The Valley at a glance

Boil alerts issued for Champion, Niles

Because of a water main break and repair, Trumbull County water customers on State Road, west of North Leavitt, Glen Avenue, Esther Avenue, Sabrina Lane, Old Colony Drive and Meadowview Drive, all in Champion Township, are advised to boil water used for consumption until further notice.

A 24-hour boil alert also has been issued for Niles residents on Robbins Avenue between state Route 46 and Cedar Street.

A boil alert and advisory means residents should bring tap water used for drinking and ingestion to a rolling boil for three to five minutes.

Septic backup forces 2nd evacuation of school

FOWLER – For the second time in a little over a week, students at Currie Elementary School in the Mathews School District had to be evacuated Thursday afternoon because of another septic backup in the restrooms.

Board of Education President Tarin Brown said there was septic backup that caused the system to overflow because many children use the bathroom at lunch time. He said Duke Sanitary workers were at the school addressing the lines.

The 150 students in kindergarten to second grade had to be evacuated to Baker Elementary School, where parents picked them up or they rode the bus home, Brown said. The school was evacuated last week for the same reason.

School officials have said the issues are the result of the building’s age.

The district is working to pass a levy in November that would build a new $24 million K-12 school with taxpayers being asked to pass a 37-year, 7.45-mill bond levy for the local share.

Suspect pleads not guilty in Niles concession fire

WARREN – A teen accused of setting fire to a high school football concession stand pleaded not guilty Thursday to felony charges in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court.

Ricky Mohn, 19, Lancer Court, is charged with two counts of arson and two counts of breaking and entering, according to court records.

Judge Ronald J. Rice continued Mohn’s $25,000 bond and ordered he be placed on house arrest if he is released from the Trumbull County Jail, where he has been held since his Aug. 26 arrest.

The Aug. 19 fire at the Niles McKinley High School football stadium destroyed the stand. Three juveniles also were charged in connection to the incident and the school is using insurance money to rebuild the stand in the spring.

Niles to hold special meeting on roof bids

NILES – Council will meet 6 p.m. Monday to discuss the bids the city received to place a new roof on the city administration building.

Bruce Sekanick, the project’s architect, said he expects to recommend the city proceed with the lowest bidder.

SRI Roofing & Sheet Metal, a New Castle, Pa. company, submitted a $203,000 bid for the project, which had an estimated cost of $295,000.

The bid looked to be in order, Sekanick said, but he also will provide council with information about two other bidders. Austintown-based Boak & Sons Inc. submitted a bid of $290,239, and Girard-based Groover Roofing and Siding Inc. submitted one for $292,843.

Bicycle ride with commissioners reset

WARREN – The second annual Ride with the Trumbull County Commissioners has been reset for Oct. 8.

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. 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.

The Valley at a glance

Warren man beaten by group, report states

WARREN – A Warren man told police he was severely beaten by a group of men about 11 p.m. Monday along Dickey Avenue NW.

Ryan M. Hippo, 19, 790 Bonnie Brae Ave. SE, told police while he was visiting friends, he was jumped by about 10 men.

He was knocked down, the report states, and was kicked in the face multiple times.

According to the report, Hippo was treated at Trumbull Memorial Hospital for a broken eye socket, broken nose and broken jaw.

He was advised by police about filing charges, the report states.

Children Services refers cases to Warren police

WARREN – The rape of a girl and a possible case of animal cruelty were referred Monday to Warren police by Trumbull County Children Services, according to police reports.

Detective Nick Carney is investigating reports a 16-year-old girl was raped in August on the northwest side of the city, a report states.

But in the other case that Carney is investigating, a juvenile is the suspect, a report states.

A 16-year-old boy accused of beastiality confessed to sexual contact with a small dog, according to Tribune Chronicle newspartner WKBN 27.

Police can’t charge the boy – who is now under the care of Children Services – under the city’s new anti-beastiality law because the contact occurred last year, but they intend to charge him with four counts of animal cruelty, according to WKBN 27.

Hubbard fire district receives $13,710 grant

HUBBARD – The Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters grant program recently awarded $13,710 to the Eagle Joint Fire District.

The grant award was announced by U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan’s office.

“This is great news for firefighters working to protect the Hubbard area,” Ryan, D-Howland, said in a news release.

A call made to the Hubbard department was not returned.

