Local News

Commercial building review increase proposed

WARREN — The Trumbull County Building Inspection department is seeking $152,000 more in funding in 2018, but if the county raises fees for commercial inspections to match national and state standards, the department’s additional revenue could be more than enough to cover the increase, the ...

Hunt brings families together

MECCA — Monday marked the start of gun season for deer, and hunters said the sport brings their family members together. Paul Capito, 45, of Howland has taken his stepdaughter, Jennifer Freeman, hunting since she was 5 years old. Now 30, Freeman, of Cortland, is bringing along her ...

Group pays $3M to name amphitheater

The Youngstown Foundation will give $3 million to the city of Youngstown for a downtown amphitheater. In return, it will receive naming rights to the venue for 20 years, and it will be known as The Youngstown Foundation Amphitheater. The money is the first gift to the project from the ...

Newton gravesite mixup is resolved

NEWTON TOWNSHIP — Township trustees approved an agreement Monday with a local woman whose family was buried in the wrong gravesite plots. A month ago, Julie Lemon, 36, of Newton Falls discovered that her sister, Jessica L. Erickson, father, the Rev. Joseph T. Henderson Sr., and mother, ...

At a glance

Elections board certifies results WARREN — The Trumbull County Board of Elections at a special meeting Monday certified the results for all candidates and issues on the Nov. 7 general election. Director Stephanie Penrose said there were no close races that warranted a recount, and no ...

Communities receive CHIP grant for housing upgrades

GIRARD — Three local cities were awarded $1 million in a Community Housing Impact and Preservation federal grant to help residents in low-income neighborhoods make improvements to their homes. Girard Mayor James Melfi said Monday that Niles will receive $400,000 of the grant, Girard ...

Truck driver flees after crash

WARREN — A two-vehicle accident about 10 a.m. Monday left the driver of one car stranded in a post office parking lot and the other driver absent. Witnesses said a construction vehicle traveling north on Niles Road SE hit a car and a telephone pole before going off the road into a wooded ...

Bristol kicks off the cheer

BRISTOL — Township native Alysha Merlino said when she and her family return to the community each year at the holidays she is amazed by the decorations at the local park. ‘‘This is where I grew up. I was on the park lighting committee before. It has drastically changed since ...

’Tis the season for deer

Deer gun season is upon us and hunters can expect to encounter similar numbers of deer this year as compared to years past. Gun season for deer, which starts today, lasts through the week before a one-week break followed by two days of weekend shooting Dec. 15 to 16. John Windau, wildlife ...

Christmas in the Square set for Friday

WARREN — The third annual Christmas in the Square returns to downtown Warren Friday. The event runs 5 to 8 p.m., with the parade kicking off at City Hall at 5:30 p.m. This year’s parade marshal is Warren pediatrician Dr. John O. Vlad and master of ceremonies will be Pastor Todd Johnson of ...

Newton Falls looks to lease center

NEWTON FALLS — Village Council has agreed to offer local, non-profit organizations the opportunity to lease the community center. While each member of council has discussed numerous ways to address issues with the building, for the first time, at a recent meeting, council agreed to look ...

Pastor grateful for upcoming ALICE training

WEATHERSFIELD — When Pastor Ron Blakeman of Mineral Ridge Church of Christ was approached about the possibility of receiving ALICE training through the police department, he welcomed the opportunity. Blakeman, 57, is one of several church leaders in Weathersfield who will participate in ...

Drilling concerns in Bristol

BRISTOL — Messick Road residents told trustees they are tired of the loud noise, odor and road damage they said is caused by drilling at a property near their home. Bob and Julie Letavish said the strong diesel fuel odor has been constant and bright spotlights from the property illuminate ...

Christmas event in Cortland

Cortland downtown businesses sponsored the Gingerbread Walk on Saturday. A contest was held at the Opera House and was one of the attractions during the event which kicked off the Christmas season.Saturday at the Cortland Gingerbread Walk. Santa Claus was also present, playing Christmas ...

Teddy Roosevelt picked for Navy job

Editor’s note: This is part of a weekly series marking the 120th anniversary of Niles native William McKinley’s U.S. presidency. By MIKE WILSON President McKinley continued to forge relationships with Congress to approve his economic policies as he would host multiple groups of ...

At a glance

Group sets injection well discussion in Brookfield BROOKFIELD — A town hall-style panel discussion about proposed injection wells in the township has been set for 7 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday at the Brookfield fire hall, 774 state Route 7 NE. The purpose of the event, hosted by a group of ...

Still grieving for son

GIRARD — The suburban home on Wellman Avenue blends in with the rest — it’s well-kept, meticulously landscaped and across the street from a school — the kind of home many would choose to raise a family, and that’s just what the Leos did. It’s the childhood home of Justin Leo, ...

Case gets exposure

One person stands in the way of U.S. Air Force Maj. Karl Hoerig’s family getting justice for his murder, according to a “48 Hours” special on the case that aired Saturday night on CBS. Three weeks after Hoerig’s brother, Paul, returned from Brazil with the news magazine’s crew, he ...

Recovering addict thankful for sobriety

WARREN — Ashley Johnson’s life began swirling out of control nearly two years ago when her father, Darren Ball, died in February 2016. A single mother of four, Johnson already was addicted to prescription painkillers she began taking earlier to handle stress she was experiencing as a ...

Sewer fixes coming to Star Allotment area

WARREN — A promise made to southwest-side residents to repair the long-neglected sewers and streets in the area known as Star Allotment finally may be coming to fruition. Council approved a $570,000 sanitary sewer project, which will require the city’s sewer division to provide $347,770 ...