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Power restored after outage at Niles Mall

NILES – Parts of the Eastwood Mall and sections of U.S. Route 422 near Route 46 were without power Sunday afternoon, according to reports.

A Niles Police Department spokesman said power was reported out around 2:40 p.m. in the Mines Road and Johnny Cake Road area east of the Eastwood Mall; however, power was restored about two hours later.

Reports indicate some traffic lights along Route 422 were out, and some businesses in the area including Pet Supplies Plus, Regal Cinema and Super Kmart had to close temporarily.

Power was reported restored around 4:30 p.m.

Niles police said officers discovered a loose power line in the area that triggered the outage.

YWCA hosts author for Women’s History Month

WARREN – The YWCA of Warren will host national writer and speaker Dr. Laurie Jean Cannady as part of Women’s History Month programming.

Cannady, a professor of English at Lock Haven University, will speak on her memoir, ”Crave: Sojourn of a Hungry Soul,” 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at YWCA Warren, 375 North Park Ave. Cannady’s work focuses on her struggles with the effects of severe impoverishment, racism, gender-based violence and abuse, and her triumph over the circumstances of her early life.

Tribune seeks recipes that use maple syrup

The sap’s running, and soon area producers will be selling pints, quarts and gallons of fresh maple syrup.

The Tribune Chronicle wants to share readers’ favorite recipes that use locally grown maple syrup.

Submit your recipe, a photo of the dish, a note about how you came up with the recipe and why it’s a hit with you and your family, and a contact email or phone number to Features Editor Burton Cole at bcole@tribtoday.com or by U.S. Postal Service to Cole at the Tribune Chronicle, 240 Franklin St. SE, Warren 44483.

Deadline is March 9. As many recipes as we can feature will be published late March.

Death doesn’t spark Cedar Point changes

SANDUSKY – Sandusky’s Cedar Point amusement park won’t make changes to fence heights, posted signs or any other safety procedures following a death at the park last summer.

The decision was made in response to the August 2015 death of 45-year-old James Young, who was killed after he was struck by a roller coaster train while attempting to retrieve a cellphone lost on the ride.

Officials say the East Canton resident ignored warning signs posted on fences surrounding “The Raptor” and entered a restricted area before his death.

Cleveland mom charged in death of daughter, 3

CLEVELAND – A Cleveland woman is in custody after being arrested on an aggravated murder charge in the death of her 3-year-old daughter.

Twenty-three-year-old Danielle Johnson was arrested Friday by members of a fugitive task force led by U.S. marshals.

Cleveland police say the child, Dashauna Watkins, died Wednesday night at a Cleveland children’s hospital.

The police spokeswoman said bruises were found on the girl’s body. The Cuyahoga County medical examiner has ruled the death a homicide but hasn’t yet determined a cause of death.

Staff, wire reports

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High lead levels in Oakhill water

YOUNGSTOWN – High lead levels have been detected in the water at Oakhill Renaissance Place, which houses several Mahoning County offices.

Youngstown Health Department Commissioner Erin Bishop told Tribune news partner WKBN-27 that four of 30 water fountains and sinks tested above the allowable limit for lead of 15 parts per billion. The highest at the Oakhill Renaissance building was 65 parts per billion.

None of the water sources was in public areas. Three were at the Youngstown Health Department offices, and one was at the Jobs and Family Services office.

The last time the water was tested at the Oakhill Renaissance building was in 2007. They decided to test it again in light of the lead issues in Sebring, Mahoning County Commissioner Anthony Traficanti told WKBN.

Tribune seeks maple recipes

The sap’s running, and soon area producers will be selling pints, quarts and gallons of fresh maple syrup.

The Tribune Chronicle wants to share readers’ favorite recipes that use locally grown maple syrup.

Submit your recipe, a photo of the dish, a note about how you came up with the recipe and why it’s a hit with you and your family, and a contact email or phone number to Features Editor Burton Cole at bcole@tribtoday.com or by U.S. Postal Service to Cole at the Tribune Chronicle, 240 Franklin St. SE, Warren, OH 44483.

Deadline is March 9. As many recipes as we can feature will be published late March.

Sebring plans to flush out system

SEBRING – Sebring will begin flushing out its water system next week.

Officials in Sebring say the flushing is being done so that the village can begin adding a corrosion-control chemical that helps stop lead pipes from leaching.

The village says water-system flushing will start next Tuesday and continue through the week.

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Woman held without bond in bloody assault

WARREN – A city woman accused of beating a man with a metal broomstick is being held without bond in the Trumbull County Jail on a charge of felonious assault.

Police were called just before 12:30 a.m. Friday to 3484 Williamsburg St. NW, the home of Monica Massey, 46, and William Dotson, 41, according to a police report. Massey left the home before police arrived and was taken into custody a short time later while driving on Mahoning Avenue and Atlantic Street NW.

Officers state in the report the couple has a ” very volatile / violent relationship.” Dotson told police Massey was upset he was on the phone and began hitting him repeatedly with the broom and punched him, the report states. Police found blood, scratches and a “human bite mark” on Dotson.

Massey is scheduled to appear Thursday for a preliminary hearing in Warren Municipal Court.

In March 2015, she was sentenced to three years probation after pleading no contest to a charge of domestic violence, according to court records. She has appeared several times in the past year on probation violations, records show.

Man, 85, accuses caretaker of abuse

WARREN – Police are investigating after an 85-year-old Hoyt Street SW man told police Thursday a woman who has been acting as his caretaker for about a decade has hurt him several times, according to a police report.

An investigator with Adult Protective Services was called to look into the incidents. The latest was Thursday, but the man recalled several violent interactions going back to November 2014, the report states.

The man said the woman has punched him, pushed him to the ground, held a knife to his throat and sent him to the hospital on several occasions, once for stitches, the report states.

The woman’s full name is not listed in the report, and no one with her last name has been charged in Warren Municipal Court since the report was filed.

Ohio Supreme Court rules in sentencing case

COLUMBUS – The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that in most situations sentences for felony and misdemeanor crimes must be served at the same time.

The court’s 6-1 decision Thursday resolved conflicting decisions by lower courts that interpreted Ohio law differently when it came to running sentences together or one after the other.

Staff, wire reports

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Fitch student charged

in shooting threat

AUSTINTOWN – A sophomore at Austintown Fitch High School was taken out of the school Thursday morning and charged with inducing panic, according to Superintendent Vince Colaluca.

The unidentified student had made a verbal threat to shoot students during an argument during a lunch period at the school on Wednesday.

Another student reported the verbal threat.

Colaluca said the sophomore was taken from the school building Thursday. The student’s parents were at the school.

The superintendent said extra security will be at the school today for the peace of mind of other students, their parents and area residents.

Brookfield shooting case

is sent to grand jury

BROOKFIELD – A Masury man was bound over to a Trumbull County grand jury Thursday on a charge of felonious assault in the shooting of his live-in girlfriend Monday.

Marvin Jules, 33, 8041 Ulp St., waived his right for a preliminary hearing on the felony charge in Eastern District Court.

The grand jury now will decide if the case will proceed into Common Pleas Court. Jules is accused of shooting live-in girlfriend Lynda Campbell, 54, multiple times in the torso on Monday morning.

