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Couple arraigned after kids hurt in accident

WEATHERSFIELD – A couple was arraigned in Niles Municipal Court Thursday, following an accident involving four young children.

Weathersfield Police reports state that they responded to a traffic accident with injuries at 10:54 a.m. June 23. The call advised officers that a vehicle had struck a utility pole and that the occupants of the vehicle quickly piled into another vehicle and fled the scene.

After getting a plate number and vehicle description of the second car from a witness, the report said, officers tracked the vehicle to Westwood Lake Trailer Park in Warren. Officers then learned there were four small children in the car, who had all sustained injuries in the accident.

The driver, James D. Smith, was arrested on charges of OVI, as well as four counts of felony child endangering, possession of marijuana and felony fleeing the scene of an accident.

The mother of the children, Krista Berger was also charged with four counts of felony child endangering and disorderly conduct.

Both Smith and Berger have a pre-trial set for July 7.

Boy drowns in river at East Liverpool

EAST LIVERPOOL – East Liverpool police and fire units were dispatched around 6:30 p.m. Saturday to the city’s Broadway wharf for a drowning.

According to Chief John Hissam of the Chester Volunteer Fire Department, the young male victim was apparently swimming in the river with his girlfriend close to the shore. “Somehow, he got into trouble, and down he went,” Hissam said.

Chester and Newell rescue personnel performed visual searches of the water before dragging the river bottom in roughly 10 to 12 feet of water. After 20 minutes, the young man was located 60 yards west of the boat launch, approximately 10 feet out from the shore.

The male was pulled from the water unconscious and unresponsive. Chester VFD rescue personnel performed CPR on the young man and he was rushed to East Liverpool City Hospital.

The condition and identity of the male victim have not been released by authorities, pending notification of all family members.

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Crews return to scene of Warren house fire

WARREN – Crews returned Friday morning to address smoldering at the scene of a fire that destroyed a vacant house on the city’s southeast side the previous night.

Warren fire Chief Ken Nussle said the fire started just before 11 p.m. Thursday and the house, at 918 South St. S.E., was fully engulfed and structurally unstable for firefighters or investigators to enter it.

Fire crews returned to the structure, owned by Robert Edwards of Leavittsburg, briefly around 8:30 a.m. Friday.

Damage was estimated at $22,000.

Nussle said the fire is suspicious and under investigation.

The house, which had been boarded, was the scene of a shooting April 6 that killed James Levels, 64, Beal Street N.W., in what police called a home invasion. The resident, Lisa Prater, 48, was wounded by gunfire.

Ohio trustees approve 1.5 pct. tuition increase

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – Ohio University trustees have approved a 1.5 percent tuition increase for undergraduate students for the upcoming school year, costing students $156 more a year.

Trustees also approved a 3.5 percent increase in campus housing costs and a 1 percent increase in student meal plans.

The Columbus Dispatch reported that Friday’s board vote at the school’s Eastern Campus in St. Clairsville brings yearly tuition to $10,536.

Megan Marzec, president of the OU Student Senate, criticized the increase, saying it shows how out of touch trustees are with Ohioans.

Jury deliberates in trial over donations

CLEVELAND – Jurors finished their first day of deliberations in the federal trial of a businessman charged with making illegal campaign contributions to two prominent Republican politicians.

Ben Suarez is accused of using employees, relatives and others to donate $100,000 each to U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci’s 2012 congressional campaign and state Treasurer Josh Mandel’s failed U.S. Senate bid.

Jurors completed deliberations Friday afternoon with plans to resume Monday morning.

A prosecutor said in closing arguments Thursday that the 72-year-old North Canton businessman bundled the donations hoping the politicians would help with a consumer protection complaint in California.

Bus driver fired after questionable story

DAYTON – A white bus driver who told authorities that a religious book in his shirt pocket blocked bullets as he was attacked by three black men has been fired from his job in southwestern Ohio.

Dayton police have said 49-year-old driver Rickey Wagoner’s account of being attacked outside his bus in February wasn’t supported by evidence and testing. The FBI also says its investigation of the case as a potential hate crime found no evidence.

The executive director of the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority says Wagoner was fired Friday. RTA Executive Director Mark Donaghy said the agency’s investigation concluded Wagoner fabricated the story and violated RTA standards.

Patrol reconstructs crash that killed 3 teens

ALEXANDRIA – Ohio State Highway Patrol accident reconstruction specialists were working Friday at the scene of a horrific high-speed crash that killed three teenagers and left two others hospitalized.

On Thursday night, residents of the village of Johnstown, east of Columbus, gathered for a candlelight vigil to remember the three teenagers who died. All were in the back seat of the 2003 Mitsubishi Diamante, which was torn in half by the high-speed crash at about 12:30 p.m. Thursday on a rural Licking County road.

The patrol said the victims were 17-year-old Michael Hoskinson, 15-year-old Linzie Bell and 15-year-old Cheyenne Spurgeon, all of Johnstown. No one in the car was wearing a seatbelt.

Staff, wire reports

The driver, 16-year-old Jaylynn Rigio, and the front-seat passenger, 16-year-old Ashton Cody, also both of Johnstown, were taken to Columbus hospitals.

Rigio was in critical condition, and Cody was listed as stable, patrol spokesman Sgt. Russell Pasqualetti said Friday.

The Columbus Dispatch reported that the five friends were on the way to swim at a nearby Licking County creek.

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Police: Warren man shot in hand but won’t talk

WARREN – Police reported that a 27-year-old city man suffered a single gunshot wound to his hand early Thursday morning, but refused to answer any questions about it.

Warren police said they were notified by staff at Trumbull Memorial Hospital that there was a man with a gunshot wound waiting for treatment. According to a Warren police report, Eddie R. Robertson of 436 Oregon Ave. stated he had been shot between 1 and 2 a.m. somewhere in the 800 block of Vine Avenue N.E.

Police reported Robertson was shot, probably with a .22 or .25 caliber gun, through the outside portion of his right hand just below his pinky finger.

Police said, according to the medical staff, the man suffered no muscle or bone damage.

Manager: Counterfeit money used to buy food

WARREN – A manager at a local restaurant told police someone used a fake $20 bill Wednesday to purchase food.

The manager at Arby’s, 1001 W. Market St., told police two males were inside the business around 5:45 p.m., and one used the counterfeit money to buy food, according to a Warren police report. She told police the males left in a white, four-door sedan with Ohio license plates.

Boy Scouts to collect aged and worn flags

HOWLAND – Members of Howland Boy Scout Troop 122 will be accepting aged and worn flags to retire and also selling replacement flags July 4 following the 10 a.m. parade.

The scouts will have a tent set up at the July 4 celebration.

Flags can also be ordered at

Trumbull career center to hold job fair today

CHAMPION – The Trumbull Career and Technical Center will hold its first-ever job fair 10 a.m. to 3

According to television news partner WYTV, there will be 28 companies on hand for job seekers. The companies will be from the health care, manufacturing, labor and business fields.

This job fair is open to TCTC graduates and also to the general public. An interview room will be available on site.

TNP hosts open house of rehabbed property

WARREN – Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership this weekend will showcase its newest rehabbed property, 3109 Merriweather, Warren.

TNP Executive Director Matt Martin, said staff will give tours and answer questions during an open house scheduled for 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The home was renovated and rehabbed by Trumbull County Land Bank. It is eligible for down payment assistance by a qualified buyer through Warren City’s Home Ownership Loan Program.

The Trumbull County Land Bank acquires property through the tax foreclosure process and TNP seeks to return them to productive use.

Couple leave restaurant without paying full bill

WARREN – A waitress at a Youngstown Road restaurant told police a couple left Wednesday without paying the full bill.

The employee told police a man and woman left $56 of a $114.86 bill around 5 p.m. after eating at Yamatos Japanese Restaurant, 3860 Youngstown Road S.E.

