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Commissioners award senior service contract

WARREN – Comfort Keepers of Youngstown was awarded a one-year, $215,000 contract Wednesday to care for some of Trumbull County’s elderly.

County commissioners also extended the senior service provider’s current contract through August because the new agreement does not become effective until September. Doing so prevents a break in service.

Comfort Keepers will receive $100,000 for homemaker services; $70,000 for personal care services; and $45,000 for chore services. Homemaker care are services like dish washing, laundry and bed linen changing; chore is work outside the home, like grass cutting and snow removal; and personal care is services like bathing.

Two Republicans return to Transit Board

WARREN – Trumbull County commissioners on Wednesday reappointed two members of the Trumbull County Transit Board.

The new three-year terms for Marlin Palich and Michael Sava, both Republicans, will begin Aug. 31. Palich was originally appointed in December 2011 and Sava, August 2012.

The seven-person board that oversees Trumbull County’s public, countywide transportation system when it was formed in 2011 was created to be bipartisan. It consists of four Democrats and three Republicans.

Struthers woman court date set in spit and run

NILES – A pretrial for a Struthers woman who police said is involved in a spit-and-run case has been set for Aug. 29 in municipal court.

Jennifer L. Price, 28, is charged with misdemeanor assault and menacing. She was given a $1,000 personal bond at an arraignment Tuesday in Niles Municipal Court.

Weathersfield police reported that went through the Dunkin’ Donuts drive-through on Salt Springs Road July 22 and ordered a drink. Price became angry and threatened the clerk after the clerk told her that the drink had to be charged a specific way, police reports state.

Police said a second clerk came to the window and told Price to leave. They said Price proceeded to spit in the second clerk’s face.

Commissioners extend court lease in Brookfield

WARREN – Trumbull County commissioners Wednesday extended the county’s lease for space to house Eastern District Court in Brookfield.

The agreement with K-Y Residential, Commercial and Industrial Development Corp. in Brookfield is for five years at $60,443 a year, and gives the county the option to extend the lease for two more five-year periods. In the last agreement, the county paid $48,624 a year.

The original lease agreement was signed in September 2002.

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Judge’s son innocent of menacing charge

YOUNGSTOWN – After about 45 minutes of deliberation, jurors on Tuesday found the son of Mahoning County Juvenile Court Judge Theresa Dellick innocent of aggravated menacing.

John Dellick, 20, was arrested by Youngstown State University police after an altercation in November. His ex-girlfriend claimed he had followed her across campus and threatened to kill her and another student.

She told a bit of a different story to jurors on Monday, according to Tribune Chronicle news partner WYTV 33 News.

Dellick’s father, John Dellick, said the case was never more than a dispute that got out of hand between his son and the ex-girlfriend.

Dellick still faces felony charges from two unrelated incidents last year. One of them involves the ex-girlfriend, who Dellick admitted on the witness stand Monday he’s been texting and emailing for months despite a court order that there be no contact, 33 News reported.

Dogs removed Tuesday from Warren home

WARREN – A dozen dogs and puppies turned loose on humane workers were removed Tuesday morning from what authorities described as ”a house of filth” in Warren.

The Animal Welfare League received a call about a home at the intersection of Oak Street and Nevada Avenue S.W., Warren. When humane officers arrived, they said there was a confrontation with the owner.

“She shut the door. Next thing, all the dogs were released, so they had about 14 dogs running loose in the city at that point and some of them were acting aggressive,” Kerry Pettite, executive director of the Animal Welfare League of Trumbull County, told 33 News.

The owner, Christina Roland, is expected to face charges, authorities said.

The dogs are now in the care of the Animal Welfare League of Trumbull County and the Trumbull County Dog Pound. They will receive care for at least 10 days before being adopted out.

Inmates build bunks for transition housing

LEAVITTSBURG – Inmates at Trumbull Correctional Institution crafted six sets of bunk beds to donate to Free Indeed Inc., which helps transition offenders back into society after their release from prison.

“It’s obvious by the craftsmanship that they care about what they are doing. The offenders really take pride when giving back to the community,” Warden Chris LaRose said.

Construction of the beds was a “faith challenge” initiated by the expanding transition center during the Northeast Regional Faith Summit in March. Numerous inmates were involved in construction and raising money to purchase supplies.

Akron schools to pay autistic child’s tuition

AKRON – The Akron school district has agreed to pay just over $100,000 a year to send an autistic child to a private school after a longstanding challenge by the child’s parents.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports that the school board approved paying the tuition and other costs on Monday.

The child’s parents initially challenged the school district six years ago about allowing their child to attend Monarch Center for Autism in the Cleveland suburb of Cleveland Heights. Akron school officials argued the district had appropriate facilities.

Monarch’s annual tuition is $84,500. The parents will receive $17,472 for transportation costs.

Ohio doctor gets year in prison for drug charges

CLEVELAND – A judge has sentenced a Cleveland-area doctor to a year in prison for charges alleging he trafficked in prescription painkillers.

Sixty-year-old Lorenzo Lalli of suburban Bay Village also was ordered to forfeit $220,000 at a hearing Tuesday. He pleaded guilty last month to three counts of drug trafficking and two counts of illegal processing of drug documents.

Investigators found evidence that Lalli had illegally sold prescriptions for painkillers and other drugs.

Staff, wire reports

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Kinsman bridge collapses after storm

KINSMAN – After the township was hit hard Sunday afternoon with heavy rain causing flooding and damage to roads and homes more rain Monday caused additional damage.

Kinsman Road Superintendent Tim Tricker told Tribune Chronicle news partner WYTV 33 on Monday, heavy rains pummeled the area again, with road crews repairing culverts damaged by the water and trying to get them as safe as possible.

A bridge on Kinsman-Pymatuning Road was completely washed out, closing the road indefinitely. The damaged section of the road is between Route 7 and Delin Thomas Road.

An official from the Trumbull County Engineer’s Office said the road is maintained by the county, and estimated repair costs is $30,000 with repair time at two weeks, barring delays for getting permits.

The Engineer’s Office is recommending the following detour: south on state Route 7, east on state Route 5, and north on Delin Thomas Road.

The Movement hosts events for Love Week

WARREN – The Movement Downtown Warren Campus, 480 E. Market St., will be hosting several free community events this week as part of Love Week.

The evemts of the week will include Family Movie Night at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Warren Community amphitheater.

”The Lego Movie” will be shown. A rain date has been set for Thursday.

A party on Courthouse Square will be held at 6 p.m. Friday with music, games, face painting and other activities.

For information, call 330-969-9286.