Howland fire remains under investigation

HOWLAND – A fire that destroyed a home at 625 Brentwood Dr. NE Sunday afternon remains under investigation.

Howland Fire Chief James Pantalone said 30 firefighters from Howland, Cortland, Vienna, Brookfield and the Youngstown Air Base remained on the scence for several hours for overhaul, cleanup and investigation.

Pantalone said one man who was outside the house prior to the fire department’s arrival sustained smoke inhalation and was transported to Trumbull Memorial Hospital.

Pantalone said the home was a total loss with the inside gutted.

Man is indicted in trooper’s death

CLEVELAND – A grand jury has indicted a man on aggravated vehicular homicide and DUI charges in the death of an Ohio state trooper who was struck and killed on a Cleveland interstate.

Authorities say Joshua Gaspar was driving under the influence of drugs when he hit 48-year-old State Highway Patrol Trooper Kenneth Velez on Interstate 90 earlier this month.

Velez had been conducting traffic enforcement.

A Cuyahoga County grand jury indicted the 37-year-old Gaspar Monday.

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Niles sets police, fire

civil service tests

NILES – Civil service testing dates for entry-level fire and police positions in the city are scheduled.

Six entry-level firefighters will be selected from a current list that will be combined with successful applicants who take the 6 p.m. Nov. 9 test at Niles Middle School.

Applications will be accepted Oct. 17 to Nov. 2.

Potential new police officers are scheduled to test 6 p.m. Nov. 29 at the school.

Applications will be accepted Nov. 7-22.

The internal police chief exam will be available to captains in the department 6 p.m. Dec. 1 in the city administration building’s lower-level conference room.

App connects drivers

to Patrol, reports

Motorists can now ask the Ohio State Highway Patrol for non-emergency help, and notify the Ohio Department of Homeland Security of suspicious activity, with a new smartphone application produced by the Ohio Department of Public Safety.

The Safer Ohio app can be used to request roadside help and stay updated on traffic conditions, and it uses the principle of “see something, say something,” to encourage users to send photos and information about potential illegal activity, according to the department.

“Through the Safer Ohio Phone App, anyone in Ohio can provide critical information to our 24 / 7 public safety intelligence analysts that can potentially save lives and protect critical infrastructure,” said John Born, director of ODPS.

“This app also allows another way for the general public to connect with law enforcement to receive non-emergency assistance.”

Former federal judge

to be honored in area

YOUNGSTOWN – A former federal judge and lifelong civil rights advocate is coming back to his Ohio hometown to receive an inaugural award.

Local media report that 90-year-old Nathaniel Jones is being honored at the DeYor Performing Arts Center on the evening of Oct. 5 with the Simeon Booker Award for Courage.

This is the first year for the award created as part of the sixth annual Ohio Nonviolence Week, a five-day celebration.

Jones attended Youngstown State University after World War II. He was appointed to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals by President Jimmy Carter in 1979.

In July, he was awarded the Spingarn Medal, the NAACP’s highest honor.

He thus joned honorees such as George Washington Carver, Thurgood Marshall and Martin Luther King Jr.

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Act of kindness leads to robbery

WARREN – A man who allowed a stranger to charge his phone at his 3020 Risher Road SW home was attacked and robbed, according to a police report.

Just after 1 a.m. Thursday, Thomas Mcie Jr., 25, told police a man who said he was from Cleveland and named Keith asked whether he could charge his phone. Mcie allowed the man to come in and put the phone on a charger in the living room, the report states.

“The next thing Mcie knew, he was being kicked and punched by several unknown males,” the report states.

When they fled with his house key, debit card and a knife from the house, they left the phone behind, according to the report.

Man wanted in attack with knife in Niles

NILES – A man accused of attacking a group with a knife is wanted on a warrant by Niles police, according to court and police records.

Joshua T. Wood, 38, 57 Woodland Chase Blvd., is charged with aggravated burglary in Niles Municipal Court.

Officers were called 10:30 p.m. Sunday to 1745 N. Carnegie Ave. by Joanne Sortini, 31, who reported her ex-boyfriend forced his way into her home and pulled a knife out, according to a police report.

After the man threatened the lives of two of her house guests, the two men tackled him, the report states. The man was pushed out of the house, and the knife was left behind, according to the report.

Today is Twenty Under 20 deadline

WARREN – Today is the deadline for nominations for the Tribune Chronicle’s fourth annual Twenty Under 20 program.