Jules remains in Trumbull County Jail without bond. Campbell remains in St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital, according to Brookfield police Chief Dan Faustino.

Youngstown man facing life term in child’s rape

WARREN – A Youngstown man faces up to life in prison after he was convicted of crossing state lines to rape an 11-year old, law enforcement officials said.

Iraephraim Underwood, 59, was convicted following a jury trial in U.S. Northern District Court of one count of crossing a state line to engage in a sexual act with a minor under age 12 and one count of transporting a child under 18 in interstate commerce with the intent to engage in an illegal sexual act.

Underwood is expected to be sentenced later this year, according to the court.

A news release from the court did not specify the gender of the victim.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michael A. Sullivan and Benedict Gullo following an investigation by the FBI and the Youngstown and Boardman police departments.

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School threat turns out unfounded in Austintown

AUSTINTOWN – Township police investigated rumors Wednesday of a threat of a shooting of “popular kids” in the Austintown schools on Friday and found nothing to cause the district to change its normal schedule.

Austintown Schools Superintendent Vince Colaluca said the district’s school resource officer investigated the threat, which was made on social media, and found nothing to substantiate it.

“One of our principals was contacted yesterday (Tuesday) by a parent who was concerned about a rumor the parent heard,” Colaluca said. “Our resource officer, a member of the Austintown Police Department, and the administration thoroughly investigated this and did not find anything.”

Police reported receiving dozens of calls from concerned parents about whether they should send their children to school Friday.

Howland slates forum

on school strategic plan

HOWLAND – A community forum hosted by the Howland Board of Education will be 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Howland Middle School cafeteria, 8200 South St. SE.

The forum’s focus will be the Howland Local School District strategic plan and the district reconfiguration, which will take place for the 2016-17 school year. All parents, students and community members are invited to attend.

For more information, call Superintendent Kevin Spicher at 330-856-8200.

Niles BOE approves

2-year pact for treasurer

NILES -The Niles Board of Education at a special meeting Wednesday voted 5-0 granting School Treasurer Linda Molinaro a new two-year contract effective Aug. 1, 2016 to July 31, 2018.

Board President Susan Giannetti Longacre said Molinaro has been with the district for 16 years and her annual salary is $81,400. She said Molinaro’s new salary will be determined later.

Achievers Association dinner set for Saturday

WARREN – The 31st annual Trumbull County African American Achievers Association will be 6:30 p.m. Saturday at DiVieste Banquet Hall, 754 North River Road.

This year’s theme will be “Our Journey Together,” with keynote speaker Lashale Pugh, an assistant professor at Youngstown State University.

The TCAAAA will induct Ali Bashir, Dr. Trinitia Cannon, Lathonia Herron, Lark T. Mallory, Allison Smith and Kathy Wright, Ph.D., into its Hall of Fame. Student scholarship recipients will be Heaven Pough and Mark Herron.

For additional information and tickets, contact Franky Parker at 330-898-4352, Robert Davis at 330-980-3410, or Archie McMillion at 330-369-8345.

Community Star

dinner tickets available

WARREN – Tickets are now on sale for the 15th annual Community Star banquet March 29 at St. Demetrios Community Center.

The Community Star program honors individuals who have displayed exceptional volunteer efforts to improve and impact the community. It is co-sponsored by the Tribune Chronicle and Trumbull 100.

The banquet is open to the public.

Tickets cost $20 each and are available at the newspaper office, 240 Franklin St. S.E., Warren, during regular business hours, by phone or by an order form that will run frequently in the pages of the Tribune Chronicle.

The deadline to purchase tickets is 5 p.m. March 21.

For more information, contact Sue Shafer at sshafer@tribtoday.com or at 330-841-1696.

Interim band director

at OSU now permanent

COLUMBUS – Ohio State University’s interim marching band director has been named its permanent director.

Christopher Hoch has been interim director since May. He replaced Jonathan Waters, who was fired after an internal investigation concluded that he ignored a “sexualized culture” in the band.

Waters disputes those findings.

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UAW Local 1112 approves GM pact

LORDSTOWN – Members of United Auto Workers Local 1112 at the General Motors Lordstown Complex approved a new contract with the automaker.

The voting, which began 5 a.m. Monday and lasted through 5 a.m. Tuesday, resulted in 78 percent of production workers casting ballots in favor of the agreement, according to Tribune Chronicle news partner WYTV 33. Fifty-five percent of skilled-trades workers, however, rejected the agreement.

Earlier this month, members of UAW Local 1714 at the plant also approved a new contract.

Locals 1112 and 1714 together represent about 4,400 workers at the plant.

Schools chief gets new 5-year contract

SOUTHINGTON – The Southington Board of Education on Tuesday approved a new five-year contract for Superintendent Rocco Nero, effective Aug. 1.

Board President Tim Arbogast said the board approved the five-year agreement with a pay freeze for the life of the contract. He said Nero makes approximately $70,900 and his current contract ends July 31.

Nero, a Cortland resident who had previously served as superintendent in Bristol and Lowellville schools, was hired in August 2014.

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Man on probation found with pot

HOWLAND – Charges are pending against a 37-year-old Shaffer Drive man being held in the Trumbull County Jail on a probation violation following a search at his home that officers said uncovered marijuana plants.

In a release from the Trumbull Ashtabula Group Drug Enforcement Task Force, officials state the task force assisted Trumbull County Adult Probation with a search Thursday at James McCloskey’s 361 Shaffer Drive home.

Following anonymous tips called into TAG, officers found several small plants, $3,000, grow equipment, plastic bags and containers holding marijuana, a scale and seeds during the search, the release states. Charges will be filed, the release states, after lab tests are conducted and examined.

In June, McCloskey pleaded guilty to felony trafficking in marijuana in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court. He was sentenced to five years of probation.

Restaurant door, window broken

WARREN – The front door and a window at the Saratoga Restaurant, 129 E. Market St., were broken with a brick sometime in the early hours of Monday and $20 in change was taken, according to a police report.

Although the restaurant has an alarm, it did not go off and surveillance footage will be examined, the report states.

On Wednesday, the co-owner of the Coffee Cup Cafe, 631 E. Market St., reported $500 in damage was done when someone broke two glass doors and stole between $200 and $300, according to a police report. Police found a tire iron that may have been used to break the glass.

Man stabbed Sunday morning

WARREN – Police are investigating the Sunday morning stabbing of a 30-year-old man near or in his chest.

Officers and an ambulance were called to 3084 Lancer Court NW, where Antonio Stubbs, Tanya Avenue NW, was found lying in the living room, bleeding. He was taken to Trumbull Memorial Hospital. His condition was unknown.

A woman at the scene told police he arrived at her house with the injury and he was there for 15 minutes before she noticed he was bleeding, the report states. She was holding a towel on his wound when officers arrived.

Police said there was blood spatter on the front door and on the floor by the door. Stubbs did not answer questions about who stabbed him, but told police he couldn’t breath, the report states.

Woman’s leg fractured in argument

WARREN – A 51-year-old woman reported Sunday her leg was fractured when she was grabbed and thrown against a wall Saturday at Paradise Bar and Grill, 2261 N. Park Ave., according to a police report.

Deneen Bumbico, Dana Street NE, told police she was at the bar around noon when a man became upset with a comment she made. The man grabbed her by the neck, threw her and she locked her self in the bathroom to get away, the report states.

