At a glance

Assault charges against Warren man are dropped

CORTLAND – An assault charge was dropped in a plea deal made by a Warren man accused of body-slamming a female manager at Walmart in Bazetta earlier this year.

Township police arrested Marquel Deshawn Baker, 1308 Riverview St., on Jan. 14. He was also charged with petty theft, resisting arrest and obstructing official business.

Last week, he pleaded no contest to the theft and resisting arrest charges in Central District Court in exchange for dropping the assault and obstruction charges.

He was sentenced to 90 days in jail, but that sentence was suspended. He was also given one year of probation and ordered to pay fines and costs.

Columbus man gets prison in break-in

WARREN – A 21-year-old Columbus man was sentenced to three years in prison Tuesday after pleading guilty earlier to a charge of aggravated burglary.

Malick Cobb of Elmsburg Court, Columbus, said nothing as Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Andrew Logan handed down the sentence.

Cobb and another man were accused of breaking into a home in Weathersfield on June 25. Charges are still pending against the co-defendant.

Warren man sentenced on trafficking charges

WARREN – A 25-year-old Warren man was sentenced Tuesday to 30 months in prison after pleading guilty to drug charges that triggered a probation violation.

Antonio Johnson of Comstock Street N.E. also forfeited $757 found on him Dec. 30 when he was arrested for trafficking cocaine and heroin.

Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Andrew Logan gave Johnson 20 months on the drug charges and an additional 10 months on the probation violation. He had been on probation for possession of cocaine from a 2009 case.

Police respond to report of armed robbery

WARREN – An armed robbery was reported Tuesday afternoon at at automated laundry.

A clerk working at an automated laundry on North River Road, just off Elm Road N.E., told police about 2:50 p.m. that he was robbed by a man wearing a red hoodie.

Police scanner traffic indicated that the gunman jumped into a dark SUV.

Additional information was available from police Tuesday evening.

Groundbreaking set on Kinsman House

WARREN – Groundbreaking for renovation of the Kinsman House, 303 Mahoning Ave., will be at 2:15 p.m. May 8.

An exterior elevator is being placed on the building to make it accessible to people who are in wheelchairs or have difficulty walking can enter each of its three floors.

Handicapped-accessible restrooms are being created.

The cost of the renovation is estimated to be $350,000, according to Architect Bruce Sekanick of Phillips-Sekanick Architects.

Tribune Chronicle seeks local columnists

The Tribune Chronicle is seeking four Trumbull County residents to serve as community columnists on the Opinion page. Columnists are paid $25 for each submission.

The requirement is a willingness to commit to writing 26 columns, one every two weeks, on local topics from July through June 2015.

Candidates also must be good writers with something to say about what is happening in Trumbull County, including any of its communities.

These are opinion pieces. These are not just letters to the editor.

To be considered, send three writing samples, a letter of introduction with an idea about what topics might be offered, and a brief resume or curriculum vitae.

Mail material to Tribune Chronicle – Opinion Page Editor, 240 Franklin St. S.E., Warren 44483, or email material to Put ”community columnist” in the subject line. The deadline to submit material for consideration is Friday.

At a glance

Police investigating assault of couple

WARREN – City police are investigating the reported assault of a couple last week at a house on Summit Street on the city’s north side.

The Wednesday afternoon assault did not take place at the Summit Lounge as previously reported. Incorrect information was contained in an initial Warren police report. On Monday, police provided the Tribune Chronicle with a corrected report.

The revised report states that the man and woman were talking to some friends at a house around 4 p.m. when someone came up from behind and hit the woman with a baseball bat. When the man went to help his wife, the same person hit him with a metal-type dog chain, the report states.

The report states that the “parties left the area and went separate ways.” The man and woman told police they were later followed to their Parkman Road N.W. home by the assailant, who showed up with family members.

Officers reported that they “broke up the parties.”

The police report indicated the husband and wife each suffered unknown injuries.

Warren teen jumped, bike stolen by boys

WARREN – Police are investigating a Sunday afternoon robbery that they said left a city teen hurt after a group of young males jumped him and took his bicycle at the corner of Chestnut Avenue and High Street.

The 16-year-old was riding his bike when approximately seven youths he did not know ran up from behind, pulled him from the bike and started hitting and kicking him, according to a Warren police report.

The assailants fled with the bike running north on Chestnut Avenue the report states. Police said the boy suffered small abrasions to his face and that his sunglasses were broken.

Police were unable to locate the juveniles or the bike on Sunday, according to the report.

Early, in-person voting planned for weekend

WARREN – Trumbull County Board of Elections will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday and from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday for early, in-person voting in the May 6 election.

There will be no early voting the day before the election. Also, anyone wanting an absentee ballot through the mail must request one by noon Saturday.

Warren accepting grant applications

WARREN – The city is accepting proposals for funding for its 2015 Community Development Block Grants. Nonprofit organizations serving low-to moderate-income residents are invited to apply for a portion of what is expected to be about $1 million worth of grant money that may be available to the city.

Historically, the city has provided approximately 15 percent of his total CDBG grant award to community organizations.

Organizations interested in submitting proposals are encouraged to attend workshops to review the application process at 9 a.m. Thursday and at 2 p.m. Friday. Workshops will be held at the Community Services Building, 418 Main Ave. S.W., Warren. Applications will be ac-cepted until 3:30 p.m. July 31.

For information, call Erica Davis, 330-841-2595, Ext. 12.

Woman killed in fire is identified

YOUNGSTOWN – The Mahoning County Coroner’s Office has identified the 65-year-old woman who died in a fire at a South Side apartment Saturday as Marsha Tucker.

Tucker, who had a second-floor apartment at the Grovewood Manor apartment at 3531 Hillman St., was sitting in a motorized wheelchair in her kitchen and on fire when firefighters arrived, according to a news release issued by the coroner’s office on Monday. She had multiple sclerosis.

She was taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center, where she died a short time later, the release states. An autopsy found evidence of “thermal injury and smoke inhalation,” the release states.

Officials reported that the fire originated at the wheelchair. The release also said Tucker was known to be a smoker. The case remains under investigation by the Youngstown Fire Department and the coroner’s office.

At a glance

Weathersfield conducts Prom Promise activities

MINERAL RIDGE – The Weathersfield Police Department will conduct Prom Promise activities at the high school this week.

The Trumbull County Coroner’s forensic investigator Rebecca Bluedorn will be speaking to seventh- to 12th-graders from 8 to 10 a.m. today about the dangers of drug use. Also speaking is Barb Hoover from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, who will also discuss drug use.

On Thursday, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections will have a presentation at 1 p.m. on making the right decisions in life. Several inmates will be speaking to the students about the choices they have made and the consequences.

Nomination deadline nears for A+ Teachers

WARREN – Nominations are being accepted through Wednesday for the Tribune Chronicle’s 2014 A+ Teacher Awards.

The teacher should be a current K-12 educator who teaches in Trumbull County in a public, private or parochial school setting.

Nominations should include the name of the teacher and school and how the teacher has influenced, supported or inspired students. Nominations can be submitted by students, parents or colleagues. Parents can assist children with nominations.

Twenty teachers will be chosen and will be featured in a story on May 18.

Forms have been sent to area schools, but submissions also can be emailed to Tribune Chronicle Events Coordinator Sue Shafer at or dropped off or mailed to the Tribune Chronicle, 240 Franklin St., Warren 44483.

Gospel concert set for Packard Music Hall

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

Alabama-based Gold City Quartet has been playing for 34 years, earning number one songs in each of the last four decades. Their most recent is “Peter James and John” in 2012.

The Keelings, from Hadley, Pa., have been performing for more than 20 years, and previously played at Packard Music Hall 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 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,

Fewer limits, more concealed guns in Ohio

MANSFIELD – More Ohioans are carrying concealed guns with fewer restrictions nearly 10 years after the state enacted a law allowing people to carry hidden handguns.

The Mansfield News Journal reported guns can now be carried in cars, purses and bags and are allowed in bars and public parking lots among other changes.

The newspaper says the number of permits has doubled since 2010 with nearly 97,000 new concealed handgun licenses issued last year.

Staff, wire reports

At a glance

Man robs Salt Springs Road Dunkin’ Donuts

GIRARD – Weathersfield police are looking for a man who robbed a doughnut shop early Friday morning.