Mosquito spraying set for Friday

BRACEVILLE – Alexander Pest Control will spray for mosquitoes beginning at 7 p.m. Friday and ending at approximately midnight.

Residents are asked to keep all pets inside and to close all windows during this time.

Contact the Township Road Department at 330-872-5502 with questions.

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Police search for robber of Howland Papa John’s

HOWLAND – Papa John’s, 1976 Elm Road N.E., was robbed at gunpoint shortly before 11 p.m. Friday, according to police.

A man with a shotgun entered the restaurant and ordered those inside to lie down on the floor. The man left on foot in the direction of the Elm Road Plaza, taking with him cash from the store.

It was not known at the time if a getaway vehicle may have been waiting nearby, though shortly following the robbery a man matching the description was seen getting into the passenger seat of a Cadillac parked at Valley View, according to police scanner traffic. The car sped off.

The robber was described as a heavyset black male with a beard, wearing a red shirt, black pants and with a white shirt pulled over his face as a disguise. The same location was robbed in a similar fashion in October, December and May.

Liberty man indicted over soup allegations

YOUNGSTOWN – A Liberty man accused of placing bodily fluid in his former boss’ soup is facing several felony charges.

A Mahoning County grand jury on Thursday indicted John Cutlip, 27, on one count each of pandering obscenity, criminal mischief and intimidation of a victim.

He is accused of videotaping himself performing a sex act in March, then putting his bodily fluid in the soup. Police said that Cutlip’s former boss realized what had happened after she had already eaten the soup.

Police said she found the video and a chat between Cutlip and his girlfriend that documented the incident when Cutlip left his Facebook page open on a work computer at the Struthers business where he was employed at the time.

Cutlip is scheduled to appear for a pretrial Sept.10 in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court.

Robins Theater project looking for volunteers

WARREN – The Robins Project is looking for volunteers to help with the revitalization of the long-closed downtown theater that once was a popular draw.

Interested individuals are invited to a meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Robins Theater pop-up office, 192 E. Market St. The meeting will include information about the project and updates about coming events and workshops.

DeWine says more than $471M in debts collected

COLUMBUS – Ohio’s attorney general says his office has collected more than $471 million in debts owed to state and local government offices in a record year.

Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office serves as the collections agent for all state government entities and public colleges. The office works to get full payment or develop a payment plan with the debtor. The total surpassed the 2013 fiscal year, which was roughly $465 million.

DeWine has recently taken heat from his Democratic challenger for his handling of lucrative collections contracts following a newspaper investigation.

The Dayton Daily News found that state bid documents were changed to favor a collections firm founded by a DeWine political ally over a seasoned collections company.

Teacher facing child endangering to resign

MOUNT BLANCHARD – A school superintendent in northwest Ohio says a kindergarten teacher accused of pushing and grabbing one of her students is expected to resign.

Barbara Williams has pleaded not guilty to a child endangerment charge after a surveillance camera appeared to show her shoving and picking the child up by the face.

The Courier newspaper in Findlay reports that Williams’ resignation is listed on the agenda of the Riverdale Local Schools board.

Superintendent Eric Hoffman tells the paper he expects the board to receive Williams’ resignation Monday evening. It would be effective immediately once the board approves it.

Staff, wire reports

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Judge: Release Delphi documents to retirees

A federal judge ordered the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corp. to release all documents to the Delphi Salaried Retirees. About 1,500 Mahoning Valley Delphi salaried retirees are affected.

Senior U.S. District Judge Arthur J. Tarnow upheld an Aug. 21, 2013, order requiring PBGC to release the documents.

The judge, through the U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan Southern Division in Detroit, rejected PBGC’s objections to the earlier court order, which called for the corporation to produce “improperly withheld documents” to the retirees by Sept. 30, 2013.

Delphi Salaries Retirees have been embroiled for years in a legal battle to restore large portions of their pensions. The pensions were cut when the PBGC took them over during the GM and Delphi bankruptcies in 2009.

Hubbard man accused of child pornography

HUBBARD – A 26-year-old Hubbard man was being held on 10 child pornography-related charges after authorities raided his home Monday morning and grabbed up electronic devices, including telephones, flash drives and other equipment.

The authorities arrested Eric Filicky, who lives at the home at 355 Scott St. with his father.

The second-degree felony charges of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor are each punishable by up to eight years in prison.

The unemployed Filicky was charged into Girard Municipal Court but assistant county prosecutor Gabe Wildman said the case could also be presented soon to a grand jury.

The equipment confiscated was spelled out in a search warrant executed by Hubbard police, detectives with the countywide Child Pornography Task Force and agents with the Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

Man pleads guilty to March 3 home break-in

WARREN – A 26-year-old local man will undergo a pre-sentence investigation after pleading guilty Monday to a charge of burglary.

Chayon Artez Breckenridge of Fifth Street S.W. was charged with barging into a home on Highland Avenue S.W. on March 3, when he reportedly tussled with a resident there.

A prosecutor said Breckenridge was fleeing police at the time and was arrested at the scene.

Commissioners OK dollars to doughnuts

WARREN – Trumbull County commissioners Monday approved a 10-year, 49 percent tax exemption for a proposed Dunkin’ Donuts on Belmont Avenue in Liberty.

The agreement with White Donuts LLC, a franchisee of the popular coffee and doughnut store chain, is the second tax abatement commissioners have approved inside the Belmont Avenue Reinvestment Area, a 3.5-mile stretch of Belmont Avenue between Gypsy Lane and Tibbetts Wick Road that allows for tax incentives to spur development.

The first was for an 87-suite Comfort Inn, which will be located directly behind the new Dunkin’ Donuts.

The agreement must also be approved by the Ohio Development Services Agency.

Death of baby by dog is ruled an accident

DAYTON – The death of a 7-month-old Indiana boy who was attacked and killed by a dog in Ohio has been ruled an accident.

The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office says in its preliminary findings from Monday’s autopsy that Jonathon Quarles Jr., of Indianapolis, died of blunt force injuries. Police say his step-grandmother was watching him for the day when her dog attacked and killed him Sunday.

Police Lt. Wendy Stiver says an animal control officer removed the dog. Authorities say it was unclear why the dog attacked and are investigating.

Staff, wire reports

Police say the dog registered at the step-grandmother’s address was identified as an American Staffordshire terrier.

A June police report shows a dog registered at that address allegedly attacked and injured another dog.

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Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership meetings set

WARREN – Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership will host several neighborhood discussions this week in northwest Warren about vacant houses and buildings in the city.

TNP will present information from the Community Challenge housing survey about conditions in the northwest neighborhoods. Residents will be asked what they would like to see done with vacant spaces on their blocks.