Bumbico told police the incident was captured on camera. She said she went to the hospital Sunday.

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Flood warning issued for Eagle Creek today

LEAVITTSBURG -The National Weather Service in Cleveland on Sunday issued a flood warning for the Eagle Creek at Phalanx Station until this afternoon.

The NWS reported the stage was 9.9 feet with flood stage 9.5 feet with minor flooding occurring and forecasted.

The water was expected to crest near 10.5 feet Sunday evening. At 11 feet, Barclay Messerly Road and McConnell East Roads will be flooded and impassable.

Champion to hold meeting on electric aggregation

CHAMPION – Township trustees have rescheduled a special meeting to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the township hall.

The board will meet with Constellation Energy Group representatives to form a plan for electric aggregation.

Township officials said the meeting had been changed from today to Tuesday.

Fire departments find no injuries in two crashes

Fire departments were called to two area accidents Sunday.

The Warren Fire Department responded at 5 p.m. to a single-vehicle crash with a vehicle on its side after it hit a pole at 345 Douglas Ave. NW. A fire department spokesman said the driver was not injured. There was minor damage to the pole.

Earlier in the day, the Ohio State Highway Patrol and Southington Fire Department responded to a vehicle roll-over on Phalanx Mills Herner Road. A 911 spokesperson said calls of the accident came in at 7:39 a.m. Officials said no one was injured.

Community Star tickets available until March 21

WARREN – Tickets are now on sale for the 15th annual Community Star banquet March 29 at St. Demetrios Community Center.

The Community Star program honors individuals who have displayed exceptional volunteer efforts to improve and impact the community. It is co-sponsored by the Tribune Chronicle and Trumbull 100.

The banquet is open to the public.

Tickets cost $20 each and are available at the newspaper office, 240 Franklin St. SE, Warren, during regular business hours, by phone or by an order form that will run frequently in the pages of the Tribune Chronicle.

The deadline to purchase tickets is 5 p.m. March 21.

For more information, contact Sue Shafer at sshafer@tribtoday.com or at 330-841-1696.

Authorities investigate body in garbage truck

FAIRLAWN – Ohio authorities are investigating how a body ended up in the back of a garbage truck.

Police in Fairlawn in northeastern Ohio say a driver with Republic Waste Services called police about 4 a.m. Saturday to say he suspected a body was in the vehicle.

Investigators confirmed the discovery but don’t know where the driver may have picked the body up. The truck driver also collected waste from nearby Akron and Copley Township.

Police have identified the deceased but aren’t releasing the name while relatives are notified.

Staff, wire reports

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Four honored from Warren District OSHP

WARREN – Four employees of the Warren District of the Ohio State Highway Patrol recently were named finalists for state honors.

The patrol announced the winners of its 2015 Leadership Awards on Friday.

Trooper David Brown of the Canfield Post was named Warren District Trooper of the Year. Dispatcher Nicholas W. Johnson of the Warren Post was named District Dispatcher of the Year, according to a news release from the patrol.

Trooper Michael W. Gurlea of the Warren Investigative Unit was given the Trooper Recognition Award and Valerie J. Maffitt, an administrative professional at the Warren Post, was given the Employee Recognition Award.

The winners from each of the OSHP’s nine districts competed for the state award in each category.

Community Star tickets available

WARREN – Tickets are now on sale for the 15th annual Community Star banquet March 29 at St. Demetrios Community Center.

The Community Star program honors individuals who have displayed exceptional volunteer efforts to improve and impact the community. It is co-sponsored by the Tribune Chronicle and Trumbull 100.

The banquet is open to the public.

Tickets cost $20 each and are available at the newspaper office, 240 Franklin St. SE, Warren, during regular business hours, by phone or by an order form that will run frequently in the pages of the Tribune Chronicle.

The deadline to purchase tickets is 5 p.m. March 21.

For more information, contact Sue Shafer at sshafer@tribtoday.com or at 330-841-1696.

Public colleges could face performance audits

COLUMBUS – A bill recently approved by the Ohio House could open two- and four-year public universities to performance audits seeking potential savings.

The Columbus Dispatch reported the legislation breezed through the House, but some say universities are raising issues with the bill now that it’s in the Senate.

Rep. Mike Duffey, a Republican, sponsored the bill and says he has heard “vibrations” against it.

“The argument goes something like this: ‘Auditor (Dave) Yost is a great auditor, but what about the next guy or gal? What if someone has an axe to grind?'” he said. “I would say that’s an argument against the creation of a state auditor in general. That’s not an argument for or against performance audits of a public university.”

Bruce Johnson, president of the Ohio Inter-University Council, said institutions have already faced efficiency studies and the council is concerned with duplicative mandates.

Staff, wire reports

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Brown to talk opioid addiction

WARREN – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown is scheduled to be in Warren Monday to discuss legislation to address the opioid addiction crisis.

Brown, a Democrat, will be joined by Joe Caruso, president and CEO of Compass and Family Community Services, and a mother whose son is managing his addiction through medication at Compass’ office on High Street NE.

Legislation that Brown has proposed to fight opioid addiction represents a comprehensive approach to address the spectrum of addiction. It includes provisions to boost prevention, better tools for crisis response, expands access to treatment and provides support for recovery.

Falls man robbed of wallet, pills

WARREN – A Newton Falls man was robbed of his wallet, cellphone and prescription pills Thursday evening while walking on Belmont Street NW near Mahoning Avenue, according to a police report.

Kiley Boggs, 38, told police that three men who walked up to him asking for a cigarette threatened to stab him if he did not hand over his belongings, the report states. The report states the men also took about $30 and his wallet, which contained his identification and Social Security and insurance cards.

The robbers ran away, Boggs told police.

Trial delayed for dad of dead infant

MARIETTA – Trial has been delayed until May for a southeast Ohio man accused of suffocating his infant son and seriously injuring his toddler daughter.

The Washington County court clerk’s office says Adam Baker’s jury trial was pushed back to May 23. It had been scheduled to start Thursday.

The Marietta man has pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated murder, attempted aggravated murder and felonious assault.

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Warren man tries for the big picture

NILES – A Warren man accused of trying to steal a $1,300 television from Sears at the Eastwood Mall is being held at the Trumbull County Jail following his first court appearance Thursday on a charge of robbery.

Because the charge is a felony, an automatic plea of not guilty was entered for William J. Shaw Jr., 24, 286 Albert St. NE. He is due back in Niles Municipal Court Wednesday and bond was set at $7,500.

Niles police were called to the mall Wednesday for a report of a shoplifter trying to take a television and then hitting a loss prevention officer, according to the department’s social media page. Police learned the man had multiple arrest warrants, including one for failure to register as a sex offender, according to the page.

Warren man wins Tribune contest

WARREN – A Warren man won a 32-inch high definition television Wednesday in the annual Tribune Chronicle Football Frenzy U Pick ‘Em online challenge.

Ronald E. Leon of Warren logged in and picked more winners than any other of the 233 local participants during the contest, which included high school, college and NFL games. It ran from August through the end of the NFL season earlier this month.

The online contest is part of a larger national contest and offers weekly prizes.