The waitress followed the couple to the parking lot, but they got into a gray pickup truck, a police report states. She told police she stood in front of the truck and confronted the two of them about not paying their bill, but “the truck peeled out of the parking spot almost running her over,” the report states.

The man and woman were both described as white and in their mid 20s to early 30s.

The employee said the man had short, dark hair and that he was wearing black sunglasses. She said the woman was less than 5 feet tall.

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Newton fire board reschedules meeting

NEWTON TOWNSHIP – Newton Falls Joint Fire District board has rescheduled its meeting to 6 p.m. today and also changed its meeting location to the Newton Township administration building.

Vets get free meal on July 4 at TA / Petro

All active duty military, veterans and reservists with proof of service can get a free meal on July 4 at any participating TA or Petro sit-down restaurant nationwide.

According to a release by TravelCenters of America LLC, operators of the brands, veterans can visit any Iron Skillet, Country Pride or other full-service restaurant within TA and Petro locations. Upon giving proof of service, which can include a U.S. Uniform Services ID Card or Retired ID Card; Current Leave and Earnings Statement; Veterans Organization Card; photograph in uniform; DD214; or citation or commendation, veterans are entitled to a free meal valued at up to $15.

Area locations include the Petro station and TA station, both on Interstate 80 in Girard.

Brookfield-Hartford agree on fire contract

BROOKFIELD – Brookfield and Hartford townships have agreed to a new two-year contract for Brookfield to provide fire service to Hartford.

Brookfield Trustee Chairman Ron Haun said Wednesday the new agreement has Hartford paying $29,000 in 2015 and $30,000 in 2016 for the fire protection services.

The two townships have had an agreement for the past five years, and this is an extension of the contract. Fire vehicles are stored in both townships.

Revenue for the fire departments is received through emergency medical service calls.

Truck wedged at overpass awaiting help

HUBBARD – A garbage truck remained stuck at a railroad overpass at 1760 Wick Campbell Ave. overnight after becoming lodged there about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Crews were waiting late Wednesday for a second crane to arrive from Pittsburgh to help remove the truck. It is unknown how the driver managed to get the vehicle stuck.

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Warren boy on bicycle pedals into front of car

WARREN – A 14-year-old boy was taken to a hospital Monday afternoon after police said the bicycle he was riding hit the front of a car at the intersection of Chestnut Street and Sidells Court N.E.

No medical condition was available Tuesday on Gaige Butcher of 587 Sidells Court, who was taken to Trumbull Memorial Hospital following the 4:13 p.m. collision. A police report indicates the injuries were not life-threatening.

Butcher was riding east on Sidells Court and drove into the intersection with Chestnut when the bike collided with a northbound auto driven by Tiffany Jones, 23, of 429 Nevada St. N.W., who was not cited in the crash.

Two Warren businesses report weekend thefts

WARREN – Thieves broke through a wall on the south side of the USA Gas Mart, 317 Pine Ave. S.E., sometime late Sunday or early Monday, police said.

Operators of the business discovered the break-in about 7 a.m. Monday and also discovered that an ATM machine was looted. It was unknown how much was in the machine.

Later Monday morning, employees at Sims Buick, 3100 Elm Road N.E., told police that sometime since Saturday night, wheels and tires from a 2015 Nissan, valued at $3,275, were stolen from the dealership.

Someone jacked up the car to remove the tires, then placed the car back on the ground.

Mosquito spraying planned in Warren

WARREN – The Warren City Health Department will conduct mosquito spraying at dusk on Thursday. The alternative rain date is Friday.

Larvicide distribution will continue on a daily basis in water retention areas.

Individuals with respiratory problems should stay indoors with windows closed. Animals should be kept indoors, and food should not remain outside, health officials said.

Former OSU president Gee to leave JobsOhio

COLUMBUS – Former Ohio State University president Gordon Gee is stepping down from his role at the state’s private economic development agency, JobsOhio.

Gee announced his departure Tuesday at the JobsOhio board meeting in Columbus, saying it would be his last. The 70-year-old Gee is now president of West Virginia University. He has been a board member of the job-creation agency since its inception in 2011.

Republican Gov. John Kasich, who appointed Gee to the board, thanked him for his service during the meeting and said he would be missed.

Algae toxin prompts warning at Ohio lake

BATAVIA – An advisory has been issued for swimmers at East Fork Lake in southwest Ohio because of a toxin produced by blue-green algae.

The advisory recommends that visitors who are very young, elderly or have compromised immune systems avoid swimming or wading at the lake in Clermont County, east of Cincinnati. The advisory issued Monday applies to the main beach and the campground beach.

Officials say state testing there found the toxin in concentrations higher than the levels at which it has been shown to affect the liver.

Mom who beat toddler gets 19 years in prison

CLEVELAND – A woman who beat her 3-year-old son so badly he was comatose when he arrived at a hospital for treatment was sentenced Tuesday to 19 years in prison.

Carla Rivera, 28, was sentenced in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court. The Plain Dealer reported that Rivera apologized and said she is bipolar and became overwhelmed.

Rivera, of Cleveland, was accused of damaging her son’s internal organs, breaking his ribs and causing kidney failure and severe malnutrition. Her son also had a human bite mark on his ankle.

Staff, wire reports

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Warren police probe robbery claim

WARREN – Warren police responded to an aggravated robbery claim Friday evening at the Jamestown Village Apartment complex.

At about 11 p.m., officers were dispatched to the complex at 2875 Red Fox Run and met with two men who said they went to the apartment complex to buy a cell phone from a resident. When they entered his apartment, he pulled a gun and told them to empty their pockets, the police report states.

The pair told officers that the gunman also took items from their vehicle and threatened them against informing police.

Police investigating endangering report

WARREN – Warren police responded to a possible endangering children claim at the Dollar General on Parkman Road N.W.

Police reports provide little detail, but officers responded to a call about 12:46 p.m. Friday after being alerted that two toddlers were found by customers outside the retail establishment. Only one child, a 2-year-old boy, was listed in the report.

No further information was given by Warren police.

Man at Warren laundry wounded by gunshot

WARREN – Police found a man with gunshot wound to the knee Sunday at a local laundry on the city’s southeast side.

Jeremiah Allen, 21, of 290 Reo Blvd. N.W., told police he was jumped by two males about 6:30 p.m. while he walked in front of the Warren Coin Laundry, 2517 Youngstown Road, to go to Little Caesar’s next door, a Warren police report states.

Allen told police the two men started shooting at him, and hid in the laundry bathroom.

Police said they found Allen sitting on a folding table inside the business with an apparent gunshot wound to his right knee cap. Police reported there was a blood trail from the bathroom to the table, and that the bathroom smelled of burnt gun powder, the report states.

Initially, Allen told police the assailants took off running. Later, he said they had chased him into the bathroom and fired a shot at him while he was in there.

Police said they found no bullet holes in the bathroom door or the surrounding area.

Allen was transported by ambulance to St. Joseph Health Center.

Arson damages house in foreclosure in Warren

WARREN – Officials are investigating an arson that damaged the porch and exterior of a house at 237 Meadowbrook Ave. S.E. early Monday morning.

Neighbors reported the fire at 12:14 a.m. Fire crews were able to extinguish it before it penetrated the inside of the house, which officials said is vacant.

Officials said the fire was intentionally set on the porch and traveled up the outside of the building.

The house is in foreclosure and owned by City Mortgage. The estimated damage is about $1,500, officials said.

No injuries were reported.

Open house set for Catholic Charities

YOUNGSTOWN – Catholic Charities Regional Agency, an affiliate agency of the Diocese of Youngstown Catholic Charities Corp. serving Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana counties, will host an open house from 10 a.m. to noon today at its new Mahoning County location, 319 W. Rayen Ave., Youngstown.

Light refreshments and tours of the new office will be available. Bishop George V. Murry will bless the new site at approximately 10:15 a.m.

