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Bystanders thwart purse snatching

NILES — Bystanders thwarted a Boardman man’s attempt to snatch a woman’s purse over the weekend at Applebee’s and the man is now facing charges of endangering children because he left his children in a parked car as he tried to run away, according to a police report. Jeffrey Linam II, ...

Districts asking voters for more money fail all around the state

WARREN — School tax issues asking for additional cash from voters in Ohio did not fare as well as renewal levies in last week’s election. Of the 53 new tax issues — including levies, bond issues and income tax increases across the state — only 43 percent were accepted, according to ...

Church leaders to receive ALICE training

WEATHERSFIELD — In light of the deadly church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas that left 25 people dead, police will train Weathersfield church leaders how to react in the event that a shooting ever occurs during a service. Police Chief Michael Naples said the leaders of about 10 ...

Dennis Watkins to testify against release of 2 murderers

WARREN — Trumbull County Prosecutor Dennis Watkins will appear in Columbus today before the Ohio Adult Parole Board, which will decide whether to release two Trumbull County convicted murderers who were involved in the brutal 1988 death of a Weathersfield man. Jeff McClure and Mark Badilo, ...

Warren man held on $1 million bond in rape case

WARREN — A Warren man indicted last week on a 27-felony-count indictment connected to the rapes of two women in the city was arraigned Tuesday in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court. Keion Stella, 35, of Dunstan Drive NW, appeared in orange coveralls before Judge Andrew D. Logan, who set ...

Port authority, Girard schools get clean audit

The Western Reserve Port Authority and Girard City Schools each received clean audits from Ohio Auditor David Yost, with no findings for recovery. The auditor’s office released the results on Tuesday. The financial audit for the port authority, which has an economic development division ...

Kids left alone; mom charged

WARREN — City police were alerted early Tuesday morning about three young children being left alone at home in the 2300 block of Wick Street SE. According to a police report, two officers were sent to the address about 2:37 a.m. and told by the father of two of the children — a ...

Ryan defends record against 2018 GOP foe

WARREN — U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan said Wednesday his time in Washington, D.C., has led to real results for Ohio’s 13th District in the form of federal funds and advocacy, contrary to what a Valley native who plans to challenge Ryan said last week in announcing his run on the Republican ticket ...

2 sign up for 2018 county judge race

WARREN — Two local attorneys have taken the first steps toward running for a judge seat next year on the Trumbull County Family Court bench, according to the Trumbull County Board of Elections. Samuel Bluedorn and Jack Pico have filed designation of treasurer forms with the board. ...

Girard picks architect for auditorium

GIRARD — With plans to add a 1,000-seat performing arts auditorium to the west side of Girard High School off Shannon Road, the Board of Education at a special meeting Wednesday hired Axiom Architects LLC of Youngstown for the project. Board of Education President Mark Zuppo said the ...

Ohioan chosen to advise Sessions

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions selected nine U.S. attorneys to serve on his advisory committee, including the man who represents Ohio’s Northern District. Justin E. Herdman, U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Ohio since August, was appointed to the Attorney General’s ...

Man wanted after assault

HOWLAND — A man accused of knocking on a woman’s door and declaring himself a police officer, before forcing his way in and beating her with a pair of brass knuckles, is wanted by Howland police, according to a police report and Warren Municipal Court records. First-degree felony ...

Two arrested in attempted store break-in

WARREN — Two men were arrested after an attempted break-in Sunday morning at the Dawlah Discount Mart store at 1104 Palmyra Road SW. Officers found the two men about 2:50 a.m. in front of the store, where the police report states they were trying to hide two weapons — a Highpoint 9mm and ...

Woman arraigned on drug trafficking charge

WARREN — A Warren woman was arraigned Tuesday on an aggravated drug trafficking charge after police raided a Lener Avenue home Monday morning. Members of the Warren Police Department Street Crimes Unit and Tactical Entry Team found about 25 grams of suspected drugs. Tashi Johnson, 29, ...

Error leads to high electric bill

NILES — The Howland Local School District was overcharged $40,000 for electricity by Niles City Utilities because of a faulty spreadsheet formula. The error was caught and rectified and Niles City Council approved Wednesday refunding the money to the school district. Howland Local ...

Youngstown man arrested after woman sustains cut

WARREN — A Warren woman sustained a severe cut on the hand and a Youngstown man was arrested following an altercation Monday afternoon at a Vernon Street NW apartment. Terry Gray, 32, 542 Detroit Ave., Youngstown, was arraigned Tuesday on a felonious assault charge, according to Warren ...

Elm Road Pit Stop robbed of $5,500

WARREN — The night manager of the Pit Stop, 1001 Elm Road, was robbed of $5,505 as he exited the gas station about 10:05 p.m. Monday, according to a police report. As Nabil T. Al-banna was closing the station, two men wearing masks and hats walked up to him demanding any cash he was ...

Weathersfield seeks funding for community center

WEATHERSFIELD — Trustees will seek funds from the 2018 state capital budget to fund construction of a community center. The state of Ohio’s biennial Capital Budget, enacted in even-numbered years, provides appropriations for the repair, reconstruction and construction of capital assets of ...

On the record – Girard

WHAT: City council meeting Monday PRESENT: Thomas Grumley, Fran Wilson, Mark Standohar, Steve Brooks, Reynald Paolone, John Moliterno, Lily Martuccio and Joseph Shelby ABSENT: Mayor Jim Melfi Council: • Heard from Martuccio of plans to seek available grants for recreational and ...

On the record – Kinsman

WHAT: Township trustee meeting Monday PRESENT: Tim Woofter, Linda Miller and Greg Leonhard Trustees: • Will ask the county engineer’s office to assist in getting the state to lower the speed limit from 55 to 25 miles per hour in the streets in the Lakeland area behind Kinsman Lake off ...