Powerball prize has been claimed

CENTERVILLE – Ohio Lottery officials say someone has claimed the last of a trio of million-dollar prizes won in Ohio in the drawing for a $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot.

The lottery says whoever claimed the $1 million prize from a ticket sold in Centerville has asked to remain anonymous.

Staff, wire reports

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Man accused of stealing items

WARREN – A city man with a criminal history dating back to 1997 is due back in court Feb. 25 on a felony charge of breaking and entering after his arrest Monday afternoon.

Jody A. Elliott, 37, 230 Penn Ave. NW, posted bond following his arraignment Tuesday in Warren Municipal Court.

According to a police report, a neighbor called to report a suspicious man was in the backyard of a home in the 2600 block of Milton Avenue SE. She told police the homeowner is in a nursing home.

The report states Elliott was standing next to a dolly at the end of the driveway loaded with several cardboard boxes, a gas can, sheets with items wrapped inside and an antique camera. The officer said there were footprints and wheel tracks in the snow leading from the garage of the Milton Avenue house, through the backyard and to the driveway where Elliott was standing.

Elliott tried telling officers the tracks were not his, but he was arrested at the scene. Officers said the cardboard boxes contained hand tools, comic books, old newspapers and other items.

Trash collection waits in Cortland

CORTLAND – Republic Services has notified the city that because of inclement weather, trash collection service will operate on a one-day delay this week.

Trash regularly collected on Thursday will be collected Friday this week. and trash regularly collected on Friday will be collected on Saturday.

Trash services were suspended when trucks were recalled at 7 a.m. Tuesday morning because of hazardous road conditions, according to company officials.

Machete attacker shot in neck

COLUMBUS – A coroner says preliminary autopsy results indicate the man who attacked people with a machete in an Ohio restaurant and was shot by a policeman died of a gunshot to the neck.

The Franklin County coroner says 30-year-old Mohamed Barry had multiple gunshot wounds. The final autopsy report, including toxicology results, is expected to take weeks.

Four people were hurt in the Thursday assault at Nazareth Restaurant and Deli in northeast Columbus.

Psych patient attacks guard

AKRON – Police say a patient in the psych ward of an Ohio hospital attacked a security guard with knives, critically injuring him.

Akron police Lt. Rick Edwards says the 54-year-old guard had surgery Tuesday night. His injuries were considered life-threatening.

Edwards says the attack happened at around 7 p.m. Tuesday at Summa St. Thomas Hospital. The guard was stabbed in the neck and abdomen as the 33-year-old patient was being taken to St. Thomas.

Other hospital employees restrained the patient, who was taken into custody. No one else was hurt.

Edwards says it isn’t known how the patient got the knives into the hospital. A Summa Health spokesman says the attack was unprovoked.

Staff, wire reports

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Warren woman injured during purse snatching

WARREN – An 88-year-old northwest Warren woman has a fractured left hip and a possible broken right arm after she was a victim of a purse snatcher in the driveway of her home on Monday.

Emilda M. Bunevich of Mahoning Ave. NW was taken to Trumbull Memorial Hospital where she is recovering from her injuries, neighbors said. According to the Warren police report, an unknown man came from behind about 11:45 am and took her purse, causing her to fall. Neighbors found the woman lying in the snow near her garage door.

The woman did not see which way the man went but told police that he was young and white, with a slender build and wearing a coat with a fur hood.

Woman pleads guilty in assault on officer

WARREN – A 20-year-old Cleveland woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to a felony assault charge connected to a fight last spring at the Eastwood Mall.

Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Andrew Logan ordered a background investigation for Shyonna D. Williams of Cleveland. She could be sentenced up to 18 months in prison.

Williams was arrested May 13, 2015, by Niles police, following an incident in the mall’s Sears store in which an officer was allegedly punched, prosecutors said.

Girard man pleads guilty in shotgun theft

WARREN – A 21-year-old Girard man pleaded guilty Tuesday to a theft charge in connection to a stolen shotgun last summer.

Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Andrew Logan ordered a pre-sentence investigation for Brandon J. Miller of 993 Patricia Drive Apt. 4.

Miller was arrested Aug. 17 by Girard police and indicted Sept. 25 by a grand jury on a felony theft charge.

Howland secures $8,000 for park improvements

HOWLAND – The Howland Wellness Committee has secured an $8,000 grant to be used for various improvements at Bolindale Park off Ridge Road.

Howland Park Board member Jackie Mills said Tuesday plans are to transform a former baseball field at the park into a soccer field. She said plans also include a new sliding board and pickle ball court, as well as cleanup work.

Mills said the board was informed Howland High School art students with teacher Jerry Young will be repainting the moveable artwork at Tiger Town at the school this winter.

Also, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources will assist the park in identifying tree species and evaluating their condition. Mills said some trees might need to be taken down.

Man pleads to slaying of pregnant girlfriend

COLUMBUS – A central Ohio man accused of killing his pregnant girlfriend at their apartment and burying her near a church has pleaded guilty to charges including aggravated murder and aggravated arson.

Twenty-four-year-old Jacob Ferrero also pleaded guilty to counts of murder and gross abuse of a corpse Tuesday in Columbus.

Franklin County prosecutors say Ferrero struck and strangled 22-year-old Samantha Greenlee at their apartment on the city’s west side in October 2014, when she was three months pregnant.

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Packard Music Hall will host Cirque D’Or

Cirque D’Or will do two performances at Packard Music Hall in March.

The production features more than 30 acrobats, contortionists, aerial artists, jugglers and other performers, and Cirque D’Or has entertained audiences around the world for 10 years.

Performances are scheduled at 7:30 p.m. March 17 and 18. Tickets are $46.50, $36.50, $26.50 and $16.50, and go on sale 10 a.m. Friday at the Packard box office and through Ticketmaster.

Heritage Center Friends gets grant for timeline

WARREN – The Friends of the Warren Heritage Center has received a $1,000 grant from The Raymond John Wean Foundation to create a portable black history timeline to take to local schools, churches and community events.

Geri Starkey, a group member, said the grant will pay for materials to make the timeline, which will note historic events and achievements of local African-Americans. The timeline will regularly be at the Kinsman House in downtown Warren.

The goal is to have the display ready to show the Trumbull County African-American Achievers Association festival in June, Starkey said.

Local rail crossing set for upgrade

YOUNGSTOWN – The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has approved construction authorization from the Ohio Rail Development Commission, or ORDC, directing Youngstown and Austintown Railroad to upgrade the rail crossing on Belle Vista Avenue.

The grade crossing improvement project will include installation of mast-mounted flashing lights and roadway gates. It is to be completed by Nov. 3. Federal funding for this project is provided through the ORDC.

PUCO is responsible for evaluating Ohio’s public grade crossings to determine the need for installing active warning devices.

Internal review clears Kent cops in shooting

KENT – Four police officers in the city have been cleared of any department policy violations in the fatal shooting of a man who confronted them with a machete.

The police chief in Kent said the internal investigation found the officers didn’t break any policies or procedures in the shooting.

Officers shot 25-year-old Douglas Yon in December. Police say he ran at the officers with the machete and refused to stop despite their commands.

The Plain Dealer in Cleveland reported that the Portage County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to look into whether the shooting was legally justified.