Niles schedules times for mosquito spraying

NILES – Spraying for mosquito control for the city is scheduled for after 8 p.m. Wednesday. Should it rain, the alternative spraying date will be Thursday evening.

All those with respiratory problems should remain indoors with the windows closed, city officials said. Food should not be prepared or left outside during the spraying period. All pets should be taken indoors.

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Niles SCOPE holds anniversary open house

NILES – The Niles SCOPE Senior Center, 14 E. State St., will celebrate its 20th anniversary at its current location on Tuesday.

The center relocated from the former Masonic Temple site on Church Street to the current site on June 24, 1994.

The event will include an open house with a free band concert featuring the Paul Rossi Concert Band. There will be square dancing from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Mayor Ralph Infante will be the guest speaker following lunch.

Those planning to attend are asked to pre-register at 330-544-3676.

Meeting to address Brookfield sewer project

BROOKFIELD – Brookfield Township trustees have scheduled a special informational meeting for 7 p.m. Tuesday at the township hall with the Trumbull County Sanitary Engineer’s office regarding the South Bedford sewer improvement project.

Two hurt in Sunday crash in Youngstown

YOUNGSTOWN – A Sunday afternoon crash on the Madison Avenue Expressway delayed traffic and sent at least two people to area hospitals to be checked out.

Traffic was diverted until the scene was cleared about an hour after a van and car collided, causing a traffic jam.

No other information was available, including the names of the individuals hurt.

Austintown sets hearing on massage parlors

AUSTINTOWN – Township trustees have scheduled a public hearing for 12:30 p.m. today at the Austintown Senior Center, 112 Westchester Drive.

The purpose of the meeting is to allow trustees to have the first reading of a proposed revised resolution to update the township’s regulations and registration of massage parlors as authorized by Ohio Revised Code.

The proposed resolution may be viewed at the Austintown Township Zoning Office, 90 Westchester Drive, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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Man sentenced to 29 years to life in shooting

YOUNGSTOWN – A Youngstown man convicted in a murder that was called a case of mistaken identity was sentenced to 29 years to life in prison.

Aubrey Toney, then 29, and Kevin Agee, then 26, were accused of spraying gunfire into a car parked outside of St. Dominic’s Church in September 2010. The driver, Thomas Repchic, 74, was killed, and his wife, Jacqueline, was injured.

Agee was sentenced to 39 years to life in 2012 on a series of convictions in the case. Three weeks ago, a jury found Toney guilty of murder, felonious assault and a firearms specification. He was sentenced Thursday.

The jury did not reach a verdict on an attempted murder charge against Toney. The jury also declined to convict Toney of aggravated murder, which could have lead to the death penalty.

Teen gets 20 years in Niles man’s death

YOUNGSTOWN – A 16-year-old Youngstown teen was sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty Thursday to a bill of information charging him with the involuntary manslaughter and aggravated robbery with firearms specifications of a Niles man.

Judge Maureen Sweeney sentenced Damarrea Harris of Idora Avenue in connection with the Oct. 29 death of 23-year-old David Perkins of Highley Avenue, who was found shot to death in the back and left lying in a driveway on Hilton Avenue in Youngstown.

Harris had been charged in juvenile court, but the case was bound over to common pleas court and he pleaded guilty to the bill of information.

Perkins was not identified until the day after his body was found, when a group of his friends became concerned after seeing news reports of a body being found and the description. Perkins’ car was missing from the scene of the crime, police said.

Teens escape serious injury in rollover crash

FOWLER – Two teenagers were able to walk away from a rollover crash early Friday because they were wearing seat belts, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The 16-year-old driver dropped off the north side of King Graves Road near the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport, overcompensated, went airborne, and rolled several times, according to a patrol report. The driver and her passenger suffered scrapes and bruises, according to patrol.

The investigation was incomplete but a citation was expected to be filed against the driver, according to the patrol. Names were not yet released Friday.

Warren to host expo on green businesses

WARREN – The Greater Warren Safe, Clean and Green Expo will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Raymond John Wean Foundation, 147 W. Market St.

The event will include 15 interactive greening exhibits for homes, businesses and community, a residential and community panel at 1:45 p.m., a business / government panel at 2:30 p.m. and keynote speaker Shanelle Smith at 3:30 p.m.

Smith is the director of Emerald Cities Cleveland and works to help civic and community leaders adopt economic development practices that address equity, environment and the economy.

Exhibition tours will be held on Courthouse Square, where experts and industry practitioners will be sharing green techniques, strategies and products.

Howland seeks participants for parade

HOWLAND – Howland is planning for its July 4 celebration with the theme of honoring America the Beautiful.

Any individual or group that wants to participate in the parade is asked to contact special events coordinator Mark Madgar at 330-856-2340 or at

The parade is scheduled for 10 a.m. July 4 along East Market Street, with participants to arrive by 8:30 a.m. to line up at Hunter Square Plaza, 8600 E. Market St.

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Blast likely caused by large firecracker

WARREN – What residents thought was an explosion Wednesday night most likely was a large firecracker, fire officials said.

Firefighters were called to the area of 3132 Foster Drive N.E. around 9:30 p.m. after receiving reports of a large amount of smoke following what residents thought could have been an explosion. Firefighters didn’t find any fire or smoke when they got to the scene, and surmised that the blast likely was caused by a large firecracker, such as an M250.

No injuries were reported.

At about the same time as the explosion report, an alarm was set off near the Morgandale Commons building along Plaza Avenue N.E. That turned out to be an alarm tripped by overcooked food that smoked, firefighters said.

Vienna Fire Department awarded federal grant

VIENNA – The Vienna Fire Department has been awarded $24,883 through the federal Assistance to Firefighters Grants program.

The money can be used on training, facility upgrades and modifications and supplies, like protective gear. The grant program is run by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

OSHP plans OVI checkpoint tonight

SOUTHINGTON – The Ohio State Highway Patrol announced that an OVI checkpoint will be held in Trumbull County tonight.

The OVI checkpoint, funded by federal grant funds, is planned to deter and intercept impaired drivers.

“Based on provisional data, there were 274 OVI-related fatal crashes in which 300 people were killed last year in Ohio,” Lt. Brian Holt, commander of the Warren Post in Southington, said.

“State troopers make on average 25,000 OVI arrests each year in an attempt to combat these dangerous drivers. OVI checkpoints are designed to not only deter impaired driving, but to proactively remove these dangerous drivers from our roadways.”

The location of the checkpoint is to be announced today.

Foster MetroPark reopens after road work

NEWTON TOWNSHIP – Foster MetroPark, 3940 Damascus Newton Falls Road, has been re-opened after a culvert replacement project was completed.

The park had been closed since early May because of a collapsed culvert in the parking lot area for the park.

Fowler road to be closed for culvert replacement

FOWLER – Bradley Brownlee Road in Fowler between state Route 193 and Stoddard Hayes Road will be closed starting Monday through July 11 for culvert replacement.

The Trumbull County Engineer is recommending the following detour: south on state Route 193, east on Everett Cortland Hull Road, north on Sodom Hutchings Road and west on Bradley Brownlee Road.

Braceville Township to spray for mosquitoes

BRACEVILLE – Alexander Pest Control will be spraying for mosquitoes from 6 p.m. to midnight today in the township.

Residence are asked to close their windows, keep pets indoor and not leave any food outside.

Neighborhood group wins spirit award

YOUNGSTOWN – The Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp., or YNDC, has been given the 2014 Spirit of Homeownership Excellence Award by the Ohio Housing Finance Agency.

The award was created by the state housing agency to highlight initiatives that promote homeownership opportunities and accessibility in Ohio. YNDC was picked for its Community Loan Fund program, which provides first mortgage financing in underserved communities.

In addition, YNDC’s program provides buyers with financial training, resources coordination and property repair.

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Jim Tressel to assume YSU duties on Friday

YSU will have Jim Tressel acting as president a little sooner.