Police were called about 2:30 a.m. to the Dunkin’ Donuts on Salt Springs Road, where an employee said the man claimed he had a gun and demanded all the money in the cash register. When the clerk opened the register, he took the drawer and left, going toward Interstate 80.

According to Weathersfield Capt. Michael Naples Jr., the robber was described as a white male about 35 to 40 years old, and wearing a hoodie and sunglasses. Anyone with additional information can contact the police department 330-652-6486.

Sferra withdraws name from committee ballot

WARREN – Daniel J. Sferra of Warren has withdrawn his candidacy for the 32nd Democratic State Central Committee male seat in the May 6 election.

Notices will be placed a polling locations, including at the Trumbull County Board of Elections during early voting, that Sferra withdrew and any vote cast for him will be void and not counted. Similar notices will be sent to people who request an absentee ballot through the mail.

His withdrawal leaves state Rep. Sean O’Brien, D-Bazetta, unopposed for the central committee post.

Elections board adds hours for early voting

WARREN The Trumbull County Board of Elections will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from noon to 8 a.m. May 3 for early, in-person voting in the May 6 election.

There will be no early voting the day before the election. Also, anyone wanting an absentee ballot through the mail must request one by noon Saturday.

Hubbard hosting tire drop-off event

HUBBARD – The city and township are giving residents a chance to get rid of their old tires.

The two communities were recently awarded a scrap tire recycling grant and will be hosting a Drop Off Tire Day from 8 a.m. to noon May 10 at the Hubbard Township Road Department. There is a limit of eight tires per resident and all tires must be off the rim.

Only passenger vehicle tires will be accepted. For more information, call the Township Road Department at 330-534-9798 and choose option 4.

16 cases of measles confirmed among Amish

COLUMBUS – Sixteen cases of measles have been confirmed among Amish in the Knox County area of north-central Ohio.

The Department of Health says the outbreak of the highly contagious respiratory disease began with unvaccinated travelers who returned to Ohio after visiting the Philippines. A recent measles epidemic there has caused at least 20,000 illnesses.

Local agencies offered two free vaccination clinics Friday in Knox County and neighboring Holmes County in an effort to limit the outbreak. A Department of Health spokeswoman says it appeared the clinics were “well-attended.”

Measles symptoms appear one to three weeks after a person is exposed to the virus. Symptoms include fevers, coughs, rashes and pink eye.

U.S. measles outbreaks so far have caused more illnesses than at the same point of any year since 1996.

Staff, wire reports

At A Glance

Second person dies

as result of fire

HOWLAND – A fire early Wednesday morning has claimed the life of a 52-year-old township man a day after his mother died at the scene of the blaze.

Richard “Ricky” Noble died Thursday morning in the burn unit of Akron Children’s Hospital, where he had been flown by helicopter.

A cause of death has not been officially released, but reports indicate Noble was suffering from severe smoke inhalation.

Fire crews were called about 5 a.m. Wednesday to the one-story duplex at 7582 Pegotty Drive N.E.

Naomi Jean Smith, 80, was pronounced dead at the residence before being transported to Trumbull Memorial Hospital.

Howland fire Chief James Pantalone said the blaze originated in a central area of the home where the dining room, kitchen and garage are located.

As of Thursday afternoon, the cause of the fire remained under investigation by the state fire marshal.

Tressel on short list for YSU president

YOUNGSTOWN – The Youngstown State University Presidential Search Advisory Committee has announced its top six candidates for the university’s next president. Former football coach Jim Tressel is among those being interviewed for the job, along with Mary Cullinan, Gary L. Miller, Gayle L. Ormiston, D. Marshall Porterfield and Steven M. Rothstein.

Interviews will be conducted in closed executive sessions via Skype at 1 p.m. today and 8:30 a.m. Saturday in Williamson Hall on the YSU campus. The committee anticipates developing a short list of final candidates who will then come to campus for interviews and meetings.

SOUP gets grant toward projects

WARREN – Warren SOUP, a group that helps fund projects through money raised at quarterly dinners, has been given $3,000 from PNC Bank to further its efforts.

The SOUP is a public dinner of soup, salad and bread. Tickets are $5 and provide those attending a vote on projects being done by local groups that are seeking funding. Presentations are made at each dinner, and the winner will be announced that night.

The grant money, which will be presented to the group at its May 2 meeting, will be used to match the award amount raised at the door, doubling the award to winning projects in 2014.

The next dinner is 5:30 p.m. May 2 at the Mahoning Valley Hope Center, 3127 Surrey Road S.E.

Trumbull Democrats want your best pizza

WARREN – The Trumbull County Democratic Party, in connection to a ”14 for 14” meet-and-greet it is hosting on May 1, will hold a pizza contest the same day.

Any restaurant or individual wanting to enter their best pie can call 330-501-3628 or 330-233-2024, which are also the telephone numbers to call for tickets.

The event will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the party headquarters in the Mall View Plaza, 5580 Youngstown Road, Suite 1. Tickets cost $14. There will be party officers, Democratic elected officials, candidates, Central Committee members and activists at the event.

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At a glance

Niles girl, 14, reports sexual assault in Warren

WARREN – City police are investigating the reported sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl sometime earlier this week.

The girl, a Niles resident, told police she was assaulted over a two-day period “somewhere on Jefferson Street S.W.,” according to a Warren police report. Police provided few details.

The police report indicates that the assault was reported on Wednesday and that the girl suffered unknown injuries.

Elderly man says ‘ninjas’ intruded his apartment

WARREN – A 70-year-old city man told police two masked intruders dressed in ninja outfits came into his apartment Monday night and took $300.

Terry L. McClellan of Dunstan Drive N.W. told police on Tuesday that he was lying on the couch watching the 11 p.m. news when he noticed someone standing by a chair near the front door, according to a Warren police report.

McClellan told police that when he asked the person what he wanted, someone else grabbed him by the throat from behind. He told police one of the intruders took his wallet and money from his pockets, threw the wallet on the floor and both intruders left through the back door.

McClellan said he believes both intruders entered the apartment through a window on the second floor.

Leadership group accepts applications

YOUNGSTOWN – Leadership Mahoning Valley, a program created to help develop leadership and community commitment, is accepting applications through May 1.

LMV says it provides adult community leaders with an overview of the Mahoning Valley, an opportunity for increased understanding of key community issues and the potential to develop effective working relationships with other civic leaders.

Participants complete a nine-month program, which includes nine monthly daylong sessions that focus on major community systems such as education, health, human service, heritage, government, justice, labor, business, poverty and diversity.

A selection committee will choose up to 40 participants for the 2014-2015 class. Applications may be requested by email at or or by phone at 330-744-2131, Ext. 41. The LMV office is in the First National Bank Building, 11 Central Square, Suite 1600, Youngstown, OH 44503.

Spring cleanup set for Saturday morning

WARREN – The Northeast Warren Neighborhood Association will host a spring cleanup beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday at the bike path entrance on Woodland Street N.E.

At a glance

Warren man reports robbery at gunpoint

WARREN – A city man told police he was robbed at gunpoint Sunday night while visiting a woman at her residence on Washington Street N.E.

Charles E. Kohut, 46, said he was visiting Keysa Haynes, 21, at her apartment at 200 Washington St. N.E. around 9:30 p.m. when a man entered the residence and robbed him, according to a Warren police report.

Kohut told police the gunman took his money, wallet and keys and fled the apartment.

Kohut stated he walked to Kenmore Avenue N.E. to report the crime to the church there and someone called police.

The police report indicated Kohut was “extremely intoxicated” but was not injured.

Police said they have warned Kohut several times to stay away from Haynes.

Juvenile court to hold hearing in rape case

WARREN – The case of a juvenile delinquent who was charged with raping a younger female when he was 15 years old and sentenced to two years in Ohio’s Department of Youth Services was remanded to juvenile court Monday for a special hearing on the teen’s sex offender classification.

A decision by Judge Thomas Wright of the 11th District Court of Appeals said a juvenile judge must hold a hearing to determine if the teen known as D.A. Jr. in the decision should still be considered a Tier III offender and required to register his whereabouts with authorities for 20 years or more.

Wright said the juvenile court failed to consider six factors and failed to give the defendant the opportunity to address ”relevant factors with the court prior to its decision.”

