The Valley at a glance

Man indicted charged with failing to register

WARREN — A Warren man convicted in September 2015 of having unlawful sexual contact with a minor was indicted Tuesday on a charge of failing to register his address, according to a grand jury report.

Mathew Gearin, 19, 3120 W. Market St., was labeled a Tier 2 sex offender after he was sentenced in November.

The designation means Gearin is supposed to notify the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office of his address every six months for 25 years.

According to court records, Gearin met the girl online, and her profile stated she was 17.

The girl eventually told Gearin that she was only 14, but the sexual relationship continued.

He is due in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court today for arraignment.


Man who was caught

by bystanders indicted

WARREN — A Howland man arrested last month with the assistance of bystanders was indicted Tuesday on three counts of aggravated robbery.

Joshua Ross, 36, Venice Heights Drive, has been held at the Trumbull County Jail without bond since his arrest Sept. 2.

He is due in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court for arraignment Tuesday, according to court records.

Police were called to Cello’s Bar, 441 E. Market St., Warren, around 1:40 a.m. Sept. 2, after a man took the cash register and ran.

Several people at the bar chased him and cornered him by the U.S. Post Office on Seneca Avenue NE, a police report states.

Officers arrived shortly after the group restrained the man.

More than $500 was recovered, the report states, and the cash drawer was found on the road underneath a car.

Police also confiscated a black BB gun, a box cutter and two pocketknives, the report states.


Pretrial is delayed

in Howland cold case

WARREN — A Wednesday pretrial for a man charged in a 1996 rape and burglary was rescheduled for Oct. 26, according to Trumbull County Common Pleas Court records.

Jack Sheetz, 48, is facing charges of aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and rape for a home invasion 20 years ago in Howland.

The victim has since died from unrelated causes.

Sheetz is being held in the Trumbull County Jail in lieu of a $500,000 bond and pleaded not guilty to the charges, according to jail and court records.


Bomb threat unfounded

at Niles McKinley High

NILES — Students at  Niles McKinley High School were evacuated Wednesday afternoon after a bomb threat was found written on a restroom wall.

Bomb-sniffing dogs were brought in, but nothing was found, police said.

The district had numerous threats last year and now has a school resource officer who is helping Niles police with the  investigation.

Students returned to the building around 2:40 p.m.


Make A Difference Day

T-shirts now available

WARREN — Make A Difference Day T-shirts have arrived and can be purchased at the Tribune Chronicle until they are gone.

The T-shirts, which are gray, feature a logo on the back that states  “Have a heart, lend a hand, make a difference.”

The shirts are $10 each for sizes small to extra large and $12 each for larger sizes.

Make A Difference Day 2016 is Oct. 22. This is the 14th year the event is being sponsored locally by the Tribune Chronicle.

The shirts can be purchased at the front desk between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays.

For information, contact Tribune Chronicle Community Events Coordinator Sue Shafer at 330-841-1696 or at