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McDonald schools OK 3 percent hike

MCDONALD – The McDonald Board of Education on Monday approved a three-year agreement that includes raises for the Ohio Association of Public School Employees, which represents 20 district bus drivers, cooks, custodians and secretaries. They will receive a 3 percent pay increase this school year, and 2.85 percent increases the next two school years.

The contract is retroactive to Sept. 1 and runs through Aug. 31, 2019.

Board President Kevin O’Connell said the salary increases were the same percentages approved this year for the certified union, which represents teachers.

The same increases were approved Monday for central office staff Diane Hughes, Diane Fossaceca and Pamela Streb, O’Connell said.

Boil alert issued in Brookfield

BROOKFIELD – Due to a water main break and repair work on Grove Street between state Route 7 and Bedford Road, the Trumbull County Sanitary Engineer’s Office issued a boil advisory for the area until further notice.

A boil advisory means that individuals should bring tap water used for drinking and ingestion to a rolling boil for three to five minutes and cool first before drinking.

Robbery suspect fatally shot

WESTLAKE – Police in suburban Cleveland say a man suspected of robbing a drug store was fatally shot by two officers.

Westlake police say 25-year-old suspect Devan Desnoyers fled from a robbery at a CVS Pharmacy in Westlake Monday morning and struck a police cruiser at a busy intersection about a half-mile away.

A Westlake police statement says officers provided first aid to Desnoyers at the scene. He died at a hospital.

Police have not said why officers opened fire. The statement says either an actual firearm or a replica gun was recovered. Police say Desnoyers might be a suspect in three other robberies of pain pills at CVS stores.

The two officers who shot Desnoyers have been placed on administrative leave.

Native Americans protest pipeline

COLUMBUS – Native Americans and allied groups in Ohio have used prayers, speeches and traditional singing to protest a planned pipeline near Indian lands and to call on Ohio to support more renewable energy.

Native groups from central Ohio, Lake Erie and The Ohio State University joined the Sierra Club outside Columbus City Hall on Monday, which was Columbus Day.

The peaceful protest followed a federal appeals court decision Sunday allowing construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline to continue. It’s planned near the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s reservation in North Dakota.

Both the city and the holiday are named for the explorer Christopher Columbus, whose status as a national hero is disputed. The holiday is dubbed Indigenous Peoples’ Day or Native American Day in some parts of the country.

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Transportation chief named

AUSTINTOWN – John Lenkey was named the new transportation director for the Austintown Local School District. He begins his job today.

Lenkey, a retired Ohio State Highway Patrol assistant post commander, comes to the district with many years of management and transportation experience. He was recently the transportation supervisor and safety coordinator for Better Corporation Management of Ohio and previously was the safety coordinator at Clearcreek Trucking, according to a news release from the district.

“I am very excited and thankful for the opportunity to work for great school system like Austintown,” Lenkey said.

Body found in Weathersfield yard

WEATHERSFIELD – The Weathersfield Police Department is investigating the death of a man found Sunday afternoon in a yard off state Route 169 near DeForest Road at the Weathersfield Township-Warren city line.

Weathersfield police Chief Michael Naples said the death does not appear to have been by foul play.

The name of the deceased was not released Sunday night.

Police were dispatched about 4:20 p.m. after someone reported find the body in a yard, according to a Trumbull County 911 spokesman.

Vienna road closes for bridge

VIENNA – Niles Vienna Road between Scoville North Road and Smith Stewart Road will be closed for bridge replacement work beginning today through Dec. 23.

The Trumbull County Engineer’s Office recommends the following detour: north on Scoville North Road, east on state Route 82 and southwest on Niles Vienna Road.

Brookfield police called to hit-skip

BROOKFIELD – The Brookfield Police Department is investigating a hit-skip accident that sent a pedestrian to the hospital Sunday afternoon.

A man was hit by a vehicle about 1:15 p.m. in the 640 block of South State Line Road, according to a Trumbull County 911 spokesman. The victim was taken to a hospital. Neither his name nor his condition were released Sunday.

The vehicle left the scene, the spokesman said.

Brookfield police and fire were dispatched to the scene.

Ohio to protect military jobs

COLUMBUS – Leaders from around Ohio have been meeting about how to make sure the state hangs on to jobs at its military bases.

They also say there are opportunities to bring more jobs to the military outposts.

Ohio is home to 63,000 military-related jobs that put $11 billion into the economy.

Political, military, and community leaders took part in a forum at Ohio State University this past week to talk about bringing more defense jobs and research money to the state.