Effective Friday, Tressel will take over for the interim president, Provost Ikram Khawaja, who will be going on vacation and whose contract expires on June 30. Tressel will serve as president for 11 days before being sworn in as the university’s ninth president on July 1.

Tressel’s early assumption of presidential duties is outlined in his contract and he will receive a prorated rate based on his salary.

Shooting at Youngstown store injures two

YOUNGSTOWN – A shootout inside a South Side Youngstown convenience store on Wednesday afternoon injured two people, including a teenage boy.

Two men were arguing as they entered the Ally Food Store Deli on South Avenue after 1 p.m. Wednesday, and the argument escalated into a shootout, police reports state.

The owner of the store and a teenage boy were hit by gunfire. They were taken to the hospital, but their conditions were not released.

The two shooters took off. Police said they believe they know the identity of one of the shooters, but no one had been arrested as of Wednesday night, according to Tribune Chronicle news partner WYTV 33 News.

County inspections move into McDonald

WARREN – Trumbull County’s Building Inspection Department is extending its jurisdiction in McDonald.

An agreement approved Wednesday by county commissioners lets the department perform inspections, approve plans and do enforcement on commercial buildings. The department will keep the permit fees, which are based on the building’s value.

The department already handles building-related duties, including residential, in Cortland, Hubbard, Newton Falls and West Farmington. In Yankee Lake, the department handles commercial structures.

Mental Health renewal levy added to ballot

WARREN – A 1-mill, 10-year levy for the Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board will be on the November ballot for renewal.

The levy that funds the agency’s operations generates about $3.2 million a year and costs the owner of a $100,000 home about $35 a year. Trumbull County commissioners Wednesday agreed to put the issue before voters.

Explosion call turns out to burned food

WARREN – City firefighters responded to an “explosion” call late Wednesday, but an investigation turned up only smoke from an apparent overcooked dinner.

Radio traffic indicated the initial call of an explosion which set off a fire alarm came just after 9:30 p.m. near the Morgandale Commons building along Plaza Avenue N.E.

However, after an inspection, firefighters on scene said there was no sign of an explosion and the alarm was tripped by smoke from burned food in a nearby apartment complex. The scene was cleared just before 10 p.m.

Wean hosting green businesses expo

WARREN – Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership, or TNP, is sponsoring a Warren-area ”Safe, Clean and Green” expo Tuesday at the Raymond John Wean Foundation, 147 W. Market St.

The event, running from 1 to 4 p.m., will give residents and government and business officials a chance to speak with 15 exhibitors in Courthouse Square from private, government and sustainability-based organizations and programs that push for a stronger and healthier economy.

The keynote speaker will be Shanelle Smith, director of Emerald Cities Collaborative in Cleveland.

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Randy Law wins chair at Trumbull GOP

HOWLAND – The Trumbull County Republican Party on Tuesday elected Randy Law as the new county party chairman.

The former state representative running in the 64th House District race won the county chair by a 62-59-1 vote. He defeated the current chair, Kathi Creed, who was instead named fifth vice president.

Also elected at the meeting held at the Howland Community Church were Martha Yoder as secretary; John Blue, first vice president; Bob Davis, second vice president; Ron Knight, third vice president; Arno Hill, fourth vice president; Kathy Lukasko, treasurer; and Marlene Campbell, auxiliary chair.

Gunshots fired through door of Warren house

WARREN – Two men fired shots through the front door of a Parkman Road home early Tuesday, police said.

Monty Ohler told police he recently moved into the 2800 block of Parkman Road.

His wife, Diane, told officers she heard something outside, looked at the security camera system, and saw two males dressed in dark clothing.

The men pounded on the front door, pulled out handguns and started to shoot through the front window and front of the house, the police report states.

Police said they dug a projectile out of the living room wall. They noted that the gunmen also broke out a driver’s-side window of the vehicle parked in the driveway.

No one inside the house had any idea why the house was shot, the police report states.

Girard man takes plea in rape of young girl

YOUNGSTOWN – A 21-year-old Girard man was sentenced to 16 years in prison Monday after pleading guilty to three counts of rape and three counts of gross sexual imposition – all stemming from sexual attacks on a 5- to 7-year-old girl.

Zachary A. Walker of Tibbets Wick Road could have faced a life sentence if convicted at a trial that was scheduled to go forward on Monday before Mahoning County Common Pleas Judge John M Durkin.

The attacks occurred between the summer of 2010 and the summer of 2012, according to indictments against Walker.

Eight hospitalized after chlorine leak at pool

KENT – A fire official says six children and two adults were taken to hospitals from a northeast Ohio school for the developmentally disabled after an excessive amount of chlorine leaked into a swimming pool.

Lt. Patrick Edwards of the Kent Fire Department says two staffers and five children also were treated at the scene. None of the injuries are life-threatening.

The incident occurred shortly before 1 p.m. Tuesday at Happy Day School in Kent. The school provides special education services.

Edwards says the children and staff members reported becoming ill after a pool pump was restarted and an excessive amount of chlorine got into the pool.

Boy finds man’s body in closet of vacant house

DAYTON – Authorities say an adolescent boy found the shriveled body of a man hanging in a closet while exploring what appeared to be an abandoned house in western Ohio.

The director of the Montgomery County coroner’s office in Dayton says the body found Sunday had the hardened, leathery appearance of a mummy because 53-year-old Edward Brunton’s tissue had dried up and was preserved in his home’s cold, dark conditions.

Director Ken Betz says Brunton was homeless before inheriting money from his mother to buy the house in 2009. Brunton’s death was ruled a suicide caused by hanging by the neck

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Warren man wounded in Sunday shooting

WARREN – Police are investigating a Sunday morning shooting that left a city man wounded.

Police went to the emergency room at Trumbull Memorial Hospital after receiving a report that a man, Edward W. Perry, 46, 869 Kenilworth S.E., had been shot, according to a Warren police report. Police said Perry told them “he wanted nothing done” and that he did not see who shot him, the report states.

The report states that initially Perry refused to answer questions about the incident. However, when police said they needed more information to do a report, he said OK and told them he had been walking on North Feederle Drive S.E. between Rogers and Hazelwood avenues when he was shot, the report states.

He told police he didn’t see or hear anyone, before or after the shooting, and that he believed he had been shot early in the morning, between 1:30 and 2:30 a.m.

No other information was available.

Lordstown mayor outlines next steps

LORDSTOWN – During Monday evening’s Lordstown Village Council, Mayor Arno Hill outlined the next steps in the debate over bringing a proposed $800 million natural gas power plant to the village.

At last week’s village planning commission meeting, a proposed zoning change to accommodate the plant was vetoed by a vote of 4-1, with Hill’s vote being the only one in favor of the project.

At Monday’s council meeting, Hill said that council, which ultimately has final say in the process, will discuss the planning commission’s recommendation during its next session on July 21.

From there, the village must wait 30 days before holding a public hearing and giving the proposed change a maximum of three readings at village council before rendering a final decision.

At a glance

Former Fitch football standout Mahone arrested

AUSTINTOWN Former Austintown Fitch football standout, and current Notre Dame athlete, Will Mahone was arrested Sunday morning on multiple offenses.

According to the Mahoning County Sheriff, Mahone, 20, was arrested on felony charges of assault of a police officer, vandalism of a government entity and intimidation of a public official.

Mahone was also charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. Mahone was booked into the Mahoning County Justice Center, where he is awaiting arraignment.

Champion to meet on property, plan

CHAMPION – The Champion Township trustees and Trumbull County Planning Commission are spearheading a plan to guide growth and development in the township over the next 20 years, updating its 2001 comprehensive plan.

A community meeting will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Kent State Trumbull’s Technology Building, Room 117, 4314 Mahoning Ave. N.W.

