The Valley at a glance

ODOT announces closure on Route 88

Starting Monday, state Route 88 over the Mosquito Creek causeway will be closed for bridge repairs.

The detour is state Route 45 to state Route 87 to state Route 46, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation.

Also, state Route 88 between state Routes 45 and 46 has various daily lane restrictions for resurfacing. This work is part of a $2.5 million project that also includes minor bridge repairs and the resurfacing of various areas within Mosquito Lake State Park.

The entire project is scheduled to be completed by mid-October.

Voter registration ends Tuesday

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

Early voting will begin Wednesday.

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

The Valley at a glance

Guns recovered from vacant house

WARREN – Following reports of gunfire at 229 Iowa Ave. NW, police discovered three guns at the vacant house, according to a police report.

Police were called just after 8 p.m. Wednesday and found no victims or suspects, the report states.

However, police did find two Smith and Wesson revolvers and a Carl Walther handgun, the report states.

The guns were taken into evidence.

Woman was home during burglary

WARREN – A woman was in her 1663 Arthur Drive NW home when intruders came in and took several items, according to a police report.

Police were called 1:45 a.m. Thursday. The woman, 65, suffered minor injuries, the report states.

A $500 phone, $500 television, $400 laptop and the woman’s wallet were taken, the report states.

Few details were available Friday.

Prowler takes tires, then ditches them

WARREN – A prowler took tires off a truck at Diane Sauer Chevrolet, 700 Niles Road SE, but they were recovered a short time later behind a different business, along with several tools, according to a police report.

Police were called 10 p.m. Wednesday by the alarm company that monitors the lot, after it spotted a man on surveillance cameras.

A hole in the fence was discovered by police, who listed the damage at $400, the report states.

Smash-grab hits East Market BP

WARREN – Police are looking for a man caught on surveillance video at 3:45 a.m. Friday smashing the glass door of BP gas station, 1290 E. Market St., according to a police report.

The thief got away with about $100 worth of cash from a “Carnival” machine, and the broken door was worth about $500, the report states.

The man used a rock to break the door and the machine, the report states. An alarm alerted police.

He wore one black glove and one white glove, a white baseball cap, a black hooded sweatshirt over a red shirt and dark-colored sweat pants.

His race was not clear from the video, the report states.

Safety Day today at Hubbard church

HUBBARD – First United Methodist Church, 48 Church St., Hubbard, will hold a Safety Day for children in grades kindergarten to fifth 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. today.

There will be demonstrations on fire safety, bike safety, sports safety, first aid and kitchen safety. There will be police and fire vehicles on display.

Check in for the free event is 8:45 a.m. Some activities will be held outside, weather permitting.

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Machine fire put out by Delphi employees

HOWLAND – Township fire crews were called Thursday afternoon to the Delphi Packard Plant off North River Road.

Radio traffic reported that the fire was out by 1:15 p.m., just minutes after crews had arrived on the scene.

A fire department spokesman said the fire was contained to one of the machines at the plant and was put out by Delphi personnel.

There were no injuries, and no damage estimate was given.

State bar president coming to Howland

HOWLAND – The president of the Ohio State Bar Association will speak to area attorneys Oct. 26 about challenges and opportunities facing the legal profession and to recognize area lawyers for 50 years in practice.

Ronald S. Kopp, 2016-17 OSBA president, will address the District 18 annual luncheon meeting that begins 11:30 a.m. at The Avalon Inn, 9519 E. Market St.

District 18 includes 626 attorneys who practice in Ashtabula, Geauga, Lake and Trumbull counties.

Six Trumbull County professionals will be honored for their 50 years in practice – Robert F. Burkey of Warren, Alberta L. De Capito of Warren, Ned C. Gold of Warren, Michael W. Rosenberg of Warren, Daniel P. Thomas of Hubbard and Judge Lawrence S. Turner of Warren.

Warren FD plans Sunday open house

WARREN – The Warren Fire Department will hold its annual open house noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the central fire station, 111 South St. SW.

The event will include fire hose activities for children, viewing of trucks, a helicopter landing 12:30 p.m., Jaws of Life demonstration 2:30 p.m., a K-9 demonstration 3 p.m. and live house fire demonstration 3:30 p.m.