Meetings scheduled are:

Today at noon, First Church of God, 1951 Parkman Road N.W., for all the northwest area;

Today at 6 p.m., First Church of God, for residents living west of U.S. Route 422 and south of Summit Focus;

Tuesday at 6 p.m., Covenant Presbyterian Church, 2050 Oakdale Drive N.W., for residents living east of Route 422 and north of Summit Focus.

Trumbull 911 landline out of service for 2 hours

WARREN – The Trumbull County 911 dispatch was unable to receive calls from CenturyLink landline customers for about two hours Sunday evening.

The problem began around 9 p.m., and residents were encouraged to use cell phones to reach dispatch if necessary.

CenturyLink went to work on the problem, and the line was back up and running by 11 p.m., according to the dispatch center. Exactly what caused the problem in the first place was not released.

Dog attacks, kills 7-month-old in Dayton

DAYTON – A dog has attacked and killed a 7-month-old baby in Dayton.

Police tell The Dayton Daily News that a stepgrandmother was watching the baby for the day when her dog attacked and killed the infant on Sunday.

A Montgomery County coroner’s investigator says the baby is from another state.

The baby’s name hasn’t been released pending family notification.

An animal control officer removed the dog.

Montgomery County records show an American Staffordshire terrier is registered at the address where the baby was killed.

A June 3 police report shows the same dog attacked and injured another dog before it got away.

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Niles man on probation after molestation charge

WARREN – A 41-year-old Niles man was sentenced to serve five years probation after pleading guilty to molesting a 9-year-old girl.

James Mitchell Ingles Jr., of Arlington Avenue, who was an assistant coach for the Niles Little Red Dragons, was also ordered to seek drug and alcohol assessments and follow a treatment plan designed by a probation officer. Judge Ronald Rice also ordered that Ingles write a letter of apology to the girl that he fondled.

Ingles’ attorney Harry DePietro told the judge his client was so drunk that he didn’t remember what he did Feb. 16, 2013.

Ingles also was labeled a Tier II sex offender that requires him to report his address to authorities twice a year for the next 25 years.

He pleaded guilty to a charge of gross sexual imposition in May in exchange for a second count of gross sexual imposition being dismissed.

Ex-judge has law license indefinitely suspended

CLEVELAND – The Ohio Supreme Court has indefinitely suspended the law license of a former Cuyahoga County judge convicted of lying to FBI agents.

A federal jury convicted Bridget McCafferty in August 2011 of 10 counts of making false statements concerning FBI-recorded telephone conversations she had with then-county auditor Frank Russo and a local businessman about cases in her courtroom. A judge sentenced her to 14 months in prison.

The Supreme Court released its 4-3 opinion Thursday to indefinitely suspend McCafferty’s license instead of disbarring her and preventing her from practicing law again in Ohio.

Justices favoring disbarment cited her behavior and relationships with Russo and county commissioner Jimmy Dimora. Both men received long prison sentences for their roles in corruption schemes.

McCafferty’s attorneys could not be immediately reached.

Police seek driver who left fatal interstate crash

COLUMBUS – Police in suburban Columbus are looking for a car involved in a fatal hit-and-run crash that killed a passenger on a motorcycle.

Pickerington police say the crash happened near an exit ramp on eastbound Interstate 70 as a car changed lanes and struck the motorcyclist.

Investigators say a 58-year-old woman riding on the back of the motorcycle died after being taken to a Columbus hospital.

Police say the car suspected in the crash, an older-model silver Chevrolet Malibu, was seen leaving the scene after exiting the thruway.

Commissioners change Wednesday meeting

WARREN – The Trumbull County Commissioners have postponed a public hearing that was scheduled for Wednesday on the proposed vacation of portions of Greenfield and Clearfield avenues in Weathersfield.

The public hearing will be rescheduled at a later date.

Girard Schools to hold special meeting Monday

GIRARD – The Girard Board of Education will hold a special meeting 6 p.m. Monday at the high school library.

Staff, wire reports

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Woman dead, man hurt in house blast in Orwell

ORWELL – Authorities say a house in northeast Ohio exploded, leaving one woman dead and a man injured with second- and third-degree burns.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol told Cleveland television that a 27-year-old woman was killed in the explosion. The blast was reported around 6:45 p.m. Wednesday in the village of Orwell in southern Ashtabula County.

The highway patrol said that the family had been smelling gas for a few weeks, and the man went upstairs and lit a cigarette – and that’s when the house exploded. Photos on the TV station’s website showed smoke rising off a pile of rubble behind yellow caution tape, as firefighters mill about.

A dispatcher at the sheriff’s office said by phone that no further information was immediately available.

Warren BOE to vote for new superintendent

WARREN – The Warren City School District could have its next superintendent by the end of the week.

The Board of Education will vote at 1 p.m. Friday on whether to hire an internal candidate as its new leader, filling the vacancy left by current superintendent Michael Notar.

Notar submitted his resignation last month to take over Aug. 1 as superintendent of Conneaut Area City Schools.

Warren board president Andre Coleman said the leading candidate is the only internal applicant, a current administrator and longtime district employee.

Source of tar on dogs discovered

EAST LIVERPOOL – Two missing dogs were reunited with their owner Wednesday after they were found covered in thick tar.

The dogs, a beagle-boxer mix and a pitbull, were found in the area of Michigan Avenue, here. They likely picked up the tar at an abandoned warehouse in the area.

News partner WYTV reported it took the dogs’ owner and groomers 16 hours to wash the tar and chemicals from their fur.

The dogs had gotten out of their yard Friday, and animal rescue crews were helping in the search.

Prompted by the tar-covered dogs, the Ohio EPA and a hazardous materials team, along with multiple agencies from Ohio and West Virginia, spent Wednesday at the vacant industrial plant.

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Niles man arrested for explicit photos

NILES – A Niles man due in court next month on a domestic violence charge is once again in jail after being accused of taking sexually explicit photos of an 8-year-old girl.

David A. Messer, 28, was being held in the Trumbull County Jail in lieu of a $250,000 bond after being arraigned Tuesday on a second-degree felony charge of pandering obscenities. According to court records, Messer is due back in Niles Municipal Court on July 23 for a preliminary hearing.

Niles police say that the girl’s mother found sexually explicit digital photos of her daughter with Messer, who is an acquaintance. Officers arrested Messer on the charge Monday.

Court records show Messer already was scheduled to appear at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 6 on a charge of domestic violence filed May 14.

Champion places police renewal levy on ballot

CHAMPION – Township trustees at a special meeting on Tuesday gave final reading to placing a 0.5-mill, five-year renewal levy for the police department on the general election ballot in November.

Trustee Chairman Bob Farmer said the levy generates $63,920 annually for day-to-day operations, buildings and equipment upkeep.