Earth Day recycling collection offered

WARREN – The Tribune Chronicle is again this year offering a free paper product recycling collection program in honor of Earth Day.

Residents may drop off magazines, newspapers, junk mail, soft-bound or hardcover books from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today or 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Tribune Chronicle parking lot, at the corner of Vine Avenue and South Street S.E., Warren.

A free document-shredding service also is available 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, provided by Protect-n-Shred of Cortland.

A drive-thru will be set up in the parking lot, with Tribune staff on hand to assist with unloading.

It is the fifth year the newspaper is offering the collection.

Ohioans encouraged to dispose of medications

COLUMBUS – The Ohio State Board of Pharmacy is encouraging residents to participate in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s “Drug Take-Back Day” this weekend.

The event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday allows people to drop off expired or unused prescription medications. The DEA is coordinating with local law enforcement agencies, which will accept the discarded controlled substances at various places around the state.

Ohio State Board of Pharmacy Executive Director Kyle Parker notes that a recent survey found four-in-10 teens who have misused or abused a prescription drug got it from their parents’ medicine cabinet.

Past Take-Back Day events have collected more than 3 million pounds of prescription medications. The event offers free and anonymous disposal.

Lawmaker wants prison vendor canned

COLUMBUS – A state lawmaker says the state prisons department should terminate its contract with a private food service operator after fining the company last week for repeatedly failing to meet promised staffing levels.

Democratic state Rep. Matt Lundy said Monday that deficiencies identified in Philadelphia-based Aramark Correctional Services’ performance reaffirm his and other opponents’ concerns about privatization.

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction fined Aramark $142,100 Friday.

The private food vendor took over feeding Ohio’s 50,000 prisoners from state employees in September.

Staff, wire reports

At a Glance

Liberty citizens group to meet on roads

LIBERTY – Liberty Citizens for Good Roads will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the township Administration Building to discuss a road levy on the May 6 ballot.

Karen Conklin, a member of the grass roots group, said 25 township streets are in need of repair. Levy money would be used to leverage grant dollars. For information, call 330-759-1315.

Victim Rights Week vigil set for Tuesday

WARREN – The Trumbull County Chapter Parents of Murdered Children will hold its annual Victim Rights Week vigil at 7 p.m. Tuesday at First United Methodist Church, 309 N. Park Ave.

The vigil is to commemorate all loved ones lost to violent crime.

Judge Timothy Cannon, 11th District Court of Appeals, is guest speaker.

Each person attending will light a candle for a loved one.

Refreshments will be served following the service.

Democrat Club hosts Candidate Night

WARREN – The Trumbull County Jefferson Democrat Club will hold a candidates night at 6 p.m. today at Sunrise Inn Banquet Hall.

Earth Day recycling collection offered

WARREN – The Tribune Chronicle is again this year offering a free paper product recycling collection program in honor of Earth Day.

Residents may drop off magazines, newspapers, junk mail, soft-bound or hardcover books 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday or 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Tribune Chronicle parking lot, at the corner of Vine Avenue and South Street S.E., Warren.

A free document-shredding service also is available 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, provided by Protect-n-Shred of Cortland.

A drive-thru will be set up in the parking lot, with Tribune staffers on hand to assist with unloading.

It is the fifth year the newspaper is offering the collection.

At a glance

Burger King robbed in Austintown

AUSTINTOWN – A masked couple with a knife robbed the Burger King on Mahoning Avenue on Thursday, police said.

Three employees told police they were approached about 11 p.m. by a man with a knife and a woman with a small gun. The couple demanded money from the employees, then fled.

Reports state that the robbers wore black clothing and ski masks.

No injuries were reported.

Teen driver hurt in Youngstown crash

YOUNGSTOWN – An early Friday crash on the city’s East Side sent a teen driver in a stolen car to a local hospital.

Emergency crews had to cut the vehicle to reach the driver trapped beneath it. The driver, who was not identified, was transported by ambulance to St. Elizabeth Health Center with critical injuries, police reports state.

Three passengers in the vehicle were not hurt in the 1 a.m. crash in the 300 block of Orrin Avenue. All of the occupants are juveniles, police said.

According to police, a Pontiac G-6 was traveling westbound at a high rate of speed when it hit a fire hydrant, a brick wall, drove through some bushes and flipped multiple times before landing upright. All four tires were ripped off the car.

The driver, who was not wearing a seat belt, was pinned beneath the car after he was ejected during the crash.

The car was reported stolen Thursday evening from Austintown, according to Tribune Chronicle news partner WYTV 33 News.

Workshops today for rock camp volunteers

WARREN – Volunteer workshops are being held from 10 a.m. to noon and noon to 2 p.m. today at the YWCA of Warren for females interested in helping with the Girlz Rock Camp! Ohio, a weeklong music and empowerment camp for girls.

The fourth annual camp for girls ages 7 to 17 will be held July 14 to 20 at TCAP, 1230 Palmyra Road in Warren.

Program coordinator Terri Morgan said musicians and counselors are needed, but must attend one of the two workshops.

For more information, visit or contact Heather Jakubec at 330-974-5445 or Tina Brandon at 330-432-2282.

Residents invited to free trash-shredding

WARREN – Humility of Mary Health Partners will hold free recycling events in celebration of Earth Day.

Residents of Warren and surrounding communities can bring documents for shredding to the parking lot behind St. Joseph Health Center, 667 Eastland Ave. S.E., from 9 to 11:30 a.m. April 24. Cintas Document Management will destroy the documents and prepare the shredded paper for recycling.

Residents of Boardman and surrounding communities can bring documents from 1 to 3:30 p.m. April 24 at St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center, 8401 Market St., Boardman. Residents of Youngstown and surrounding communities can bring them to the Wound Care Center parking lot at St. Elizabeth Health Center, 1044 Belmont Ave., Youngstown, between 9 a.m. and noon April 25.

For more information about these events, call 330-480-2048.

Coldwater Creek to close at Eastwood

NILES – Women’s apparel retailer Coldwater Creek last week filed for Chapter 11 federal bankruptcy protection and plans to liquidate and close all its stores nationwide.

Liquidation at a local store inside Eastwood Mall is expected to begin in May.

No closing date has been set for the store, located in the mall’s center court area.

The Idaho-based retailer last year operated 349 retail stores and 38 factory outlets nationwide, employing 6,600 workers.

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At A Glance

Boy on sidewalk suffers dog bite

WARREN – A 12-year-old boy was treated at a local hospital after he was bitten by a dog on Wednesday.

The boy’s mother told police that her son was walking along the sidewalk in the area of Meadowbrook Avenue with a friend when they saw two dogs running toward them, according to a Warren police report. The boy told officers that the dogs ran up to him and he was bitten on the inner left leg just below the calf.

He was treated at Trumbull Memorial Hospital. The police report indicated he suffered an apparent minor injury.

Police said they spoke to the owner of the dog suspected to have bitten the boy. Police said they planned to notify the city dog warden.

Police arrest woman at Weathersfield motel

WEATHERSFIELD – A Niles woman arrested on drug charges Tuesday at the Villa Arms Motel in the McKinley Heights area of the township is scheduled to appear in Niles Municipal Court on April 23.

Police said they arrested Nicole Montecalvo, 34, of 5545 East Drive, after receiving reports of suspected drug activity at the motel.

Officers said Montecalvo gave officers permission to search the room after they spoke to her for several minutes. Police said they found a small bag of heroin, needles and other drug paraphernalia inside a night stand. They said they also found two more bags of heroin inside a phonebook.

Montecalvo was charged with possession of heroin, a felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. She was arraigned Wednesday in front of Niles Municipal Judge Thomas W. Townley. She pleaded not guilty to both charges.

She has a pretrial and preliminary hearing scheduled for 9 a.m. April 23 in municipal court.

Man allegedly brings crack pipe into police

WEATHERSFIELD – Police reported that a Niles man already facing an obstruction charge was caught carrying a glass crack pipe into the township police station on Tuesday.

Reports state that Jeremy Green, 33, of 1137 Salt Springs Road, came to the Weathersfield Police Department with his girlfriend to claim a vehicle that had been towed. Police said they had already filed a warrant for Green’s arrest on an obstruction of justice charge that morning. They said Green was advised of the warrant and handcuffed.

