At a glance

Bridge closing on Elmwood Drive

HUBBARD TOWNSHIP – The Hubbard Joint Fire District on Friday said the bridge along Elmwood Drive between Hubbard Masury Road and West Liberty Street will be closed Wednesday to Friday next week for maintenance.

The recommended detour route is Elmwood Drive to either West Liberty or Hubbard Masury Road, down to North Main Street and then up either Hubbard Masury Road or West Liberty Street to catch the other end of Elmwood.

This detour may add a few minutes to commutes, the fire department said in a news release.

Jury seated in murder conspiracy case

PAINESVILLE – A jury has been seated to hear the murder-conspiracy trial of a man accused of plotting with a romantically involved foster daughter to kill his wife.

Prosecutors say 43-year-old Kevin Knoefel was having an affair with his teenage foster daughter and convinced the girl to kill his 41-year-old wife, Lisa, in November 2012.

The foster daughter, Sabrina Zunich, now 19, is charged with fatally stabbing Lisa Knoefel.

The (Willoughby) News-Herald reports that a jury was selected this week to hear the conspiracy and complicity to commit aggravated murder charges against Kevin Knoefel.

Knoefel was not at home when his wife was killed, and he says Zunich acted alone.

Opening statements are scheduled for Monday.

Wildlife workers attacked by falcon

AKRON – Two Ohio wildlife workers had to fend off a falcon while trying to take her chicks from a nest on the ledge of a downtown building.

The peregrine falcon named Chesapeake screeched and swooped on the Ohio Department of Natural Resources staffers who were trying to take the two chicks from a nesting box on an 11th-floor ledge to band them this week.

The bird even drew blood with her talons from the ODNR’s Bryan Kay.

Chesapeake and her mate, McKinley, finally calmed down after the two 18-day-old chicks, both males, were returned to the nesting box with new leg bands.

The ODNR’s Laurie Graber told the Akron Beacon Journal it was “a pretty good battle” with the protective mother bird.

“She is very feisty and mean,” Graber said, adding that the biggest fear was that the adult birds would accidentally push the chicks off the ledge in their crazed efforts to protect them.

They were not the first wildlife officers to suffer the wrath of Chesapeake in her 14 years in Akron via Detroit. Chesapeake’s mate came from Canton in 2009.

The falcons were previously an endangered species. They were moved to the state’s less-critical threatened list in 2008 as their numbers grew. Wildlife agencies will review the falcons’ status again in 2015.

Staff, wire reports

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Trumbull offers reprieve on dog license late fees

WARREN – Trumbull County is offering dog owners who don’t have their pets licensed forgiveness on fines.

”Dog License Forgiveness Days” will be June 17 to 19, and forgives the $18 late penalty for anyone who buys or renews a license.

On June 17 and 19, licenses can be bought or renewed for $18 per dog between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the Trumbull County Auditor’s Office on the third floor of the county administration building, 160 High St. N.W., Warren, and at the county dog kennel, 7501 Anderson Ave.

On June 18, licenses can be obtained at the kennel until noon and then from 1 to 3 p.m. at rabies clinics at the Bristol garage, Champion garage, Cortland garage and Newton Township garage. Licenses can still be bought this day at the auditor’s office from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Plants, seeds to be given away in Warren

WARREN – Plants and Seeds Giveaway Day will be held Saturday at three community gardens in Warren.

The seeds and plants will be available at 9 a.m. at Garfield Community Garden; 10 a.m. at Roosevelt Community Garden; and 10:45 a.m. at Dickey Community Garden.

Volunteers are needed to spread mulch around the new picnic / meeting space, assist with the communal vegetable and fruit garden, and help with the compost campaign.

For more information, contact Danita at

Warren Farmers Market starts Tuesday in square

WARREN – The Warren Farmers Market will run weekly 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays next week through October at Courthouse Square Park.

The farmers market is sponsored and coordinated by GROW Warren, with the stated purpose of increasing access to healthy food and to support local farmers. The market will feature wellness activities such as yoga, dancing mindfulness, music and other family friendly activities.

For information, call Sheila at 330-881-7698.

Letson co-sponsors bus seat belt bill

WARREN – Democratic state Reps. Tom Letson of Warren and Roland Winburn from the Dayton area on Wednesday introduced a bill to require seat belts in all school buses built or refurbished after Jan. 1, 2016.

The bill, modeled after legislation introduced in the last General Assembly session, also requires school districts to adopt policy on seat belt use.

The pair introduced the latest bill following a bus crash in Montgomery County that injured seven students Wednesday morning.

Homeowners in Warren open to apply for repairs

WARREN – Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership is accepting applications for emergency home repairs and accessibility modifications for qualified elderly and special needs homeowners in Warren.

Potentially eligible modifications include installing grab bars and handrails, widening doors, and replacing fixtures and ramps. Emergency home repairs are those that will let the owner stay in the home and include roof, electrical and plumbing system, furnace, and minor structural repairs.

For more information, call Lisa Ramsey at TNP at 330-219-7024, or email her at Applications will be accepted through June 6.

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Mayor, officials in court this morning

Youngstown Mayor John McNally, Mahoning County Auditor Michael Sciortino and attorney Martin Yavorcik will be arraigned 8:30 a.m. today in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court on political corruption charges.

They were charged May 14 in an 83-count indictment, announced by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, whose office is investigating the purchase of the Oakhill Renaissance Place by Mahoning County in 2006, and Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty.

The charges against the three include engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, conspiracy, bribery, perjury, money laundering and tampering with evidence. They are accused of conspiring to stop the move of the Mahoning County Department of Job and Family Services out of the Cafaro Co.-owned Garland Plaza to Oakhill.

Teachers to be honored today

Youngstown City Schools will honor two teachers, Andrea Elberty and Andrea Patton, during an annual ceremony.

The annual Teacher of the Year Banquet will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Davis Center at Fellows Riverside Gardens in Mill Creek Park. Guest speaker will be Sen. Joe Schiavoni.

Elberty and Patton are intervention specialists who teach autistic students in grades 2 to 6 at William Holmes McGuffey Elementary School.

Elberty has taught in the district for 23 years and Patton for 28 years.

Weathersfield to hold fire training

WEATHERSFIELD – The Weathersfield Township Fire Department will be having a training session from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the structure at 3931 Main St., on the corner of state Route 46 and Lincoln Avenue.

Fire Chief Randy Pugh said the structure will be used for fire training, testing of the Rapid Intervention Team and testing the newly recruited firefighters on self-contained breathing apparatus.

On Sunday at noon, the structure will be completely burned down.

Pugh said firefighters will be on the scene both days.

Harding offers free kids fitness event

Warren youths in grades kindergarten through eighth grade are invited to a free fitness event.

The event will be from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Warren G. Harding High School. It will offer fitness education in the form of indoor and outdoor activities, including Zumba class, running exercises, rope jumping, flying disk tossing and others. Free vision screenings will be performed by Walmart, and free lunches will be provided by AVI Foodsystems.

The first 200 children will receive a free T-shirt.

Pretrial scheduled for Warren man

NILES – A pretrial has been scheduled June 23 for a Warren man accused of stealing property from unlocked vehicles in the Lawnview and Potomac avenues and North Road areas last week.

Davon D. Frazier, 17, of 622 Maple St., is charged with receiving stolen property and criminal trespass. He was arraigned Monday in Niles Municipal Court.

A juvenile was charged with criminal trespass and possession of criminal tools.

Police said they found loose change, a GPS unit, cell phones, cigarettes and other items on the teen that were tracked back to the vehicles.

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Warren police seek help in locating woman

WARREN – Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a city woman who was secretly indicted on charges related to providing drugs to a minor.

Carol Sheldon, 43, of Maryland Street, has been charged with two counts of corrupting a minor with drugs and five counts of endangering children.

Police said she is white, 5-feet-4 inches tall, weighs 160 pounds, and has brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen in the area of Forest Street N.E.

Individuals with information about her whereabouts are asked to call Warren city police at 330-841-2512.