Anthony Kobak of the commission said the focus of the meeting will be to gather public input regarding the township-owned, 80-acre parcel on Route 45, south of the high school. An update on the progress of the plan will also be given.

Area’s final Relay of season raises $46,000

NEWTON FALLS – The Newton Falls Relay For Life raised $46,000 this weekend while marking this spring’s final Relay event for Trumbull County.

Tristan Codner, American Cancer Society cancer specialist, said 10 teams from Leavittsburg, Lordstown, Newton Falls and Southington – with holiday-themed displays – walked the 24 hours Friday to Saturday.

This was the seventh year for the Newton Falls Relay.

Relays have also been held in Cortland, Liberty, Niles and Warren, all raising funds for the fight against cancer. In total so far this spring, county Relays have raised $566,500.

Mosquito spraying this week in Howland

HOWLAND – Alexander Pest Control will be spraying for mosquitoes from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. today and Tuesday in the township with a rain date the following evening.

Residents are asked to close their windows, keep pets indoor and not leave any food outside during the spraying.

Brookfield to discuss historic parcels

BROOKFIELD – Township trustees have scheduled a special meeting for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the township hall on declaring parcels as historic through the county recorder. They will also consult legal counsel on a policy of violation of historic district guidelines.

Trustees will also hire emergency medical service personnel.

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Bazetta to hold Safety Day today

BAZETTA – The Bazetta Township Police Department and Mosquito Lake Marina will co-host the 12th annual Safety Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at Mosquito Lake State Park.

The event will include vehicles and representatives from local police and fire departments, state and federal agencies and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Bazetta Police Department will fingerprint children. The Cleveland Metro Life Flight helicopter will land at noon.

Also scheduled will be the Howland Fire Department safety trailer, Trumbull County Haz-Mat Team, Trumbull County Sheriff’s Dive Team, Heather Merritt’s Birds In Flight Sanctuary, U.S. Air Force Security Services and a stun-gun demonstration and the Mahoning Valley Crisis Response Team tactical vehicle.

Ryan, wife announce birth of their first son

HOWLAND – U.S. Rep. Timothy J. Ryan, D-Howland, and his wife, Andrea, announced Friday the birth of their son, Brady Zetts Ryan.

The boy was born 8:24 p.m. Thursday, weighing six pounds and 12 ounces, and measuring 19 3/4 inches. He is the couple’s first child together. The mom and son are doing well, Ryan said in a press release.

Closed road reopens in Mesopotamia

MESOPOTAMIA – State Route 534 between state Route 87 and just south of the Ashtabula County line has reopened.

The road was closed most of the past month for roadway widening and resurfacing.

This work is part of a larger $3.8 million project to resurface and widen state Route 534. The project also includes various bridge and culvert replacements. The entire project is scheduled to be completed by late July.

Emergency declared in Columbiana County

LISBON – A state of emergency for debris removal has been declared in Columbiana County.

Governor Kasich’s emergency declaration allows the Ohio Department of Transportation to assist local officials with debris removal and road clearing.

Severe storms with 80 to 90 mph winds swept through the area Wednesday evening, tearing down trees and power lines. The Columbiana County Emergency Management Agency reported that 20 to 25 homes were damaged by toppled trees.

Cleanup crews still are clearing the mess.

The City of Lisbon and Columbiana County announced local emergency declarations, effective Friday.

A Red Cross shelter that was set up at the First United Methodist Church on East Washington Street has been able to shut down.

Teen won’t be tried as adult in father’s killing

PORTSMOUTH – A judge has ruled that a 15-year-old southern Ohio boy accused of fatally shooting his father won’t be tried as an adult.

The judge in Portsmouth made the ruling Thursday after a court-appointed psychologist said that he believes the teen can be treated and rehabilitated in the juvenile system.

Staff, wire reports

At A Glance

Shots fired at Warren home shatter window

WARREN – A city woman told police gunshots were fired early Tuesday at the Austin Avenue home she rents.

Jennifer Roskos, 36, told police she heard gunshots coming from outside her home around 2 a.m. When she woke up in the morning and walked onto her porch, she noticed that the front window had been shattered by a bullet, according to a Warren police report.

She told police she did not know who shot into the home.

Construction trailer stolen from church

WARREN – A local construction business reported the theft of trailer from an East Market Street church.

Jon Blair of Blair Construction, 6806 Mahoning Ave., told police the theft took place sometime between 6 p.m. Monday and 8 a.m. Tuesday, according to a Warren police report. He stated that the trailer, which had multiple tools in it, was taken from Central District Church.

Police reported finding the lock and chains securing the trailer had been cut. There were also tire chucks that had been drug into a different part of the church parking lot, the report states.

New title for Catholic Charities director

YOUNGSTOWN – Catholic Charities USA announced Wednesday that Brian R. Corbin, executive director of Catholic Charities Services of the Diocese of Youngstown, will join the national organization on Aug. 4 as the senior vice president of social policy. He will oversee CCUSA’s social policy team and manage the organization’s advocacy and government affairs efforts.

Corbin has worked for Catholic Charities of Youngstown since 1987, serving for the past 13 years as the executive director for Catholic Charities Services and Health Affairs and the corporate secretary / treasurer for the Diocese of Youngstown Catholic Charities Corp.

In 2003, Corbin led the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ National Advisory Council as its chairman.

Southeast Trumbull sees storm damage

A fast-moving thunderstorm that raced through sections of Trumbull County Wednesday evening caused damage to trees and powerlines. However, reports of a possible tornado were unconfirmed and counted as unlikely.

A 911 spokesman said there were numerous call reported between 6 and 9 p.m. in the county’s southeastern section of Brookfield, Hubbard, Liberty and Vienna of trees and wires down and some power outages.

Severe weather was also reported in the Lisbon area, where trees also were knocked down by the storm. As many as 3,200 homes were without power for some of Wednesday night in Lisbon. There were also reports of severed gas lines, according to the Morning Journal, which was without power.

A number of streets were closed there and in Youngstown because of fallen trees.

Justices: Payday loans legal despite 2008 law

COLUMBUS – In a victory for payday lenders, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a two-week loan to an Elyria man that imposed more than 235-percent interest is not prohibited under Ohio’s mortgage lending laws.

In a unanimous decision, the court sent Rodney Scott’s case against Ohio Neighborhood Finance, owner of Cashland stores, back to the trial court for further proceedings. He would have paid interest of less than $6 if he’d paid back the loan on time, but faced the higher fees after missing his payment.

Advocates for Scott sought to close a lending loophole that has allowed such payday-style loans to continue as interest-bearing mortgage loans despite a state crackdown on predatory short-term lending passed in 2008.

Staff, wire reports

At a glance

Woman killed by car backing out of space

YOUNGSTOWN – A pedestrian was killed about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday evening near the Cornersburg Sparkle Market, South Meridian Road, after being struck by a car, police said.

Witnesses told Tribune Chronicle news partner WYTV that the male driver of the vehicle was having trouble backing out of a handicapped parking space just before he struck the woman, dragged her and struck a building.

The woman was pronounced dead on the scene.

The driver was taken to the police department for questioning and released.

Diocese appoints JFK Upper Campus principal

WARREN – Joseph Kenneally, principal of John F. Kennedy Lower Campus, was appointed principal of John F. Kennedy High School by Dr. Nicholas Wolsonovich, Diocesan Superintendent of Schools. Kenneally also accepted the position of interim president of John F. Kennedy Catholic School. The appointments are effective July 1.

Kenneally succeeds Brian Sinchak, current president, who has taken a position as president of Lakewood Catholic Elementary School in Lakewood

Kenneally has been principal at John F. Kennedy Lower Campus since 2011.

He previously was principal at Sharon Kennedy Catholic High School.

The search for a replacement for president will begin in early December.

Police: Man in domestic dispute kills toddler son

CLEVELAND – Cleveland police say a man fatally shot his 2-year-old son in the head when he fired into the window of a home during a dispute with the child’s mother.