Staff, wire reports

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Police catch two escapees from mental health facility

YOUNGSTOWN – Two men – one a suspect in a 2015 Youngstown shooting – who escaped from the Heartland Behavioral Mental Health facility in Massillon, were captured Sunday byYoungstown police.

Tribune Chronicle news partner WYTV-33 reported 22 year-old DeAngelo Young and 23 year-old Chad Vanhorn assaulted two staff members at Heartland before fleeing in one of the employee’s vehicles early Sunday morning. Later, police took the two men into custody without incident at South and Myrtle avenues. Police received information the men were on the south side in a different vehicle.

In August 2015, Young was charged with shooting a man at a gas station on Market Street, leaving the man paralyzed.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is continuing to investigate.

Man who swore at judge six years ago not changed

WILLOUGHBY – A northeastern Ohio man apparently is making it a habit of yelling at a judge who’s sentenced him twice in the past six years.

The News-Herald in Willoughby reports John Macko swore at a Lake County judge and called him a “heartless individual” just before he was sentenced this past week to 24 years in prison.

Macko stood up and repeatedly swore at the judge six years ago when he was sentenced for illegally having a gun and violating his parole.

A jury in January convicted Macko of aggravated burglary and impersonating an officer for an incident four months after he was released from prison.

Staff, wire reports

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Newton Falls sets ‘Coffee with Cop’

NEWTON FALLS – Newton Falls will host ”Coffee with a Cop” 8:30 to 10 a.m. Feb. 20 at Covered Bridge Inn Banquet Room, 22 W. Broad St.

The event will allow community members to meet police officers and law enforcement officials over coffee to discuss issues and concerns and learn about each other.

Scheduled to attend are Trumbull County sheriff Thomas Altiere, Trumbull-Ashtabula Group Drug Task Force Capt. Jeff Orr and Newton Falls police Chief Gene Fixler.

Hartford trustees buy new truck

HARTFORD – Hartford Township trustees at a special meeting Friday approved purchasing a $78,900 truck with a snowplow from Valley Ford in Cleveland.

Trustee Chairwoman Rebecca Whitman said the vehicle is fully equipped and will be used in addition to the current road department truck. She said two trucks are needed for the roads.

Also, trustees hired Cindy Beers as a part-time custodian for the town hall and township buildings.

Trustees to meet on tower lease

JOHNSTON – Johnston Township trustees have scheduled a public hearing 9 a.m. Feb. 20, followed by a special meeting 9:30 a.m. at the Johnston VFW Hall.

Fiscal Officer John Moran said the township has been asked by American Tower to have a 10-year extension on its current lease agreement for a tower on township property behind the fire station off Route 88, east of the center.

Moran said the current lease is through 2020, which the company would like to extend for 10 more years. He said the tower is used for Alltel wireless service.

Trustees want to hear residents’ comments before making a decision, he said.

Donors earn chance on car

The United Way of Trumbull County and the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley will reward one generous donor with a new vehicle or cash Thursday.

Ten finalists, five from each United Way, will get a key to attempt to start a 2015 Chevrolet Colorado courtesy of Greenwood Chevrolet. The winner will get to choose either the truck or $15,000 cash. The event will be 5:30 p.m. at the dealership in Austintown.

All donors of $260 or more, $5 a week, in the 2015 campaign qualified for one chance in the drawing to win the car.

Candidate drops out of senate race

WARREN – Trumbull County Republican Party Chairman Randy Law announced Friday that he is dropping out of the race for the 32nd District’s state senate seat.

Law, a former state representative, cited “personal reasons” as the reason for his decision.

His withdrawl leaves Robert J. Allen as the only Republican candidate in the March 15 primary. Allen will face the winner of the Democratic nomination in November. Seeking the nomination are current state Rep. Sean J. O’Brien of Bazetta and Liberty attorney Kristen F. Rock of Liberty.

The senate seat is being vacated by Capri Cafaro, D-Hubbard, who cannot run again because of term limits.

Law is seeking to become the 32nd District’s state central committee man.

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Diamond man pleads

guilty in stalking case

WARREN – A Diamond man pleaded guilty Wednesday to nine felony charges in the alleged stalking of a McDonald woman last summer.

Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge W.Wyatt McKay ordered a background report on William Terihay, 36, 5033 Wayland Road, Diamond, in advance of sentencing.

Terihay was arrested last June by McDonald police and was indicted in September on 15 felony counts, including five counts of violating a protection order, five counts of telecommunication harassment and five counts of menacing by stalking. Terihay pleaded guilty to three counts of each charge and headed off a Feb. 22 trial.

On Jan. 29, McKay ruled Terihay competent to stand trial.

Barn fire kills chickens and destroys vehicles

VIENNA – An early morning barn fire on Thursday killed some chickens at 4755 Smith Stewart Road SE, but two people in the house escaped the blaze, according to a call log from the Trumbull County 911 Center.

Fire crews from Vienna and Brookfield responded at 1:10 a.m. to the standalone barn and had the fire out at 3:16 a.m., the call log states. Crews saved a dog, but the chickens in the barn, along with vehicles and equipment, were destroyed.

Smoke from the fire made its way into the home, and the occupants were evacuated in freezing weather, the log states.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

High lead found in more Sebring water samples

SEBRING – The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency says the latest round of tests in a northeast Ohio village have found high levels of lead in three of 97 tap water samples voluntarily submitted by homeowners.

The EPA statement says that 795 samples have been submitted by homeowners in the village of Sebring in Mahoning County thus far and that a total of 34 homes have shown lead levels above the federal standard.

Sebring has come under scrutiny in recent weeks after state environmental officials said the operator of the village water plant waited months to notify people about high levels of lead found in some homes because of their pipes.

Recent tests show that the village’s water plant is lead-free.

Ads defend term limits, but no vote is imminent

COLUMBUS – Radio spots are airing across Ohio that warn state lawmakers are scheming to extend term limits – but no vote to that effect is imminent.

The ads come from U.S. Term Limits, a national group that supports capping how many years legislators can serve.

It began the ads Tuesday in Akron, Canton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Toledo and Youngstown.

They reference “politicians in Columbus” seeking to neutralize Ohio’s current term limits, which restrict state senators and representatives to eight consecutive years in either chamber.

Legislative spokespeople confirm that no bill extending term limits is before either the House or Senate.

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Car thief gets six months in prison

WARREN – A 45-year-old Warren man was sentenced Wednesday to six months in prison in connection with the theft of a car.

James Chisolm Jr., 2477 Milton Ave. SE, pleaded guilty to a receiving stolen property charge. Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge W. Wyatt McKay pronounced the sentence after the defendant waived a pre-sentence investigation.

Chisolm was arrested by Warren police after being pulled over Nov. 23, 2015, in a stolen car and fleeing from the scene, according to prosecutors.

Trustees work on website

NEWTON TOWNSHIP – After a six-month absence, township officials are in the process of getting the township website back online with a new style.

Trustees on Tuesday met with Nelson Crain from Clear Choice Creative to discuss the website officials hope will address communication challenges.

“We are striving to have a public presence since trustees aren’t at the township offices all the time,” fiscal Officer Susan Montgomery said.

Montgomery said trustees are reviewing the fonts, the former website style and format and what information to include on the site.