For the program, the paper and Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley are honoring 20 individuals younger than 20 for their outstanding leadership through community service, extracurricular activities and academic achievements.

The top five award recipients will split $1,000 to be donated to their chosen charities. A magazine featuring the chosen individuals will be published by the Tribune Chronicle, and award recipients will be invited to a banquet Dec. 6.

Nomination forms can be acquired at local high school guidance offices, by contacting Tribune Chronicle Community Events Coordinator Sue Shafer at sshafer@tribtoday.com or 330-841-1696, or on www.tribtoday.com.

Entries for raccoon, squirrel hunts due soon

CORTLAND – Local hunters have an opportunity to assist in reducing the squirrel and raccoon populations at Mosquito Lake State Park during open raccoon and squirrel season this year.

A total of four participants (two for each hunt) will be drawn Oct. 17. Interested applicants must mail a postcard with their name, address and phone number to Mosquito Lake State Park, 1439 state Route 305, Cortland, OH 44410. All entries must be postmarked by Oct. 12.

Entries will be drawn Oct. 17 at the park office. All hunting details will be shared with the hunting entrants. All entrants must not have previous wildlife violations and must hold a current hunting license.

Park officials said in a news release that increased populations of squirrels and raccoons have negatively affected trees and led to increased nuisance complaints by park visitors.

For more information, contact the Mosquito Lake State Park office at 330-637-2856.

Longtime chief to resign post at waste district

WARREN – The longtime director of the Geauga-Trumbull Solid Waste Management District announced Thursday he will be retiring at the end of the year.

Robert Villers, who has served the two-county district since 1994, made the announcement during a board meeting that included commissioners of Trumbull and Geauga counties.

Trumbull Commissioner Dan Polivka said the board will organize a committee to seek a successor to Villers, whose resignation becomes effective Dec. 31.

The Valley at a glance

Falls woman sent to prison on violation

WARREN – A Newton Falls woman was given a four-year prison term Wednesday after admitting to a second probation violation for a 2011 felony conviction.

Samantha Rae Pigg, 30, of West Broad Street, appeared before Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge W. Wyatt McKay.

Pigg pleaded guilty in August 2011 to two counts of burglary and one count of grand theft of a motor vehicle and was given five years of probation. The charge stem from a short chase May 8, 2011, involving Pigg, a stolen car and police in Newton Falls.

Police also implicated the woman in a home break-in, reports stated.

Dem picnic set today at McMenamy’s

NILES – The Trumbull County Democratic Party is hosting its 29th annual picnic at 5 p.m. today at McMenamy’s Banquet Center.

Trumbull County Democratic Party Chairman Dan Polivka said the picnic is open to the public for a $20 donation and tickets will be available at the door.

Game Changers sets fundraiser

WARREN – Game Changers, a Warren nonprofit organization that helps ensure that high school students have the financial stability to make it through secondary education, is having its first scholarship fundraiser Friday.

The rooftop party will take place 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. and is being held in conjunction with Warren Homecoming Weekend, according to Game Changers founder Michael Engram.

The party will have a cash bar and a cigar bar provided by Havana House, with all proceeds going toward the scholarship program. A trolley will take people to and from the football game at Warren G. Harding High School, Engram said.

For a $25 donation, attendees will be given access for the whole night and catered dining. Tickets after 9 p.m. are $20. Tickets are available at Game Changers’ headquarters, 125 W. Market St., or at the door.

Friday is Twenty Under 20 deadline

WARREN – Friday is the deadline for nominations for the Tribune Chronicle’s fourth annual Twenty Under 20 program.

For the program, the paper and Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley are honoring 20 individuals younger than 20 for their outstanding leadership through community service, extracurricular activities and academic achievements. Nominations are due by Friday.

The top five award recipients will split $1,000 to be donated to their chosen charities. A magazine featuring the chosen individuals will be published by the Tribune Chronicle, and award recipients will be invited to a banquet Dec. 6.

Nomination forms can be acquired at local high school guidance offices, by contacting Tribune Chronicle Community Events Coordinator Sue Shafer at sshafer@tribtoday.com or 330-841-1696 or on www.tribtoday.com.

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Man is charged in relative’s rape

WEATHERSFIELD – A man accused of raping a juvenile relative is scheduled to appear Monday in Niles Municipal Court for a preliminary hearing, according to police and court records.