When they searched Green, officers found a glass crack pipe in his front left pants pocket, a police report states. Green was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Both of the charges are misdemeanors.

He was taken to the Trumbull County Jail.

He pleaded not guilty Wednesday at his arraignment in Niles Municipal Court, and Judge Thomas W. Townley set a pretrial date of 8:30 a.m. May 16.

Woman gets probation for vigil group crash

YOUNGSTOWN – A city woman was sentenced on Thursday to five years probation and 200 hours of community service for crashing her car into a group of people gathered for a vigil last year.

Rochelle B. Taylor, 20, of Youngstown, was also ordered to pay $5,000 in restitution. Investigators said Taylor had no driver’s license and didn’t know how to drive on Feb. 8, 2013, when she crashed. She was not under the influence of any drugs or alcohol, police said.

Investigators said Taylor turned on West Hylda Avenue and panicked when she saw the group of 50 to 100 people gathered there. She ran off the street into the crowd, then took off. Five people were hospitalized.

The vigil was held for Robert Brown Jr., 23, a pedestrian who was killed in a hit-and-run accident at the site five days earlier.

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At a glance

IRS warns of telephone scam

With completion of the 2014 tax filing season, the Internal Revenue Service issued a warning for consumers to guard against sophisticated and aggressive phone scams targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants.

Reported incidents of this crime continue to rise nationwide, and the IRS is reminding residents it always will send written notification of taxes due via the U.S. mail.

The IRS never asks for credit card, debit card or prepaid card information over the telephone. For more information or to report a scam, go to and type “scam” in the search box.

People have reported a particularly aggressive phone scam in the last several months. Immigrants are frequently targeted.

Potential victims are threatened with deportation, arrest, having their utilities shut off or having their driver’s licenses revoked.

Life sentence for man in store robberies

DETROIT – A 29-year-old Detroit man convicted of using a gun to rob phone stores in Warren and Detroit has been given an extraordinary sentence of 116 years in federal prison.

Timothy Carpenter’s sentence is long because he was convicted of crimes that carry mandatory, consecutive sentences under federal law. He was accused of robbing phone stores in Warren and Detroit over a two-year period.

Carpenter was sentenced Wednesday by Detroit federal Judge Sean Cox.

Ahead of the hearing, defense attorney Harold Gurewitz said the punishment would be “grossly disproportionate” to the crimes and unconstitutional. He says guns were used but never fired.

U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade says the sentence sends a “powerful message” that using guns to commit crimes won’t be tolerated.

Democratic Party hosts meet-and-greet

NILES – The Trumbull County Democratic Party will host a ”14 for 14” meet-and-greet from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 1 at their campaign headquarters in the Mall View Plaza, 5580 Youngstown Road, Suite 1.

At the event will be party officers, Democratic elected officials, candidates, Central Committee members and activists. Pizza and refreshments will be served.

Tickets cost $14 and can be obtained by calling 330-501-3628 or 330-233-2024.

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At A Glance

Court date set for man in wife’s stabbing death

WARREN – A judge on Tuesday set a June 17 court date for 62-year-old Royce Honaker of Southington, who is accused of killing his wife on July 31.

Honaker was institutionalized last May in an effort to restore his competency and prepare him for trial. Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Andrew Logan also ordered doctors to use medication to help restore competency, since the defendant refused to cooperate with psychologists.

Attorneys on both sides in the case said they still haven’t been apprised of the defendant’s current status by doctors. They are awaiting a report.

Honaker confessed to a police dispatcher, saying that he had just killed his 58-year-old wife Donna. He hung up when the dispatcher asked more questions.

YSU Foundation exceeds $226 million

YOUNGSTOWN – The Youngstown State University Foundation reported more than $226 million in assets for fiscal year 2013, the university announced Tuesday.

This makes the YSU Foundation the sixth-largest endowment among public universities in Ohio, with a national ranking of 265 out of 849 colleges and universities included in a recent survey.

MCESC to open STEM academy in the Valley

The Mahoning County Educational Service Center plans to open a new academy in the Valley. The Valley STEM+ME2, a year-round school, will focus on STEM as well as manufacturing and engineering with an emphasis on entrepreneurship. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math.

The academy is slated to open in August 2015. It will serve 100 students in ninth and 10th grade.

The MCESC was one of seven applications for prospective STEM schools in the state accepted by The Ohio STEM Committee.

Church to celebrate with fireworks display

WARREN – St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 429 High St., Warren, will celebrate the Resurrection of Christ with a fireworks display taking place just after midnight Sunday.

Event organizer said fireworks will begin at 12:01 a.m. and last approximately 10 to 12 minutes. Residents are welcome to celebrate the Service of the Anastasi with parishioners.

Columbus road crews fix 87,000 potholes

COLUMBUS – The city of Columbus says its road crews have fixed nearly 87,000 potholes since the beginning of the year – about half of them in the past month.

The city said Monday that 43,063 potholes were filled during an intensive monthlong effort that began March 17 – thousands more than in previous springs.

Employees worked 24 hours a day as weather permitted during the last two weeks in March fixing streets that had become pock-marked during an unusually snowy and cold winter. Two weeks of 12-hour days followed that.

Judge considers stay in gay marriage ruling

CINCINNATI – Attorneys for the state of Ohio asked a federal judge Tuesday to stay his decision ordering the state to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples performed in other states, a request the judge said he was inclined to grant.

The state attorneys said in a court filing they would not object to the request by four couples who sued in February to have both spouses listed on their children’s birth certificates, but urged Judge Timothy Black to stay Monday’s ruling for everyone else.

“This court’s order is a momentous change in Ohio’s marriage law, that will require widespread – but in light of appeal, possibly temporary – changes in Ohio law,” they wrote. “The public interest and other parties are not served by such confusion.”

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Woman reports sexual assault in Warren

WARREN – A woman reported waking up early Saturday at a friend’s home at 1006 Eastland Ave. S.E. with a naked man sexually assaulting her.

A 18-year-old Bristolville woman told Warren police said she had fallen asleep fully clothed on a bed in the house’s basement. When she woke up with abdominal pain at 3:30 a.m., police said, she discovered she was naked, and a naked man was on top of her. The suspect ran from the house when she screamed, police said.

The suspect later returned to the house and gave a statement to police. No arrest was made, police said.

The woman was taken to St. Joseph Health Center for an examination and treatment. She told police $500 was taken from her purse. A witness said he had heard screaming from downstairs, and when the victim walked upstairs from the basement, she said the sex was not consensual, reports state.

Police report shots fired at dog walkers

WARREN – Two 18-year-old Warren brothers were assaulted as they walked their dog along Kenilworth S.E. early Monday morning, police said.

Jaron and Wayne Mechling, both 18, of 869 Kenilworth S.E., reported the assault about 2:03 a.m. Monday after they argued with two unknown males in the 800 block of Kenilworth S.E. The police report said one of the suspects pulled a weapon and began firing toward them.

A witness, Edward Perry, 869 Kenilworth, heard the commotion and ran toward the sound of gunfire. Police said the suspects ran north on Kenilworth. Several neighbors called 911, and police found six .380 caliber shell casings on the ground.

Warren man attacked, robbed on Chestnut

WARREN – A 38-year-old Warren man reported being attacked and robbed of his wallet and cellular phone Wednesday while he was at a home on Chestnut Street N.E.

Michael Grate, 1008 Main Ave. S.W., told police he was punched in the left side of his face by an unknown person. When he got up, Grate discovered his wallet, credit cards and cell phone were missing.

Grate was taken to Trumbull Memorial Hospital for treatment of multiple facial fractures, police said.

City building locked down due to threat

WARREN – The city’s Community Services Building on Main Street was on lockdown for a short period Monday morning after a suspicious package was discovered in the area.

Mike Keys, Director of Community Development, called police about a suitcase that was found outside the Health Department around 8 a.m. Police advised those inside of an optional evacuation while the Youngstown Bomb Squad was called.

Police found nothing out of the ordinary with the suitcase, and by 10 a.m. the employees were able to return to their positions.

Drug arrest made after traffic stop

WARREN – Jamie L. Baker, 41, 2278 Grandview St., Lake Milton, was arrested at 10:30 p.m. Friday on charges of possession of drugs and having drug paraphernalia after a traffic stop, Warren police said.