Police: Warren woman didn’t see motorcycles

WARREN – A 20-year-old city woman told police she did not see the two motorcycles until after the three vehicles crashed as she was attempting to make a left turn from Sheridan Avenue N.E. onto Elm Road last week.

Brandi St. Clair of Jeanette Drive S.E., pulled out from a stop sign at Sheridan Avenue N.E. at 11:22 p.m. May 19 into the path of two motorcycles driving south on Elm Road, a Warren police report states.

The couple on one motorcycle, Kevin A. Thompson, 32, and Crystal Thompson, 37, both of Logan Avenue S.E., were transported to Trumbull Memorial Hospital, where they were treated. Rex Wilson, 48, of Bazetta Road, Cortland, was transported to St. Joseph Health Center. An update on his condition was not available Tuesday. None of the motorcyclists wore a helmet.

St. Clair told police she didn’t see either motorcycle passing in front of her, and didn’t realize there were two until she got out of the SUV after the accident. The police report states that she failed to yield the right of way. St. Clair has not been cited, but police said the investigation is ongoing.

Warren crews battle fire Tuesday night

WARREN – The Warren Fire Department searched a house late Tuesday but found no one inside after a fire was knocked down on Kenmore Avenue S.E.

A fire department spokesman said crews were called out shortly after 10 p.m. when flames and smoke could be seen at the rear of the two-story house at 825 Kenmore Ave. S.E. Crews remained at the scene after 11 p.m.

Fire crews searched the home, found it unoccupied, and then used large fans to get the smoke out.

Cause of the fire remained under investigation late Tuesday.

Holiday power outage hits Eastwood Mall

NILES – Parts of the Eastwood Mall complex were without power for a few hours on Memorial Day.

Electricity went out at several businesses about 3 p.m. and was restored by 5 p.m. Officials were not sure Tuesday what caused the outage.

Fewer killed on Ohio roads during holiday

COLUMBUS – Fewer people lost their lives on Ohio roadways over the Memorial Day weekend this year compared with 2013.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol says 13 people lost their lives during the Friday through Monday holiday weekend. That’s five fewer than last year. The patrol says three of the fatalities this year were related to drunken driving.

The patrol’s 757 arrests for impaired driving were a 7 percent increase from 2103. Citations for seat-belt violations increased 19 percent, to 7,278.

County seeds college accounts for 10,000

CLEVELAND – Cuyahoga County has put $100 into bank accounts for 10,000 public school kindergartners to encourage them and their parents to save for college.

County Executive Ed FitzGerald said it is the largest such program in the country. Accounts will be created for 15,000 more public and private school kindergartners this fall.

The accounts are being seeded with county money. Voters approved a charter in 2009 that called for establishing a countywide education fund.

Staff, wire reports

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Campbell man found shot to death in vehicle

YOUNGSTOWN – A 34-year-old Campbell resident was found shot in the head at 11:58 p.m. Saturday at the corner of Albert Street and McGuffey Avenue.

The shooting victim was Brendon Moorer, according to Tribune Chronicle news partner, WYTV-Channel 33.

Younstown police on Sunday said Moorer’s shooting death appears to be a result of a robbery. His body was found in the front seat of a vehicle.

A suspect in the shooting is reported to have run away on foot. No arrest has been made.

Struthers business total loss following fire

STRUTHERS – Some 40 firefighters with four departments spent most of Monday battling a large Spring Street fire that broke out at Struthers Chair and Tent Rental, finally considering it a total loss, according to the Struthers Fire Department.

The four departments, including Struthers, Poland, Campbell and Youngstown, were called out when neighbors reported smoke pouring out of the building that once housed Troyer Farms, a potato chip factory, just before 11 a.m. Monday.

Struthers fire Chief Gary Mudryk told Tribune Chronicle news partner WYTV-33 that he didn’t know what started the fire.

“It was fully involved, so it’s really hard to tell. From what we see, it’s a complete loss,” Mudryk said Monday afternoon.

He said it was very important the fire stay contained because just across the street, another business had recently refilled a propane tank.

“We were able to keep it to the building of origin and stopped it from spreading to any other building,” Mudryk said.

Warren house fire causes $50,000 in damage

WARREN – Firefighters estimated damage at $50,000 to a home on Deerfield Street S.W. and $10,000 to the contents inside after being called out late Sunday, according to the Warren Fire Department.

The occupants of the home at 1840 Deerfield were out of the one-story frame home by the initial call at 11:45 p.m. Firefighters were on the scene until 2:06 a.m. Monday.

Valerie Gunther is listed as the occupant of the house, firefighters said.

No injuries were reported and the cause of the blaze remained under investigation Monday night.

Niles residents help police nab suspects

NILES – City police arrested two teenagers early Saturday after residents in the area of Lawnview, Potomac and North Road areas reported suspects stealing from unlocked cars parked in the neighborhood.

Facing charges of receiving stolen property and criminal trespass was Davon Dontay Frazier, 18, of Fourth Street S.W., Warren.

A 17-year-old Warren boy faces charges of criminal trespass and possession of criminal tools.

On the department’s Facebook page, Niles police praised the work of alert residents and officers on the midnight turn, who captured both teens in a back yard on DeForest Road.

A caller identified the teens as the same persons who were observed trespassing on their property. Located inside a backpack of one of the teens was loose change, a GPS unit, cell phones, cigarettes, and other items that were identified as taken from the cars of area residents, police said.

2 shot by police gunfire at Columbus Megabus stop

COLUMBUS – Police in central Ohio shot a man accused of threatening a Megabus driver with a weapon later found to be a pellet-like gun, a police spokesman said Monday.

A bus passenger also was injured by the police gunfire Monday morning, said Columbus Police Sgt. Rich Weiner. Both men were treated and released from the hospital.

Weiner said police were called to the Megabus stop in downtown Columbus at about 11 a.m. by people who reported seeing a man carrying a gun onto the bus.

Police say the man allegedly held the weapon to the bus driver’s head and demanded the driver give him control of the bus.

Weiner said an arriving officer saw 26-year-old Arsenio Rodriguez with the gun and fired multiple times, injuring him and a passenger.

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Woman killed when car goes over cliff

CLEVELAND – Authorities in Cleveland say a woman has been killed after her car went over a cliff at a park.

A fire official says the accident happened Sunday afternoon at Edgewater Park near downtown Cleveland.

Rescue crews were able to get the woman’s daughter out of the car. She’s being treated at a hospital.

An assistant fire chief says it’s not clear who was driving when the car went over the cliff and landed on rocks below.

One killed and three hurt in Toledo shooting

TOLEDO – Authorities say one person has been killed and three others are hurt after what is believed to be a gang-related shooting on a street in Toledo.

Police say that a group of about 10 men walked up to a house in central city and started firing Sunday around 3 p.m.

Police say one person was killed, two were in serious condition at Toledo Hospital and another suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Lt. Frank Ramirez told The Blade that witnesses were afraid to talk for fear of retaliation. The Toledo Police Department’s gang unit was at the scene, where eight houses were roped off by crime scene tape.

Police believe at least 10 shots were fired.

Escaped inmate is captured after 14 hours

CAMBRIDGE – Authorities in eastern Ohio say a man who broke out of jail Saturday morning is back behind bars.

The Guernsey County Sheriff’s Office says 35-year-old Bud Allen Cobb was arrested late Saturday night, about 14 hours after it says he escaped.

The sheriff’s office says Cobb was found in Cambridge.

Jail records show he was being held on robbery and arson charges.

Former sheriff fined for misspending funds

TOLEDO – A former sheriff in northwestern Ohio has been fined $1,000 for misspending government funds.

Former Ottawa County sheriff Robert Bratton pleaded guilty earlier this year to improperly spending more than $5,000 from federal funds earmarked for law enforcement needs.

He could have been sentenced to several months in jail.

U.S. District Judge Jack Zouhary instead sentenced Bratton on Thursday to a fine and one year’s probation.

Bratton was sheriff in Ottawa County from 2004 to 2011. He said he repaid the money and apologized in court.