Farmer said with a renewal, there would be no increase in taxes.

State returns record unclaimed funds

The Ohio Department of Commerce, Division of Unclaimed Funds returned to Ohioans a record $74.48 million in unclaimed funds during fiscal year 2014. The amount is 7.6 percent more than the previous fiscal year payment of $69.2 million.

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

The division exceeded the $1 billion mark of funds returned since its inception.

To see if they have funds waiting to be claimed, Ohioans may visit or write to the Division of Unclaimed Funds, 77 S. High St., 20th Floor, Columbus, OH 43215. Provide full name to be researched and counties of residence. For questions, call 877-644-6823 (OHIO UCF).

Seminar, vendors set for veterans resources

WILLOUGHBY – U.S. Rep. Dave Joyce, R-South Russell, will host a veterans resource day from 8:30 a.m. to noon Friday at the Willoughby Hills Community Center.

At the event, there will be representatives from the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, Lake County veterans affairs community-based outpatient clinics, the Lake County Veterans Service Commission, Tricare and the Veterans Benefit Office.

Veterans will learn how to file a claim, check the status of current claim and get information on programs.

The center is as 35400 Chardon Road, Willoughby Hills.

Turnpike officials warn of email scam

BEREA – Ohio Turnpike officials are warning their E-ZPass customers of an email scam.

Officials said Monday that emails from the sender “EZPass Info” are likely attempts to steal personal information from some of the 150,000 customers who use the automated E-ZPass system to automatically pay tolls on the northern Ohio thoroughfare.

The email says the customer owes money and asks the receiver to click a link to download an invoice.

The same email scam also has been reported in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Massachusetts and the District of Columbia.

Officials say the customers with questions about the validity of a message from E-ZPass should call the Turnpike’s customer service center at 440-234-2081, Ext. 1075.

Staff, wire reports

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Warren residents report armed robbery

WARREN – Two city residents told police they were walking to a friend’s house in the area of Highland Homes on Sunday when they were robbed at gunpoint.

Casandra J. Mitchell, 22, of Lancer Court N.W., and Shawn T. Craver, 21, of North Leavitt Road N.W., told police they were robbed around 2 p.m. on Fourth Street S.W. near the intersection of Highland Avenue.

They told police a male came from behind a red brick house and pulled a small, black handgun from his pocket.

The gunman pointed the weapon at Craver and demanded his valuables, but Craver replied that he had nothing to hand over, the police report states. Mitchell handed over $350, which was her rent money, reports indicated.

The gunman was described as a black male wearing American flag shorts and a red shirt.

Man reports having knife pulled on him

WARREN – A city man told police someone pulled a knife on him Sunday night at the intersection of Delaware Avenue S.W. and Hamilton Street S.W.

Robert Anderson, 19, of Hamilton St. S.W., stated that about 8:45 p.m., he was approached by a man on a bicycle who looked like someone he had gone to school with, the police report states. The man told Anderson that Anderson’s friend had a pocketknife that he wanted back.

Anderson replied that he no longer speaks to that person and he did not know where he was. The cyclist pulled out a pocketknife and put it to the front of Anderson’s neck and threatened to kill him if he did not tell him where his friend was, the report states.

The cyclist pedaled away after a witness yelled at him, the report states.

Anderson had a small cut on the front part of his neck, but he did not seek medical attention, police said.

Woman to be arraigned in Austintown death

YOUNGSTOWN – A woman who told police that a teen charged with murder in the June 23 stabbing death of a 16-year-old Austintown girl forced her to help him dispose of the body is scheduled to be arraigned this morning in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court.

A grand jury indicted Roneishia Johnson, 21, of Austintown last week in connection to the death of Gina Burger. Johnson, who is charged with felony obstructing justice, was arrested by the U.S. Marshals service Monday morning.

Johnson told investigators that Ricki Williams, 18, stabbed Burger in front of her at Johnson’s Compass West apartment. Johnson said Williams then forced her to help him conceal Burger’s body in a portable playpen and place it in a Dumpster outside the apartment.

Williams, who was arrested July 1 in Youngstown, told investigators that he participated in Burger’s killing and the disposing of her body.

Williams and Johnson are both being held at the Mahoning County Jail.

Warren man sentenced in trafficking sting

WARREN – A 23-year-old Warren man was sentenced to three years in prison Monday after pleading guilty to nine drug charges in connection with a Youngstown Road S.E. storefront that authorities used to lure drug traffickers.

Fred Ritter of Adelaide Avenue S.E. pleaded guilty Monday before Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Peter Kontos to one count of trafficking marijuana and eight counts of trafficking in cocaine.

Ritter according to prosecutors, was tied into the storefront that once housed Unlimited Electronics at Youngstown Road and Adelaide Avenue S.E. was used to lure customers bartering with illegal drugs and guns. When goods are purchased with contraband, it is considered trafficking in drugs.

Several people among 42 indicted locally in early 2013 were involved with the operation known as Stinky Pete’s.

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Pope grants Youngstown church title of Basilica

YOUNGSTOWN – Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Youngstown was granted the title of “Minor Basilica” by Pope Francis, making it a place Catholics can visit for special graces.

The title is not given to all Roman Catholic Churches, but it is designed to strengthen the relation of the church and to make it an ideal center of special liturgical, ceremonial rights and pastoral ministry in the diocese. There are less than a dozen churches with that title in the Buckeye State, and around 14 minor basilica churches in Pennsylvania.

In the Diocese of Youngstown, St. John the Baptist in Canton is also a Minor Basilica.

Bishop George Murray made the announcement during the Celebration of the Feast Day Mass on Sunday at Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

Firefighters in Hubbard Township battle blaze

HUBBARD TOWNSHIP – Firefighters battled a blaze about 4 p.m. Sunday at a vacant house in the 2600 block of Drummond Avenue.

Reports indicated that there was not anyone in the house at the time of the fire, according to Tribune Chronicle news partner WYTV 33 News.

There were no injuries reported and the fire remains under investigation.

Mecca trustees to meet about budget

MECCA – Mecca Township trustees scheduled a special meeting for 7 p.m. today at the township hall on the 2015 budget preparation.

Deadline today to apply to fill Heltzel seat

WARREN – The deadline for Democrats interested in filling the seat of Trumbull County Commissioner Paul Heltzel, at least temporarily, is 4 p.m. today at the Board of Elections office.

Democrats will choose someone on July 26 to occupy the seat until a successor is elected in November.

Both parties can field a candidate in the election to fill Heltzel’s unexpired term, which ends in January 2017. Both Republicans and Democrats must submit candidates for the November ballot to the Board of Elections by Aug. 11.