Police say the boy was standing on a landing when he was struck early Tuesday and was taken to a hospital, where he died. The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the child as Derrice Alexander Jr. of Cleveland.

Police say his father fled the scene and was later arrested but wasn’t immediately charged.

Police Chief Calvin Williams says the man is a convicted felon and should not have had a weapon. He declined to give details about that criminal record.

Septic tank rules topic for town hall meeting

WARREN – State Sen. Capri Cafaro, D-Hubbard, will host a town hall meeting at 5 p.m. today with the Ohio Department of Health to discuss proposed new construction, alteration, maintenance and installation rules for septic tanks in Ohio.

The meeting will be at Raymond John Wean Foundation, 147 W. Market St., Warren.

Brookfield to meet on engineers, properties

BROOKFIELD – Brookfield Township trustees have scheduled a special meeting at 5 p.m. today at the township hall to act on properties and new senior van drivers, and to meet with Trasher Engineering at 6 p.m.

Police: Man escapes Michigan courthouse

ADRIAN, Mich. – Authorities say an Ohio man has escaped from a holding cell inside a Michigan courthouse.

Lenawee County Undersheriff Jim Anderson tells WLEN-FM the lock on the cell malfunctioned, allowing Scott Henning to walk out Tuesday morning.

Henning had been sentenced to 93 days in jail for violating his probation on a reckless driving charge.

According to Anderson, the 27-year-old from Swanton, Ohio, was taken to the holding cell in the back of the county courthouse to await transportation to the county jail.

Staff, wire reports

At a glance

Woman reports robbery at ATM to police

WARREN – A 28-year-old city woman told police she was robbed last week of her rent money after withdrawing it from an ATM at the Circle K on North Park Avenue.

Keyatta J. Riley-Hines told police she was returning to her North Park Avenue apartment shortly after 11 p.m. Wednesday with the $500 she withdrew when a man pushed her to the ground, pulled her jacket over her head and searched her, taking the cash and a prepaid spending card from the pocket of her jacket, according to a Warren police report.

She told police the man, before running away, threatened to harm her and her children if he saw police at the apartment. Believing the threats to be real, she told police that is why she waited until Saturday to make a report.

Diocese chancellor to retire after 40 years

YOUNGSTOWN – Nancy Yuhasz, chancellor for the Diocese of Youngstown, will retire July 1 after 40 years of service.

Yuhasz, who began working in the chancery office in 1974 as a secretary, was the first lay person to serve as chancellor in the diocese when she was appointed to the position in 1996. Before that, she was assistant chancellor and administrative assistant to the late Bishop James W. Malone and had also worked with previous Bishop Thomas J. Tobin.

Her other responsibilities were administering the Child Protect Policy, media and public relations and human resources.

Family refiles suit over woman’s death

WARREN – Surviving family members of a Newton Falls woman who died April 12, 2010, refiled a lawsuit Monday against the Village of Newton Falls, claiming employee misconduct after an emergency squad failed to respond to the woman’s house when she couldn’t breathe.

A dispatcher also failed to contact police who routinely carry defibrillators in their cruisers, according to the suit filed in behalf of Dorothy Clonch. She died at a Warren hospital after a private ambulance transported her there with an apparent heart problem.

The family seeks more than $500,000 in compensatory damages and more than $500,000 in punitive.

Son of ‘Three Stooges’ to speak at Rotary

WARREN – Paul Howard, the son of comedian Moe Howard of ”Three Stooges” fame will speak at noon Wednesday during a Rotary Club of Warren lunch at Enzo’s Restaurant on Elm Road.

Howard’s hour-long presentation will cover what it was like growing up with his dad, Moe, his uncles, Curly and Shemp, and friend, Larry Fine. It will also include old family films and slides.

The meeting is open to non-Rotarians. Cost for lunch is $8.

Woman tells police someone cut her finger

WARREN – A city woman told police someone cut her left ring finger with a knife Saturday while she was on the front porch of her home, 200 Idylwild St. N.W.

According to a Warren police report, Jennifer M. Simpson suffered an ”apparent minor injury” and that she had ”small, deep laceration” on her finger. She refused treatment.

At first, Simpson told police she did not know who cut her or how it happened. Later, she told police that her boyfriend’s friend had a knife, and that he sliced her finger, but she did not know why, according to the report.

Woman’s death on Elm Road ruled suicide

WARREN – The death of a 34-year-old city woman whose body was discovered Thursday outside an apartment complex off Elm Road has been ruled a suicide.

The Trumbull County Coroner’s Office performed an autopsy on the body of Stacy L. Root on Friday and confirmed the ruling on Monday.

Warren police were called to The Elms, 2300 Plaza Ave. N.E., just after 9 a.m. for reports that there was a partially clothed female lying at the back of the apartment complex, according to a police report. Root, who lived on the eighth floor of an apartment building, was found lying face down in the flower bed, the police report states.

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Cortland Relay raises $64,000 to fight cancer

CORTLAND – The Cortland Relay for Life, which included 12 teams, raised $64,000 for the American Cancer Society this weekend.

Jon Clark, relay co-chair, said the relay went well with great weather and each team playing an active part at the 24-hour event held Friday and Saturday at the Lakeview High School athletic complex.

He said another fundraiser, a golf outing, is planned for July 19 at Walnut Run Golf Course in Cortland with funds from that event to be added to the total.

The relay has until Aug. 31 to raise additional funds for ACS.

The Cortland Relay was the fourth this spring in Trumbull County with the next and final one Friday and Saturday in Newton Falls.

Niles BOE to act on library budget

NILES – The Niles Board of Education will take formal action to approve the McKinley Memorial Library’s proposed 2015 budget at 6 p.m. June 19 at Niles Middle School.

The BOE, as the taxing authority for the library, has scheduled an informal hearing for 10 a.m. Friday at the school district administration building.

The public may review the budget at any time.

The Library Board of Trustees adopted the budget at its May meeting.

Rare twins sent home in time for Father’s Day

AKRON – A set of rare “mono mono” twins photographed holding hands moments after they were born are home in time for Father’s Day.

Jenna and Jillian Thistlethwaite were born at 33 weeks on May 9 sharing an amniotic sac and placenta at Akron General Medical Center. Jenna was born at 4 pounds, 2 ounces, with Jillian following less than a minute later at 3 pounds, 13 ounces.

A photo showing the twins holding hands moments after they were born went viral.

The twins spent nearly a month in the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit gaining weight and getting stronger. At nearly 6 pounds now, they were cleared to be released from the hospital on Saturday and went home with their parents and their big brother, 15-month-old Jaxon.

Their parents, Sarah and Bill Thistlethwaite, had been splitting their time at home with Jaxon and at the hospital 40 minutes away with the twins.

“It’s just nice to have everyone under the same roof,” Sarah Thistlethwaite told The Associated Press. “It was really stressful – you want to pay attention to the little one at home and you just gave birth to two little babies. It was a pull and a tear as to where to go.”

Staff, wire reports

At a glance

Warren man reports robbery at gunpoint

WARREN – A city man reported being robbed at gunpoint Thursday by an individual he knows as he was sitting in his vehicle near a vacant house.

Darrell E. Smith, 21, 2339 Willow Drive S.W., told police he was sitting alone in the driveway of the vacant house at 2326 Willow Drive S.W. about 10:30 p.m. when someone opened his passenger door and got into his vehicle, according to a Warren police report.

Smith said the intruder pulled out a black handgun, pointed it at him and told him, ”You know what time it is,'” the report states. Smith stated that the gunman then asked him what he had on him, and he replied nothing, the report states.

Smith told police the gunman took $7 from the middle console of the vehicle and made him hand over his cell phone.

Smith told police the individual had also robbed him at gunpoint last year. He told police the gunman got out of the vehicle and walked away.