Prosecutors say he spent some of the money on items including clothing and tickets for Cedar Point.

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At a glance

Crumbled Mosquito road fixed in time for holiday

BAZETTA – Mosquito Lake State Park has officially opened the main entrance roadway after a section collapsed last week. Park officials said the roadway was opened Thursday afternoon.

Josie McKenna of the park said the entrance has been repaired and inspected by the Ohio Department of Transportation. She said a new, larger culvert was installed, a bed of stone and backfill put in, and the road paved with new asphalt where it had cracked.

Heavy storms a week ago caused the culvert to collapse on the access road. Park officials wanted to get the roadway opened for the busy Memorial Day weekend, which kicks off the summer season, she said.

Youngstown man faces rape charges

WARREN – A Youngstown man is facing rape charges surrounding assaults on three girls younger than 13.

A Trumbull County grand jury indicted David Allen Gadd Jr., 29, of McClure Avenue in Youngstown, on three counts of rape and two counts of gross sexual imposition in connection to assaults on three female child victims.

According to the indictment, Gadd assaulted the girls between August and December 2012, when they were 10, 8 and 7 years old. The indictment alleges Gadd forced the girls into sexual conduct with him under “force or threat of force.”

All five counts are felony offenses.

Troopers urge safe driving over holiday

COLUMBUS – The Ohio State Highway Patrol is reminding area drivers Thursday to not get behind the wheel impaired over Memorial Day weekend. Troopers and local law enforcement will be increasing patrols on local roadways.

“The patrol wants everyone to get home safely. However, the decision to drive while impaired threatens the lives of all citizens,” Col. Paul A. Pride, patrol superintendent said.

Troopers in Ohio made 705 arrests on operating a vehicle while intoxicated during the 2013 Memorial Day holiday. During the extended weekend, 18 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes, of which 50 percent were OVI related.

Part of the national Click It or Ticket enforcement mobilization running through June 1, troopers will have a zero tolerance policy for those not wearing a safety belt. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, safety belts saved an estimated 12,174 lives nationwide in 2012.

At a glance

Bazetta buys signs to welcome drivers

BAZETTA – New welcome signs will be added around the township in an effort to create a more defined community.

Trustees approved spending $2,500 for signs that will be placed at the state Route 5 bypass and along state Route 46. Trustee Frank Parke said with new growth in the community, such as Quaker Steak & Lube and Menards, they want to be sure patrons know where they are.

“It’s a Cortland address, but it’s not Cortland, it’s Bazetta. Not that we don’t like Cortland or Warren,” Parke said.

The signs will be about 3-feet-by-6-feet, and will not include the township’s current slogan “Striving for a better tomorrow,” since there have been discussions of changing it.

Lordstown to meet on sanitary sewer

LORDSTOWN – The Lordstown Board of Public Affairs will hold a special meeting at 3:30 p.m. today at the village administration building to discuss the Imperial sanitary sewer connection process and the Imperial meter manhole.

Eastern Gateway

to announce move

WARREN – Eastern Gateway Community College is expected to announce at 10 a.m. today at Warren City Hall that it will open a new site in the city’s downtown area. Several sources say the Warren Center is moving to Mickey’s Army-Navy Store plaza, 239 Main Ave. S.W.

Earlier this month, Laura Meeks, Eastern Gateway president, said the college had its largest graduating class in its history with 359 students.

Area branches include the current Warren Center, 103 W. Market St., and The Valley Center, 101 E. Federal St., Youngstown.

Eastern Gateway’s Warren Center’s first classes were held February 2011 in the Atrium building.

Troopers seize

50 pounds of pot

SHALERSVILLE – Two Californians face felony drug charges after the Ohio State Highway Patrol seized 50 pounds of hydroponic marijuana, worth approximately $110,000, following a traffic stop in Portage County.

Troopers said they stopped a 2006 GMC 2500 pickup truck at 11:33 a.m. May 14 on the Ohio Turnpike for an improper lane change and following too closely, according to news release issued Wednesday.

A patrol drug-sniffing dog hit on the vehicle, and a probable cause search revealed a small amount of methamphetamine in the passenger compartment, the release states. Troopers discovered 50 pounds of hydroponic marijuana in the toolbox in the bed of the truck.

Pamela Denna, 42, and Vinson Denna, 48, both of Paradise, Calif., were incarcerated in the Portage County Jail, and charged with trafficking in marijuana, a first-degree felony; possession of marijuana, a second-degree felony; and possession of methamphetamine, a fifth-degree felony. If convicted, each could face up to 19 years in prison and up to a $37,500 fine.

Court backs state in flooding debate

COLUMBUS – The Ohio Supreme Court is siding with the state in a case involving compensation for landowners for flooding losses near Ohio’s largest inland lake.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday turned down a request by landowners’ lawyers to hold the state in contempt of previous court rulings on the compensation.

The state agrees landowners should be compensated but also wants new studies of the flooding’s impact considered.

Staff, wire reports

At a glance

Warren crash sends three to area hospital

WARREN – A Monday night crash sent three people to local hospitals after an SUV and two motorcycles collided about 11:15 p.m. in the area of Maplewood Street N.E. and Elm Road.

Elm Road was blocked off in both directions for about three hours at Clermont Avenue to the area of the collision. One of the motorcycles was leaking gasoline and caught fire about 1:30 a.m.

Two people were riding on one motorcycle and third person was riding on another motorcycle when they collided with the SUV. Two of the injured were taken to Trumbull Memorial Hospital, and the other was taken to St. Joseph Health Center, a fire department spokesman said.

An update on their conditions was not available on Tuesday, and an incident report from Warren Police Department was not available.

The two people inside the SUV were not injured.

Ten arrested in sweep on gang-related charges

YOUNGSTOWN – Ten men who police say are part of the E-Block gang were arrested on gang-related charges after a yearlong investigation by the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force.

Two were arrested last week, and eight more on Tuesday at a house on McGuffey Road on the city’s East Side, police said. Police continue to look for two more suspects, Tawaun Gordon and Derrick Franklin.

Arrested were Tyrone Gordon, Laytton Sheppard, Daniel Bell, Devin Bell, Jevon Fitzgerald, Kyree Grabe, Roderick Wilson, Keith Tillis Jr., Phillip Lemon and Laytton Lenoir.

Weapons, including a grenade launcher, were found inside the home.

The 20 charges against the 10 men include aggravated robbery, trafficking in counterfeit controlled substances, aggravated riot, felonious assault and trafficking in cocaine.

The majority of the men arrested are facing up to eight years behind bars if they are convicted. A few have prior charges, and may face up to 30 years in prison, investigators said.

Bar on college-athlete unions moves forward

COLUMBUS – An Ohio Senate committee has approved legislation saying college athletes are not employees under state law.

The employee status of full-scholarship football players became an issue in March, after a federal labor official ruled Northwestern University players can be considered employees and can therefore unionize.

The ruling is being appealed. If it holds, it could have widespread repercussions in the multibillion-dollar college sports industry.

Supporters of the Ohio provision say the change could have little immediate effect, but would clarify state law if the employment issue arises. The Ohio AFL-CIO is opposed.

The budget bill cleared the committee 10-3 on Tuesday after Democratic Sen. Mike Skindell failed in an attempt to remove the union-related provision.

Some Northwestern players say they voted against organizing. Results of their election weren’t released.

Woman gets 10 years for fatal hit-skip

CLEVELAND – A judge has sentenced a Cleveland woman to 10 years in prison after she ran over and killed a passenger who had been thrown from her vehicle.

Shamanique Bryant pleaded guilty last month to aggravated vehicular homicide, aggravated vehicular assault, DUI and failure to stop after an accident.

The 28-year-old Bryant was sentenced Tuesday in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court. Bryant’s attorney said his client worked as a nurse and tried to help people.

Prosecutors say the incident began outside a bar in suburban Cleveland in December, where Bryant’s brother was shot and wounded. Bryant, her brother and Mattie Stubbs then got into Bryant’s car. Bryant struck another vehicle, tossing her brother and Stubbs from her car. Bryant returned to the accident scene and ran over Stubbs.