Man revived in restroom

WARREN – After narrowly escaping a suspected heroin overdose early Wednesday on the bathroom floor of the Elm Road Sheetz gas station, a South Linden Court man is facing charges in Warren Municipal Court, according to a police report.

Bradley Corely, 25, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to misdemeanor possession of drug abuse instruments and drug paraphernalia and is scheduled to appear in court April 12 for a preliminary hearing.

Corely was revived with three doses of naloxone – used to reverse the effects of opioid-based drug overdoses – after Warren Township police, who were taking a break at the gas station, were notified Corely was lying unresponsive on the floor and called for an ambulance, the police report states.

Warren City police are are looking for a woman Corely met at the gas station before using heroin, the report states.

Same-sex weddings could be optional

COLUMBUS – An Ohio House committee has heard from some of those who favor of a bill that would allow churches in Ohio to deny performing same-sex marriages.

The Pastor Protection Act was introduced in the House three weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision allowing same-sex marriage.

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Toddler removed from home

WARREN – A 2-year-old girl is the custody of Trumbull County Children Services following a visit Monday to the child’s 1426 Fifth St. SW home, according to a police report.

The home’s “deplorable living conditions” and the presence of drug paraphernalia factored into the agency’s decision to take emergency temporary custody of the child, according to the report.

The report states Trumbull County Children Services had an open case on the household prior to the removal of the child.

After the agency takes emergency custody of a child, officials typically look for a family member to take custody.

GOP re-elects Knight to board

WARREN – The Republican Party Executive Committee on Tuesday re-elected Ronald Knight to a new three-year term on the four-person bipartisan Trumbull County Board of Elections.

Martha Yoder, a secretary to the committee, said Knight ran unopposed and received a unanimous 43 votes from those in attendance.

Knight will begin the new term in March. Ohio Secretary of State John Husted must also confirm the recommendation.

Members of the Trumbull County Democratic Party’s executive committee will meet 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Trumbull Business College to make a recommendation for someone to fill a seat on the Trumbull County Board of Elections.

Rose garden receives grant

WARREN – The Historic Perkins Homestead Neighborhood Association has received a $4,069 Wean Neighborhood Success Grant to be used for improvements and additions to the rose garden off Perkins Drive.

Nola Yovich of the association said the garden, which was started in 2011, will have additions and enhancements starting in the spring.

The garden has been enlarged in the past five years and sits near the entrance to Perkins Park behind City Hall.

LaBrae gets state audit award

LEAVITTSBURG – The LaBrae School District has received an ”Auditor of State Award” for a recent financial audit of the district noting a clean audit and excellent record keeping.

The audit was for the period of July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015.

The award is presented to local governments and school districts upon completion of financial audits that are filed in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. The audit does not contain any findings for recovery, material citations, deficiencies or questioned costs.

Pet bobcat topic of legal fight

COLUMBUS – A 26-pound domesticated, declawed bobcat is at the center of a legal fight over whether its owner should be subject to Ohio’s tougher wild animal laws.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is asking the state Supreme Court to overturn a lower court decision bobcats aren’t on the endangered list.

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Tractor-trailer catches fire

NORTH JACKSON – A tractor-trailer caught fire Monday morning near the Interstates 76 / 80 interchange on the Ohio Turnpike. The exit is near the Meander Reservoir in Mahoning County.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the fire broke out about 8 a.m. in the truck, which was headed east. The report said the truck’s engine started smoking and the drive moved his rig onto the berm when the cab caught fire. No injuries were reported, as the driver got out of his rig safely, the patrol reported.

NEO Med gets $498,000 grant

Northeast Ohio Medical University has been awarded a $498,282 federal grant to help create a pharmaceutical-focused proof-of-concept center at the school in Rootstown.

The center’s activities will focus on accelerating the commercialization of new pharmaceuticals to applicable markets, the creation of preclinical research protocols and the development of a commercialization program to stimulate technology commercialization via start-up and technology licensing, according to a release from U.S. Rep. Timothy J. Ryan, D-Howland.

The total project will cost $1.1 million. The grant was from the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Deaths possibly drug-related

Police reported two possible drug-related deaths over the weekend.

Warren police are investigating the suspected drug-related death of 30-year-old Ashley N. Binion. Binion’s body was found by officers about 7:55 a.m. Saturday at her 1328 Autumn Drive NW home, according to a Warren police report.

The cause of death is pending an investigation by the Trumbull County Coroner’s Office.

Meanwhile, Niles police are investigating the nature of a death discovered at 72 Morningside Drive at 6:48 p.m. Sunday. A Niles police dispatcher said the incident was a possible drug overdose. No other details were available.

Car hits pole in Liberty crash

LIBERTY – A single car crashed into a utility pole about 4 p.m. Monday at the intersection of Trumbull Avenue and Hadley Street, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The driver was taken to St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital with minor injuries, troopers said.

Details of the crash are under investigation, and additional information – including name of the driver and any possible charges – were not available Monday night, according to the patrol.

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Niles meeting about levy

NILES -A second town hall meeting to discuss an upcoming city income tax levy will be held today.

The 0.5 percent income tax levy for Niles safety forces on the March primary ballot will be discussed from 6 to 8 p.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 381 Robbins Ave. Niles police and firefighters will be present among other city officials to take questions from the crowd.

The event is put together by Citizens for a Safer Niles, a group in support of the levy.

Township seeks resident input

SOUTHINGTON -Township residents are encouraged to return a questionnaire survey to the county engineer’s office by Feb. 12 to see if they are interested in getting water to their homes.

Trustee Dan Tietz said the survey needs to be returned or it will be counted as ”no” for water.

The proposed waterline will run just north of the Ohio Turnpike in Braceville along the state Route 534 corridor north to West Farmington.

About 2,400 residents from Farmington, Southington, Braceville and Warren townships who access wells and septic systems received surveys.

County officials said the project’s cost will be covered by an Ohio EPA grant and half will be financed with a zero percent interest loan. Customers only pay for the water they use plus a curb box fee and tap-in fee, but there is no frontage assessment.

Falls board meets about personnel

NEWTON FALLS -Newton Falls Board of Education will hold special meeting 7 a.m. today at the board room to discuss personnel issues.

Man who shot officer found dead

KENTON – Authorities say a man shot an Ohio police officer before he was found dead in his car from a gunshot wound.

The Hardin County sheriff’s office says Stephen Davis was sitting in a vehicle .

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TNP will welcome NYC students

WARREN – Students from The New School in New York will return to Warren late this week to work with area residents in developing plans to fight blight.

As in past years, the students will work with residents and grassroots organizations to come up with design ideas and financing options for the reclamation of derelict properties. The group will work with Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership to develop replicable models for the reuse of vacant houses in Warren’s Garden District.

The students are a combination of graduate and undergraduates from a range of different programs, inlcuding urban policy, finance and design.

“The level of talent, commitment and passion these students and their teachers bring to Warren for now the third year running is outstanding,” TNP Executive Director Matt Martin said.

This semester long project will culminate in a presentation / exhibit in Warren later this year.

Warren records overdose death

WARREN – There was an overdose death reported at 7:49 a.m. Saturday at 1328 Autumn Drive, according to police.

The victim, a 30-year-old woman, was found unresponsive at the property. Drug paraphernalia was found nearby, according to a police report.

Police did not release the victim’s name because they had not yet notified relatives.