Investigators await autopsy on woman

WARREN – Investigators on Friday were waiting for autopsy results to determine how a 34-year-old woman, whose body was discovered Thursday outside an apartment complex off Elm Road, died.

The Trumbull County Coroner’s Office confirmed that an autopsy was being done on the body of Stacy L. Root to determine whether her death was an accident or suicide.

Warren police were called to The Elms at 2300 Plaza Ave. N.E. just after 9 a.m. after receiving reports that there was a partially clothed female lying at the back of the apartment complex, according to a Warren police report.

Root, who lived on the eighth floor of an apartment building there, was found lying face down in the flower bed, the police report states. Medics at the scene checked Root for vitals, but found she had died.

Hubbard Township road work extended

HUBBARD TOWNSHIP – Elmwood Drive – Hubbard Thomas Road – between Hubbard Masury Road and West Liberty Street (state Route 304) will be closed Monday and Tuesday. The road was closed this week but is scheduled to be open today and Sunday.

Trumbull County Engineer Randy Smith said soil borings are being performed by Professional Service Industries Inc.

The recommended detour is south on Elmwood Drive, west on West Liberty Street, north on Main Street and east on Hubbard Masury Road.

At a glance

D-Day to be marked with local ceremony

CHAMPION – In recognition of the largest land invasion in the history of the world, the D-Day +70 Committee chaired by Pastor David Luther will hold a ceremony at 6 p.m. today at Champion High School auditorium, 5986 Mahoning Ave. Doors open at 5 p.m.

The program highlights include a motorcycle escort of World War II veterans through Camp Ravenna to the venue, recognition of veterans who fought on D-Day, recognition of all World War I veterans, indoor and outdoor displays photographs of World War II veterans, music, and testimonies from veterans.

Guest speaker will be Lt. Col. Ed Meade, garrison commander at Camp Ravenna. Displays will include World War II-era vehicles, photographs and news reports.

Jail counselor charged with abuse of ward

CLEVELAND – A 34-year-old Boardman woman was indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury that charged her with abuse of a ward.

The indictment against Nicole White charges that on or about October of 2013, White, who was a correctional counselor at the Northeast Ohio Correctional Center, engaged and attempted to engage in sexual acts with a federal inmate at the facility.

The investigation preceding the indictment was conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General and the Bureau of Prisons. The matter is being prosecuted by assistant United States attorney David M. Toepfer.

W.O.W. bicycle ride scheduled for Saturday

WARREN – W.O.W., the World of Wildlife Tour, will be Saturday along the Western Reserve Greenway in Trumbull and Ashtabula counties.

Participants can ride 20-, 40- or 68-mile routes or any distance they like. Except for the first and the last miles, which will be on public roads, the ride will be on the Greenway – an asphalt bicycle trail. Helmets are required. Registration will be from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Kent State University Trumbull campus in Champion.

Food and beverages will be provided at rest stops on the route and at the end of the ride. Greenway bike patrol volunteers will help riders along the route. Proceeds will be used as a local match to attract federal money to finish a section of bike path connecting Warren to Niles.

Judge denies 3rd trial in arson that killed 9

CLEVELAND – A federal judge on Thursday denied a request for another trial for a man twice convicted of killing a woman and eight children at a sleepover in the city’s deadliest arson fire.

The judge also denied a motion seeking dismissal of the arson charge against defendant Antun Lewis.

Lewis is scheduled for sentencing Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Cleveland. The 30-year-old Lewis was deemed ineligible for the death penalty because of a mental disability.

Defense attorney Timothy Ivey said he was disappointed in Judge Solomon Oliver’s decision to deny a request for a third trial for Lewis, a former drug dealer. He said Lewis maintains his innocence and has passed two lie-detector tests.

Boy on bike hit by truck, flown to hospital

MARION – Authorities say a 7-year-old boy riding a bicycle was struck by a utility truck and was flown to a central Ohio hospital.

State Highway Patrol Sgt. Rich Logsdon tells The Marion Star that the boy and his mother were riding near their home Thursday afternoon when the child veered and was struck.

Logsdon says the boy was responsive at the scene. He says it didn’t appear the boy was wearing a helmet when the crash occurred near Marion, about 45 miles northwest of Columbus.

The injured boy was flown to a Columbus hospital.

Lordstown committee set to meet today

LORDSTOWN – Lordstown’s Transportation, Senior Services, Planning and Zoning, and Recreation Department committee will meet at 4 p.m. today in the caucus room.

Staff, wire reports

At a glance

Levy proceeds spread among senior services

WARREN – Trumbull County commissioners Wednesday ap-proved spending Senior Levy proceeds of about $1.6 million on a variety of services for senior citizens.

About $280,000 will be spent on protective services; $695,000 on in-home services; $24,990 on transportation; $599,998 on community centers; and $15,000 will be given out in three $5,000 mini-grants.

Also, commissioners agreed to put $215,000 for in-home care services out to bid again because one of the two companies putting in a bid did so incorrectly.

This round of spending will begin on July 1 and last for one year.

Newton Falls man spots bear in Bazetta

BAZETTA – A Newton Falls man reported seeing a large black bear while driving along state Route 5 Wednesday morning.

Jeremy Groff had just left Walmart about 10 a.m. when he spotted the bear by the side of the road, snapped a picture and sent it to Tribune Chronicle news partner WYTV Channel 33.

The bear was close to the tree line when he first caught a glimpse of it, but then started moving closer to traffic, the news station reported.

Suspicious fire being investigated in Kinsman

KINSMAN – Trumbull County Fire Investigation Unit is looking into a suspicious fire that occurred early Wednesday morning in Kinsman Township.

At 5:03 a.m., the Kinsman Fire Department was called for a fully involved structure fire. Upon arrival, firefighters determined the structure was vacant, and the crew knocked the fire down and spent three hours on scene performing overhaul, according to the department.

Kinsman was assisted by crews from Gustavus, Johnston, Burghill-Vernon, Jamestown, Pa., and West Salem, Pa., fire departments in battling the blaze.

Support agency worker sees disciplinary action

WARREN – An employee in the Trumbull County Child Support Enforcement Agency will be off work for 15 days without pay for excessively being late or not coming to work.

Rosemary Horvath, an enforcement specialist earning $34,881 a year, also signed a last chance agreement that could result in her termination if she violates any agency rule in the next two years, said director John Gargano. The suspension for Horvath is for 30 days, but 15 days are being held in abeyance.

Trumbull County commissioners Wednesday approved the discipline.

Lawmakers OK graduation changes

COLUMBUS – Ohio high school students beginning with the class of 2018 would see new graduation requirements and receive free college-admission testing under a legislative compromise that cleared the state Legislature on Wednesday.

Both the Senate and House approved the changes, and Gov. John Kasich is expected to sign.

The new rules would begin with this fall’s ninth-graders, reducing the number of electives required from five to three. The bill also establishes that seven end-of-course exams in English, math, science, U.S. history and government will replace the Ohio Graduation Test.

Students taking accelerated options, such as Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or post-secondary courses, would be exempt from the end-of-course exams in those subjects. A remediation-free score on a nationally-recognized college admission test or an industry-recognized credential coupled with passage of a workforce readiness or job-skills assessment also could substitute for end-of-course testing.

Under the bill, all students would take a college admission test such as the ACT or SAT in 11th grade free of charge.

Basic courses required for graduation would remain largely unchanged: four units each of English and math; three units each of science and social studies; half a unit each of health and physical education; and additional coursework in financial literacy and fine arts.

Staff, wire reports

At a glance

Puppy store named on animal activists’ list

LIBERTY – Ohio Puppy on Belmont Avenue in Liberty has been catching flak since the National Humane Society listed it as one of the top 100 worst puppy mills in the country. However, store owners say they are being unfairly targeted.

Ohio Puppy owners told Tribune Chronicle news partner WYTV 33 News that it is not a puppy mill, nor does it purchase from puppy mills. The owners said they also check the health of puppies before they are sold, and provided veterinary documentation.