Staff, wire reports

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Woman reports shots fired at her home

WARREN – A city woman told police shots were fired into her Oriole Place S.W. home early Saturday morning.

The woman reported that her children and other family members were inside the residence around midnight when at least three shots were fired, according to a Warren police report. However, no one was hurt.

The woman told police she did not know who fired the shots. Witnesses inside the home described hearing a vehicle, possibly a truck, “with a louder muffler” leave the area just after the shooting.

Police said they recovered two bullets. One was found in the first- floor front bedroom. The other one was found in two pieces on the floor of a second-story bedroom. Police reported that a third bullet that had gone into the ceiling of the second- floor bedroom was not recovered.

Inmate faces charge after leaving hospital

WARREN – A Trumbull County Jail inmate who walked away from a local hospital last week is due in court today to answer to a misdemeanor escape charge connected to the matter.

An arraignment for Richard Harker, 33, 3855 Forest Ridge Court, Mineral Ridge, is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. in Warren Municipal Court.

Officials said Harker, who is also facing domestic violence and theft charges, got sick during a hearing in Niles Municipal Court on Friday and was taken by ambulance to St. Joseph Health Center in Warren. Later that same day he walked out of the hospital still wearing his orange jail jumpsuit, officials reported. He was located early Saturday morning.

Meanwhile, his court dates have been rescheduled. He is scheduled to appear for a pretrial June 18 in Niles on domestic violence charge resulting from an incident earlier this month. He also has a pretrial scheduled in Niles on June 18 for theft charges from January.

Portman staff at Boardman Library

Staff for Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman will hold office hours from noon to 1 p.m. May 29 at the Boardman Public Library, 7680 Glenwood Ave., Youngstown.

A district representative will provide the feedback to the senator. Appointments are not necessary.

AG rejects petition of clean-energy proposal

COLUMBUS – A ballot effort in Ohio to require billions of dollars in state investment in alternative energy has hit a snag after supporters revised the proposal.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine rejected the petition Monday for the Ohio Clean Energy Initiative, saying the proposed constitutional amendment didn’t meet a signature requirement. DeWine said the submission contained less than the 1,000 valid signatures that were needed.

The amendment calls for $1.3 billion in annual investments over a decade in infrastructure, research and development related to solar, wind and other energy sources.

Executive pleads guilty in campaign probe

CLEVELAND – An executive accused of funneling illegal campaign contributions to two Republican candidates in 2011 pleaded guilty to federal campaign charges on Monday.

Michael Giorgio, the chief financial officer for Suarez Corporation Industries in North Canton, pleaded guilty to charges that involve conspiracy to commit campaign fraud, making contributions in someone else’s name, making contributions on behalf of a corporation, witness tampering and making a false statement.

As part of a plea agreement, Giorgio, who lives in the Akron suburb of Cuyahoga Falls, agreed to cooperate with prosecutors. His attorney, Ralph Cascarilla, declined to comment.

Giorgio and company founder Ben Suarez were accused of funneling about $100,000 each to the 2012 re-election campaign of U.S. Rep. James Renacci and to the unsuccessful U.S. Senate campaign of Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel.

Staff, wire reports

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Southington crews respond to barn fire

SOUTHINGTON – Township fire crews battled an early Sunday morning fire at 3930 Herr Fieldhouse Road N.W., where a barn was destroyed and five chickens killed. One chicken survived the fire.

Fire Chief Tom Strock said a barn behind the house was engulfed in flames around 7:30 a.m. and seen by passers-by. The blaze threatened the house, where vinyl siding at the back of the home melted. There was also damage to the rear of a camper on the property, but everyone was evacuated safely from the home, Strock said.

The fire is under investigation. Strock said officials believe the cause was a heat lamp for the chickens.

A damage estimate is at $40,000 on the barn.

Assisting Southington were firefighters from Braceville, Farmington, Warren Township and Champion.

ASAP Coalition collects 106,000 pills

Local law enforcement officers from the Northeast Ohio Law Enforcement Task Force collected and destroyed 106,000 prescription pills during the recent Operation: EMPTY Medicine Cabinet. The Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition-sponsored this program to limit the misuse of drugs by children and teens, who often get the drugs right from their family’s medicine cabinets.

“We are encouraging the public to dispose of unwanted medications by using the prescription drug drop-boxes that are available in our communities year-round,” said Lauren Thorp, director of recovery and youth programs at the Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board.

Drop boxes are located in Newton Falls, Liberty, Lordstown, Niles and at the Trumbull County Sherriff’s department in Warren. For more information, visit or call 330-675-2765, Ext. 119.

Gold City gospel concert set tonight at Packard

WARREN – The spring gospel concert double bill featuring Gold City Quartet and The Keelings begins at 7 p.m. today at the Packard Music Hall in Warren.

Alabama-based Gold City Quartet earned number one songs in each of the last four decades. The Keelings, from Hadley, Pa., have been performing for more than 20 years, and played Packard Music Hall audience in 2012.

Tribune Chronicle humor columnist Burton W. Cole will be in the lobby signing his faith-based humor novels written for middle grades readers.

Reserved seats are $12.50 and may be purchased during the day today at the Tribune Chronicle, 240 Franklin St. S.E., Warren, or at the door. Artist Circle tickets are sold out.

Police say seven shot outside Sandusky bar

SANDUSKY – Police say seven people were shot overnight at a bar with none of the shooting injuries, expected to be life threatening.

But the Sandusky Register reports police say one severely beaten man was flown to a hospital early Sunday. His condition wasn’t immediately known. Police had made no arrests and said there may have been multiple shooters.

WTO-TV in Toledo reports the trouble started around 4 a.m.

Staff, wire reports

WEWS-TV in Cleveland reports police say the beaten man and two of those shot were found in the bar’s parking lot and the other five showed up later at a hospital saying they had been shot at the bar.

Police said they couldn’t say whether the altercation was gang-related.

At a glance

Small fire reported at Falls duplex

NEWTON FALLS Crews responded to structure fire reported Saturday at 51 Mahoning Court.

A 911 supervisor said there was a small fire in a back room, but that it was contained quickly and no one was hurt.

Neighbors reported the fire at the residence, believed to be a duplex, around 10:15 p.m.

Tickets remain for gospel concert

WARREN – Artist Circle tickets are sold out, but reserved seats remain for a gospel concert double bill featuring Gold City Quartet and The Keelings, beginning at 7 p.m. Monday at the Packard Music Hall in Warren.

Alabama-based Gold City Quartet earned number one songs in each of the last four decades. The Keelings, from Hadley, Pa., have been performing for more than 20 years, and played Packard Music Hall audience in 2012.

Tribune Chronicle humor columnist Burton Cole will be in the lobby signing his novels for middle grades readers.

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, Tickets will also be available at the door on Monday night.

Bill would help junk vehicle sales

COLUMBUS – A proposal that seeks to open up the sales of wrecked or dismantled vehicles has recently passed the Ohio House.

The bill would make changes to the regulations for selling salvaged vehicles. Salvage vehicles are typically those that have been wrecked or damaged and deemed too expensive to repair. Salvage yards usually buy them to sell the parts.

The measure would repeal the current requirement of selling only to licensed vehicle salvage dealers. It would get rid of a buyer identification card requirement for those dealers who want to buy salvage vehicles at auction. And the bill would require the Bureau of Motor Vehicles to keep a database of salvage vehicles sales in Ohio.

Gunshots kill 41 in Cuyahoga

CLEVELAND – Gunshots killed at least 41 residents from 18 towns in Cuyahoga County during the first four months of 2014.

The Northeast Ohio Media Group reported that the county medical examiner says 24 of those deaths were homicides and 17 were suicides.

The media group reports 20 of the county residents who died lived in Cleveland. But the shooting fatalities also included residents of several suburbs.

Those who died ranged in age from 5 to 97. One suicide of a Cuyahoga County resident was committed in Geauga County. The rest of the fatal shootings occurred in Cuyahoga County.