Police stopped the 1993 Chevy truck in which Baker was riding in after it failed to stop at a stop sign at Hamilton and Delaware. When Baker attempted to get out of the vehicle, an officer noticed a plastic bag that contained three doses of crack cocaine, the police report said.

Police said Baker had two Warren Police Department warrants, including one in connection with a charge of possession of drugs and a capias with fines and cost of $526.50. She was taken to Trumbull County Jail.

The vehicle’s driver, Nicholas Krueger, 25, did not have his driver’s license, police said. Krueger was released.

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Fire damages house, barn in Vernon

VERNON – It took firefighters from six departments about two hours to extinguish a barn fire here Sunday.

Officials said the blaze at 5147 Bushnell Campbell Road started shortly before noon, probably because of winds picking up flames from a legal fire pit that was outside the barn. Hay inside the barn caught fire. No person or animal were injured.

Departments from Burghill, Johnston, Orangeville, Hartford, Kinsman and West Salem in Pennsylvania fought the fire. It caused about $25,000 in damage to the barn and siding to a nearby house.

Southington to meet on board appointment

SOUTHINGTON – The Southington Board of Education will meet 7 p.m. Tuesday in executive session at the school media center to interview candidates for a vacant seat on the board and appoint a new member.

The seat is open because of the March 27 resignation of Albert Haberstroh, who had to step down because he was also serving as a member of the Trumbull County Education Service Center Governing Board.

Vienna watch group to host hospice speaker

VIENNA – The Vienna Neighborhood Watch will meet at 7 p.m. today at the township hall, 848 Youngstown Kingsville Road, with guest speaker, Danielle Procopio, community relations director for Southern Care Hospice

Procopio will speak about hospice and advanced directives.

Sheriff to crack down on prom season

YOUNGSTOWN – Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office deputies are stepping up patrols durIng prom season weekends, Sheriff Jerry Greene said Saturday.

“If we catch you driving impaired, we will arrest you. No exceptions, no excuses,” Greene said in a prepared statement.

The crackdown comes as part of a nationwide blitz to get impaired drivers off the roads.

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Woman falls off truck and is hit by car

CHAMPION – A woman was injured Thursday morning when witnesses said she was involved in an apparent hit and run in the township.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating the incident, which occurred about 10:30 a.m. at North Leavitt and State roads near Wayside Restaurant.

Witnesses said the woman, who was not identified, was in the bed of a pickup truck yelling at the driver to stop, according to Tribune Chronicle news partner WYTV 33 News.

When the truck came to a stop, the woman tumbled onto the street and the driver ran over her legs, witnesses said.

The woman was transported to Trumbull Memorial Hospital with undisclosed injuries.

The man operating the vehicle was questioned by authorities, reports said.

Task Force to conduct sobriety checkpoint

WARREN – The Trumbull County OVI Task Force will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint from 8 p.m. to midnight today in the Warren area.

Lt. J.L. Cole of the Warren Police Department said the goals of the task force are to reduce the number of traffic related fatal crashes, reduce the number of alcohol-related traffic crashes, reduce the number of speed-related crashes and increase safety belt restraint usage.

Trumbull crews help fight Greenville fire

GREENVILLE, Pa. – More than 50 fire trucks, including some from Trumbull County, spent most of Friday evening fighting an industrial fire in the Reynolds Industrial Park that includes three buildings owned by different people near Greenville, Pa.

According to Tribune news partner WYTV 33news, the first calls for the fire came in around 6 p.m. At the height of the fire, more than 150 firefighters and EMS crews were on the scene.

WYTV reported fire crews faced several obstacles, including with as many as five ladder trucks and dozens of engines at the fire, they had to bring tanker trucks in with extra water.

The cause still is under investigation, and there have been no reports of injuries so far.

Dozen arrested in large fight at Akron school

AKRON – At least 12 students have been arrested in Akron after a fight broke out at a high school.

A spokesman for Akron Public Schools said no one was seriously injured and no weapons were involved in the fight at Kenmore High School.

Spokesman Mark Williamson said possibly 30 students were involved in the melee, which started at about 9:15 a.m. Friday. He said an on-duty police officer assigned to the school called for additional responders, and pepper spray was used to quell the situation.

The school was on lockdown until 11 a.m., when administrators decided to cancel class for the rest of the day. Williamson said the ventilation system needed to be cleared of the pepper spray.

Akron police did not immediately return calls.

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Driver gets 90 days in I-80 fatal accident

GIRARD – A North Carolina man was sentenced Thursday to 90 days in jail and five years probation for his role in a 2012 fatal accident along Interstate 80. He will lose his driver’s license for two years.

Richard Pacholski, 61, of North Carolina expressed deep regret as Girard Municipal Court Judge Jeffrey Adler handed down the sentence.

On July 5, 2012, Pacholski fell asleep behind the wheel of his Volvo semi-trailer along I-80 near U.S. Route 422. He drifted across the median and struck the vehicle of 62-year-old Robert Lucarell of Hubbard head-on, killing Lucarell instantly, according to police reports.

Drugged Girard student rushed to hospital

GIRARD – A Girard High School student was transported to the hospital earlier this week after ingesting a sucker laced with marijuana, Girard Superintendent David Cappuzzello said.

A student was sold a sucker made from paraffin wax and butane hash oil, a marijuana concentrate made by melting ground marijuana with butane gas, Cappuzzello said.

“As things went on, his heart rate got up to 190 and he needed to be taken to the hospital,” he said.

Cappuzzello said the student is recovering and that both the school and Girard police are investigating.

Police: Hooded men hold up store in Warren

WARREN – Police were looking for two men who wore hooded sweatshirts to try to hide their faces early Thursday when they held up the Convenient Food Mart, 1409 Elm Road N.E.

The suspects were described as black males, both wearing blue jeans and more than 6 feet tall. They entered the store shortly after 2 a.m. and showed a gun before demanding cash from the drawer. They ran north on Larchmont Avenue N.E., police reports state.

Local air museum receives 1900s glider

HOWLAND – The first glider of famed local aviator Ernie Hall has been donated to the new museum in his honor by the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton. Bill Griffin, president of the local museum, said they will be picking up the aircraft in the next few weeks.

Hall built the plane in the early 1900s and taught himself to fly in it. The Warren native is considered one of the pioneers of aviation.

Champion to meet on mobile terminals

CHAMPION – Township trustees will hold a special meeting at 9 a.m. Saturday at the township building to consider requesting an advance of tax dollars not yet received from the Trumbull County Auditor’s Office.

Trustee Chairman Bob Farmer said police Chief Chris Redick has the potential to receive a grant to pay for two mobile data terminals for inside the police cruisers. The township needs to indicate by Monday to the grant agency it will pay for the installation costs.

Tickets available for spring gospel concert

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

Alabama-based Gold City Quartet has been playing for 34 years, earning number one songs in each of the last four decades. Their most recent is “Peter James and John” in 2012.

The Keelings, from Hadley, Pa., have been performing for more than 20 years, and previously played Packard Music Hall 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 at the Tribune Chronicle website,

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GOP blocks Senate bill curbing gender pay gap

WASHINGTON – Republicans blocked a Senate bill Wednesday aimed at narrowing the pay gap between men and women, an election-year ritual that Democrats hope will help spur women to back them in this fall’s congressional elections.

GOP lawmakers said the measure could hinder employers from granting raises, or permitting flexible hours in exchange for lower pay, for fear of costly lawsuits. For Democrats, the bill was the latest stressing income-fairness they are pushing this campaign season, a procession that includes proposals to extend jobless benefits, boost the minimum wage and help students and families afford college loans.

Republicans, whose campaign focus has been on an economy that is still recovering from a severe recession, said it was the Democratic bill itself that would wreak damage. They were backed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other business groups.

Senators urge enforcement on steel import rules

WASHINGTON – A group of senators seeking to protect jobs is calling on President Barack Obama’s administration to fully enforce trade laws in deciding whether imported steel reinforcing bar from Turkey and Mexico unfairly undercuts U.S. prices.

