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Southington pays work’s cost overrun

SOUTHINGTON -Township trustees at a special meeting Thursday approved paying an additional $2,100 to the Trumbull County Engineer’s Office for a cost overrun for chip and seal work done by the county this summer on township roads.

Trustee Chairman Sam Plott said the work was a little more than expected with trustees agreeing to pay the additional money.

Trustees also are waiting for word from Case Industries to give them costs for needed repairs to the skid steer for the bucket truck in the road department. Plott said the cause for repairs has not been determined.

Officials also met in executive session on a contract for possible ambulance service.

ODOT announces road closures for repairs

Wood Lenhart Road in Newton Township and Lordstown Village, halfway between Newton Falls Bailey Road and Hewitt Gifford Road, will be closed through Nov. 4 for a bridge repair.

The project, which was scheduled for completion by late September, has been extended.

The recommended detour is west on Newton Falls Bailey Road, northeast on Kale Adams Road and south on Wood Lenhart Road.

In addition, Mount Everett Road between Seifert Lewis Road and Bell Wick Road in Hubbard Township will be closed for culvert replacement Monday through Oct. 28.

The recommended detour is south on Bell Wick Road, west on State Route 304 and north on Seifert Lewis Road.

Sentencing rescheduled for man in Capitol plot

CINCINNATI – Sentencing has been rescheduled for an Ohio man accused of plotting to attack the U.S. Capitol in support of the Islamic State group.

Twenty-two-year-old Christopher Lee Cornell pleaded guilty last month to three charges stemming from his January 2015 arrest.

Sentencing for Cornell had been set for Oct. 31. Cincinnati federal Judge Sandra Beckwith on Thursday set a new date of Dec. 5.

Prosecutors have said they will seek a maximum of 30 years in prison.

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Ferndale home shot at, police say

WARREN – A home in the 1700 block of Ferndale Avenue SW was shot at Tuesday evening, a police report states.

Mark Smith, 62, told police he was walking out his back door about 8:10 p.m. to feed his dog when he heard four gunshots.

When he walked back inside, Smith noticed glass on the living room floor and after pulling back the blinds, he found a hole in the window, the report states.

Police found a spent .40-caliber shell casing laying in the street, the report said.

Commissioners ride Saturday

WARREN – The second annual Ride with the Trumbull County Commissioners will be Saturday. The bicycle ride is sponsored by Trumbull County Metroparks.

The ride will start with refreshments at 9 a.m. at the Sunside Trailhead, 547 state Route 305 in Champion, and then at 10 a.m., riders and the commissioners will depart south to ride the Paul E. Heltzel portion of the Western Reserve Greenway, which is approximately a seven-mile bike ride.

For information, visit www.trumbullmetroparks.org or call Zachary Svette at Trumbull MetroParks at 330-675-3072.

Wonders bike ride Saturday

WARREN – The 13th annual Garrett Wonders Birthday Bike Ride will take place Saturday.

The ride will begin and end at Trumbull Memorial Hospital, with registration starting at 9 a.m. The ride will feature distances of 20, 30 and 50 miles along the Garrett Wonders Bike Trail, the Western Reserve Greenway and surrounding roads.

A family ride of about 3 miles that covers two bridges on the Garrett Wonders Bike Trail is planned for young families. The bike ride is a fundraising event for the Garrett Wonders Memorial Fund, which awards scholarships to students at Warren G. Harding High School and the Ohio State University.

Garrett Wonders was a 1997 Harding graduate and a 2000 OSU graduate. He was on the United States Military Cycling team, and had been selected to represent the U.S. Military at the 2004 Olympic trials.

He was on a training ride when he was struck and killed by a careless driver. For further information, call Jay Wonders at 330-398-2818 or Jesse Wonders at 330-647-4343.

Road to close for soil boring work

KINSMAN – Burnett East Road in Kinsman between state Route 5 and Farmdale North Road will be closed today and Friday for soil boring work.

The Trumbull County Engineer’s Office is recommending motorists use the following detour: south on state Route 5 and northwest on Mayburn Corners Barclay Road.

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Crash sends motorcyclist to TMH

NILES – A man injured when he was struck while riding a motorcycle around 3:15 p.m. Thursday on Youngstown Warren Road at North Road was taken to Trumbull Memorial Hospital, according to police.

A woman was charged with failure to yield, police said. Ashley Vargo, 29, who was turning into a gas station at the intersection, did not see the man, who was not identified by police.

The man’s injuries are not life-threatening, police said.

OD reported in store parking lot

NILES – A man and a woman apparently overdosed on drugs in the parking lot of Dollar General, 5120 Youngstown Warren Road, and police were notified when an 8-year-old informed the store’s employee there was a problem, according to police radio traffic.

