Local News

Dentist appointed to MVSD board

NILES — A local dentist has been named to replace attorney Matthew Blair on the Mahoning Valley Sanitary District’d board of directors. Michael Neopolitan, 53, was appointed to the position by Mayor Thomas Scarnecchia. Blair’s term expired in May. Neopolitan said he is glad to have ...

Kindergarten readiness grant awarded to LaBrae

LEAVITTSBURG — The LaBrae Local School District has received a $2,686 Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley Grant from the Kennedy Family Fund designated for the district’s summer Bounce into Bascom Elementary program. Bascom Elementary is entering its third year of conducting ...

Road to close for bridge inspection in Warren twp

WARREN TOWNSHIP — Northwest Bridge Road between state Route 45 (Mahoning Avenue) and Tod Avenue will be closed Monday for bridge inspection by MS Consultants Inc. The Trumbull County Engineer’s office is recommending motorists take the detour of northwest on Route 45, west on North ...

Joseph Mosca named interim provost at YSU

YOUNGSTOWN — Joseph Mosca, dean of the Bitonte College of Health and Human Services at Youngstown State University, was named interim provost Thursday. The provost is the university’s chief academic officer. Mosca, who joined YSU in 1989 and has been dean since 2009, takes over for ...

Senior news

TMH RETIREES TO MEET: The TMH Retirees Club will hold a luncheon meeting 11:30 a.m. Monday at the Buena Vista Cafe in Warren. The agenda will include the installation of officers for the next year and the program will be Bingo. All TMH retirees and former employees are welcome to attend. For ...

Columbiana schools lost $1.3M to ECOT

LISBON — Since 2012, Columbiana County’s public schools lost $1.3 million in state funding to a much-criticized and now-closed online charter school, according to an updated report from Innovation Ohio, a liberal policy organization. State funding for schools is allocated on a per pupil ...

Woman injured in Elm Road crash

WARREN — When Cassidy Podach heard the sound of a head-on collision Wednesday, the 16-year-old was transported in her mind to the scene of a car crash in February in Florida that claimed her father’s life. On her way from Warren to Mosquito Lake for a day of fishing, Podach and best ...

Special TJX ‘rider’ up for vote in House

State Rep. Glenn Holmes said he is “cautiously optimistic” he and his colleagues today will be able to move along a bill that contains a time-sensitive safeguard for the proposed TJX HomeGoods distribution center in Lordstown. Local lawmakers have faced delays getting changes made by ...

New pot business

WARREN — The Maryland-based company awarded a provisional permit to sell medical marijuana in the Trumbull County region expects to spend between $900,000 and $1 million on the project. Green Leaf Medical LLC has operated in Maryland for nearly four years and is expanding in ...

Warren schools lost millions to ECOT

WARREN — What was once Ohio’s largest online charter school received nearly $591 million in tax dollars over the state’s public schools, including Warren City Schools, which lost the most of any school district in Trumbull County, according to an analysis by a Columbus-based think ...

Infante seeks release from prison

WARREN — Former Niles Mayor Ralph Infante has asked the court to delay the execution of his 10-year prison sentence until he has a chance to file an appeal. Infante is seeking release on various grounds, including the state using an invalid search warrant, presenting insufficient evidence to ...

Police pick up 21 in warrant sweep

WARREN — While rounding up 21 people with warrants through Warren Municipal Court, officers in a multi-agency effort also found two pounds of marijuana, cocaine, crack and guns in one Warren apartment. Warren police Lt. Greg Hoso said the warrant sweep Tuesday and Wednesday was led by ...

Investigation finds no wrongdoing

NILES — No wrongdoing occurred when the city’s mechanic listed, bought and sold a city vehicle and delivered it to a buyer on his lunch break, according to a legal opinion. Councilman Al Cantola said during an April meeting that head mechanic Anthony Cicero’s actions raised ethical ...

Boost Mobile robbed at gunpoint

WARREN — Boost Mobile was robbed at gunpoint Wednesday. A limping black man with a beard, wearing sunglasses, a grey hat, gloves and a dark blue hooded sweatshirt with grey sweatpants entered the store at 917 W. Market St. and pointed an “old school gun” at employees that looked like it ...

Accused bar shooter arraigned

WARREN — The man accused of shooting another man in the face outside the Hideaway Lounge in Niles on April 15 pleaded not guilty Wednesday during his arraignment hearing before Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Ronald Rice. Brandon J. Leech, 26, has been charged with attempted murder ...

Roads to close for inspections

Salt Springs Road in Weathersfield and East Park Avenue in Niles will both be closed today for bridge inspections to be performed by MS Consultants Inc. l Salt Springs Road will be closed between state Route 46 and Fifth Street. The detour is west on Salt Springs Road, south and east on ...

Dems unite to retain chairman

WARREN — No members of the Trumbull County Democratic Party challenged the party’s leadership Tuesday, voting to retain Chairman Dan Polivka and Vice Chair Kathy DiCristofaro. Karen Zehr ran unopposed for the position of party secretary, replacing Ralph Infante. The former mayor of Niles ...

Man accused of leaving behind drugs in police car

WARREN — A man was accused Tuesday of spilling suspected heroin in the backseat of a police car while pouring the contents of a plastic bag into his underwear. Darryl V. Jackson, 28, who court and police records show has addresses in Warren and Niles, was charged Wednesday with tampering ...

Council OKs rental tenant tax registry

NILES — Landlords in Niles must now file the name, phone number and address of tenants each year with the Regional Income Tax Agency (RITA). City Council passed an ordinance Wednesday to include such a registry in city law and those who do not comply could face penalties. When RITA assumed ...

On the record – Lordstown

WHAT: Village council meeting Monday PRESENT: Ron Ratka, Karen Jones, Donald Reider, Howard Sheely, Robert Bond, Lamar Liming and Mayor Arno Hill • Entered into contract with Shelly Company of Twinsburg for street resurfacing at $479,662. Work will be done on Layer Road between Newton ...