Staff and wire reports

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Woman reports robbery in Warren

WARREN – A 28-year-old woman told police she was robbed of her cellphone, car keys and a 14-karat plated gold rope chain as she visited friends at a West Market Street apartment.

Ashley Bika of Ravenna told police she was in the Reeves apartment building shortly after midnight Tuesday when a man known only as Shawn asked her for a ride. When she told him no, the report said, the man took her cellphone and car keys. When she asked for the items back, he grabbed the gold chain off her neck, the report states.

Before fleeing on foot, the man said he would give the items back if Bika gave him money, the report states.

Voter registration ends Tuesday

The last day to register to vote in the Nov. 8 election is Tuesday.

Early voting will begin the following day, Oct. 12.

Forms to register and an electronic change of address form are available at or at the Trumbull County Board of Elections, 2947 Youngstown Warren Road, where the forms should be mailed or submitted in person.

For a list of other places the voter registration forms can be submitted, which includes public libraries, download the voter registration guide, which can be found at

Officials to meet on fire contract

NEWTON FALLS – Representatives of Newton Falls village council, Newton Township and the Newton Falls Joint Fire District will have a combined meeting 6 p.m. today at village council chambers to discuss a new fire contract.

The fire district provides service to the village and township.

College credit program set today

YOUNGSTOWN – High school students and their parents interested in Youngstown State University’s College Credit Plus program can attend an information session at 5:30 p.m. today.

The session will be in the Chestnut Room of Kilcawley Center and parking will be available in the Wick Avenue parking deck. Organizers said attendees should plan to arrive 15 minutes early to allow time to park and walk to Kilcawley Center.

The session will last an hour or less.

College Credit Plus is an Ohio program that allows college-ready high school students to earn college credit at YSU either through online classes, on campus or at their high schools. Shanna Blinn, College Credit Plus coordinator at YSU, said more than 1,400 Mahoning Valley students earned college credit last year, which is a 30 percent increase from the previous year.

Future sessions are set Nov. 7 and Dec. 8. For more information, call the CCP office at 330-941-2447.

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I-80 traffic diverted after truck rolls

LIBERTY – A rollover crash involving a tractor-truck Monday night closed a portion of eastbound Interstate-80 between Belmont Avenue and Salt Springs Road.

Reports indicate the vehicle went into an embankment and overturned around 10:20 p.m. Diesel fuel was reported leaking out.

Ohio State Highway Patrol and Girard police were at the scene diverting traffic off I-80 onto Salt Springs Road. Traffic was backed up in the area, with one eastbound lane by 11 p.m. as cleanup continued. Traffic was cleared by midnight.

Troopers remained on the scene late Monday and early this morning and had not yet released how the accident happened and whether the driver was injured.

Thursday morning, another truck carrying gasoline overturned and caught fire near the same area on Interstate 80 near the Belmont Avenue exit. No one was injured by the truck and two cars were destroyed by fire when the truck exploded.

Route 11 detour ends in Liberty

LIBERTY – Traffic has been restored on Tibbetts Wick Road over state Route 11 to two lanes in each direction, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation. Also, left turns from Route 11 south onto Tibbetts Wick Road have been restored.

Traffic was limited and detours established beginning in late August due to bridge construction.

Man pistol-whipped over beer

WARREN – A Warren man told police he was pistol-whipped Saturday afternoon after refusing a stranger’s demand for a beer.

Dennis Culp, 68, of Palmyra Road SW, said the man man backed his vehicle into Culp’s driveway because the road was blocked after a traffic accident, a police report states.

After Culp refused the man’s request for a beer, man pulled a 9 mm handgun and demanded money, the report states. Culp told police he handed over $15. Then the man hit him in the head with the pistol, causing him to black out, the report states.

Culp, who was bleeding from the head, told police he was going to have his wife drive him to the hospital.

Suit: Cop smashed head into glass

LORAIN – A man suing an Ohio police department alleges an officer violating his rights by slamming his head into a cruiser’s windshield with enough force to crack the glass.

The federal lawsuit filed last month says 32-year-old Lorain resident Pele Smith received hospital treatment afterward. A dash cam video from the September 2014 arrest shows a Lorain officer identified in the lawsuit as Zachary Ferenec pushing the handcuffed Smith toward the cruiser.

Staff, wire reports

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Vigil planned to end domestic violence

WARREN – A prayer vigil to end domestic violence will be 6 p.m. Wednesday downtown in Courthouse Square.

The purpose of the event, which is being organized by the Mahoning Valley Organizing Collaborative, is to raise awareness of domestic abuse in families.