Warren police also are investigating several non-fatal overdose incidents Friday, including one at 3:32 p.m. on Main Avenue SW, one at 4:15 p.m. on Federal Street and one at 4:50 p.m. on Raymond Street.

Details were not available Saturday afternoon.

Sentencing set for hiking fugitive

CINCINNATI – A federal judge in southwest Ohio has scheduled sentencing for March 30 for a Kentucky accountant who spent much of six years as a fugitive hiking the Appalachian Trail.

James Hammes pleaded guilty in October to a wire fraud count and agreed to pay back money embezzled in an $8.7 million case.

Federal authorities agreed to drop 74 other counts of wire fraud and money laundering. Hammes, of Lexington, was charged with diverting millions from his employer, a Cincinnati-based Pepsi-Cola bottler.

U.S. District Judge Susan J. Dlott warned Hammes she could still impose the maximum sentence of 20 years, even though his deal with the government called for less time.

FBI agents arrested Hammes last May at an inn in Damascus, Virginia, during the annual Trail Days festival.

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Police investigate attempted abduction

WARREN – Police Friday night were searching the area of Scott Street NE and North Park Avenue for a man who tried to get a 14-year-old girl into his car, according to police radio traffic.

The girl and her mother called dispatchers about 7:20 p.m. She described the man as white with a goatee and said he was driving a dark-colored, older-model car, according to the radio traffic.

Although several officers searched the area, the man was not located, according to the Trumbull County 911 Center.

The girl told dispatchers that before she ran home, the man yelled at her to get in his car and became irate when she told him “no.”

Police investigate sexual assault report

WARREN – Police are investigating a sexual assault after a 19-year-old woman was admitted Thursday night to Trumbull Memorial Hospital, according to a report.

Few details are available, but the report states the woman was injured. Officers interviewed the southwest side woman and collected her clothing. The report states the assault occurred in a house.

Service workers at St. Joe’s approve pact

WARREN – Service workers at St. Joseph Warren Hospital “overwhelmingly” approved a three-year contract with Mercy Health, the hospital’s parent company.

Bobbi Jo Terwilliger, business agent for Teamsters Local 377, said the contract includes wage increases and no increased health care costs. The current contract expired Jan. 31.

The union represents approximately 180 service workers at St. Joe’s, including those in the cafeteria, housekeeping, transport, clerical, laboratory and health care aides, Terwilliger said.

She would not specify the amount of the raises and did not have exact vote totals. The contract runs through January 2019.

Gas leak closes McDonald school

MCDONALD – A gas leak closed Roosevelt Elementary School before classes started Friday.

A community member reported smelling gas outside the building, 410 W. 7th St., before students arrived, McDonald School Board President Kevin O’Connell said.

School was canceled before any students were at the building, O’Connell said.

Dominion East Ohio repaired the leak Friday morning and classes will resume on Monday, O’Connell said.

Car ransacked at Niles Wellness Center

NILES – A Warren couple’s car was searched by a thief who stole their keys from the Niles Wellness Center Tuesday.

According to a police report, the victim stated she put her jacket in a locker along with her keys before she went for a walk around the Wellness Center track with her husband Tuesday evening.

When she returned to her locker, the jacket and keys were missing, the report states. The report states the car was ransacked, with the couple’s wallet and purse taken from it.

The keys were nowhere to be found, the report states.

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Road closed for pipe replacement

BRACEVILLE – Braceville Robinson Road between state Route 5 and Oviatt Windham Road will be closed today for an emergency pipe replacement.

The recommended detour is north on Braceville Robinson Road, west on state Route 82, south on state Route 534 and northeast on Route 5.

Gustavus names zoning inspector

GUSTAVUS -Gustavus Township trustees have named Joe Polon as the new zoning inspector effective Jan. 1 at $275 per month.

Fiscal Officer Laura Hall said Polon will replace Earl Smith, who retired in late 2015 because of health care changes. Smith had replaced longtime inspector Rod McNealy.

Hall said residents with zoning concerns can call 330-876-5920.

Also at the organizational meeting, trustees named Jayme Rice as chairman and Bob Phillips as vice chairman and set meetings for 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month.

Girard, Liberty get meal grants

Girard City Schools and Liberty Local Schools were among 47 districts in Ohio that received state grants to buy equipment to serve healthier meals to students.

Girard received money to buy a heated cabinet at the high school and Liberty received money for an oven at E.J. Blott Elementary School.

The money is through the National School Lunch Program Equipment Assistance Grant. The Ohio Department of Education distributed $775,000 to districts in Ohio. The money will help schools serve healthier meals, meet nutritional standards by using fresh fruits and vegetables in school meals, improve food safety and expand accessibility to food services, according to a news release.

Man gets jail; stole from mom

WARREN – A 34-year-old Newton Falls man was sentenced Thursday to 18 months in prison by Trumbull County Common Pleas Court Judge Ronald Rice on felony charges in connection to incidents involving his mother.

Nicholas J. Roberts Jr., 34, 4848 Fairview Road, pleaded guilty Jan. 11 to charges of robbery, theft from an elderly person and domestic violence. Prosecutors said Roberts was arrested Sept. 15 at his Newton Falls home following an incident involving the theft of his mother’s purse.

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GM plant cleared for small bin fire

LORDSTOWN – The Lordstown General Motors plant was evacuated Wednesday afternoon after sparks fell from a work site on the second floor of the east plant to the first floor, into a bin of mats and caught fire, according to the plant and the Lordstown Fire Department.

By the time the fire department arrived at 12:54 p.m., the fire was out and the crew helped ventilate the building, leaving the scene at 2:44 p.m., according to the fire department.

Tom Mock, spokesman for the plant, said a security guard was treated for smoke inhalation.

A contractor was working in an old paint shop using a “saw-like device to cut through pipe” and “ignited a small fire that caused a lot of smoke,” Mock said.

The east plant was evacuated as a precaution, and the incident was not expected to significantly impact production, Mock said.

Woman left at hospital ID’d

WARREN – A woman who was declared dead after she was dropped off at the emergency room of Trumbull Memorial Hospital was identified Wednesday as Destiny Willis, 34, by the Trumbull County Coroner’s Office.

The cause of the woman’s death under investigation, and toxicology tests are being conducted, according to the office.

A man who did not identify himself to the hospital staff pulled up to the emergency doors just before 1 a.m. Tuesday and said a woman was passed out in his car, the report states. Emergency workers brought her inside and attempted to revive the woman, but were unsuccessful, according to the police report.

Panhandler robs man of $400

WARREN – Police are investigating after an Atlantic Street NW man reported that he was robbed of $400 by a panhandler who followed him home from a store, a police report stated.

Justin Prater, 31, called police first at 12:39 p.m. Tuesday and said the man he didn’t know repeatedly asked for money as he walked home and wouldn’t leave the property, according to a report. When police arrived, the man was gone.

A short time after police left, the man returned, according to the report. He asked for money again and Prater offered to give him $5, the report states. But then, the unidentified man pulled out a knife and robbed Prater of $400.

Prater said the man was about 40 years old, about 5 feet 10 and skinny.

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Brothers fight leads to arrest

NILES – A man was jailed in connection to a domestic violence charge against his brother Monday.