Officers and emergency medical workers responded around 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

Trumbull County Children Services were called.

Falls family to be on ‘PBS NewsHour’

NEWTON FALLS- A Newton Falls family will be among those featured at 7 p.m. today on ”PBS NewsHour” as ”swing voters” who have turned to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

Daniel E. Moore of Newton Falls said he, his son Daniel J. Moore, and mother-in-law Frances Kimpton were interviewed this week by Julie Percha, producer of the PBS show.

Moore a political activist, Air Force veteran and steelworkers union member said Trumbull County Republican Chairman Randy Law, who provided local families’ names to Percha, was also interviewed.

Moore said filming took place at his home, in his car and at Republican headquarters in Warren.

Ohio is among the states considered ”tossup states” in the Nov. 8 presidential election.

Bridge repair will close road

NEWTON TOWNSHIP -Wood Lenhart Road between Newton Falls Bailey Road and Hewitt Gifford Road will be closed for bridge repair starting Monday through Sept. 30.

The Trumbull County Engineer’s Office is recommending the following detour: west on Newton Falls Bailey Road, northeast on Kale Adams Road and south on Wood Lenhart Road.

Complaint on minimum wage rejected

CLEVELAND – The Ohio Supreme Court has dismissed a complaint from supporters of an effort to raise Cleveland’s minimum wage.

Backers collected 18,000 signatures in support of putting the proposal on the November ballot, but Cleveland City Council instead opted for a special election next May.

Supporters argued the signatures should have compelled the council to let the issue be decided in the general election. Cleveland.com reports the high court dismissed their complaint Wednesday, saying the matter “is not yet ripe for review.”

The proposal would raise the minimum wage to $12 an hour starting in January 2018. Then it would increase $1 annually over three years, to $15. The minimum wage would then be based on the cost of living index.

Ohio’s current minimum wage is $8.10.

Two schools evacuated for threats

BATAVIA – A southwest Ohio school district says it evacuated two schools after receiving a pair of threats.

Clermont County sheriff’s Capt. Jeff Sellars says a blanket threat to the West Clermont School District came around 7 a.m. on Wednesday. Glen Este High School and Glen Este Middle School in Cincinnati were briefly placed on lockdown.

Sellars says an email received several hours later threatened Amelia High School, about 2 miles away in Batavia. He says that threat indicated several people would harm students and that explosives had been planted throughout school grounds.

People inside Amelia High School and its neighboring middle school were evacuated to a nearby church as a precaution.

Explosive-detecting dogs found nothing in a search of the campus.

Investigators are searching for those responsible for the threats.

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Text alerts set to serve Niles

NILES – Residents of Niles can sign up to receive alerts from the city by sending a text message to “888777” with “44446” in the message body.

After the text is sent, the city’s system will send information about waterline breaks, boil alerts, weather alerts, police activity, electric outages and more, according to Mike Dibble, the city’s information technology supervisor.

The system was started several years ago, but the setup was never completed, according to Dibble.

The service is hosted by Nixle and can be stopped if the user sends the word “STOP.”

Tribune to honor cancer patients

The Tribune Chronicle wishes to profile local heroes who battled or overcame breast cancer, and honor the memories of those lost, during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.

To share your story or to honor someone and tell how they inspired you during struggles and triumph with breast cancer, send a brief description to Features Editor Burton Cole at bcole@tribtoday.com, or by mail to 240 Franklin St. SE, Warren, OH 44483.

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Salem man gets

more prison time

WARREN – A Salem man in prison for an Ashtabula County felony conviction had six months added to his sentence Wednesday.

Eric J. Uphold, 46, appeared before Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge W. Wyatt McKay for sentencing on a June 24 conviction of two counts of receiving stolen property.

Records show Uphold is serving a 30-month sentence in Richland Correctional Institution for a May conviction in an Ashtabula County case involving charges of attempted robbery, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, theft and falsification.

McKay ordered Uphold serve the six-month sentence after his 30-month term is completed. The Trumbull charge deals with an Oct. 9, 2015, incident in Warren.

Drug coalition

gets $125K grant

YOUNGSTOWN – The Coalition for a Drug-Free Mahoning County has been awarded a $125,000 grant through the federal Drug-Free Communities Program.

The Drug-Free Communities Program is designed to support communities as they mobilize individuals and organizations to reduce youth substance use. Over time, Drug-Free Communities funded coalitions have shown significant declines in prevalence of past 30-day youth substances use, according to a press release from Congressman Tim Ryan’s office.

In light of data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health indicating that levels of substance use among youth remain elevated, continued support for the Drug-Free Communities Program is critical, according to Angela McClellan, executive director of Coalition for a Drug-Free Mahoning County.