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White House official to speak at YSU climate event

YOUNGSTOWN – Paula Brooks, a member of the Bipartisan White House Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, will host a roundtable discussion on ”Resilience in the Face of Climate Impacts” at 4:30 p.m. Monday in the Ohio Room of Kilcawley Center on the campus of Youngstown State University.

Brooks, a Franklin County commissioner, is an East Liverpool native and earned a bachelor’s degree in political science / pre-law from YSU in 1975 and a law degree from Capital University.

She is the only Ohioan on the 25-member Climate Preparedness and Resilience Task Force.

The YSU meeting is one of a series across Ohio to gather facts and ideas for the report.

Among the speakers are YSU faculty Dawna Cerney, associate professor and chair of geography; A.J. Sumell, associate professor of economics; and Felicia Armstrong, associate professor of geological and environmental Sciences.

RSVP to Jenifer Miller at 330-941-4635 or jamiller@ysu.edu.

Pa. man charged in theft of construction machinery

WARREN – A 53-year-old Georgetown, Pa., man was being held in lieu of $200,000 bond after being arraigned Wednesday on one count of theft and five counts of grand theft in connection with several pieces of heavy construction equipment that prosecutors say were stolen from rental outlets.

Gabriel Bonish will appear next at a pre-trial Wednesday in front of Judge W. Wyatt McKay. He was named in a secret indictment after assistant county prosecutor Gabe Wildman said Bonish has been sought for almost two years after ”millions of dollars worth of equipment” was sold off to operators of Chalker’s Auction Barn in Southington.

Rededication planned for park

WARREN – A rededication will be held from 2:30 to 8 p.m. Sunday for Quinby Park off Austin Avenue in Warren.

Sher-ree Glover, project manager, said Mayor Doug Franklin is scheduled to speak at 5 p.m. She said the event will reintroduce the park with three-on-three basketball and guest speaking that day.

The public is invited.

Sinkhole closes portion of state Route 5 in Falls

NEWTON FALLS – A large sinkhole on state Route 5 will keep the road closed between state Routes 82 and 534 for at least through this morning, and possibly longer, according to Ohio Department of Transportation officials.

Trumbull County dispatch received a call about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday after the shoulder of the road caved in during heavy rains and flooding.

Brent Kovacs, ODOT spokesman, said in this case the cause was related to an influx of water.

“There was just a lot of water hitting in the area in the last 48 hours causing it to wash out,” he said.

Once water in the area recedes, he said experts will be able to better assess the integrity of the road and determine when it will be reopened.

YSU reports strongest ever academic frosh class

YOUNGSTOWN – Youngstown State University welcomed its strongest academic freshman class ever when fall classes began on Wednesday, the college reported.

This year’s class of 1,717 freshmen boasts an average ACT test score of 21.05 and a high school grade-point average of 3.12, both of which are the highest in the university’s history, according to YSU.

The improvement in the freshman class is part of a new strategic approach for YSU that focuses on admitting students who are better prepared for success at the college level.

The transition is in response to new state funding formulas that emphasizes student outcomes and also in response to Eastern Gateway Community College’s existence in Youngstown.

Gun rights group fights Ohio State suit dismissal

COLUMBUS – A judge is giving a gun rights group more time to argue why its lawsuit challenging Ohio State University over its weapons ban shouldn’t be dismissed.

The Students for Concealed Carry Foundation says the ban restricts constitutionally protected rights, including the right to self-defense by Ohio State students living in university housing.

Staff, wire reports

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Family pet dies in Hubbard fire

HUBBARD – Investigators from the State Fire Marshals Office were at the scene of a Sunday night house fire that claimed the life of a family’s pet dog.

The cause of the blaze, which started around 10 p.m. at 7131 Pine Grove Drive, had not yet been determined, fire officials said on Monday.

They said the residents escaped unharmed; however, firefighters later found the family’s dog, a Great Dane, in a closet after the fire was extinguished and believe the pet had been hiding there.

Officials said the house and contents were heavily damaged.

Lordstown sets deal with schools

LORDSTOWN – Village council on Monday entered into a community reinvestment area compensation agreement with the Lordstown schools for sharing the the income tax from Matalco Inc., which is locating at the Ohio Commerce Center on Tod Avenue.

Mayor Arno Hill said the village approved a 75 percent for 10 years tax abatement for the company that will have an estimated $1 million payroll with the village agreeing to share the income tax 50-50 with the schools.

Matalco plans to construct a $100 million, 200,000-square-foot billet manufacturing facility.

Police: Man flees traffic stop

NILES – A warrant was issued for a Girard man police said ran from a traffic stop early Monday morning at Route 422 and North Road.

Michael J. Lowery, 31, of 325 Tibbets Wick Road, was charged with misdemeanor fleeing/eluding. He is also facing multiple traffic citations. The bench warrant was issued Monday after he failed to appear for his arraignment in Niles Municipal Court, according to court records.

Police said they stopped the vehicle Lowery was driving just before 2 a.m. because of an alleged traffic violation, according to a Niles police report. Police said that Lowery gave an officer his license, which was found to be suspended. Lowery ran from the stop but was apprehended a few hundred yards away by another police officer, reports state.

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