Anthony P. Stimak, 31, 919 Olive St., Niles, was arrested at his home Monday after a report that a man was threatening another man there with a knife.

According to a police report, Stimak and his brother were found covered in blood, and his brother was bleeding from the mouth.

His brother told police they were intoxicated and Stimak assaulted him during an argument, the report states.

Stimak is in jail on a $2,500 bond set at an arraignment Tuesday in Niles Municipal Court. A preliminary hearing for Stimak is set Feb. 10.

Man arrested in beating

NILES – A man was arrested in connection to the assault of his girlfriend Saturday, according to police.

William J. Riley, 54, 1441 Tripodi Circle, Niles, was arrested after a report that a woman was being beaten by her boyfriend at his residence, according to a police report. The report states officers found the victim with a swollen and bloody face.

The victim said Riley beat her up and threatened to kill her, the report states. Riley is in jail on a $7,500 bond, which was set at an arraignment Monday.

A preliminary hearing for Riley on a charge of felonious assault is set Feb. 10.

Inmate gets nine additional months

WARREN – An inmate at the Ohio State Penitentiary on Tuesday was given a nine-month sentence on a drug charge linked to an incident last spring at Trumbull Correctional Institution.

Darius R. Junius, 24, pleaded guilty before Trumbull Common Pleas Judge Andrew Logan on a charge of illegal conveyance of drugs into a governmental facility. Junius was arrested April 18, 2015, by Trumbull County Sheriff Deputies in connection to the prison offense.

Logan added the nine-month sentence to the nine-year term Junius already is serving for a 2012 conviction of voluntary manslaughter and felonious assault. The sentence includes three years for using a gun in the crime, which was committed in Summit County.

Senior Center to hold opening

MCDONALD -After several years of planning and work, the McDonald Senior Center, 500 Ohio Ave., will hold an official grand opening 6 p.m. today.

Mayor Glenn Holmes said the center is located in the post office building and will provide a place for local residents and community members to come for local programs and events.

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Vienna man sent to prison on violation

WARREN – A Vienna man was sent to prison for one year after pleading guilty Monday to a probation violation from a 2014 conviction involving cultivation of marijuana.

Trumbull County Common Pleas Court Judge Peter J. Kontos admonished Thomas A. Pepe Jr., 39, 1292 Karen Oval, for a series of offenses out of Niles Municipal Court that triggered Monday’s probation violation hearing.

Kontos sentenced Pepe to five years probation on June 15 after he pleaded guilty to felony charges of cultivating marijuana and possession of cocaine. Because of the violation, Kontos gave Pepe 12-and six-month concurrent prison sentences for the felony convictions.

Police respond to local bar fight

WARREN – Police are investigating a fight at Uncle Sil’s Bar and Grille, 2774 Youngstown Road SE, that sent two people to the hospital, according to a police report.

Police responded 1:30 a.m. Sunday to the bar, where employees were “cleaning up the wreckage left behind from the bar fight,” the report states. People who were believed to be part of the fight were gone.

A 30-year-old man who told police he tried to break up the fight was hurt and taken to St. Joseph Warren Hospital with possible internal injuries, the report states. A 26-year-old woman was taken to Trumbull Memorial Hospital for treatment for a cut on her leg, the report states.

Oak Street house destroyed by fire

WARREN – An early Monday morning fire destroyed a vacant house at 1606 Oak St. SW, according to fire Chief Ken Nussle.

A fire crew responded at 4:24 a.m. after a neighbor reported the blaze, and was there for about two hours. The cause of the fire is under investigation and no injuries were reported. Because of the extent of the damage, the origin of the fire could not be determined, Nussle said.

The house was worth about $18,000, Nussle said.

Police chase man through counties

MANSFIELD – Authorities say a man led police on a high-speed chase through several Ohio counties before he was apprehended.

The Mansfield News Journal reports police tried to pull over a man on Interstate 480 for speeding around 1 a.m. Sunday in the Cleveland suburb of Brook Park in northeastern Ohio. Police say he crashed a pickup truck into a barrier and continued driving south on Interstate 71.

The State Highway Patrol says the man was driving at least 100 mph when he hit stop sticks at the Ashland-Richland county line and in Morrow County before crashing into a median cable and fleeing on foot. He was apprehended around 2 a.m.

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Crews fight house fire in Warren Township

WARREN TOWNSHIP – Fire authorities are investigating a late Saturday fire that caused heavy damage to a home at 161 Park Road NW.

A 911 spokesman said crews were called to the vacant two-story home at 11:51 p.m. Heavy smoke and flames could be seen coming from the home.

In addition to Warren Township, crews from Southington, Champion and Braceville were called to the scene, as was the county’s fire investigation unit.

There were no injuries, the report said.

Council to meet about fire-damaged homes

WARREN – City Council has scheduled a special meeting for 4 p.m. Wednesday in council chambers to address fire-damaged homes that have been cited and set for demolition.

Council will also be taking a look at properties that are uninsured or owe back taxes to see if they can be pursued by the county Land Bank for quick-claim deeding to utilize the next round of demolition money.

Also scheduled, council will address the burned-out Kundel properties on Forest Street NW.

Auto catches fire in parking lot at Wal-Mart

BAZETTA – The township fire department responded at 12:15 a.m. Saturday to a car fire on Millennium Boulevard in the Wal-Mart parking lot.

According to the Bazetta Fire Department’s Facebook page, crews reported the cause of the fire was accidental, with no injuries. The Facebook post also showed the car bursting into flames.

Fugitive from Arizona caught in Austintown

AUSTINTOWN – A fugitive from Arizona was arrested Friday in an Austintown hotel room through the help of a vigilant employee of the Boys and Girls Club of Youngstown, according to a U.S. Marshals Service news release.

James Petty, 41, who was wanted by Pima County, Ariz., authorities on multiple charges involving sex offenses, was arrested at a Clarkins Drive hotel. Members of the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force and Austintown police also seized numerous items believed to be used in credit card fraud, the report said.

Perry is in Mahoning County Jail, pending his extradition to Arizona.

U.S. Marshal Pete Elliot said a Boys and Girls Club of Youngstown worker on Friday notified marshals that a suspicious male was asking questions about volunteering to help. Authorities discovered the man to be Perry, learning he was a wanted fugitive, and tracked him to the Austintown location.

Water plants must reduce phosphorus

DAYTON – Two large wastewater plants in southwestern Ohio are appealing an order to reduce how much phosphorus is released into a tributary of the Ohio River.

Dayton and Montgomery County said changing their operations to comply with the new rules could cost up to $2 million.

Both want the Ohio Environmental Review Appeals Commission to force the state’s environmental regulators to delay establishing limits until another study of the river is completed.

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency said the restrictions will cut down a key ingredient in the toxic algae blooms that have become a growing concern around the state.

The state EPA has proposed phasing in new discharge limits over the next three years at the plants. The two plants, which send wastewater into the Great Miami River, would face the same limits as plants whose wastewater ends up in Lake Erie, said EPA spokeswoman Dina Pierce.

Costs should not be a problem because other water treatment plants have had this limit and have not found the expenses a burden, she said.

The new limits would be the first imposed on public wastewater plants on the Great Miami River. Two industrial plants that discharge treated water into the river also must comply with new phosphorus limits.

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