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Man caught at court with suspected meth

NILES — When police saw a man they knew had warrants for his arrest dropping off some people at Niles Municipal Court, they pulled him over and found a large amount of suspected methamphetamine. The court is in the same building as the Niles police station. Kevin Thompson, 36, of Warren, ...

Primary votes lead to candidates’ rejections

WARREN — Petitions for seven candidates seeking election to the Republican and Democratic county central committees were rejected by the Trumbull County Board of Elections because they voted in a primary election for the other party. Some members of the board of elections said they believe ...

Man charged in pizza parlor crash

WARREN — A man accused of crashing his truck into a pizza parlor’s front windows Wednesday pleaded not guilty Thursday in Warren Municipal Court to a pair of misdemeanor charges related to the accident. Kevin Corrigan, 40, faces charges of refusing to submit to a DUI test and driving ...

Man suspected of sex act at library

NILES — Police are investigating an incident in which an unknown man is suspected of public indecency at the McKinley Memorial Library, according to a police report. Library Director Michelle Alleman told police a man entered the library at about 1 p.m. Feb. 8 and asked for a romance ...

Woman appeals board decision

WARREN — Erica Royster is requesting to appeal a decision by the Trumbull County Board of Elections to reject her petition to be elected to the Trumbull County Democratic Party Central Committee. Royster’s petition was rejected by the board for being dated at her signature line after ...

Treasurer’s resignation leaves Niles in lurch

NILES — The resignation of city Treasurer Janet Jones had an impact on the city’s financial recovery process. Quentin Potter, who chairs the Financial Planning and Supervision Commission, said during a Thursday meeting that the city must train someone, as well as a backup person, to ...

Niles board directs lawsuit inquiries to its attorneys

NILES — The Niles Board of Education and Superintendent Ann Marie Thigpen didn’t publicly address fired teacher Christopher Chieffo’s $4 million lawsuit against the district during a Thursday meeting, but they went into executive session with their attorneys to talk about it. Chieffo, ...

Students released from a lockdown are overcome with emotion following following the shooting.

Shooter kills 17 at school in Florida

PARKLAND, Fla. — A former student opened fire with a semiautomatic rifle at a Florida high school Wednesday, killing at least 17 people and sending scores of students fleeing into the streets in the nation’s deadliest school shooting since a gunman attacked an elementary school in Newtown, ...

Lawsuit against Niles schools claims evidence tampering

WARREN — Niles City Schools officials are accused of tampering with a key piece of evidence in the case of fired teacher Christopher Chieffo, according to a motion filed Wednesday in a lawsuit Chieffo filed against the district. Chieffo, 45, was terminated Jan. 18 by the Board of Education ...

Former Delphi property could be sold

WARREN — An effort by Sergio DiPaolo to retain control of the former Packard Electric plant while in U.S. Bankruptcy Court received a setback earlier this month when bankruptcy Judge Kay Woods denied a motion to convert the bankruptcy from Chapter 7 to Chapter 11. That decision could pave ...

Niles schools seeks to scare away geese

NILES — Niles City Schools officials are looking to remove geese from high school property. A large number of Canada geese have started to call Niles McKinley High School grounds home and starting Friday, a noisemaker will be used twice a day to try to scare away the geese, according to a ...

Tribune Chronicle / Renee Fox
John Novak of the Kent State University Center for Corporate and Professional Development, is teaching a weeklong workshop for management-level Trumbull County employees. The program, Lean Ohio Boot Camp, is designed to help managers identify flaws in work processes that cost time and money.

Program aims to make county more efficient

WARREN — Management-level Trumbull County employees and a few elected officials are taking part in a workshop this week designed to teach them to identify waste in the processes they direct. “It is designed to teach us to look at our processes. With some practice, and if people really ...

Liberty trustees to review road improvements

LIBERTY — While township trustees know which roads they will have paved this year, they will be reviewing a list compiled by the Trumbull County Engineer’s Office on what roads should be paved in the future. Officials also are reviewing what to do to cover costs for road projects and have ...

Officials set hearing on road status

SOUTHINGTON — Township trustees said it is time to address a section of a road in the southern part of the township that has been temporarily closed for 24 years. Township trustees have scheduled public hearings for 5:30 p.m. Feb. 28 and March 14 to declare Shanks Downs Road under a ...

Southington names new part-time fire chief

SOUTHINGTON — Township trustees have named Chris Plott as the new part-time fire chief following the retirement resignation of longtime Chief Tom Strock last week. Plott, who previously was assistant fire chief, will begin as chief this week. He will be paid $5,000 per year. Moving to ...

Parks director seeks input on softball program

NILES — Parks Director Robert Burke wants to revive an adult softball program in Niles and he’s seeking public feedback. Burke intends to hold an organizational meeting at the end of the month if enough people reach out to his office expressing an interest in playing league softball. The ...

Warren crews respond to crash at pizza business

WARREN — Warren fire crews were called out Wednesday evening after a pickup truck drove into the front of Little Caesar’s, 2525 Youngstown Road SE. A fire department spokesman said crews went to the scene around 8:30 p.m. after the vehicle hit a steel pillar and then shattered the glass ...

On the record: Girard

WHAT: City council meeting Monday PRESENT: Reynald Paolone, Mark Ragozine, Mark Standohar, Fran Wilson, Lily Martuccio, William Ryser, John Moliterno, Thomas Grumley and Mayor James Melfi Council: • Heard from Melfi the Friends of the Mahoning River will hold a ribbon cutting June 9 for ...

On the record: Bristol

WHAT: Board of Education meeting Wednesday PRESENT: Don Mickel, Misty Berry, Scott Chapman and Kristine Stephens ABSENT: Kathy Johnson The board: • Heard from Superintendent Christopher Dray that high school senior Dallas Robbins designed a school district logo that was placed on the ...

On the record: Liberty

WHAT: Township trustee meeting Monday PRESENT: Arnie Clebone, Greg Cizmar and Jodi Stoyak Trustees: • Have met recently with the Trumbull County Planning Commission on sharing land for a possible Joint Economic Development District with Girard. Such a partnership would create an ...