The media group reports that 57 percent of the suburban shooting deaths were ruled suicides.

Staff, wire reports

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Inmate walks away from St. Joe’s

WARREN – Authorities on Friday were looking for a Trumbull County Jail inmate who walked away from St. Joseph Health Center. As of 11 p.m., police said he had still not been found.

Police searched the area around the hospital after Richard Harker, 33, who is described as 6-foot-6-inches tall, about 290 pounds and wearing an orange jail jumper, walked away from the hospital shortly before 3 p.m. He was reported missing to police at 3:30 p.m.

Jail officials said he is facing domestic violence charges and two counts of theft from Warren, two counts of theft from Niles and one count of theft from Girard.

Cancer survivor event postponed

CHAMPION – The Hope Center for Cancer Care has postponed its annual Cancer Survivors Day from this spring until Sept. 14 at Champion Presbyterian Church, 4997 Mahoning Ave. N.W.

1 hurt as van flips over in I-680 crash

YOUNGSTOWN – Wet roads may have played a role in a traffic crash on Interstate 680 on Thursday.

Tribune Chronicle news partner WYTV-33 reported a van flipped onto its roof in the southbound lane near the U.S. Route 422 exit around 4 p.m.

Reports indicate there were three people in the van, including an infant in a car seat. Only the male driver suffered minor injuries.

Traffic was backed up for a few minutes until police arrived on scene to direct traffic.

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Warren area residents get three years in prison

WARREN – Two Warren area criminal defendants – one female and one male – both pleaded guilty Thursday to robbery charges, and both were sentenced by the same judge to three years in prison.

Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Ronald Rice handed down the sentences to Brandon Rashaud Cox, 18, of Brier Street S.E., Warren, who robbed the Arby’s Restaurant on West Market Street in Warren on March 14.

Jessica Rae Bucco, 29, of Kale Adams Road, Leavittsburg, robbed the Little Ceasar’s Pizza Shop on Youngstown Road S.E. on Jan. 24.

Both defendants avoided added prison time after it was determined that neither used a deadly weapon during the holdups.

Police asking for help identifying suspect

NILES – Police are asking for help in identifying a man wanted in connection with the Monday armed robbery of a city pharmacy.

The man was caught on a surveillance recording taken behind the counter at the CVS Pharmacy on Youngstown Warren Road.

Police said the man laid a note down on the counter demanding all of the store’s narcotics. The video shows the individual pulling a silver handgun from his chest pocket. He left through an emergency door.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Niles Police Department at 330-652-9944.

Youngstown students to compete in global finals

Students from Howland, East High School in Youngstown, and Youngstown Early College will compete in the Destination Imagination Global Finals.

The problem-solving competition runs May 19 to 23 at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and will also include three teams from Columbiana schools.

Teams competed in both regional and state tournaments to advance to the global finals, which will include students from around the world. At the state level any team that finished first, second or third qualified to go to the global finals.

Warren gardening is open to children

WARREN – There will be a meeting for children and parents of children who are interested in gardening this summer. Those interested should meet at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Giving Tree Garden at the corner of Scott and Vine Avenues.

The Garden is open to children ages 6 to 12 with an interest in gardening vegetables or flowers.

For information, contact Mikenna McClurg at

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Chick-fil-A may build Howland restaurant

HOWLAND – A Chick-fil-A restaurant is anticipated on the east side of state Route 46 near Perkins restaurant, according to Howland officials.

“We’re looking to have the final plans in the next month or so, and we look forward to having them in our community,” Planning Director Kim Mascarella said.

Access to the restaurant will be from the intersection of Highland Terrance Boulevard and state Route 46, thus not disturbing the Hidden Hill neighborhood and not requiring a cut in from the state route, Mascarella said.

Drug trafficking arrest made near high school

NILES – A 36-year-old Youngstown man has pleaded not guilty to drug trafficking charges and will appear in Niles Municipal Court for a preliminary hearing May 21.

Police drug agents with the Trumbull Ashtabula Group Law Enforcement Task Force arrested Tyrell A. Williamson of Cumberland Circle after a search warrant was executed Tuesday at 6 E. Woodland Ave.

Several undercover buys of heroin and crack cocaine were previously made at the apartment that police said is within a tenth of a mile of Niles McKinley High School – a distance that increases penalties for the drug charge.

Police said heroin and cash were seized in the raid and that Williamson has a prior criminal record. Williamson was also held on a warrant out of Warren Municipal Court for failure to pay fines and costs.

Authorities said complaints from neighbors led to the investigation that also included alleged prostitution.

Falls asks for help after vandals hit park

NEWTON FALLS – City Manager Jack Haney is recruiting extra sets of eyes to watch for ongoing vandalism at the village’s Community Center and surrounding park.

”Our funding is down at the moment and we could use some help keeping an eye out for whoever is responsible for the vandalism,” Haney said Wednesday.

He pointed out how picnic tables and bathrooms have been targeted by the vandals, and most recently, a historic Stone Pavilion, built in 1938, was partially disassembled and painted with offensive graffiti.

Haney and police are already reviewing video on surveillance cameras.

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Relay For Life raises $324,500 in Warren

WARREN – The largest Relay For Life in the state raised $324,500 this weekend in downtown Warren.

The Warren Relay, which had 73 teams and 1,193 participants, generated the money for the American Cancer Society for research for finding a cure for cancer.

Phil O’Hara, a relay captain, said Monday that fundraising for the 2014 Relay goes through Aug. 31, so the total is expected to increase. In 2013, the Warren Relay raised $322,000.

The relay started on Friday facing rain but Saturday brought sunny skies for the participants.

The Warren Relay also ranks in the top 50 in the nation for most money raised and most participants.

The next relay will be Friday and Saturday at Liberty High School football stadium. This will be the third relay for Trumbull County. Niles held their relay earlier this month.

Liberty approves deal with road workers

LIBERTY – Liberty Township trustees approved a three-year agreement with the five employees in the road department.

Trustee Chairman Jason Rubin said on Monday that members of the Teamsters Local 377 will receive 4 percent pay increases the first year, and no raises in the second and third years.

The employees will also have a 2 percent increase – from 10 to 12 percent – to pay toward their hospitalization coverage.

The agreement is retroactive fromJan. 1 through December 2016.

Champion board postpones project

CHAMPION – The Champion Board of Education at a special meeting on Monday indefinitely postponed a plan to remodel a section of the high school into new board and administration offices.

Board President David Mahan said the six bids received for the project came in ”much higher than expected.” Project architects estimated costs at about $200,000, but bids came in as high as $322,000, Mahan said.

The board rejected all bids. It was decided to wait until at least next year to revisit the project.

Plans were to move the administrative offices on the third floor of Central Elementary – because that section of the building is not handicapped-accessible – and create new offices from classrooms in the southeastern corner of the high school, which is a one-floor building.

NAMI bus tour starts at Tribune Chronicle

WARREN – The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Ohio and the Mental Illness-No Discrimination movement will launch a statewide anti-discrimination bus tour on Thursday at the Tribune Chronicle.

The NAMImobile will be at the newspaper from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

The goal of the tour is to end discrimination and reduce stigma against people with mental illness and their families by getting the facts about mental illness to the public. The bus will visit more than 100 newspapers in Ohio.

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Young black bear roams Youngstown

YOUNGSTOWN – City and Youngstown State University police were tied up a good deal of Sunday chasing a young black bear through the city’s North Side.

“Obviously, this is something that we’ve come accustomed to. This time of the year in the May, June, July times where these juvenile males are moving in they’re looking for territory, looking for food, so that’s obviously what he was doing here this morning,” said Ohio Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Officer Supervisor Scott Angelo told Tribune Chronicle news partner WYTV 33 News.

People flocked to Wick Park to see if they could catch a glimpse of the bear.

“I can’t remember when the last bear sighting in Youngstown there was. There was one out in Poland and there’s been out in the ‘burbs you know, but not, not in the city, not by the university, not this close,” Youngstown resident Jan Pentz told 33 News.