The vigil will coincide with the October observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Community leaders from organizations including the Warren Family Mission and various faith leaders will lead prayer for and reflect on struggling families.

Those attending are asked to wear purple and bring candles and photos of loved ones impacted by domestic violence.

CIC to make appointments

WARREN – The Warren-Trumbull Community Improvement Corp. will meet 8:30 a.m. Tuesday in the commissioners’ hearing room to appoint seven private directors.

In addition to the three county commissioners, scheduled to be in attendance are Warren officials Mayor Doug Franklin, Safety / Service Director Enzo Cantalamessa and Community Development Director Mike Keys; and Anthony Trevena, economic development director, Western Reserve Port Authority.

Maplewood to host fundraiser game

MECCA – The Maplewood Rockets volleyball team will have a fundraising game, ”Christmas in October,” 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Maplewood High School, 2414 Greenville Road NE, Cortland.

Proceeds will benefit Santa’s Hideaway Hollow in Middlefield. The event will feature a bake sale. There also will be 50/50 and cornhole raffles.

Those attending are asked to bring a toy or wrapping paper to donate. Donations also will be accepted at the high school to Friday.

Residents report clown sightings

A Braceville resident reported seeing a person dressed as a clown walking in a wooded area in the 1080 block of Braceville Robinson Road Sunday.

Someone called the Trumbull County 911 Center around 8 p.m. to report that an individual wearing a clown outfit was walking in the wooded area near the caller’s home, a 911 spokesman said.

The township is among a growing number of local communities now added to a list of cities and towns in several states where clown sightings have been reported.

On Saturday, the county 911 center received reports that several children saw a clown in a wooded area near the Forest Ridge Court Apartments and by state Route 46 in Weathersfield.

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Fire closes shooting range

AUSTINTOWN – Gunpowder on the floor of a shooting range sparked a fire 5:30 p.m. Friday at The Training Range Inc. on Mahoning Avenue, according to Tribune Chronicle news partner WKBN 27.

Because the building doesn’t have power, the range will remain closed at least until Monday, the company posted on a social media website.

The range may move the location of a concealed-carry class scheduled Saturday, according to the post, and should have a decision Monday.

The Austintown Fire Department responded to the scene and had some trouble finding the fire because of the building’s heavy soundproofing insulation, WKBN reported.

School employee exams set Oct. 25

NILES – The city school district will host exams Oct. 25 to fill openings for cooks, custodians and secretaries, according to the Niles Civil Service Commission.

Applications will be available from Monday until Oct. 17 in the Niles School administration building, 309 N. Rhodes Ave.

The exams will be 6 p.m. Oct. 25 in the Niles Middle School auditorium, 411 Brown St.

Court rejects Medicaid funds

CINCINNATI – A federal appeals court has rejected a lawsuit that sought retroactive payment for assisted-living services for people on Medicaid.

The 2013 complaint said Ohio was illegally omitting Medicaid coverage for people between the time they required assisted-living services and when a plan was authorized allowing the payments.

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WPD looks into rape of child

WARREN – After a woman took her young daughter for treatment at St. Joseph Warren Hospital, Warren police are investigating a rape, according to a police report.

Police responded to the hospital about 8 p.m. Thursday where the Youngstown girl, 8, was being treated, the report states.

The incident occurred Wednesday evening on the northwest side of Warren, the report states.

School board member resigns

AUSTINTOWN – Louis Chine has resigned, effectively immediately, from the Austintown Board of Education.

In a resignation letter to the district, Chine, who is in his second term, said he is stepping down because of health concerns.

The board must name a replacement within 30 days. The newly appointed school board member will serve until Dec. 31, 2017.

The Austintown Local School District will take letters of interest for new board members. Applicants must be at least 18, a registered voter and live in the school district. Those interested should turn in their letter and resume by 4 p.m. Oct. 13 at the school board office, 700 S. Raccoon Road. For more information, contact the board office at 330-797-3900, Ext. 1510.

Board President Kathy Mock said the board will review all applications and decide on the replacement at its Oct. 27 regular board meeting.

Fowler police receive grant

FOWLER – The Ohio Department of Public Safety’s Ohio Traffic Safety Office awarded $50,000 in federal safety funding to the Fowler Police Department, according to police Chief Michael Currington.

The department is the host of the Trumbull County Safe Communities Program for federal fiscal year 2017.

Fowler Township has identified that education about traffic safety, the importance of seat belt use, distracted-driving education, sober-driving education and the Safe Communities Program are impacting the safety and welfare of Trumbull County residents, according to a news release from the township.

Currington said officer Kevin Kuriatnyk will be in charge of the program as the grant coordinator.

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