The event is being held as part of National Fire Prevention Week. Artwork from the fire department’s annual coloring contest will be displayed.

Canfield schools ban clown costumes at fests

CANFIELD – A school district in northeast Ohio has banned clown costumes from Halloween festivities.

Local media in Youngstown report that the Canfield School District superintendent says a traditional Halloween dress-up day will continue but with no clowns.

The decision comes amid reports in Ohio and elsewhere of people having frightening encounters involving clowns.

Canfield Superintendent Alex Geordan says elementary school students have been nervous and talking to teachers about their concerns.

He says eliminating clown costumes should provide children a more enjoyable Halloween.

Local media report that a “Youngstown Clowns” Instagram account recently posted a list of area school districts that clowns purportedly intended to visit.

Amy Radinovic of the Mahoning County Educational Service Center says she knows of no other districts that have formally banned clown costumes.

Ohio, feds reach deal on harbor dredging

CLEVELAND – The federal agency that maintains shipping channels along Lake Erie has reached an agreement with Ohio’s environmental regulators that will keep open Cleveland’s harbor.

The deal calls for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to dredge the Cleveland shipping channel where cargo ships have been forced to lighten loads because of accumulated sediment.

The agreement also says either the Corps or the state will pay the additional disposal costs once a lawsuit between the two is decided.

The Corps and Ohio’s environmental agency have been locked in a yearlong legal battle about where the sediment can be disposed.

The Corps says the sediment isn’t toxic and can be dumped in the lake, but the state argues the sediment is polluted and should go into a containment dike.

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Farmdale man shot in leg, found in ditch

WARREN – A 46-year-old Farmdale man was shot in the leg during an apparent carjacking Tuesday evening.

A police report states Jeffrey Pesa, 5888 Mayburn Barkley Road, was found unconscious in the back seat of a car found in the ditch at the intersection of Risher and Palmyra roads SW. Police originally thought the call was a drug overdose.

The man later told police he was carjacked. A call made to Pesa was not returned Wednesday afternoon, and the police report offered no other details.

Trump event scheduled Wednesday in Aurora

AURORA – Five Northeast Ohio counties of Republican Women have jointly coordinated a free public event Wednesday in support of Republican Donald Trump’s candidacy for president.

The “Stand With Trump” event will start at 7 p.m. at the Bertram Inn and Conference Center, 600 N. Aurora Road in Aurora. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and attendees must RSVP to confirm seating by calling or texting Janet Kushlan at 440-239-5535 by Sunday.

The keynote speaker is the Rev. Dr. Darrell Scott of the New Spirit Revival Centers in Cleveland Heights and Akron, who gave the nominating speech for Trump at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July.

The Trumbull County Women for Trump group will hold an Oct. 19 event at the Squaw Creek Country Club ballroom in Vienna beginning at 5:30 p.m. preceding the third debate between Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton. The event will include a pasta dinner, showing of the movie “Hillary’s America” and the debate.

For more information or reservations, call chairwoman Mary Theis at 330-550-8004.

Niles Vienna Road will close for bridge project

VIENNA – The Trumbull County Engineer’s Office has announced the closing of Niles Vienna Road between Scoville North and Smith Stewart Road for a two-month bridge replacement project.

The road will be closed from Monday through Dec. 23, the Engineer’s Office said. Detours will be posted via Scoville North Road and state Route 82.

Also, the Engineer’s Office announced that Wood Lenhart Road between Newton Falls Bailey Road and Hewitt Gifford Road in Newton Township will remain closed until Nov. 4 for bridge repairs.

School board chief quits amid $15M budget cuts

PARMA – The president of a school board in northeast Ohio has resigned as the district grapples with cutting $15 million from its budget over the next two years.

Parma city school board President Kathleen Petro announced her resignation Tuesday during a meeting on the proposed budget plan. She then left.

Vice President Lynn Halloran took over as acting president.

The board is tasked with addressing issues that have arisen from a proposed restructuring of schools and programs.

Under the plan, Valley Forge High School and Normandy High School would close. Those students would be sent to Parma Senior High School.

The plan also calls for teacher layoffs and program cuts.

The board voted to ask the state Department of Education for an extension on providing the plan until Nov. 1.