Larry Nelson Herbert, 77, 3547 Main St., Mineral Ridge, did not enter a plea to one count of felony rape when he was arraigned Sept. 9, court records stated. He is held in the Trumbull County Jail in lieu of a $250,000 bond.

Herbert was investigated after the female relative, still a juvenile, told her parents of an incident that occurred several years ago, police Chief Michael Naples said.

Howland OKs $8K pickleball grant

HOWLAND -The Howland Community Park Board has accepted an $8,000 Creating Healthy Community grant from the Ohio Department of Health to be used for creating pickleball courts at Bolindale Park.

Jackie Mills of the park board said Thursday the money will be used for making six courts, which will begin construction this fall and finished with blacktopping next spring.

The park has a temporary pickleball court in a former tennis court that can be used this fall.

Jim Brutz of the park board said it found that the tennis courts were not being used, so it was decided to change them to pickleball courts.

Jenna Amerine of the Trumbull Combined Health District acquired the grant, which is used for physical activity and health awareness.

Highway trooper is struck, killed

CLEVELAND – An Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper has been struck and killed on an interstate near Cleveland.

The trooper has been identified as 48-year-old Kenneth Velez. The patrol says Velez was standing outside his patrol car “conducting traffic enforcement” when he was struck just before 1 p.m. Thursday on Interstate 90 in Lakewood.

The Valley at a glance

Man is charged after car disabled

WARREN – A man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a charge of domestic violence after a woman reported that her car window was smashed and her gear shifter damaged when he kicked it, leaving the car to block traffic on Garden Street NW, according to a police report.

Frank Styno, 37, is free on bond after officers arrested him in the area shortly after they came across a woman crying in the disabled car, the report states. He is scheduled to appear Sept. 22 in Warren Municipal Court for a preliminary hearing on the first-degree misdemeanor, according to court records.

Police have responded to 1074 Garden St. NW multiple times in the past for disturbances between Styno and the woman, according to the report. Court records list an address on state Route 45 in Bristolville for Styno.

Pregnant woman, man are arrested

WARREN – A pregnant woman and the father of her three children remained in Trumbull County Jail after pleading not guilty Wednesday to a variety of warrants. They were arrested after the two were found fighting 9:30 p.m. Tuesday by Circle K on North Park Avenue, a police report states.

Charles Elrod, 28, and Ashley Johnson, 26, are scheduled to appear Sept. 22 for preliminary hearings, according to court records.

Elrod was wanted for open cases in Warren Municipal Court on charges of possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia, forgery and identity fraud, the report states. Johnson was wanted by Warren Municipal Court for three counts of driving while suspended, the report states.

She is being held in lieu of a $3,500 bond; Elrod is being held without bond on some of the charges.

Officers did not charge either in relation to the fight, police said. Both had conflicting stories, police state.

Plane crashes in western Ohio

ARCANUM – Authorities say a small plane has crashed into a field in rural western Ohio. The Federal Aviation Administration says the crash was reported early Wednesday in Arcanum, which is northwest of Dayton. There was no word of injuries.

Staff, wire reports

The Valley at a glance

Tractor-trailer overturns on I-80

LIBERTY – A semi tractor-trailer overturned Saturday morning on eastbound Interstate 80 in Liberty.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the vehicle went off the right side of the road shortly before 6 a.m., and the trailer flipped on its side and spilled its load of recycled plastic.

One lane was closed while the Ohio Department of Transportation cleaned up the spilled load.

The driver, Daniel Apau, 29, of Columbus, was wearing his seat belt and was not injured.

He was cited for failure to control, according to the patrol.

ODOT announces road closures

WARREN TOWNSHIP – West Market Street over state Route 5 / 82 is now open, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation.

However, state Route 5 / 82 under West Market Street has various daily lane restrictions for bridge repairs.

This work is part of a $4.3 million project to replace three bridges over state Route 5: one on Eagle Creek Road, one on North Leavitt Road and one on Market Street.

The entire project is scheduled to be completed in October.

Also, from 10 p.m. Friday through 6 a.m. Saturday, Tibbetts Wick Road over state Route 11 will be closed for a bridge deck pour.

A detour will be posted.

Motorists who use the state Route 11 southbound exit to Tibbetts Wick Road are not able to turn left onto eastbound Tibbetts Wick Road through late September because of bridge construction.

Twenty Under 20 nominees sought

WARREN – Nominations are being accepted for the Tribune Chronicle’s fourth annual Twenty Under 20 program.