Heltzel died of cancer June 30. He was 69.

Youngstown crews battle two blazes

YOUNGSTOWN – Youngstown firefighters battled two vacant housefires early Sunday.

One was at the intersection of Hillman Street and East Delason Avenue, and the other less than a mile away at the intersection of Hillman Street and Chicago. Both were called in at about 5 a.m.

Firefighters said when they got to the vacant houses, they were both fully engulfed in flames.

The investigation is ongoing, and the arson unit will be out to see what started the fires on Monday.

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Warren police investigate shooting

WARREN – Police responded to a local hospital Friday morning after receiving reports that a city man had suffered a gunshot wound to his leg.

Edwin Salguero Jr., 32, told police he was walking west on Youngstown Road from Belvedere toward his residence on Porter Street around 4:30 a.m. when two unknown males approached him from behind, according to a Warren police report.

Salguero told police the men initially told him to give them what he had in his pocket, the report states. He said he told them that he didn’t have anything and one of them shot him in the leg, the report states. Salguero told police that he ran across Youngstown Road and left the area. He stated that he called a friend, who drove him to Trumbull Memorial Hospital.

Salguero told police he did not know either assailant or why they shot him. He stated that the gunmen never got anything off of him and ran off after the shooting. He told police that the assailant holding the gun was black with a mustache, possibly in his late 20s or early 30s, and that he was wearing a Chicago Bulls baseball cap. He said the other male was black, maybe in his early 20s and that he was wearing a blue hoodie.

Man charged with rape held on bond

WARREN – A city man charged with 10 counts of rape involving an 11-year-old girl is being held at the Trumbull County Jail on $1 million bond $100,000 for each count.

Rick A. Benchea, 61, of 936 Belvedere, was picked up on a warrant Thursday. He made his initial appearance in Warren Municipal Court on Friday, where a not guilty plea was entered, according to court records.

Benchea is due back in municipal court for a preliminary hearing next Thursday.

The girl reported on June 4 that she was raped by a man she knows, identified as Benchea, between Jan. 1, 2013, and May 28, 2014.

City man facing felony charges

WARREN – A city man charged with receiving stolen property and heroin possession was being held Friday at the Trumbull County Jail on $50,000 bond.

Andre Tyrone Haynes, 22, of 1467 Union St. S.W., was arraigned Friday in Warren Municipal Court on both felony charges.

He is due back in municipal court for a preliminary hearing July 21.

He is accused of stealing a vehicle from a city woman Thursday between 11 p.m. and midnight in the area of South Street S.E.

Police said they arrested Haynes about 4 a.m. Friday after they found him inside the vehicle, which was parked in a driveway on Parkman Road, according to a Warren police report. Police reported finding a baggy containing a light brown powder substance believed to be heroin in the driver’s side door handle of the vehicle. Police said they were unable to field test the substance “due to the absence of field test kits,” the report states.

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Niles man pleads to burglary, robbery

WARREN – A 31-year-old Niles man will undergo a pre-sentence investigation ordered by a judge after the man pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of burglary and robbery.

Matthew S. Burroughs, formerly of Royal Mall Drive, remains in Trumbull County Jail.

The plea deal heads off a trial that was due to start Monday.

Burroughs was charged with confronting a woman he formerly lived and had a child with on March 12.

According to indictments, the defendant threatened the woman at her Peace Street N.W. home in Warren and then stole property from her home.

Liberty man charged in obscenity case

STRUTHERS – A Liberty man was arrested on charges pandering obscenity and criminal mischief after a disturbing revenge attempt on his boss.

According to Tribune Chronicle news partner WYTV-33, John Cutlip, 28, videotaped himself performing a sex act, then putting bodily fluid into his former boss’ soup. Police said Cutlip’s former boss found the video and a mocking conversation when Cutlip left his Facebook page up on a work computer.

The victim realized they had later eaten the soup.

Cutlip has entered a not guilty plea. He is expected to appear in court later this month after paying 10 percent of a $5,000 bond following his arraignment.

Vandalism reported at Little Caesar’s

WARREN – An employee of Little Caesar’s on Parkman Road in Warren reported an air conditioning unit was damaged as a result of recent vandalism, according to a police report.

Police responded to the restaurant Wednesday, where they received reports that unknown suspects had gained entrance to the roof and stole 20 feet of copper coil that attaches to the air conditioning compressor, according to the report.

The employee stated that, due to the missing coil, the air conditioning unit was damaged from the water lying inside it. The vandalism was said to have occurred on June 25, according to the report.

The damage is estimated to cost $8,000 to repair or replace the unit, the report states.

Eastern Gateway sees large enrollment jump

Eastern Gateway Community College has reported a 14 percent increase in new students as well as an increase in the number of continuing students.

The college reported a summer headcount of 1,241 compared to 1,089 last year. Students enrolled in online courses rose nearly half of the total enrollment, or 12 percent, to 587 students.

Volunteers needed to remove flags

WARREN – Volunteers are needed to help remove flags from veterans graves at local cemeteries. Those who can help are asked to meet at 9 a.m. Monday at Pineview Cemetery and 9 a.m. Tuesday at Oakwood Cemetery.

State candidate to visit with fairgoers today

Democratic state Sen. Nina Turner of Cleveland, a candidate for Ohio Secretary of State, will be meeting people at the Trumbull County Fair today beginning at 1:30 p.m. at the Trumbull County Democratic Party booth, which can be found near the Grandstand. Turner is challenging Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted.

Shooting leaves man dead, officer injured

COLUMBUS – Columbus police say a man was killed and a central Ohio probation officer was wounded in an exchange of gunfire as officers tried to take the man into custody while serving a warrant for a probation violation.

Police say two officers from the Franklin County Adult Probation Department tried to serve the warrant Thursday morning and take 37-year-old Tyshawn Hancock into custody. Police say he lunged for a gun and assaulted an officer when they found him in a bedroom.

Staff, wire reports

At a glance

Fire that destroys car was set intentionally

WARREN – Fire officials are investigating a suspicious fire that destroyed a vehicle parked outside a Tod Avenue apartment complex early Wednesday morning.

Warren fire Chief Ken Nussle said the fire was intentionally set around 5:24 a.m. at the Riverview Apartments at 250 Tod Ave. N.W. He said a 2000 Chevy Cavalier owned by Randy Johnson was “a total loss” and that the damage estimate was about $1,500.

No injuries were reported.

United Way hosts fundraiser party

NILES – The United Way of Trumbull County hosts a Party with a Purpose from 5 to 9 p.m. today at Buffalo Wild Wings in Niles.