In a letter sent Wednesday, the senators urged the Department of Commerce to consider the impact of cheaper imports on U.S. steel companies when it issues preliminary rulings later this month. Companies in Mexico and Turkey could be subject to duties on the steel reinforcing bar, which is known as steel rebar and is used to reinforce concrete, if found in violation.

The letter was signed by 31 senators – 16 Republicans and 15 Democrats – including both senators from Ohio.

Gov’t says report on power grid threats mishandled

WASHINGTON – Federal energy regulators improperly allowed widespread access to a sensitive document that outlined specific locations where the nation’s electric grid is vulnerable to physical threats, a government investigator said Wednesday.

The document created by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission should have been kept secret as a national security matter, Energy Department Inspector General Gregory Friedman said. Instead the information was provided in whole or in part to federal and industry officials in uncontrolled settings.

The Wall Street Journal reported last month that a federal analysis indicated that a coordinated terrorist strike on just nine key electric transmission substations could cause cascading power outages across the country in each of the nation’s three synchronized power networks.

BofA paying $772M over selling credit card extras

WASHINGTON – Bank of America Corp. is paying $772 million in fines and refunds to settle regulators’ accusations that it misled customers who bought extra credit-card products and illegally charged others for credit monitoring and reporting services they didn’t receive.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the U.S. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency announced the agreement Wednesday with the second-largest U.S. bank.

It is the largest settlement over credit card “add-ons” won by federal regulators, who have been examining the marketing of the products by the financial industry for several years. It also marked the biggest refund amount ordered to date by the CFPB, a consumer watchdog agency created by Congress in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. The agency has operated since mid-2011.

Treasury raises $2.38B in Ally Financial stock sale

WASHINGTON – The Treasury Department has raised $2.38 billion after selling a large chunk of its stock in Ally Financial Inc. as part of the government’s ongoing effort to recoup the billions of dollars spent bailing out companies during the 2008 financial crisis.

Treasury said Wednesday that it got $25 each for the 95 million shares it sold in an initial public offering. The pricing of the IPO came at the low end of the forecast range of $25 to $28 per share.

The sale brought the amount it has recouped from the bailout of Ally to $17.7 billion, slightly more than the $17.2 billion the government had put up.

Local bank stock prices hold steady Wednesday

First Niles Financial held steady in trading Wednesday to close at $7.03 per share. Cortland Bancorp also remained the same, closing at $10.80 a share.

Staff, wire reports

At a glance

Shooting death ruled by coroner as homicide

WARREN – The death of a Warren man following a home invasion late Monday night has been ruled a homicide.

An autopsy by the Trumbull County Coroner’s Office released Wednesday states that James Levels, 64, of Beal Street N.W., died of multiple gunshot wounds.

Levels was at the home of friend Lisa Prater, 48, 918 South St. S.E., who told a police dispatcher that two young white men shot the pair after kicking in her front door shortly before 11:30 p.m. Monday.

Prater was listed in stable condition Tuesday at Trumbull Memorial Hospital, where she was being treated for gunshot wounds in her arm and leg.

The shootings remain under investigation. No arrests had been made as of Wednesday evening.

Johnson named to House tech committee

Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson has been chosen to serve on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, his office announced Wednesday.

The committee has jurisdiction over programs at NASA, the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Science Foundation, the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Institute of Standards and Technology, according to the the committee’s website.

It oversees agency budgets of $39 billion with a focus on research and development.

Johnson, of Marietta, who represents the southern portion of Mahoning County, will continue to serve on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Bristol library to receive Ohio historic marker

BRISTOL – The Bristol Public Library, 1855 Greenville Road, will receive an Ohio Historical marker recognizing the 100-year old building which is located near the center of the township.

A dedication ceremony to commemorate the recognition of the Carnegie-style building will be held at 2 p.m. April 26 on the front lawn of the library. The library staff, the local historical society and the library’s friends group are scheduled to attend the recognition.

Cheryl French, adult librarian, said the original part of the library is located in the front with an addition to the back in 1990.

Thieves swipe mowers from fenced-in lot

WARREN – Thieves made off with three industrial lawn mowers valued at more than $20,000 after cutting through fencing at Do Cut Sales and Service late Monday or early Tuesday.

The three ”zero-turn” Toro mowers were valued at between $6,600 and $7,000 each, and Warren police said it appeared that someone broke out a window in a panel truck that was protecting a fenced-in area where the mowers were kept.

Thieves moved the truck, then cut the fencing to get at the mowers.

Lordstown board to meet on principal hunt

LORDSTOWN – The Lordstown Board of Education will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. Monday in the high school media center to conduct interviews for principal candidates.

Officials have advertised for a K-12 principal for the district’s elementary and high school buildings.

The board will meet in executive session with no action to be taken.

Trumbull Republican breakfast scheduled

NILES – The Trumbull County Republican Party will hold its monthly breakfast at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Perkins’ Family Restaurant, 1953 Niles Cortland Road.

The guest speaker will be Becky Albrecht, who will be discussing ”Smart Meters.” Anyone interested is invited to attend.

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Police encouraged by vandalism tips

WARREN – City police were encouraged by a considerable number of calls dealing with the possible identity of a vandal who defaced art work in Warren’s David Grohl Alley.

The alley, which stretches between Main Avenue and Park Avenue behind West Market Street storefronts, was vandalized overnight Friday.

Warren detective Lt. Jeff Cole said he was hopeful that a valid tip would surface from calls triggered by surveillance video showing a white male using white spray paint to deface a dozen pieces of original art, including a steel sculpture of the Nirvana drummer and Foo Fighters frontman who was born here.

Elections board resets Johnston polling place

WARREN – Some voters in Johnston will vote in a new location in the May 6 primary election.

The Trumbull County Board of Elections Tuesday moved precinct Johnston A to the VFW Hall, 5922 Warren Road. Affected voters will be notified by postcard of the change according to Kelly Pallante, elections board director.

Voters in precinct Johnston B still will vote at the fire station, 4424 Greenville Road.

Also, the board scheduled the public test of voting machines for 9 a.m. Tuesday at the board office, 2947 Youngstown Road S.E.

Southington to hold candidates night

SOUTHINGTON – A candidates night co-sponsored by the Trumbull Township Trustee Association and Southington Schools will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at the school complex cafetorium on state Route 534.

Sam Plott of the trustees association said county, state and federal candidates seeking office and who appear on the county election website have been invited to attend.

Democratic Party headquarters open

WARREN – The Trumbull County Democratic Party has opened a new headquarters for the May 6 primary election at 5580 Youngstown Warren Road, Suite 1, inside the Mallview Plaza.

The office will be open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.

Trumbull County Democratic Party Chairman Dan Polivka said the office will have information about the party’s endorsed candidates, voter registration forms and absentee ballot requests.

Northern Trumbull homes lose power

GUSTAVUS – A small number of houses in Gustavus and Johnston townships were without power Tuesday evening.

According to FirstEnergy representative David Turner, approximately 17 houses in Gustavus and another five in Johnston Township lost power due to an equipment malfunction. The spokesman said FirstEnergy crews were on scene, working to fix the problem.

Turner said power was expected to be returned to all affected homes by midnight on Wednesday.

At a glance

Man sliced with knife after question on theft

WARREN – A 35-year-old Warren man claims a woman sliced his hand with a knife during an altercation in the Fairview Gardens apartment complex.

The man, of North Feederle Drive S.E., told police while being treated at a hospital Saturday afternoon for the cut to his left hand, that he was at an apartment in the complex, asked a woman there about a video game system that had been stolen from him, and she ”went crazy,” according to a police report.

The fight that began inside the home continued outdoors, when the woman, who by then had a knife, swung it toward the man and sliced his hand from about the middle to his pinky finger, the report states.

Man sentenced in molestation case

WARREN – A 74-year-old former caregiver and aide at a home for adults with developmental disabilities in Kinsman was sentenced to eight months in prison Monday for having improper contact with a resident of the facility.

Donald Church of Andover must also, once he’s released from custody, register his whereabouts with law enforcement yearly for 15 years since the other part of Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Peter Kontos’ sentenced labeled the elderly man a Tier I sex offender.

He admitted to authorities after both patients and staff members at Boyd’s Kinsman House reported witnessing him inappropriately touch a 50-year-old client on May 26, 2013.