For the program, the paper and Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley are honoring 20 individuals younger than 20 for their outstanding leadership through community service, extracurricular activities and academic achievements.

Nominations are due by Sept. 23.

The top five award recipients will split $1,000 to be donated to their chosen charity.

A magazine featuring the chosen individuals will be published by the Tribune Chronicle, and award recipients will be invited to a banquet Dec. 6.

Nomination forms can be acquired at local high school guidance offices, by contacting Tribune Chronicle Community Events Coordinator Sue Shafer at sshafer@tribtoday.com or 330-841-1696, or on www.tribtoday.com.

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Man arrested after chase, officer assault

WARREN – A Ravenna man remains at the Trumbull County Jail on several charges after an incident earlier this week involving a foot chase and an officer assault.

Adam N. White, 33, is due in Warren Municipal Court Sept. 20 on charges of assault, obstructing official business, resisting arrest and falsification, according to jail and court records.

According to a police report, an officer saw two people sitting in a red Chevy Cavalier parked in the lot of Big Apple, 1650 Youngstown Road SE, Monday afternoon. When officers approached the car, the man refused to give officers his identification and gave them a false name.

After officers learned his identity, the man took off running, the report states. Police cornered him behind the Med Star building, where the man, identified as White, attempted to climb a fence. He pushed at one of the officers chasing him, striking the officer in the face, the report states.

After an officer attempted to use a Taser on White, he gave up and laid on the ground. Police later learned he had a warrant from a previous incident.

Woman throws toppings at fast-food employee

WARREN – A woman punched a drive-thru window at Dairy Queen, threatened an employee and threw a “large bucket of ice cream toppings” on her, according to a police report.

No charges were filed against the woman, but the Dairy Queen employee, Audrianne Goldberg, 34, Kenwood Drive SW, was advised on how to file a restraining order, the report states.

Goldberg told police the woman is the sister of her ex-fiance, according to the report.

The owner of the 1628 W. Market St. restaurant told police the woman caused $300 in damage. The incident happened Monday.

Hartford road will

be closed for parade

HARTFORD – Five Points-Hartford Road will be closed between state Route 7 and Bushnell Campbell Road between 5:30 and 7 p.m. Sept. 17 for the annual Hartford Township Apple Festival parade, according to a news release from the Trumbull County Engineer’s office.

The news release tells motorists the Hartford Police Department, along with neighboring law enforcement agencies, will coordinate traffic control at that time.

County gets grant to

help fund bridge project

WEATHERSFIELD – Trumbull County commissioners announced Wednesday the receipt of a $270,000 Community Development Critical Infrastructure Grant to help fund construction of a new bridge on Austintown-Warren Road near the Westwood Homes Mobile Home Park.

Total cost of the project is $520,000, with commissioners contributing a matching $175,000 from its CDBG allocation fund, and the engineer’s office contributing a $75,000 match, officials said.

Deputy Trumbull County Engineer Gary Shaffer, who helped write the grant application with county grants coordinator Julie Green, said the current concrete span was built in 1952 and has been steadily deteriorating.

Youngstown man

gets 21-plus years

YOUNGSTOWN – A Youngstown man was sentenced Wednesday to more than 21 years in federal prison after being convicted of having sex with a teenager.

David Guevara Sr., 35, was found guilty by U.S. District Judge Christopher Boyko on federal charges of traveling across state lines to engage in sex with a 15-year-old girl.

Authorities said they first had physical relations in a tent under a bridge in Youngstown. On July 31, 2015, Guevara took the youth to Philadelphia where they continued to engage in sexual intercourse, according to court documents.

Guevara told authorities he intended to have a child with her and move them to Mexico, court documents said. The FBI, Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office and Youngstown police investigated the case.

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Fire departments busy on Saturday

Firefighters in the county were busy Saturday in Brookfield and Warren, where two house fires erupted, according to call logs from the Trumbull County 911 Center.

A large fire just after 3 p.m. Saturday at 7833 First St. SE in Brookfield engulfed the home, where propane tanks exploded, according to the call log.

In addition to Brookfield firefighters, crews from Sharon, Hubbard and Vienna also responded. A neighboring home was damaged from the heat. The scene was clear by 7 p.m., the log states.

In Warren, a crew responded around 8:45 p.m. Saturday to a vacant house on Porter Street NE, where neighbors evacuated their own homes as flames appeared in the back part of the house.

