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Officials feel hope, apprehension with infrastructure plan in Trump budget

WARREN — Local officials are responding with both hope and apprehension to President Donald Trump’s proposal to provide $200 billion in federal funds to spur $1.5 trillion in infrastructure investments. The plan shifts the bulk of the burden onto local dollars. “I think it is a big ...

Former Liberty school transformed

LIBERTY — The former Liberty High School building off Churchill Hubbard Road is being transformed into a community recreation center, with school district and township officials together providing programs and activities, officials said. Liberty Local Schools Superintendent Joseph Nohra ...

‘Hello, Dolly!’ tour opens in Cleveland with Betty Buckley

NEW YORK — Tony Award-winning actress Betty Buckley has been tapped to lead the national tour of the latest exuberant Broadway production of “Hello, Dolly!” a gig she calls “such a gift.” “I’m just so happy to take such a happy show all around America. It’s like ‘Make ...

Man faces gun, child endangering charges

WARREN — A Warren man licensed to carry a concealed weapon faces a gun-related charge because he didn’t tell police he was carrying the .45-caliber handgun when was stopped Sunday, according to a police report. Joshua E. Harrold, 30, pleaded not guilty Monday in Warren Municipal Court to a ...

Judas Priest guitarist won’t tour due to Parkinson’s

Legendary guitarist Glenn Tipton won’t be joining the heavy metal band Judas Priest on its upcoming tour. The British rockers say Tipton is stepping down from touring due to Parkinson’s disease, a condition that began to afflict him a decade ago. He will be replaced on the band’s ...

021218...R WAR-SWEAR 1...Warren...02-18-18...Three new Warren police officers were sworn-in Monday morning, from left, John McGinley, Noah Linnen and Thomas Wire...by R. Michael Semple

New officers on board

Three men were sworn in Monday morning as new Warren police officers — from left, John McGinley, 33, of Youngstown, new officers, Noah Linnen, 21, of Struthers and Thomas Wire, 30, of Austintown. This will be Linnen’s and McGinley’s first jobs as police officers. Wire previously worked ...

Tribune staffers up for awards

WARREN — Tribune Chronicle newsroom staff members will receive seven awards in the annual Associated Press Media Editors’ 2017 newspaper contest, the AP announced Monday. First-, second- and third-place finishes will be revealed during an awards banquet March 24 in Columbus. Sports ...

At a glance

Fake $100 bill tried at drug store WARREN — A man tried to use a fake $100 bill to pay for a Western Union transaction at the Walgreens on West Market Street, according to a police report. The report filed Saturday states the man tried to use the counterfeit currency on Feb. 4, but an ...

Treasurer in Niles resigns

NILES — Less than two months into a new four-year term as treasurer of Niles, Janet M. Jones stepped down from the position Monday. In a brief letter to Mayor Tom Scarnecchia that is dated Friday, Jones announced her resignation to “further my career in other areas.” Officials said ...

Girard to get near $2 million

GIRARD — The city will have nearly $2 million in new gas pipelines by spring in the southern U.S. Route 422 area as part of replacement project planned by Dominion Energy Ohio. Mayor James Melfi told city council Monday the $1.96 million project, which will be done in two parts, is what ...

Local and state at a glance

Girard to name bridge after Leo GIRARD — Girard City Council on approved naming the Girard-McDonald viaduct in memory of fallen police officer Justin Leo. Leo was killed Oct. 21 in the line of duty while responding to a domestic violence call. Mayor James Melfi said a dedication ceremony ...

On the record – Leavittsburg

Leavittsburg WHAT: LaBrae Board of Education meeting Monday PRESENT: Russell Sewell, Virginia Blaney, Tim Gibson and Gary Morton ABSENT: Diane Duncan The board: • Adopted the district’s open enrollment policy for students from any district and for all grade levels; • Approved ...

Crews battle fire at Greenville, Pa. vacant building

GREENVILLE, Pa. — Fire crews were called out Monday evening to a fire at a vacant building off Main Street in downtown Greenville. Tribune Chronicle newspartner WKBN-TV 27 reported fire crews received calls of smoke and flames at 7:30 p.m. Fire crews quickly extinguished the fire. Two ...

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Lincoln third-grade teacher Mary Jo Altobelli, center, works with Ben Hurt, 8, right and Christian Sowers, 8, left, on their reading skills. The percentage of Warren’s third-grade students whose reading levels are high enough to promote them to fourth grade has been increasing.

Warren’s 3rd-grade scores improve

WARREN — The percentage of Warren’s third-grade students whose reading levels are high enough to be promoted when they take the first fall assessment tests has been increasing. About 42 percent of third graders taking reading assessments in the fall of 2015-2016 already were at minimum ...

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Jacob LaRosa, left, goes on trial this week in the Trumbull County courtroom of Common Pleas Judge W. Wyatt McKay. LaRosa, 18, faces felony charges connected to the March 31, 2015, slaying of Marie Belcastro, 94, of Niles.

Murder trial to commence today

WARREN — Nearly three years after Marie Belcastro was killed inside her Niles home, the man accused of the grisly crime will stand trial in the death of the 94-year-old. Jury selection will get under way today in the case against Jacob LaRosa, 18, who faces charges of aggravated murder, ...

Bike trail nearing completion

WARREN — The final leg of 30 miles of bike trail in Trumbull County connecting Lake Erie in Ashtabula County, and trails in Mahoning and Columbiana counties, is likely to begin construction in 2020, as long as the state approves about $460,000 in capital improvement money. Trumbull ...

Brookfield group wants new sports complex

BROOKFIELD — A local seven-member committee of parents and citizens has approached the Brookfield Board of Education about building a multi-sports complex on the high school campus. Currently football games are played at a cramped and aged stadium located off Addison Road in Masury, while ...

MVSD study to examine water quality and distribution

WEATHERSFIELD — A study is underway at the Mahoning Valley Sanitary District that aims to identify whether water treatment methods require adjustment to deter water line corrosion and red water. Red water, or water with high levels of iron from old pipes, is an issue in parts of Youngstown, ...

McKinley faces decision about war with Spain

Editor’s note: This is part of a weekly series marking the 120th anniversary of Niles native William McKinley’s U.S. presidency. President William McKinley inherits a situation of mounting tension when he takes office in the spring of 1897. McKinley, his cabinet and many in Congress ...

On the record – Brookfield

WHAT: Township trustee special meeting Thursday PRESENT: Ron Haun, Gary Lees and Dan Suttles Trustees: • Met with the fire department union over an agreement with the volunteer firefighters on hall rental guidelines at the fire station located off state Route 7. The hall is used by ...