Mention the United Way, and percentage of food purchases will be donated to the United Way of Trumbull County. All proceeds will go to help 42 United Way-supported programs that promote education, income and health in Trumbull County.

Celebrity guest bartenders will include TV reporter Janet Rogers, Kirk Tenney with Wet Lemon Band, and Keith Burke from G Force Band. Raffle tickets will be sold for a chance to win a pair of tickets to a Cleveland Indians game, or to River Rock at the Amp in Warren to see Elevation, the international U2 tribute band, on July 26, or Hollywood Nights, the Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band tribute, on Aug. 30.

Power of the Arts meeting set at YSU

YOUNGSTOWN – A Power of the Arts Town Hall meeting is planned for 3 p.m. Friday at Bliss Recital Hall in Youngstown State University’s Bliss Hall.

Power of the Arts was formed to create and sustain a collaborative structure for arts and culture to effectively participate in the Mahoning Valley’s economic development. The meeting will present findings from a June arts and culture organizations and artists survey and give residents a chance to speak and meet community peers.

For more information, call Pam Fine at 216-991-6003 or email

Woman reports possible sex assault of son

WARREN – Police are investigating a report of a possible sexual assault of a a 5-year-old boy.

The boy’s mother told police she had left the boy at a friend’s home the past three months so she could work. She stated that she was “made aware of certain events of a sexual nature” involving her son and her friend’s 11-year-old daughter, a police report states.

She first contacted the Trumbull County Children Services Board, which told her to contact police, the police report states.

Beatitude House

hit by bullet

WARREN – An employee of the Beatitude House told police on Tuesday that the building was hit by a bullet earlier this week.

A client / resident was outside the agency waiting for a ride around 8 a.m. Monday when she heard a “whizzing” sound, and then saw a bullet hit the brick building at 1370 Tod Ave. N.W., according to a Warren police report.

The bullet hit the building by the front door, approximately three feet above the concrete sidewalk, and a piece of the brick was removed, the report states.

Police recovered the bullet, which they said appeared to be a .32 or .380 caliber. No injuries were reported.

Tribune Chronicle

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Lakeview approves teachers contract

CORTLAND – The Lakeview Board of Education approved a two-year agreement with the Lakeview Teachers Association, which represents about 125 employees.

Treasurer Sean Miller said teachers will see small increases in their base pay, 0.75 percent in both the first and second years of the agreement. Teachers will add about 10 more minutes per day to their work day, and there were some wording changes on how teachers will be evaluated, he said.

The contract is effective Aug. 16 through Aug. 15, 2016.

Board member Larry Sherer said the board has begun negotiations with the district’s non-teaching employees.

Arrest warrant issued in Warren shooting

WARREN – Police charged a 29-year-old local man with felonious assault in connection with a July 4 shooting on Arnold Drive S.W. A warrant was issued for Geovanny Davila of Fifth Street S.W., who was still being sought early Tuesday.

When officers arrived on Lane Drive, they found Kevin A. Gaines, 23, of 1960 Southwest Blvd. S.W., shot in the stomach. He was lying on his back in the back yard of 476 Lane S.W.

Officers originally thought the shooting occurred on Lane Drive S.W. Officers determined later that the shooting had occurred sometime between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. Friday at 501 Arnold Drive S.W., and Gaines ran to the location on Lane before collapsing.

Gaines was treated at St. Joseph Health Center for non-life-threatening injuries.

Rented computer ends up in pawn shop

WARREN – A local sales and rental company told police Monday that one of their customers rented an $800 computer in April and then pawned the equipment.

The 26-year-old customer who formerly lived on Waverly Avenue N.E. no longer resides there, according to Vernon Sales and Rental, 2300 Youngstown Road S.E.

An account manager at the company said they discovered the computer was pawned at a local pawn shop April 19 – the same day it was rented.

Cortland will share ambulance with Fowler

CORTLAND – City Council this week approved a memorandum that shares city emergency medical services with Fowler Township at the following set rates: basic life support base rate, $450; advanced life support, $750; advanced life support II, $850; mileage, $9 per mile; and mutual aid medic unit, $200 per transport.

According to the memorandum, the township will pay whatever costs are not covered by the township resident’s insurance plan.

Cortland fire Chief David Rea said the city had been aiding Fowler, but as the demand became more frequent, an agreement on cost sharing was worked out. Rea said assistance will primarily be in the evenings and over the weekends when Fowler’s coverage is thinner and will not impact coverage in Cortland.

Fowler trustees need to approve the memo before it goes into effect.

At a glance

Investigation changes site of Warren shooting

WARREN – Detectives were continuing to investigate a July 4 shooting they originally thought occurred on Lane Drive S.W.

When officers arrived, they found 23-year-old Kevin A. Gaines, 1960 Southwest Blvd. S.W., shot in the stomach. He was lying on his back in the backyard of 476 Lane S.W.

Officers determined later that the shooting had occurred sometime between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. at 501 Arnold Drive S.W., and Gaines ran to the location on Lane.

St. Joseph Health Center had no record of Gaines treatment there on Monday.

Man accused of stuffing tenderloins in pants

WARREN – Police arrested a 47-year-old Youngstown man on a warrant for allegations that he stole more than $200 worth of meat from Sam’s Club last October.

Officers picked up Robert Sudimack, 127 Main St., Youngstown, Thursday evening at Mahoning County Jail and transported him to Trumbull County Jail. Sudimack had been in the Mahoning County Jail since Dec. 6.

He was caught Oct. 20 at the Sam’s Club at 1040 Niles Cortland Road by a loss prevention employee who told police that Sudimack had three beef tenderloins stuffed inside his pants.

Warren man gets year in store theft of diapers

WARREN – A 58-year-old Warren man was sentenced to a year in prison on Monday after pleading guilty to robbing a local store.

James Harris of Main Avenue S.W. pleaded guilty to the third-degree felony in front of Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Peter Kontos.

Assistant county prosecutor Gina Buccino-Arnaut said Harris had taken some diapers and was confronted by a female clerk outside the Family Dollar Store on Parkman Road N.W. Nov. 30.

Police said Harris also pulled out a box cutter before running off.

Two fires set to same vacant house in Warren

WARREN – The Warren Fire Department was called out twice Sunday to fires at the same house at 605 Sidells Court.

Fire Chief Ken Nussle said Monday both fires at the vacant two-story, wood-frame structure are being investigated as suspicious. The first call was at 1:45 p.m. Sunday and the second at 10:30 p.m., with crews able to extinguish the fire quickly.

Nussle said the structure had suffered fires in 2013 and in January 2014.

