Western Reserve, Springfield Local, Jackson-Milton, Campbell Memorial and Chaney.

YSU Foundation offers record scholarships

YOUNGSTOWN – The Youngstown State University Foundation has issued a record number of scholarships.

The foundation will allocate $7.4 million in scholarship support to YSU next academic year, the second increase in the past three years.

Scholarship allocations to YSU increased by $2.6 million to a total of $4.8 million from 2011-12.

Ohio’s casinos report revenue gains in Feb.

COLUMBUS – Ohio’s four casinos saw gains in revenue last month after the facilities reported lackluster figures in January and December.

February revenue figures were released Friday as the facilities enter the second year with all four of them in operation.

The Ohio Casino Control Commission reports that total revenue for the facilities approached $66.8 million in February. That’s up from roughly $59.7 million in January.

Toledo’s casino was closed for about 11 hours last month because of the winter weather.

Six fraternity men plead not guilty to hazing

AKRON – Six fraternity members have pleaded not guilty to hazing charges.

The six students from the University of Akron appeared in court Friday a week after they were accused of paddling a pledge so hard that he bled through his pants.

All six are charged with misdemeanor assault and hazing.

Police at the University of Akron say a 22-year-old man told investigators he went to a hospital after multiple nights of being beaten with paddles.

Staff, wire reports