Later, law enforcement officials blocked off Belmont Avenue for about an hour as the bear rested on the tree outside of St. Elizabeth Health Center.

After law enforcement took a few steps back, it took off once again, back in the direction it came from. It finally got into a more secluded area, and away from heavy traffic, so that when it gets darker, the bear can move out of Youngstown.

MetroPark closed for collapsed culvert

NEWTON TOWNSHIP – Foster MetroPark located in Newton Township has been closed until further notice because of a collapsed culvert.

Zachary Svette, operations director, said further updates will be posted at

Some tickets remain for gospel concert

WARREN – Artist Circle tickets are sold out, but reserved seats remain 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 earned number one songs in each of the last four decades. The Keelings, from Hadley, Pa., have been performing for more than 20 years, and played Packard Music Hall audience in 2012.

Tribune Chronicle humor columnist Burton Cole will be in the lobby signing his novels for middle-grade readers.

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,

Salt Fork State Park to see improvements

COLUMBUS – Officials say improvements will be made to Salt Fork State Park in Cambridge thanks to more than $88 million in state funding.

Department Director James Zehringer says the marina’s dock will be re-decked and its concession building will be renovated.

More campsites at the park will be upgraded to full service with water and sewer and made to accommodate larger campers.

Staff, wire reports

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Money card scams hitting the area

WARREN – Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office officials were warning about the latest scam involving Green Dot Money Pak cards that can be bought at local convenience stores and larger outlets like Walmart.

So far, four attempts, including one successful swindle, were reported over the last week, according to Maj. Tom Stewart with the sheriff’s office.

He said a woman from Farmdale recently got a phone call from a man identifying himself as an attorney who needed $1,500 in order to free the woman’s son from jail in Las Vegas.

”The caller had the woman’s son’s name correct, and he directed her to the Circle K in Cortland. She bought the reloadable debit cards, scratched off the back and gave the caller the number, allowing him to cash in on the $1,500 from wherever he was calling from,” Stewart said.

Stewart said the cards are untraceable for the most part, and callers are most likely using the untraceable TracPhone to pull off the scam.

YSU receives grant for 3D printers for lab

YOUNGSTOWN – Youngstown State University was awarded a $125,000 federal grant to buy three-dimensional printers for an educational lab where students and manufacturing employees can learn additive manufacturing skills.

The funding will support YSU’s Virtual Advanced Manufacturing Equipment Network initiative, which is made up of the university, AST2, the Youngstown Business Incubator, Eastern Gateway Community College and America Makes, formerly the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute.

The money from Appalachian Regional Commission bolsters local sources of funding to bring the total funding to $400,000. The program is expected to begin in eight months.

Superhero cleanup planned in Warren

WARREN – Caped crusaders will be cleaning up Warren today. Team Sanders Inc. is hosting the Kathy Allen Community Clean-Up Project.

Cleanup participants are encouraged to dress as their favorite superhero. Prizes will be awarded to the best costumes.

Check-in and registration will begin at 8:45 a.m. at the YWCA, 375 N. Park Ave. The cleanup is from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and will be focused around the intersection of Palmyra Road S.W. and Risher Road S.W. in Warren.

Liberty to swear in new fire chief

LIBERTY – Liberty Township trustees will hold a swearing-in ceremony for new fire Chief August Birch at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the township administration building.

Teen accused of making Twitter threat to Nike

JEFFERSON – Deputies said they’ve arrested a 17-year-old high school student who is accused of sending a threatening tweet to Nike.

The Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Office says the Lakeside High School student sent a tweet earlier this week warning, “I’m shooting y’all store up tomorrow @ 2:30 @nikecorp.”

The (Ashtabula) Star-Beacon reported that the security division for the company called the sheriff’s office to report the threa.

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Niles man charged with drug trafficking

NILES – A Niles man pleaded not guilty to 11 felony counts of trafficking in drugs and marijuana on Wednesday in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court.

Kingsley Barzley, 44, was picked up as part of an ongoing investigation by the Trumbull Ashtabula Group Drug Task Force. He was picked up Wednesday on a secret indictment handed up from a Trumbull County grand jury.

Investigators claim that Barzley was selling prescription pills and marijuana in the Niles area in November of last year.

Bond was set at $7,500.

Howland recycling events are under way

HOWLAND – Howland’s “thinkGREEN, actGREEN, goGREEN” recycling initiatives are under way for 2014.

Residents are invited to bring up to five large garbage bags of paper to be shredded for the township’s Protect-N-Shred Day at the gazebo parking lot from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

On May 15-17, there will be community wide garage sales that will be advertised in the newspaper for those who signed up earlier this week.

Finally, on May 31, an electronic recycling day will be held at Richard E. Orwig Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Computers, keyboards, printers, all small appliances, TVs and mixed electronics will be gathered for reuse and recycling of the parts for free to residents. Tri-City Recycling will also provide certified destruction of computer hard drives.

YSU panel to discuss Ohio’s shale boom

A panel to be held at Youngstown State University will feature a discussion on Ohio’s shale boom.

The first MBA Professional Development and Networking Reception will be held May 21 with the panel discussion beginning at 6 p.m. in Williamson Hall. A reception will follow at 7:15 p.m.

Discussed will be the economic opportunities created by the exploration of shale resources in Ohio as well as job opportunities.

The panelists include Mike Chadsey, director of public relations for the Ohio Oil and Gas Association; Shawn Bennett, director of energy for In Depth Ohio; and Sarah Boyarko, vice president of economic development, North America, for the Youngstown / Warren Regional Chamber.

Reservations can be made online at by Friday. The cost is $10.

Vienna fifth-graders graduate DARE

VIENNA – About 50 fifth-graders will be graduating from the DARE Program at a ceremony at 6 p.m. today in the Mathews High School gymnasium.

“I think it helped a lot. The whole curriculum has been changed to teach kids to make good choices using the DARE decision making model,” Drug Abuse Resistance Education Officer Mike Sheey said.

Sheey leads second-, third-, fifth- and seventh-graders through the program courses that address how to handle peer pressure and confrontations involving drugs. Instead of just teaching students to say “no,” Sheey said they learn how to break down the situation to have a positive outcome.

Some tickets remain for gospel concert

WARREN – Artist Circle tickets are sold out, but reserved seats remain 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 earned number one songs in each of the last four decades. The Keelings, from Hadley, Pa., have been performing for more than 20 years, and played Packard Music Hall audience in 2012.

Tribune Chronicle humor columnist Burton Cole will be in the lobby signing his novels for children.

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,

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Animal Welfare League moves into new home

VIENNA – Dogs and cats at the Animal Welfare League are making the move from the Brunstetter Road shelter to their new home at the converted Thunderplex on 812 Youngstown Kingsville Road.

“We’re still in the process of moving, but it’s really shaping up, so everyone is excited for that,” said Jean Corliss of the AWL.

The shelter’s grand opening will be June 6, though it is now open to the public. Corliss said that now, the animals are being settled in, and last-minute details such as painting and landscaping are being finished.

The new location, able to hold more than 250 animals, is substantially bigger than the dilapidated Lordstown shelter. The $5.2 million renovation to the building has been paid for by numerous fundraising efforts that are ongoing.

Judge sentences man to death in shooting

YOUNGSTOWN – Willie Wilks Jr., 42, was sentenced to death Wednesday for the murder of Orora Wilkins, 20, in a shooting on the North Side last spring.

A jury recommended the death penalty for Wilks on April 28, and Mahoning County Common Pleas Court Judge Lou D’Apolito did so.

Wilks screamed and kicked holes in walls as he was led from the courtroom after a jury found him guilty of aggravated murder on April 15, according to Tribune Chronicle news partner WYTV 33 News.

Wilks was accused of killing Wilkins, 20, and then turning his AK-47 on Alexander Morales Jr. last spring. Wilkins was sitting on a porch holding a baby when she was shot in the head.

Wilks did not make a statement during Wednesday’s sentencing.