State reports 12 traffic deaths over weekend

COLUMBUS – The Ohio State Highway Patrol made 749 arrests for impaired driving and 318 for drug-related charges statewide over the Fourth of July holiday period, which began Thursday and ended Sunday. Local figures were not reported.

During the reporting period, the Patrol made nearly 57,000 traffic contacts statewide, which included assisting more than 4,700 motorists. Twelve people lost their lives in a total of 11 traffic crashes during the four-day reporting period, according to the patrol. Four of the crashes were related to operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

Volunteers sought to monitor bike trail

WARREN – Warren officials want to form a citizens bike patrol in which volunteers will monitor 2.5 miles of the Western Reserve Greenway Bike Trail in the city.

The goal of the patrol is to change perceptions that the bike path is unsafe, as well as boost economic development by making Warren a more “bike-friendly” community, Councilman John Brown said.

Brown said city officials want to mirror the bike patrol model already in place with Trumbull County MetroParks in which volunteers act as the eyes and ears of the Warren Police Department at different spots along the path. The patrol will have no arrest powers but have cell phones with them to call for help if someone is having medical difficulties.

The chairman of Warren’s Resident Advisory Committee Roy Yancey will serve as captain, or point person, for the new patrol.

Tribune Chronicle

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Music series added to farmers’ market

WARREN – The Warren Federation of Musicians will partners with the Fine Arts Council of Trumbull County and Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership to bring music to the weekly Warren Farmers’ Market on Tuesdays.

The market runs from 3 to 6 p.m. on Courthouse Square in downtown Warren, and the musicians will perform at 6 p.m.

Scheduled performances are:

l Tuesday: Bravura Woodwind Quintet;

l July 15: Trumbull String Ensemble

l July 22: Richard Wilkins and friends

l July 29: Aaron Sutton and friends

The Bravura Woodwind Quintet is made up of professional musicians who perform and teach around Trumbull County and its vicinity. The group was founded by Rebecca Bickel, principal oboe of the Packard Concert Band.

Southington schools receive audit award

SOUTHINGTON – The Southington Local School District was presented the Auditor of State Award for exemplary financial reporting in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles for 2013.

Treasurer Janet Ward said Jim Armeni from the state auditor’s office stopped last week at the schools to make the award presentation. She said the award reflects the hard work that the treasurer’s office invested in documenting and controlling finances to provide a high level of accountability for the community.

The certificate will be presented at the July 15 board meeting.

A ”clean” audit means that the financial audit did not contain findings for recovery, material citations, materials weaknesses, deficiencies or any questioned costs.

The award is given to those entities that file timely financial reports in accordance with GAAP.

At a glance

Mosquito spraying rescheduled in Warren

WARREN Due to Wednesday evening rain, mosquito spraying will continue on Sunday during evening hours.

Pets should be kept indoors and food should be prepared and kept inside with windows closed.

Larviciding activity to control breeding areas will continue on a daily basis.

Complaint: Panel lacks members, hasn’t met

COLUMBUS – Ohio’s inspector general has received a complaint that the state’s Unemployment Compensation Advisory Council hasn’t met in at least four years because members weren’t appointed.

The Columbus Dispatch reports other state boards and commissions also are missing members or not meeting as outlined by law.

Information provided to lawmakers indicated 327 appointed positions open on more than 130 state panels last month. At least three other panels have no members.

Village police chief pleads not guilty

ATHENS – A southeast Ohio village police chief suspected of helping a woman avoid arrest has pleaded not guilty on 12 counts, including obstructing justice.

The Athens Messenger reports Glouster Chief Lucas Mace entered the same plea Wednesday on six misdemeanor counts of dereliction of duty, single felony counts of theft in office and having criminal tools, and another misdemeanor, failing to aid law enforcement.

The Athens County prosecutor says Mace knew the woman was wanted by authorities and should have arrested her. He says Mace instead took the woman to dinner, let her to stay at his home and gave authorities misleading information.

Endangered Indian rhino dies at zoo

CINCINNATI – An endangered Indian rhinoceros that produced a calf in the first live birth of an Indian rhino conceived by artificial insemination has died at an Ohio zoo.

The 23-year-old rhino was named Nikki and died Thursday at her indoor space at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden.

Nikki was born at the Toronto Zoo in 1991 and later was moved to the Cincinnati Zoo.

The zoo says it was a breakthrough when she was impregnated through artificial insemination. The first time ended with a stillbirth in 2008. The second time the calf died after birth in 2010.

Nikki’s cause of death is unclear, but she showed signs of illness last month.

Staff, wire reports

At a glance

Brookfield group plans rally against well permit
BROOKFIELD — A grassroots campaign has begun to get the Ohio Department of of Natural Resources to deny American Energy a permit for an injection well in the township.
A rally has been planned for 10 a.m. until noon today at the Township Center Green off state Route 7.
Tribune Chronicle news partner WYTV 33 News reports that residents and school officials in Brookfield are objecting to the injection well that is proposed to be installed near the school complex, which houses more than 1,000 students. The well is planned to go in on a piece of property off McMullen Drive that was once owned by Trumbull County.
Brookfield school officials sent a letter to trustees voicing their objections to the well because of its close proximity to the school, according to news reports.

Life in prison for Ohioan in quadruple slayings
AKRON — A judge has handed down four consecutive life sentences to a man convicted of killing four people in a crime rooted in Ohio’s growing heroin epidemic.
Defendant Derrick Brantley had been convicted of aggravated murder in the April 2013 slayings of the young adults, who were shot in their heads during a drug-related robbery of an Akron townhome.
Summit County Judge Mary Margaret Rowlands on Thursday sentenced the 22-year-old Brantley to the consecutive terms of life with no chance of parole.
A jury earlier recommended against the death penalty.
Brantley’s co-defendant, 22-year-old Deshanon Haywood, has pleaded not guilty and is set for trial later this month.

Guilty plea by pancake house in $3M scheme
TOLEDO — The operator of six IHOP restaurants in Ohio and one in Indiana has pleaded guilty to what the government called a scheme with the help of some employees to hide profits from IHOP’s parent company.
Investigators said the plan involved hiring illegal immigrants, manipulating sales figures and underreporting wages in order to avoid paying taxes along with royalties to the corporation.
Tarek Elkafrawi, who owned or operated six IHOP restaurants in northwestern Ohio and one in Evansville, Ind., pleaded guilty in federal court in Toledo Thursday.
Elkafrawi was accused of money laundering, mail fraud and identity theft, as well as hiring illegal immigrants who used fake or stolen identities.