There were no reports of injuries from either fire.

ODOT announces road adjustments

WARREN TOWNSHIP – West Market Street over state Route 5 / state Route 82 is closed through mid-October for a bridge replacement, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation.

The eastbound detour is Park Road to Diehl Road to Burnett Street to Leavitt Road, while the westbound detour is state Route 5 east to U.S. Route 422 to state Route 5 west.

In addition, state Route 5 / state Route 82 under West Market has various daily lane restrictions for bridge repairs. This work is part of a $4.3 million project to replace three bridges over Route 5, one on Eagle Creek Road, one on North Leavitt Road and one on Market Street. The entire project is scheduled to be completed in October. ODOT also announced Risher Road just west of Leavitt Road is open.

Oct. 22 is day to Make A Difference

The 14th annual Make A Difference Day, sponsored by the Tribune Chronicle, is set Oct. 22.

Project registration forms will be published regularly in the newspaper until the Oct. 7 registration deadline. Individuals, businesses and organizations are encouraged to get involved in the volunteer effort. For more information or to register a project, contact Tribune Chronicle Community Events Coordinator Sue Shafer at 330-841-1696 or sshafer@tribtoday.com.

Ohio to mail absentee forms

COLUMBUS – Voters in swing-state Ohio can soon request an absentee ballot for the fall presidential election. The office of Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted plans to mail ballot applications to voters this weekend.

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Girl, 3, drowns

in Springfield pool

YOUNGSTOWN – A 3-year-old girl from Champion has been identified as the victim of a weekend drowning in Springfield Township.

The Mahoning County coroner said the victim is Ashlyn Ramirez. Police said her parents were out of town and she was staying with her grandparents in Springfield in southern Mahoning County.

Police said she entered the pool and drowned, but it is unclear how it happened. They said no foul play is suspected and the drowning was accidental.

The toddler died at Akron Children’s Hospital.

Fire crews battle

Howland camper fire

HOWLAND – Fire crews from Howland and Cortland were called out Wednesday afternoon to battle a small camper fire in a driveway at 464 Henn-Hyde Road.

Crews were called out around 2 p.m. The fire destroyed the camper and did some damage to the corner of a garage nearby.

Howland fire Chief James Pantalone said crews were battling the blaze at the time of very heavy rainfall. He said there were no injuries and the cause of the blaze is under investigation.

Teen crashes home, charged with DUI

GIRARD -A teenager Wednesday pleaded not guilty in Girard Municipal Court to underage drinking, having an open container, DUI and failure to control after she crashed her green 1997 Chrysler Concorde into 1195 Marie Drive, according to police.

Noelle Thomas, 18, 1066 Woodlawn, Girard, was driving east on Marie Drive at 11:34 p.m. Tuesday, when she lost control of her vehicle, drove through the front yard of the house, struck a tree and then the house.

Thomas failed a field sobriety test, according to police. She is scheduled to return to Girard Municipal court Oct. 26.

No injuries were reported.

Champion man

guilty in car theft

WARREN – A Champion man pleaded guilty Wednesday to a charge of receiving stolen property in a case involving a stolen Lincoln advertised for sale on craigslist.org.

Stephen R. Bush, 20, 915 W. Center St., appeared before Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge W. Wyatt McKay, who ordered a presentence investigation. Bush could face a maximum sentence of 18 months in prison.

According to assistant prosecutor Diane L. Barber, Bush was accused of stealing a Lincoln that was advertised for sale on the internet site.

The victim later saw the defendant driving around Niles in the stolen car, Barber said.

Bush was arrested Dec. 8, 2015, by Niles police as the car was parked at McQuaid’s gas station, Barber said.

Warren teen pleads guilty in burglary

WARREN – A Warren teen pleaded guilty Wednesday to a felony charge connected to a May 11 break-in at a southwest-side home.

Sharvez M. Gilmore, 18, 953 Hemlock Ave. SW, appeared before Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge W. Wyatt McKay, who ordered a pre-sentence investigation.

Gilmore could face up to a year in prison after being convicted of a burglary charge in which prosecutors say he planned a break-in at the home of Gary McElroy, 2609 Oak St. SW.

Assistant prosecutor Diane L. Barber said Gilmore was arrested after he was found wearing a watch missing from the home.

Barber said Gilmore later confessed to the crime, saying he ordered two juveniles to carry out his plans.