Ribbon-cutting set for new women’s housing

WARREN – The YWCA of Warren is holding a ribbon-cutting at 1:30 p.m. today for the new downtown Warren Permanent Supportive Housing building, 21 Monroe St. N.W., which is adjacent to the original facility located at 375 North Park Ave.

The ribbon-cutting will commemorate the end of a $2.1 million project that replaced the organization’s former Wean pool area with housing for women and children.

The construction project has created 12 apartments for women and their families who are homeless or on the verge of becoming homeless. The YWCA will partner with Beatitude House and Coleman Professional Services to operate the housing and provide the residents with supportive services.

Beatitude House will provide support services for families including case management and child advocacy. Coleman will provide property management and counseling services.

Salvation Army plans annual recognition

WARREN – The Salvation Army of Trumbull County will hold its annual benefit dinner at 6 p.m. Tuesday at DiLucia’s in Warren.

The event with the theme ”All Shook Up with the Salvation Army” recaps what was done this past year by the organization and recognizes those who have helped to make programs and services possible. Entertainment is Elvis impersonator Danny G.

For tickets, call 330-392-1573.

Groundbreaking set for Kinsman House

WARREN – A groundbreaking ceremony for the Kinsman House renovations will be held at 2:15 p.m. today at the historic house, 303 Mahoning Ave.

Councilman Jim Valesky said the event is an important point in the timeline for the historic Kinsman House and the Warren Heritage Center’s development. Valesky said many individuals, groups and organizations made the project possible.

The house was built in 1832 by Frederick Kinsman, who was in business with his Uncle Samuel Perkins in the Connecticut Land Company, until he was elected a judge in 1845. It now holds a variety of artifacts of Warren history.

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Niles woman reports assault in Warren

WARREN – A 24-year-old Niles woman told city police she was assaulted by a man who hit her head with a bottle, causing the bottle to shatter, during an argument Monday at a residence on Tod Avenue S.W.

The woman told police that the man, whom she identified to police, then slammed her head into a concrete pillar connected to the porch, according to a Warren police report.

Police said when they arrived at the home in the 200 block of Tod Avenue S.W. they found the woman sitting on the front porch. The woman told them that the man had left in a vehicle with a friend, heading south on Tod Avenue.

Police said they also spoke with the woman’s father, who told them he had been inside the residence during the confrontation, but had been aware that the man had been at the home.

Lordstown board to meet on waterline

LORDSTOWN – The Lordstown Board of Public Affairs will hold a special meeting at 3:30 p.m. today at the village administration building.

The board will act on a resolution for village council to act on a bid of JS Bova Excavating for the Ohio Commerce Center, state Route 45, waterline relocation project.

The matter is a joint venture agreement between the village and Warren city to relocate water utility service lines serving the Ohio Commerce Center.

Cardinal Mooney stays in city for time being

YOUNGSTOWN – The Diocese of Youngstown announced Tuesday that all plans have been put aside to move Cardinal Mooney High School out of the city.

During a press conference, Bishop George V. Murry indicated that fundraising efforts for the multimillion dollar move, which included the construction of a new school building, fell short.

Fundraising efforts generated nearly $14 million. A new school building would have cost $34.5 million, the bishop said.

Murry said the next move is to explore upgrades and construction projects at the school, located at the corner of Erie Street and Indianola Avenue.

A study commissioned by Cardinal Mooney last year concluded the high school would see more growth if it moved from Youngstown to southern Mahoning County suburbs.

Cardinal Mooney has been located on Youngstown’s South Side since 1956.

Lakeview students plan to bike to school

CORTLAND – Lakeview High School students and faculty will take part Thursday morning in the second annual “Bike to School” day sponsored by the Mosquito Lake Greenway Project.

More than 40 students and faculty are expected to participate in the event in conjunction with National Bike to School Day.

Bicyclists will leave Bazetta Police Department, 2671 McCleary Jacoby Road, at 6:50 a.m. Cortland Police Department will assist between 7 and 7:20 a.m. at the intersection of South High Street and Fowler Street.

All cyclists will leave Lakeview High School at 2:45 p.m.

Michael Swiatkwich of the Mosquito Lake Greenway Project said the event had been rescheduled from today to Thursday due to the weather.

EGCC, YSU receive $500,000 in state grants

Nearly $550,000 has been awarded to Youngstown State University and Eastern Gateway Community College.

The money, which comes in the form of state grants, will be used to improve the region’s manufacturing capacity and workforce.

YSU will receive nearly $300,000 and EGCC $250,000.

YSU’s grant will be used to purchase equipment to help develop a curriculum in the additive manufacturing field. EGCC will use its funds to purchase equipment for a regional advance pipeline welding laboratory at the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center.

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Fitch teacher on leave on propriety charges

AUSTINTOWN – Austintown Local Schools Superintendent Vince Colaluca confirmed Monday morning that an Austintown Fitch High School social studies teacher is on administrative leave pending the outcome of an ongoing investigation into allegations made against the teacher.

The teacher, John Dietz, is accused of having an improper relationship with a female Austintown Fitch High School senior, according to Tribune Chronicle news partner WYTV 33 News.

Colaluca told 33 News that the school board is investigating the matter and did not know the exact date of the teacher’s suspension. Colaluca said he has not had problems with the teacher before.

One ballot rejected; 4,500 votes requested

WARREN – One absentee ballot cast in the May 6 election was rejected Monday by members of the Trumbull County Board of Elections because it was missing a ballot stub.

Board members also approved remaking the early ballots of five people who were given the wrong ballot, said Kelly Pallante, elections board director. During early voting, 4,544 ballot requests were made in Trumbull County. Of those, 1,707 were voted in the office.

Also, the board acknowledged a $1,500 federal grant to train pollworkers on how to help voters with special needs, Pallante said.

The board will complete its review of absentee and review provisional ballots at its next meeting, 3:30 p.m. May 16.

Warren teen reports robbery at apartment

WARREN – Police are investigating the reported robbery of a teenager last week in the area of Trumbull Homes on the city’s southeast side.

The 16-year-old male, who lives on Transylvania Avenue, told police that another teen he was with took him to an apartment in Trumbull Homes at Transylvania Avenue S.E. and Roman Street S.E. and left him there last Wednesday, according to a Warren police report. He said another person he did not know arrived a bit later, pointed a gun at him and took his cell phone, the report states. The police report indicates that he reported the incident on Friday.

He told police he believes the teen he had been with set him up. He described the assailant as a black male around 18 years old, with a long face and big nose. He said the gunman was wearing a dark hoodie.

Woman reports sexual assault in Warren

WARREN – A 32-year-old city woman told police she was sexually assaulted in a parking garage on Lodwick Drive early Saturday morning.

Police said they responded to Lodwick after receiving reports that a woman, who was being chased by a man, could be heard screaming for help around 2 a.m., according to a Warren police report.

An officer said when he drove into the area, the woman ran up to the police cruiser on Dunstan Drive near Red Fox Run and stated that she had been assaulted by a male she did not know in a parking garage, the report states. Police said the woman refused medical attention and was given a ride out of the area.

One person files as independent candidate

WARREN – A Southington man, Eric Dunn, has filed to be an independent candidate in November’s race for the 64th District Ohio House seat.

Dunn, of Herner County Line Road, was the only person to meet Monday’s 4 p.m. filing deadline for non-party affiliated candidates.

If his nominating petition is approved, Dunn will face the winner of a three-way Democratic primary race involving Eugene Mach, Ken MacPherson and Michael J. O’Brien, all of Warren, and the presumed Republican nominee, Randy Law, who is running unopposed in the GOP primary.

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Niles Relay for Life raises $60,000 for ACS

NILES – The Niles Relay for Life was able to raise $60,041 this weekend for the American Cancer Society.

The relay held Friday and Saturday at the Mayor Ralph Infante Wellness Center in Waddell Park had 17 teams walking the indoor track .

Event co-chairs Jessica Crank and Denise Seman said the 2014 amount beat last year’s total of $46,884.

The Niles City Schools team this year raised the most with $12,961 for the event.

This was the 15th year for the event in Niles and is the first to take place in Trumbull County to raise money for cancer research.