Four charged in slaying of restaurant owner
CLEVELAND HEIGHTS — Four men have been charged in connection with the fatal shooting of a popular northeastern Ohio restaurant owner.
Police in Cleveland Heights in suburban Cleveland say Brennan’s Colony owner Jim Brennan was shot during an attempted robbery at his restaurant Monday and later died at a hospital.
Preliminary charges of aggravated murder and aggravated robbery were filed Thursday in Cleveland Heights Municipal Court.
Cleveland Heights police Chief Jeffrey Robertson tells the Northeast Ohio Media Group the shooting is being investigated as gang-related.

Fireman upgraded after stadium lightning strike
COLUMBUS — A central Ohio firefighter who went into cardiac arrest when lightning struck outside a soccer stadium has been upgraded from critical to serious condition.
Authorities believe the off-duty firefighter was struck Saturday while attending a charity event at Crew Stadium before an MLS game.
A spokeswoman for the Columbus Division of Fire says the condition status of Lt. Stu Tudor was upgraded Wednesday.
The president of the local firefighters union told The Columbus Dispatch earlier that Tudor was put in a medically induced coma while the 54-year-old firefighter’s injuries were assessed.

Staff, wire reports

At a glance

Traffic crash sends woman to hospital

WARREN – A crash sent one woman to the hospital when the driver of a second vehicle struck her car while changing lanes about 8:20 a.m. Tuesday on Pine Avenue.

Wendy Welch of McDonald was treated and released at St. Joseph Health Center after her 2005 Chevy Impala was struck by a 2015 Chevy Silverado pickup truck driven by Charles Betters of Beaver, Pa. Both vehicles were northbound, according to a Warren police report.

The report and court records indicate no one was cited.

Betters is one of the owners of BDM Warren Steel Holdings, or the former RG Steel, in Warren.

YSU students report armed robbery

YOUNGSTOWN – Police on Wednesday were looking for two gunmen they said robbed three Youngstown State University students early that morning.

YSU police are investigating the incident and a text alert was sent out from the university at 1:22 a.m. about the robbery. The alert indicated that the robbery took place at 12:52 a.m. at 827 Michigan Ave.

No injuries were reported.

Trash to be collected on Fourth holiday

WARREN – Despite the Fourth of July falling on a Friday, trash collection service for Warren’s Environmental Services Department will not be postponed.

According to ESD secretary John Pissini, collectors will run their regular routes Friday morning. Pissini said that customers can put their cans out Thursday evening as usual.

”Normally, we are off on the Fourth of July because of it being a major holiday, but (the collectors) decided they would come in earlier in the morning and run their routes,” Pissini said. ”So they’ll come in early, finish by around 10 or 11 a.m., and then enjoy the rest of the weekend.”

Car crashes into two poles in Howland

HOWLAND – A car crashed through one telephone pole and slammed into another Wednesday morning, cutting the first pole in two and damaging the car.

The driver lost control of his car just outside of a Gas Land station at the corner of Larchmont Avenue and North River Road, hitting the poles, police said.

The driver, whose name was yet to be released, was not injured.

Alleged leader charged over gang activity

CLEVELAND – The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office reported a founding member of a vicious prison and street gang has been indicted on felony charges for alleged gang activity and a threat against an officer from the police gang unit.

The prosecutor’s office describes 28-year-old Donte Ferguson as a top leader in the Cleveland-based Heartless Felons. He is charged with single counts of participating in a criminal gang, intimidation, retaliation and resisting arrest.

Police said Ferguson was arrested last week on a weapons violation of his probation and remains in custody. Court records listed no current attorney for him.

Prosecutors said five more members of the Heartless Felons were indicted on the gang charge in May. Last month, several dozen teenage members were charged with racketeering for alleged crimes committed in a juvenile detention center.

Staff, wire reports

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City man will spend four years behind bars

WARREN – A 21-year-old Warren man was sentenced to four years in prison Monday after pleading guilty earlier to a second-degree felony charge of burglary.

Justin Eugene Smith, 396 Laird Ave. S.E., Warren, had been free on bond until Monday’s appearance before Judge Peter Kontos.

Smith originally was indicted on a first-degree charge of aggravated burglary in connection with a burglary Aug. 27 at the Charles Avenue home of Todd Ihrig.

Man pleads guilty to rape charges

WARREN – A 42-year-old Warren man was sentenced to 25 years in prison Monday after pleading guilty to five counts of raping a family member.

Prosecutors removed a specification that could have meant a life sentence. Instead, Kendall L. Thomas opted for a plea deal and the flat 25 years behind bars.

Thomas, who lived on North Feederle S.E., was indicted for sexually assaulting the girl between 2011 and 2014, beginning when she was age 10.

The attacks were reported to a relative who told the victim’s mother before Warren police and Children Services were called in to investigate.

Warren trash to be collected on Fourth

WARREN – Despite the Fourth of July falling on a Friday, trash collection service for Warren’s Environmental Services Department will not be affected.

According to ESD secretary John Pissini, collectors will run their regular routes Friday morning. Pissini said that customers can put their cans out Thursday evening as usual.

“Normally, we are off on the Fourth of July because of it being a major holiday, but (the collectors) decided they would come in earlier in the morning and run their routes,” Pissini said. “So they’ll come in early, finish by around 10 or 11 a.m. and then enjoy the rest of the weekend.”

Mosquito spraying is set for Warren

WARREN – Mosquito spraying is scheduled to continue at dusk Wednesday in the city.

During the spraying, people should take pets and food inside and close windows through the evening hours.

Larviciding activity, to control breeding areas, will continue on a daily basis.

Residents are to report all water retention and ponding to the Warren City Health Department for treatment at 330-841-2612.

Court suspends lawyer tied to bribery scheme

COLUMBUS – The state Supreme Court has temporarily suspended the law license of a former bank lobbyist following his conviction in a bribery and money-laundering scheme under Ohio’s former state treasurer.

Mohammed Noure Alo now faces disciplinary proceedings.

A message seeking comment was left Monday with Alo.

Alo was convicted in December on a felony wire fraud charge. His lawyer said he’s not yet been sentenced.

Firefighter critical after lightning strike

COLUMBUS – Authorities say a central Ohio firefighter remained in critical condition two days after he went into cardiac arrest when lightning struck outside a soccer stadium before an MLS game.

A spokeswoman for the Columbus Division of Fire says authorities believe the off-duty firefighter was struck Saturday while attending a charity event at Crew Stadium. The department said Lt. Stu Tudor was still listed in critical condition Monday.

The president of the local firefighters union told The Columbus Dispatch on Sunday that Tudor was in a medically induced coma as doctors worked to assess the extent of the 54-year-old firefighter’s injuries.

Saturday’s game between the Crew and FC Dallas was rescheduled for Sunday after the lightning strike. The game ended in a draw.

Staff, wire reports