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Mercy Health begins merger process

WARREN — Mercy Health, which operates nearly two dozen medical facilities in Trumbull and Mahoning counties, including St. Joseph Warren Hospital, has begun the process of merging with Maryland-based Bon Secours Health System. The merger would create a health care giant that would serve ...

Lawsuit money could lure new airline

WARREN — John Moliterno, executive director of the Western Reserve Port Authority, said the settlement of their lawsuit with Aerodynamics Inc. will help in the search for a new commercial airline to service the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport. “It freed up additional dollars from ...

Eighth graders Tim Herdman, 13, left, Niko Zerefos, 14, and Audrionna Taylor, 14, of Southington, show their History Day project on Battle of Verdu.

Epic lessons on display

SOUTHINGTON — Different war battles and historic happenings were put on display this week as Southington Local Schools students took part in the district’s first History Day. Social studies teachers Debbie Csehill and Michael Pflager organized History Day for more than 110 students in ...

Man sentenced in kidnapping incident

WARREN — A repeat violent offender was sentenced to 11 years in prison Wednesday by Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge W. Wyatt McKay for a February 2017 domestic violence and kidnapping incident. Jimmie Stella Jr., 38, of Seventh Street, pleaded guilty to two counts of felonious assault ...

At a glance

Warren officers spot drug deal, chase ensues WARREN — After police spotted a man Tuesday in a car conducting what appeared to them to be a drug deal with a man on a bike, they arrested a Warren man, according to a news release. Shawndon Flowers, 22, is being held without bond in the ...

Local & State news at a glance

Alliance students arrested after threats ALLIANCE — Five Alliance High School students were arrested Wednesday after police say witnesses reported overhearing them planning a school shooting. Students overheard the five 15-year-old freshmen discussing the details of their plan at the ...

U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan and U.S. Rep. Ro Khanna of California, n the Silicon Valley area.

Ryan wants merging of valleys

YOUNGSTOWN — Two congressmen are on a tour in an effort to merge the money of Silicon Valley with the manufacturing expertise of the Mahoning Valley U.S. Reps. Timothy J. Ryan, D-Howland, and Ro Khanna of California stopped Wednesday in Youngstown for a roundtable discussion with ...

On the record – Bristol, Brookfield, Hubbard

Bristol WHAT: Township trustee meeting Tuesday PRESENT: Ramon French, Mark Webb and Doug Seemann Trustees: • Approved purchase of a rescue fire pumper from Southington at $162,000 and will take out a $162,000 five-year loan at 3 percent interest from Middlefield Bank to cover ...

District gets positive five-year forecast

BROOKFIELD — Tim Lintner, northeast Ohio project manager for the state auditor’s office, said a packet containing the Brookfield Local School District’s five-year forecast that he gave to board of education members Wednesday could be “a collectors item.” It is the first time in many ...

Tribune Chronicle / R. Michael Semple
Murder defendant Claudia Hoerig is escorted into the courtroom of Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Andrew Logan for a pretrial hearing Tuesday. Her defense team is asking for the charges to be dismissed because too much time has elapsed between when she was arrested in Brazil in 2016 and when she was brought back to the United States last month. She is accused of shooting her husband, Air Force Maj. Karl Hoerig, at their Newton Falls home in March 2007.

Filing seeks to toss case

WARREN — Lawyers for aggravated murder suspect Claudia Hoerig would like to have the charges filed against their client dropped based on the length of time it has taken to bring her to trial. Trumbull County Common Pleas Court Judge Andrew Logan will hear any specific motions or testimony ...

Wed. 4:55 pm: Mercy Health begins merger process

WARREN - Mercy Health, which operates nearly two dozen medical facilities in Trumbull and Mahoning counties, including St. Joseph Warren Hospital, has begun the process of merging with Marriottsville, Md.-based Bon Secours Health System. "Today was the first step, an announcement of (our) ...

Commissioners approve hiring administrator

WARREN — The county will have an administrator and purchasing director March 19 for the first time in more than a decade. Mike Matas of Cortland will be paid $95,000 per year to serve in both positions. Trumbull County commissioners approved the move Tuesday at their regular ...

Parents face child endangering charges

WARREN — A husband and wife from Leavittsburg are accused of being under the influence of drugs in a car while their son was in the vehicle. Timothy Woodyard, 37, and Ashley Lynn Woodyard, 28, both of 1640 Layer Road, each face a charge of child endangering in Warren Municipal Court in ...

Cortland to prohibit smoking in parks

CORTLAND — City Council on Tuesday gave second reading to an ordinance that would prohibit smoking at any location in the city parks. Mayor Jim Woofter said the goal is to protect the health of the public and noted secondhand smoke can be harmful to people’s health. “This would be for ...

Mecca begins work on finances

MECCA — Trustees have approved hiring Perry and Associates of Marietta to get township financial records from 2016 and 2017 back in order, and also will go after the bond of the former fiscal officer to help cover costs for the needed work. Trustees on Tuesday approved having Perry and ...

Man shot on Atlantic by unknown assailant

WARREN — A Warren man claims he was shot in the head Monday while walking on Atlantic Street NE and taken by a passerby to a local hospital, according to a police report. Shalamar Maurice Rodgers, 35, however, could not tell police who shot him or the name of the motorist who took him to ...

Champion names fiscal officer

CHAMPION — Trustees have named Courtney Hatt as the new fiscal officer to fill the remainder of the term of Peggy Mercer, who is retiring March 31. Trustees said Hatt was selected from nine applicants, six of whom were interviewed. She will begin March 31 and serve through March 2020, which ...

Interim treasurer takes oath of office in Niles

NILES — Mayor Thomas Scarnecchia swore in an interim treasurer Tuesday to replace former treasurer Janet Jones, who resigned from the position earlier this month. Stephen Telego Sr., 64, will serve as the treasurer until a permanent replacement is appointed by the Trumbull County ...

Austin Avenue home hit by gunfire on Monday

WARREN — No one was hurt when a home at 534 Austin Ave. SW was shot just before 10 p.m. Monday, according to a police report. Police found a bullet lodged in a wall in an upstairs bedroom, damage from another bullet in several areas of the house and eight .40 caliber shell casings in the ...

Opioid poster contest open to local students

Local students are invited to create a poster showing the consequences of using heroin and misusing prescription opioids. The contest’s sponsors include the Cleveland Division of the FBI, the Cleveland Division of the DEA and the Northern District of Ohio United States Attorney’s Office. ...