Assistant county prosecutor Gabe Wildman said the molestation occurred in the woman’s room, where male employees aren’t supposed to be unsupervised.

Church was indicted in July on four counts of gross sexual imposition, a fourth-degree felony charge. He pleaded guilty to one of those counts in February.

Passenger claims driver pulled gun on him

WARREN – A 25-year-old Lane Drive S.W. man told police he was threatened at gunpoint by a man in the driveway of a Risher Road home.

The man told police he was being given a ride Friday morning by two men in a silver Dodge Durango when the driver stopped the sport utility vehicle at the Risher Road home, got out and tried getting in the back seat with a gun, according to a police report.

The man told police he ran from the vehicle and that he did not know the names of the driver or of another man inside the vehicle, according to the report.

Braceville, Falls to meet over JEDD

NEWTON FALLS – Braceville Township trustees and Newton Falls City Council will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. today at the city council chambers, 19 N. Canal St., to discuss joint economic development districts.

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‘Good Morning Warren’ reset

WARREN – The “Good Morning Warren” breakfast originally scheduled for Friday has been rescheduled.

The event, coordinated by the Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber and sponsored by CenturyLink, now will be held 7:30 a.m. June 5 at the Hippodrome, 150 High St., Warren. Mayor Doug Franklin is scheduled to give his State of the City address.

Registration is required by contacting Jennifer Mascardine at 330-744-2131, Ext. 12, or

Foundation awards $60,000

The Youngstown City School District received a $60,000 grant from the Youngstown Foundation, the district announced in a news release Saturday.

The grant will be used to expand the work of the Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations as part of a plan to improve the district’s academic standing.

“We are extremely grateful for The Youngstown Foundation’s grant award. These funds will allow our students, parents, teachers, and staff to continue to benefit from the QISAteam’s shared commitment to student aspirations and diverse expertise in educational leadership,” Superintendent Connie Hathorn said.

Village receives ex-Army property

LORDSTOWN – The former John Kunkel Army Reserve Base is now under village control, after council passed an ordinance to accept the 6.97-acre parcel from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Monday evening.

The property is set to become an oil and tech base training center through a partnership between the village, Easter Gateway Community College and Hiram College. The plan, announced by Ohio Gov. John Kasich, would earmark $250,000 to upgrade classrooms and purchase oil and gas training equipment for use on the land.

The property is located at 4967 Tod Ave.

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Drug dogs find nothing at Howland High School

HOWLAND – Drug-sniffing dogs found nothing during a scheduled sweep Wednesday at Howland High School.

Routine searches are conducted randomly once or twice per year as part of drug abuse prevention measures, Howland Schools Superintendent John Sheets said.

During the sweeps, students are asked to remain in their classrooms in order to facilitate the search.

“We think that is one step we’ve taken this year to educate and offer support for kids and families about drug abuse,” Sheets said.

In addition to the sweeps, the high school utilizes the PANDA (Prevent And Neutralize Drug Abuse) program as a partnership with Meridian Health Care to prevent drug abuse, he said.

Niles students to make up one calamity day

NILES – Students in the Niles School District will attend school for one extra day this year.

The last day of school will now be June 6, which will also be an early release day, the Board of Education ruled during a special meeting Monday.

Niles Schools used 10 calamity days this year due to severe winter weather. Due to legislation that passed recently, schools are allowed four additional calamity days beyond the usual five, leaving Niles to make up the tenth day.

Warren woman charged after truck hits pole

YOUNGSTOWN – Youngstown police are investigating a crash that happened just after 1 a.m. Friday along Himrod Avenue near Fruit Street.

Police said Katie Wells of Warren lost control of her truck and crashed into a utility pole, knocking the pole into the road. She was not hurt but was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

Witnesses said the truck may have sideswiped a car before crashing into the pole.

AT&T hosts career fair today in Boardman

BOARDMAN – AT&T is holding a career resources open house from 9 a.m. to noon today at its call center, 8089 South Ave., Boardman. The company has committed to hire more than 3,000 retail sales and sales management employees nationwide over the next several months.

Ex-OSU player gets four years in drug case

COLUMBUS – A former Ohio State University football player previously caught up in the school’s memorabilia scandal has been sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty to drug trafficking.

The sentence issued Thursday in Franklin County for 27-year-old Ray Small is expected to run concurrent with a shorter sentence he received in a drug case in Meigs County.

The Columbus Dispatch reported that Small apologized in court and told the judge he takes responsibility for what he did.

Small was charged after police found heroin and prescription pain and anti-anxiety pills while searching his apartment last year.

He was a wide receiver for Ohio State from 2006 to 2009. He was among the players involved in the memorabilia scandal that led to the forced resignation of coach Jim Tressel.

Bond set at $2 million in bus stop rape case

COLUMBUS – A judge has set a $2 million bond for a man accused of raping a 13-year-old Ohio girl while she waited for a school bus.

Defendant Antonio Fillmore was arrested based on a DNA match.

Franklin County Municipal Judge Scott VanDerKarr set bond for the 36-year-old Fillmore at a hearing Friday. Fillmore was not required to enter a plea and was assigned a public defender.

Columbus police say the girl was waiting alone at a bus stop Tuesday morning when a man walked up to her, struck up a conversation, then forced the girl behind a vacant house where she was raped.

A message was left with the public defender’s office Friday.

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At A Glance

Traffic stop turns up meth-making items

BRACEVILLE – A routine traffic stop turned up meth-making supplies and resulted in the arrest of a Newton Falls man on Wednesday.

After stopping a vehicle on state Route 303 for displaying both a license plate and a temporary tag, an officer discovered the driver, Raymond Grimes of 77 Bridge St., Newton Falls, was driving on a suspended license, a police report states.

The officer located hypodermic needles, Sterno cans, tubing, gas cans, a large hotplate and various chemicals used in the manufacture of methamphetamine within the vehicle, the report states.

Grimes was arrested and transported to the Trumbull County Jail on charges of possession of drug abuse instruments and illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for manufacture of drugs.

Trumbull County HazMat and the Braceville Fire Department were called to neutralize chemicals that posed a threat.

Suspect turns self in in Struthers murder

STRUTHERS – An arraignment is scheduled this morning for a man who turned himself in in connection with the shooting death of a housemate.

Matthew Alexander, 26, is in police custody in the early Thursday homicide of Matthew Molnar, 34, in the 100 block of Renee Drive. Investigators said they were called to the home at about 3:50 a.m.

Alexander had been living with Molnar for several months, neighbors said.

One neighbor told WYTV 33 News that the two men were arguing when they came home about 2:30 a.m. Thursday, and took the fight inside the house. The neighbor reported hearing ”a lot of ruckus and then I heard boom, boom.”

Moments later, a man sped away in a truck.

Police said the investigation is continuing.

$500K lost in fire

at old turkey farm

GARRETTSVILLE – A fire on Wednesday consumed about $500,000 worth of equipment stored at the old Norton Road turkey farm, north of the village in Nelson Township.

A 60-foot-by-130-foot section of the storage building containing food processing equipment, jars, lids and the like caught fire and was destroyed about 5 p.m.

A dozen departments arrived to extinguish the flames, drafting water from a pond at the intersection of state Routes 305 and 88. They cleared the scene around 9 p.m.

“A fire wall stopped the spread of it to the rest of the building,” fire Chief David Friess said.

The lost supplies were owned by a local business owner who the chief said was not impacted by the large Main Street fire that ravaged an entire block of businesses in downtown Garrettsville at the end of March.

Cash in bank bag stolen from store

WARREN – About $1,300 cash stored in a clear Huntington Bank bag was stolen about 8:30 a.m. Thursday from Family Dollar on 2700 Mahoning Ave.

The store’s manager reported the theft as an aggravated robbery, but the police report lists no other details. Police were unable to provide further information on Thursday.

Warren Mission to provide produce

WARREN – The Warren Family Mission, 361 Elm Road, will be giving away produce from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today while supplies last.

Picture identification is required, with those needing items asked to bring a box or bag for the produce.

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Engineer to proceed with CNG study

WARREN – Trumbull County Engineer Randy Smith, given a $100,00 state grant in December to explore the use of compressed natural gas, is now ready to find someone to do the study.

The review from a ”systematical standpoint” will include an evaluation of government vehicle fleets, fueling stations and ”viable” public / private partnerships that can sustain a filling station, said Smith.

