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On the record – Cortland

WHAT: Lakeview Board of Education meeting Monday PRESENT: Donna Zuga, Mary Williams, Larry Sherer, Jennifer Nicholas and Troy Adair The board: • Approved a contract for special education and other services from Trumbull County Educational Service Center at $537,459; • Passed a motion ...

On the record – Southington

WHAT: Township trustee meeting Wednesday PRESENT: Sam Plott and Bob Reader ABSENT: Dan Tietz Trustees: • Discussed load limits for township roads and possibly implementing a permit system for heavy vehicles. Plott said trustees will have roads tested for limits; • Approved new ...

On the record – Bazetta

WHAT: Township trustee meeting Monday PRESENT: Ted Webb and Frank Parke ABSENT: Paul Hovis Trustees: • Presented a certificate of appreciation to fire Chief Dennis Lewis for his securing more than $2 million in grants for the department during his time as chief; • Approved $2,089 ...

On the record – Warren

WHAT: City Council regular meeting Wednesday PRESENT: Larry Larson, Alford Novak, John Brown Jr., Danielle Polivka, Cheryl Saffold, Eugene Mach, Eddie Colbert, Dan Sferra, Helen Rucker and Council President James Graham. ABSENT: Mark Forte Council: • Passed an ordinance increasing the ...

Pat Rogan of Greene, left, and Karen Zehr of Howland protested the death penalty Wednesday on Courthouse Square in Warren as the state executed Gary Otte, 45, for the 1992 murders of Robert Wasikowski and Sharon Kostura outside of Cleveland. Otte quoted the Bible in his final moments.
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Ohio executes man convicted of back-to-back 1992 killings

LUCASVILLE — A man convicted of killing two people in back-to-back robberies in suburban Cleveland in 1992 was executed Wednesday as family members of his victims looked on. The prison system announced the time of death for Gary Otte as 10:54 a.m. following the administration of three ...

Death penalty protesters spread message in Warren

WARREN — As they held up signs on Courthouse Square condemning state-sponsored executions, a group of women and men grew silent and bowed their heads at 10 a.m. Wednesday. At that moment, Gary Otte, 45, was being put to death at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville for the ...

High court upholds death penalty for Trumbull County murderer

The Ohio Supreme Court on Wednesday affirmed the conviction and death sentence of Trumbull County murderer David Martin. The high court unanimously upheld the murder, attempted murder and other felony convictions, while the court voted 6-1 to uphold the death sentence for Martin in the ...

Tribune Chronicle / Renee Fox
Ed Agler, volunteer director of the Trumbull County Agriculture and Family Education Center in Cortland, explains how the center helps local farmers cooperate with the many federal regulations imposed on the industry.

Agriculture center assists farmers, others

CORTLAND — The Trumbull County Agriculture and Family Education Center helps support the county’s biggest industry — agriculture — but also provides residents with a plethora of other services. The center, which grew to include an outdoor classroom this week, houses several agencies, ...

Coach accused of fondling Lordstown athletes pleads guilty

WARREN — A former volleyball and assistant girls basketball coach at Lordstown High School pleaded guilty Wednesday to a bill of information charging him in the fondling of two 13-year-old female students who were on his volleyball team last school year. Richard E. Knox, 45, Virginia Drive, ...

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Kevin Lemon, left, and Kim Chitwood, both with Tree Trimmin’ Express, load 50 cases of bottled water onto a 57-foot trailer Wednesday as part of a collection for Hurricane Irma victims in Florida. The company donated the water, the trailer and its employees’ time. Supervising the work is Joe Sofchek with the Mosquito Lake State Park Marina, where the collection is being held through Sunday.

Irma victims getting help from the county

BAZETTA — A team of volunteers is camped out at the Mosquito Lake State Park Marina, loading supplies for Hurricane Irma victims, and will be accepting donations to fill a semi-truck trailer through Sunday. Joe Sofchek, a retired Bazetta police officer, said he spends a lot of time in ...

Liberty considers water district

LIBERTY — With the water contract between Liberty and Trumbull County expiring in 2020, township officials are reviewing different water options, including possibly forming a water district. Trustee Jodi Stoyak said at Monday’s trustees meeting a section of Liberty, north of state Route ...

Warren approves fire contract; hires firm for federal lawsuit

WARREN — The contract between the International Association of Firefighters Local 204 and the city officially was ratified by City Council Wednesday, giving the firefighters the same contract approved by other city departments last year before the income tax increase was approved by ...

Brookfield set to meet on emergency plan for township

BROOKFIELD — Township trustees have asked the director of the Trumbull County Emergency Management Agency to attend the Oct. 2 meeting to help the township create an emergency plan and safety protocol. Trustee Gary Lees said he has contacted Linda Beil to discuss having a plan in place in ...

Ex-Niles auditor pleads not guilty in corruption case

WARREN — The former auditor of Niles pleaded not guilty Wednesday to nine charges connected to the former mayor’s political corruption case, according to Trumbull County Common Pleas Court. Charles Nader, 64, 525 Washington St., is free on a $25,000 bond and a jury trial is set Dec. 11, ...

On the record: Howland

WHAT: Township trustee meeting Tuesday PRESENT: Rick Clark, Matt Vansuch and Jim Lapolla Trustees: • Heard from resident John Keegan about traffic issues at the intersection of state Route 46 and East Market Street, also known as Howland Corners. Clark said there was lane striping to ...

On the record: Leavittsburg

WHAT: LaBrae Board of Education meeting Monday PRESENT: Tim Gibson, Virginia Blaney, Diane Duncan and Gary Morton ABSENT: Russell Sewell The board: • Approved the tuition rate of $2,922 set by the Ohio Department of Education; • Transferred Jason Diaz from intervention teacher to ...

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Cleveland Indians fans celebrate the Tribe’s 2-0 win over the Detroit Tigers Tuesday in Cleveland. The Indians won their 20th game in a row, tying the American League record set in 2002. Cleveland plays Detroit again at noon today.

Indians now face old record with asterisk

CLEVELAND (AP) — As they climb toward baseball history with every win, the streaking Cleveland Indians are chasing a hallowed, 101-year-old record that includes an asterisk. A major league asterisk. The 26-game winning string by the 1916 New York Giants includes a tie. “I think I knew ...

Council set to OK five officers for city schools

WARREN — City Council is expected to approve legislation tonight that will allow the city to provide Warren City Schools five resource officers to work in its buildings at a cost of $286,000. However, Superintendent Steve Chiaro on Tuesday said the number of officers in the schools will ...

Dems debate issues in governor’s race

MARTINS FERRY — Ohio Democrats aiming to take back the governor’s office from Republicans met at Martins Ferry High School on Tuesday for the first in a series of six debates to be held across the state before the 2018 primary. Taking the stage Tuesday were former state Rep. Connie ...

Death appears to be from drowning

HERMITAGE, Pa. — A preliminary autopsy report shows that Annakin Gammon, 2, of Sharon, died because of drowning, according to Mercer County Coroner John A. Libonati. Gammon was pronounced dead at 10:23 p.m. Sunday in the emergency room of Sharon Regional Health System after he was found ...