Store operator Martha Drozdik told 33 News that she believes the store is being targeted by activists who are against all breeding.

Two robberies reported in Warren on Monday

WARREN – A 56-year-old man said he answered the door of his apartment on Washington Street early Monday and was robbed by a masked gunman who knew his name.

Patrick Murphy, 200 Washington St. N.E., told police he heard a knock at the door about 3 a.m., and the bandit called his name before taking $280 and running off.

In a second call, police found no evidence on video footage from a security camera at the BP Gas Station at East Market Street and Laird Avenue S.E. where two 14-year-old boys said they were robbed of $20 about 5:30 p.m. Monday.

The two boys, who are related, told police they were on their way to buy ice.

Pair to be arraigned in shoplifting shooting

BOARDMAN – Kevin Sabo of Campbell and Joseph Holmes of Boardman are scheduled to be arraigned Thursday on charges related to a shooting over shoplifted shrimp.

They were arrested Monday night at a motel in Coitsville on charges of heroin possession shortly after two people tried steal a bag of shrimp from the Sparkle Market on South Avenue. They jumped in a car and nearly ran over a security guard, who fired shots at them. No one was hit by gunfire.

Sabo and Holmes were charged with felonious assault, and on Friday, they are to be arraigned on charges of heroin possession, according to reports.

The security guard was cleared of wrongdoing in the shooting.

Warren to give updates on 10-point plan for city

WARREN – The Warren City Council Resident Advisory Committee’s 10-point plan for the city will be discussed at 4 p.m. Thursday at the Raymond Wean Foundation, 147 W. Market St. Mayor Doug Franklin and members will discuss the plan and its progress.

The committee introduced its plan in 2012. Among the strategies were improve the Packard Apartments; form an education and medical district, rehabilitate the Robins Theater and save the Saker Mansion.

The city recently came under fire for perceived lack of action on the 10 points.

YBI, YSU receive grant for 3D printing

The Youngstown Business Incubator and Youngstown State University received a $500,000 grant for a 3D printing technology initiative, YSU announced Tuesday.

The Ohio Third Frontier Commission issued the funds, which will be used specifically in the printing and post processing of metal parts and components.

“This grant leverages traditional manufacturing capabilities and provides small to medium manufacturers with direct access to AM equipment, engineering design tools and expertise in printing processes,” said Barb Ewing, chief operating officer of YBI.

The program will initially work with eight local companies and will eventually expand to include the entire state.

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At a glance

Election recounts show results unchanged

WARREN – Recounts in several precinct committee races and one liquor option were done Monday, but the results did not change.

Argie K. Clay kept a one-vote advantage over Linda Marchese, 101 to 100, in the Democratic committee race in Niles precinct 3A.

In Republican races, Debbie Lewis and Christine Smith held onto the victories in McDonald precincts B and C. The races between Lewis and Brian Fisher and Smith and Sharon Roberts were tied, leaving a coin flip to determine Lewis and Smith the winners.

In another race, Kevin Wyndham kept his one-vote advantage over Marilyn J. Thomas in Howland precinct N, 86 to 85.

Also, a liquor option for the Red Dragon Convenient Store in Niles precinct 4F remained tied at 49 votes for and against. Because the issue was tied, it was certified failed.

Raid nets $20,000 in drugs at house

WARREN – Police confiscated more than $20,000 worth of heroin Monday after using a search warrant to raid a home at 382 Comstock Ave. N.W. that had been under surveillance for at least two months.

Arrested was Colin Foster, 31, of Clermont Street N.E., who was in Trumbull County Jail facing drug possession and trafficking charges.

A second man, David Lee, 55, who lives at the Comstock home, also was taken to jail after officers with Warren Police Department’s Street Crimes Unit and Tactical Entry Team determined he was wanted on a capias for failure to pay fines and court costs from a previous court case.

Police confiscated about 100 grams of heroin, $120 cash, two digital scales, packaging material, a substance used to ”cut” heroin and add bulk, and a hydraulic and hand press used to ”re-rock” the drugs for sale.

A gun safe was also confiscated, and police said they were awaiting the suspected owner of the safe to come forward with a key.

Grant to develop Niles Republic property

NILES – A $643,680 Clean Ohio Assistance Fund grant will be used to help redevelop the former Republic Steel property in Niles.

The grant award, announced Monday, is for an environmental cleanup of the land, which afterward will be used by BRT Extrusions to expand, including new employee, warehouse and dock space. The grant will help create 15 new full-time jobs, according to a news release.

BRT, an aluminum extrusion company, will contribute $212,281 toward the infrastructure improvements.

Youngstown incubator receives state grant

YOUNGSTOWN – The Youngstown Edison Incubator Corp. is getting a $500,000 state grant for its Ohio Precision Parts Initiative, it was announced Monday.

The money, from the Edison Advanced Manufacturing Program, will provide manufacturing technology to local small-and medium-sized plants to improve production efficiency, according to a news release. Some of the money also will be used for employee professional development.

The program will work with eight Ohio companies at first, and then expand to 15 firms locally and 10 more across Ohio.

Roads to close for Achievers Festival

WARREN – Several Warren city streets will be closed at 6 p.m. Thursday to 9 a.m. Monday for the annual African American Achievers Festival in downtown Warren.

Roads to be closed are West Market Street at North Park Avenue and at Mahoning Avenue; Mahoning Avenue at West Market Street, High Street and Monroe Street; and High Street at North Park and Harmon avenues.

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Animal Welfare League to hold ribbon cutting

VIENNA – The Animal Welfare League of Trumbull County has moved to its new facility at 812 Youngstown Kingsville Road, Vienna, directly across from Avalon Squaw Creek Country Club.

The new center will hold a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. Friday. An open house and tours will be available from noon to 6 p.m.

The former location on Brunstetter Road in Lordstown will be closed.

The new shelter and adoption center will be open from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday. Pets are available for adoptions.

For information, call 330-539-5300 or

D-Day to be marked with location ceremony

CHAMPION – In recognition of the largest land invasion in the history of the world, the D-Day +70 Committee chaired by Pastor David Luther will hold a ceremony at 6 p.m. Friday at Champion High School auditorium, 5986 Mahoning Ave.

Doors open at 5 p.m.

The program highlights include a motorcycle escort of World War II veterans through Camp Ravenna to the venue, recognition of veterans who fought on D-Day, recognition of all World War II veterans, indoor and outdoor displays photographs of World War II veterans, music, and testimonies from veterans.

Guest speaker will be Lt. Col. Ed Meade, garrison commander at Camp Ravenna. Displays will include World War II-era vehicles, photographs and news reports.

The general public is encouraged to line the street from Champion Street to the high school with flags for the arrival of the veterans.

Newton Falls fire board to act on EMS levy

NEWTON FALLS – The Newton Falls Joint Fire District Board will hold a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the fire station, 19 N. Canal St., to approve placing an emergency medical service levy before voters.

District officials earlier this year discussed the need for a levy of somewhere between 2 and 2.5 mills to pay for around-the-clock staffing, which would cost about $240,000 annually.

The board will also act on compensation of public employees, potential litigation and request for proposals for EMS service for the district.

Ohio man dies trying to save girl from drowning

BAY VILLAGE – An Ohio father of four died trying to save a young girl from drowning in Lake Erie.

U.S. Coast Guard officials say 43-year-old Peter Radke of Medina was among a group of people who jumped into the lake just west of Cleveland on Saturday evening to help a young girl struggling in the waves.

The girl was rescued, but Radke didn’t emerge from the water.

A three-hour search ensued before divers found his body.

WEWS-TV reports that Radke was at the beach attending a birthday party with his children.

He is survived by his wife and four children.

Radke’s family says in a statement that though they didn’t expect to lose him so soon, they take comfort that his “final moments were spent saving the life of another.”