The next relay event in Trumbull is 6 p.m. Friday in downtown Warren.

Some tickets remain for spring gospel concert

WARREN – Artist Circle tickets are sold out, but reserved seats remain 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 earned number one songs in each of the last four decades. The Keelings, from Hadley, Pa., have been performing for more than 20 years, and played Packard Music Hall audience in 2012.

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,

Ashland student killed, three hurt in crash

ASHLAND – Ashland University is mourning the loss of a student killed in a weekend car crash.

Three other students were hospitalized in serious condition, including Rosalie Sepesy, 21, of Austintown, after their car went through a stop sign and was struck by a pickup truck in Wellington. The Ohio State Highway Patrol said Andrew Keim, of Millersburg, died Saturday at MetroHealth Medical Center after the Friday evening accident. Three others were hospitalized after being flown to the Cleveland hospital.

Staff, wire reports

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McDonald woman hit by wrong-way driver

LISBON – A man from Norman, Okla., was cited by the Ohio State Highway Patrol for causing a wrong way crash that involved a woman from McDonald.

According to the patrol, Ross Resneder, 26, was traveling north in the southbound lane of state Route 11 near the Lisbon exit Wednesday night when his vehicle struck a 2011 Kia driven by Kathleen Perry of McDonald. Both declined medical treatment.

Resneder told police that what caused him to enter the highway in the wrong direction at the West Point exit was because he sleepy and recovering from an illness.

Resneder, who is currently living in Lisbon while working with the oil and gas industry, was cited for driving the wrong way on a divided highway.

Association plans cleanup in Warren

WARREN – The Kenmore Neighborhood Association will hold its annual spring cleanup beginning at 9 a.m. today at the AETNA building, 2507 Youngstown Road, Warren.

Lunch is provided to volunteers. For information, call 330-369-3773.

Howland grad to speak at commencement

The guest speaker for Kent State University at Trumbull’s 2014 spring commencement ceremony is Howland High School graduate Elizabeth Z. Bartz, the founder, president and CEO of State and Federal Communications Inc.

Bartz, who took classes at KSU Trumbull, holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and master’s degree in political science, both from KSU. She serves on Kent State’s National Alumni Association Board; the Community Advisory Council for the university’s National Public Radio affiliate, WKSU; and the Journalism Professional Advisory Board.

The ceremony is 7 p.m. Friday at Packard Music Hall.

Florak returns to EGCC as speaker

Edward Florak, the second president of Eastern Gateway Community College, will be the speaker at the school’s 45th commencement ceremony, at 10 a.m. May 17 at the campus in Steubenville.

Florak served as the second president of Jefferson Technical College and then Jefferson Community College from 1985 to 1998. He received the title of president emeritus following his retirement.

JFK seeks hosts for international students

WARREN – John F. Kennedy High School is seeking families interested in hosting international students.

The school has partnered with the Cambridge Institute of International Education to enroll several “exceptional” international students, JFK announced recently.

Anyone interested in hosting a student should attend an informational session 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Upper Campus, 2550 Central Parkway S.E., Warren.

For more information about the student hosting program, visit

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At a glance

Decision on officer’s discipline expected soon

WARREN – City officials said they expect the police chief to make a decision any day about whether a veteran patrolman accused of ethics violations and professional misconduct will be disciplined.

A predisciplinary hearing for Reuben Shaw had been scheduled for Tuesday. However, Shaw, who has been on paid leave since July, did not appear.

On Thursday, Warren Safety Service Director Enzo Cantalamessa said any decisions, including possible termination, regarding Shaw are up to police Chief Eric Merkel. The chief’s decision had not been made official as of Thursday. He was not available for comment.

Shaw is accused of illegally having a vehicle towed from private property on June 30, 2013, and towed to a garage he controls. He also was the focus of a criminal probe by the state Bureau of Criminal Investigation, which was turned over the Trumbull County Prosecutor’s Office in March and is still pending.

Merkel said he asked for BCI’s assistance because he was concerned the incident was a ”potentially criminal matter.”

Voting is open this weekend in Trumbull

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

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

Marine Corps recruiters host Family Night

AUSTINTOWN – The local Marine Corps recruiting station is hosting Marine Corps Family Night at 6 p.m. Monday at Austintown Fitch High School.

Family Night is an annual event for enlisted Marines and those interested in enlisting. The families of enlisted Marines greet recruiters and learn what their children learn at boot camp.

Events include an introduction; guest speaker, lead investigator with FBI of Mahoning County Matt Hartman, a Marine who will be given an award for his service and involvement with Family Night; a video of what to expect at boot camp; a slideshow with information for the future Marines to know and understand; and a question-and-answer session.

For information, contact Staff Sgt. David Heger at 330-394-3609.

Some tickets remain for spring gospel concert

WARREN – Artist Circle tickets are sold out, but reserved seats remain 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 earned number one songs in each of the last four decades. The Keelings, from Hadley, Pa., have been performing for more than 20 years, and played Packard Music Hall in 2012.

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 at

At a glance

TNP sets meeting on neighborhood visions

WARREN – The last of a series of community meetings sponsored by Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership to create visions of what each neighborhood should look like will be held at noon today at the TNP office, 170 N. Park Ave.

Community meetings were held earlier this week at Deliverance Temple Church on Monday, at the United Steel Workers Local office at Tuesday, and at the YMCA on Wednesday. At the earlier meetings, TNP shared data it has collected on housing conditions and vacancy rates in the city.

“This is an opportunity for residents to learn more about their neighborhoods and discuss opportunities to improve them,” Maria Williams of TNP said. “More than 150 homes have been demolished in Warren in the last year, which makes this a critical time for residents to begin land reuse and strategies for dealing with remaining blighted properties.”

Hands of Hope offers temporary health care

WARREN – Hands of Hope opened as a free clinic for adults ages 19 to 64 as a short-term medical home for the uninsured until they can secure permanent health insurance coverage.

Hands of Hope has joined with Access Health Mahoning Valley, which takes initial calls for clinic appointments and shares office space at the Warren Health Department, 418 Main Ave. S.W.

Hands of Hope is a faith-based non-profit led by Dr. Steven Swain, who provides family medicine at Northside Medical Center, Youngstown. Dr. Swain is joined by volunteer doctors and nurses.

The clinic accepts Trumbull County residents who are below 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. The poverty guidelines are $23,340 annual income for a single person; $31,460 for a two-member family household; and $39,580 for a three-member household who are not currently insured.

Help is available to apply for Medicaid, and enrollment is required. Call Access Health Mahoning Valley at 330-373-0703 for an initial appointment.

Newton Township scrap tire collection

NEWTON – Newton Township will host a free scrap tire collection and spring cleanup weekend from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at the township administration building, 4410 Newton Falls-Bailey Road, Newton Falls.

There is a limit of eight tires per household with no oversized tires or tires with rims accepted. Dumpsters will be available for the collection of unwanted debris. No hazardous or electronic waste will be accepted at the location. Proof of residency is required. No items will be accepted after 1 p.m. each day.

Greenhouse Consortium sets annual plant sale

WARREN – Friends of the Greenhouse Consortium’s annual plant sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and May 10 at the Packard Park Greenhouse.

It will sell tomatoes, peppers, vegetables, herbs and annual plants.

Groundbreaking set for section of bike trail

CHAMPION – The Trumbull County MetroParks and the Trumbull County Commissioners will break ground for the newest phase of the Western Reserve Greenway Bike Trail at 11:30 a.m. Friday on the backside of the campus of the Trumbull Career and Technical Center.

Zach Svette, operations director with the metroparks, said this is the third phase of the Western Reserve Greenway Bike Trail.

He said the section will go from Champion Avenue, the current southernmost terminus of the Western Reserve Greenway, and will connect to the Warren Bike Trail at North River Road.

This portion will connect more than 47 miles of completed bike trail on the Great Ohio Lake to River Greenway Bike Trail. Also, this portion of the trail is 2.19 miles in length and will cost close to $2 million to complete.