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Ex-champ Pavlik pleads to OVI

AUSTINTOWN – Former boxing champion Kelly Pavlik of Youngstown has pleaded guilty to drunken driving.

Pavlik pleaded guilty Wednesday to a charge of operating a vehicle while impaired in Mahoning County Court in Austintown. That charge stems from a December arrest on the Ohio Turnpike.

He was ordered to pay a $650 fine and faces a 90-day suspended jail sentence, according to Tribune Chronicle news partner WYTV 33 News. He will take a driver’s education course and is on probation for 12 months.

County moves on Dunkin’ request

WARREN – Trumbull County commissioners on Wednesday agreed to allow the county’s Planning Commission prepare an agreement for a proposed 49 percent, 10-year tax exemption for a new Dunkin’ Donuts in Liberty, the first of several steps needed to OK the abatement.

White Donuts LLC, a franchisee of the popular of coffee / doughnut shop chain, intends to build a store on Belmont Avenue inside a specially created tax incentive district between Gypsy Lane and Tibbetts Wick Road.

The agreement must be approved by commissioners, township trustees and the Ohio Development Services Agency. The store will be in front of a $6.5 million, 87-suite Comfort Inn being built where the Ramada Inn once stood. The hotel project received the same tax incentive.

‘Suspicious’ fire destroys house

WARREN – Crews were called out early Wednesday morning to a fire at a vacant house at 711 Hillsdale Drive N.W.

Warren fire Chief Ken Nussle said the house was fully engulfed when crews arrived around 2:30 a.m. They remained on the scene about 2 1/2 hours. Nussle said the house, valued at $18,000, was a “total loss” and that the fire is suspicious.

City records show the property is owned by Kenneth McNear. No injuries were reported.

Tribune Chronicle