Trumbull County commissioners on Wednesday gave their OK to seek out a consultant. Once a consultant is picked, letters will be sent to all governments and school districts to gauge their interest in what ultimately could be a countywide comprehensive plan for CNG use.

Dental van extends its visit in Mesopotamia

The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile is extending its stay at Mesopotamia Elementary School.

The mobile dental clinic, which provides free on-site dental care to children ages 3 to 12, will remain at the school today as it addresses the dental health needs of the students. The clinic opened Monday and was scheduled to depart Wednesday, but decided to extend its stay.

“We had such a need,” said school nurse Ashley Klaric.

More than 170 Mesopotamia students have the opportunity to benefit from the mobile dental unit, which will return to provide services next year.

Employees to save YSU more than $200,000

Youngstown State University will save more than $200,000, thanks to voluntary concessions taken by 128 employees, the college announced Wednesday.

The savings includes voluntary furlough days and vacation day givebacks that amount to an average of around $1,500 per person. The employees offered the concessions after the university asked for volunteers to assist with budget challenges amid a $6.6 million deficit.

“I commend all of you for stepping forward during these difficult times and taking part in this important effort. It truly is a reflection of your dedication to your job, your colleagues and to the institution as a whole,” said Sudershan K. Garg, chair of the YSU Board of Trustees.

Bristol BOE to seek improvement levy

BRISTOL – The Bristol Board of Education at a special meeting Wednesday took the first step to place a school improvement levy on the Aug. 5 special election ballot.

A copy of the resolution will be certified by the county auditor before final reading is given by the board, likely at the regular meeting at 6 p.m. April 9.

Superintendent Christopher Dray said the levy would be used to build a new high school for grades 7 to 12.

A 5.63-mill bond issue Bristol Schools placed on the November ballot last year for the same purpose failed.

In other action, the board accepted the retirement resignation of guidance counselor Lydia Becker, effective March 31; accepted the resignation of varsity girls basketball coach Lisa Gabrielson, effective at the end of the 2013-14 season; and approved Patricia Kalister as a substitute cafeteria worker.

Report criticizes Ohio death penalty process

COLUMBUS – A report by an anti-death penalty group criticizes the selectiveness of Ohio’s capital punishment law, saying death sentences owe as much to an individual prosecutor’s philosophy as the nature of the crime.

The analysis by Ohioans to Stop Executions says Cuyahoga County, with the most capital indictments in the state, once charged numerous individuals with death penalty counts each year but now charges very few.

The report released Wednesday notes a similar trend in Franklin County, while pointing out that Hamilton County indicts few individuals but has a high death-sentence rate because it won’t accept plea bargains in capital cases.

Staff, wire reports

At a glance

Doctor charged in child porn case

WARREN – Police arrested a Howland foot doctor Tuesday morning in connection with the downloading of child pornography.

Bradley Jennings, 37, of 1248 Harvard Drive S.E., Warren, was charged with three felony counts of pandering obscenity.

Jennings was taken into custody at his Harvard Drive apartment and transported to the Trumbull County Jail.

According to reports, Warren police with help from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation have been investigating Jennings since receiving a tip from a computer system that child pornography had been downloaded to his computer.

Jennings, whose practice is on Niles Cortland Road in Howland, is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday morning in Warren Municipal Court.

Gas station robbery suspect out on bond

WARREN – A 19-year-old Warren man was released on bond Monday pending a preliminary hearing April 24 on charges of aggravated robbery in connection with a weekend gas station robbery in Champion.

Clayton Dowe of Catawba Avenue N.W. posted $15,000 bond and was ordered to remain at his parents’ home by Warren Municipal Judge Terry Ivanchak.

Dowe was arrested within minutes of a 9:22 p.m. Saturday holdup at the BP station, 5710 Mahoning Ave. N.W.

Trumbull Deputy Nick Timko spotted the alleged getaway car in Warren that had a ski mask, black gloves and an air pistol inside the vehicle. Also found were the two cash register drawers and a metal lock box stolen from the business earlier.

CHS finalizes purchase of Sharon Regional

FRANKLIN, Tenn. – Community Health Systems Inc. announced Tuesday that subsidiaries of the company have completed the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Sharon Regional Medical Center in Sharon, Pa.

The Pennsylvania acquisition includes 251-bed Sharon Regional Medical Center, outpatient centers and affiliated physician practices.

The for-profit Community Health Systems also operates Trumbull Memorial and Hillside Hospitals in Warren and Northside Hospital in Youngstown.

Marshals’ search nets arrest on 2 warrants

WARREN – Harley Tibbs, of 847 South St., Niles, was arrested at 5:32 p.m. Monday, on two active warrants while at 271 Fourth St. S.W. during a U.S. Marshals task force search.

Tibbs has two active warrants on assault and abduction charges. Task force officers took him to Trumbull County Jail.

Antifreeze poisoning suspect out on bond

ASHTABULA – A northeast Ohio woman suspected of fatally poisoning her husband by slipping antifreeze into his drink has been released on $250,000 bond.

Ashtabula County court records show 53-year-old Teresa Kotomski was granted bond Tuesday.

The records list no attorney for her. A person who answered the phone number listed for Kotomski’s address says it’s the wrong number.

Staff, wire reports

At a glance

Warren man wounded when handgun fires

HOWLAND – A 23-year-old Warren man remained in stable condition Monday at St. Elizabeth Health Center, Youngstown, after suffering a gunshot wound to the chest at a Stillwagon Road S.E. home in Howland Sunday evening.

Justin Clark, 23, 530 Perkins Drive N.W., Warren, was with friends shortly after 9 p.m. at the home of Michael P. Tominey, 1722 Stillwagon, when a handgun being shown to the group discharged, hitting Clark.

Police said the bullet penetrated the left chest, exited, and wound up in Clark’s bicep.

The apparent accidental shooting remains under investigation by Howland police.

Niles Schools approve adding day to year

NILES – Instead of disrupting spring / Easter break this month, the Niles Board of Education at a special meeting on Monday approved adding one makeup calamity day to the end of the school year.

Superintendent Frank Danso said the district has made up three calamity days with blizzard bags. The only required makeup day is set for June 6. Danso said Easter break will remain April 14 to 21 as originally planned.

Due to severe cold weather and snow, many school districts went beyond the five maximum allowed by the state. The governor added two days to that because of the severe weather conditions. Missed days beyond those seven need to be made up by adding days to the school year or through other options, such as ”blizzard bags,” in which missed work is sent home for students to complete and turn in two weeks later.

Lordstown schools seek principal applicants

LORDSTOWN – The deadline for applicants for the K-12 principal position is Friday. The Lordstown Board of Education plans to schedule interviews with applicants right after the deadline.

Board President Roberta Hiller said Monday the board plans to name the new district principal, who would work a 215-day contract, at the April 23 meeting.

Board members decided to go with one principal. Currently, the board has two principals, one for each building. Their contracts expire in July. Both buildings already share a guidance counselor and nurse.

Candlelight vigil set for murdered toddler

WARREN – A candlelight vigil will be held in the memory of Tiffany Sue Banks Cross, a 21-month-old child who died of asphyxiation as a result of a beating by her foster mother, Bonnie Pattinson, 31, on April 2, 2009.

Pattinson pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and was sentenced to nine years in jail.

The candlelight vigil will take place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday on Courthouse Square downtown. The Banks- Cross family has been holding the vigil annually since her death.

Neighborhood group plans spring cleanup

WARREN – The Kenmore Neighborhood Association will hold its annual spring cleanup at 9 a.m. May 3. Volunteers will meet at the AETNA building, 2507 Youngstown Road.

Lunch will be provided to volunteers. For information, call Liz Balint at 330-369-3773.

HazMat responds to gas leak in Hubbard

HUBBARD – Trumbull County HazMat crews were called to a Hubbard gas station Monday to contain a leak that caused a large amount of gas to leak into a nearby storm drain.

A crew responded to the Sunoco gas station on U.S. Route 62 at around 3 p.m. Monday after a leak was discovered near one of the station’s pumps. It was believed that the pump malfunctioned, leaking around 180 gallons of gas before it could be stopped.

The crew contained the spill and the pump has been shut off until it gets repaired.