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Bristol BOE hires school resource officer BRISTOL — The Bristol School District will have a resource officer protecting the schools as the Board of Education on Wednesday approved an officer for the 2018-19 school year. Superintendent Christopher Dray said the board entered into an ...

On the record – Bristol, Farmington, Lakeview, Kinsman, Howland

Bristol WHAT: Board of Education meeting Wednesday PRESENT: Scott Chapman, Misty Berry, Don Mickel and Kristina Stephens ABSENT: Kathie Johnson The board: • Sold a bus to Bloomfield-Mespo Local Schools for $4,000. The board had recently purchased a new bus to replace the one ...

Tiger Town closes for safety repairs

HOWLAND — Warm weather has finally arrived and one place that many families visit for outdoor recreation will not be open as Tiger Town in Howland Township Park is closed for repairs. Signs have been posted and tape has been placed across the main entrance at Tiger Town, a children’s play ...

Gun focus in trial

WARREN — Most of the state testimony Wednesday in the trial of Shawn Hope centered around the events surrounding the recovery of the murder weapon in the Dec. 2, 2016, slaying of John Paul Kellar. Hope, 51, faces two counts of aggravated murder with firearm specifications, aggravated ...

Guilty plea heads off trial

WARREN — A Warren man accused in the July 8 fatal stabbing on North Park Avenue has pleaded guilty to a charge of involuntary manslaughter. Arteum P. Brodeur, 24, appeared March 28 before Trumbull County Common Pleas Court Judge W. Wyatt McKay to change his plea. McKay ordered a background ...

HIV-positive woman pleads to assault

WARREN — A Pulaski, Pa., woman accused of not letting sex partners know about her HIV-positive status pleaded guilty Wednesday to a charge of felonious assault. Lisa A. Mutter, 42, appeared before Trumbull County Common Pleas Court Judge W. Wyatt McKay, who ordered the defendant to undergo ...

Mark Semenko charged with harassment after complaints about traffic ticket

WEATHERSFIELD — A man who police said called to complain about a traffic ticket now has more than the ticket to worry about. Mark Semenko, 40, of Newton Falls, was charged with telephone harassment and a warrant was issued for his arrest, according to court records. Semenko left a ...

University Hospitals buys Andover health facility

ANDOVER — University Hospitals has acquired the Andover Health Center from Mercy Health, increasing its presence in Ashtabula County. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The facility’s 30 employees will not be affected. UH will officially take ownership on May 1. Lynn Novelli, UH ...

Warren man faces robbery charge after fight

WARREN — A Warren man was arraigned Wednesday in Warren Municipal Court on an aggravated robbery charge in connection to an incident Monday evening in which officers were called to investigate a fight in the 600 block of Woodbine Avenue SE. Eric Foley, 19, 462 North St. NW, pleaded not ...

Committee offers Niles levy details

NILES — The Niles Schools Levy Committee will hold an informational meeting 6:30 p.m. today at the Niles Middle School cafetorium. Discussion will include information on the recent performance audit findings and the 10-year, 5.85-mill levy on the May 8 primary ballot. The levy, if passed, ...

Bridge to be closed for months

BRISTOL — A bridge on Hyde Shaffer Road in Bristol will be closed for about two months as emergency repairs are made. The bridge was closed March 12. It appears an overweight load buckled a beam, dropping it several inches, said Gary Shaffer, Trumbull County deputy engineer. The project, ...

Viaduct bridge named for fallen officer

GIRARD — Trumbull County commissioners Wednesday changed the name of the Girard-McDonald viaduct to the “Justin Leo Memorial Bridge.” Leo, 31, a Girard police officer, was killed Oct. 21 while at a domestic violence call at a home on Indiana Avenue. The shooter was shot and killed when ...

Zoning changes needed for Southington businesses

SOUTHINGTON — Residents with businesses on Helsey-Fusselman Road were advised by township trustees they need to meet with the township zoning board and zoning inspector on needed zone changes for their properties. More than 30 residents attended Wednesday’s meeting, including Dennis and ...

Wastewater plant to see upgrades

BROOKFIELD — A new backup generator going into the Brookfield Wastewater Treatment Plant is just the beginning of improvements to the facility because by 2021, the county plans to invest $15 million to $20 million in upgrades. The $320,000 emergency backup generator is just one of many ...

Austintown trustee resigns position

AUSTINTOWN — Rick Stauffer announced his resignation from the Austintown Board of Trustees and his last day will be April 30. Stauffer, who has served as pastor of the Tabernacle Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Austintown for 16 years, accepted a position as pastor of Covenant ...

On the record – Southington

WHAT: Board of Education meeting Tuesday PRESENT: Besty Dunn, Steve Gilanyi, Albert Haberstroh, Richard Selep and John Shaffer The board: • Approved two contracts dealing with the school complex connecting to the planned waterline from Braceville to West Farmington along state Route 534. ...

On the record – Trumbull County

WHAT: County commissioners meeting Wednesday PRESENT: Commissioners Frank Fuda, Mauro Cantalamessa and Daniel Polivka The commissioners: • Accepted the annual report from Someplace Safe, the county’s domestic violence shelter; • Accepted the resignation of Robin Patton from the ...

On the record – Southington

WHAT: Township trustee meeting Wednesday PRESENT: Sam Plott, Cindy Speaker and Dan Tietz Trustees: • Announced a groundbreaking ceremony and program will be 10 a.m. April 26 at the Southington gazebo for the planned waterline project from Braceville to West Farmington. The waterline will ...

On the record – Weathersfield

WHAT: Trustees meeting Tuesday PRESENT: Gil Blair, Steven Gerberry, Marvin McBride Trustees: • Set a special meeting Wednesday to discuss the replacement for fire Chief Randall Pugh, who died last week; • Authorized Township Administrator David Rouan to enter into a $600 one-year ...

On the record – Bloomfield

WHAT: Township trustee meeting Monday PRESENT: John Beran, Jason Gwinn and Roger Peterson Trustees: • Will contact Orwell Natural Gas about possibly getting gaslines extended to the township. Peterson said trustees also will contact Bristol officials who are also seeking gasline ...