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County hires new forensic pathologist

WARREN — The Trumbull County coroner is hiring a forensic pathologist. Dr. George C Sterbenz, the former chief deputy medical examiner in Summit County, was selected, according to coroner Dr. Thomas James. “He comes to us with 28 years of knowledge and experience. We are both fortunate ...

Couple hurt when porch collapses

WEATHERSFIELD — When George and Anna Forrester walked out their back door at 2198 Harmon St. shortly after 10 a.m. Friday, the concrete porch floor buckled and collapsed, dropping them six feet onto the ground. “It happened so fast,” Anna Forrester, 54, said. “My husband already was ...

Mathews meeting canceled

VIENNA — A special meeting of the Mathews Board of Education scheduled this morning, likely to discuss the district’s next DARE officer, has been canceled. A release issued early Friday morning by the district stated the meeting was to consider appointment of public employees and ...

Columbiana Dems pick chairman

LISBON — The Columbiana County Democratic Party selected Charley Kidder as its new chairman. According to Tribune Chronicle news partner WKBN, Kidder is a Lisbon resident and operates his law practice in Salem. He is magistrate of Mayors’ Court in Wellsville and is foreclosure ...

On the record – McDonald

WHAT: Village council meeting Wednesday PRESENT: Brian Fisher, Ray Lewis, Richard Harvey, Scott Seitz, Michael O’Brien and Mayor Glen Puckett ABSENT: Walt Bradley Council: • Gave first reading to increase the rental property application registration from $30 to $40 per year and ...

On the record – Newton

WHAT: Township trustee meeting Tuesday PRESENT: John Nemet, Pete Augusta and Doreen Lutz Trustees: • Discussed the need to pave roads at West Side Cemetery, St. Michael Cemetery and Lutheran Church Cemetery. Trustees will get cost estimates on the work and also speak to the cemetery ...

On the record – Niles

WHAT: Niles Board of Education meeting Thursday PRESENT: Mary Ann McMahon, Tony Perrone, Susan Longacre, Rebecca DePanicis and Bobby Seifert The board: • Approved the Niles High School speech team’s trip Feb. 28 to March 2 to compete in the Ohio Speech and Debate Association’s ...

Black History Month events

• Today and Sunday — Trumbull County NAACP will hold its annual “Black History” series. Several Black History events and activities are scheduled by the local chapter of the NAACP at Trumbull Community Action Program, 1230 Palmyra Road, Warren. Today, the museum and vendor expo is 1 to ...

Property transfers

Property transfers recorded in Trumbull County Feb. 14-20: Brookfield Gregory and Deborah J. Morocco to Kenneth L. and Lanora L. James, 8102 Warren Sharon, $65,000 Jon E. and Jody S. Hansen to Timothy S. Russell, 1957 Sharon Hogue, $172,000 Champion David L. and Marie Zook to William N. ...

Howard Hanna Real Estate Services sets four Open House events

Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, the third-largest real estate company in the country, will host four Open House event weekends — beginning today and Sunday — to provide home buyers convenient opportunities to explore thousands of houses that are available for sale in their ...

Opinions split on gas tax hike

For a complete statewide list of gas tax amounts, click here. Every penny counts for Elaine and Ron Benka of Howland. It’s the 18 pennies they weren’t counting on possibly having to pay every time they gas up their Chevrolet Suburban that could put their funds on empty. “We’re on a ...

Air museum founder never said ‘no’

WARREN — Describing Bill Griffin as a man who would never say “no” if someone else needed a helping hand, friends remembered the longtime community member who made many contributions to the area, including establishing the Ernie Hall Aviation Museum in Howland. Griffin, 53, died Tuesday ...

Calls to release planning commission report intensify

WARREN — Trumbull County commissioners support the idea of releasing a report investigating claims lobbied back and forth between two other county officials in the interest of transparency, said Commissioner Dan Polivka. However, the three commissioners are only three of the 11 members on ...

Achievers Association will honor 8 Saturday

WARREN — A musician, several pastors, an educator and several other community leaders will join several hundred previous honorees of the Trumbull County African American Achievers Association Hall of Fame. The 34th annual Hall of Fame dinner will be 6 p.m. Saturday at DiVieste’s ...

Officials explain sewer project costs in Liberty

LIBERTY — Tibbetts Wick Road resident John Demetruk said 90 percent of the residents on his road are on fixed incomes and cannot afford to tap into a planned sewer line. However, county officials said they will work with low-to-moderate-income residents in the area to provide funding ...

Logging opponents continue to decry Falls district’s plan

NEWTON FALLS — Bids to harvest timber on 42 acres of primeval forest the Newton Falls school district owns on the school campus are due today, but some residents still disagree with having the trees cut down. “Your financial crisis is waging a war against the environment,” said Patti ...

Tractor-trailer loses steel coil on Interstate 80

LIBERTY — The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a two-vehicle crash that occurred Thursday morning on Interstate 80. A patrol report states Leudes Batista, 42, of Marlborough, Mass., was westbound on I-80 in a cargo van towing a trailer and Bryan K. Shaffer, 51, of Salem, was ...

N. Falls apartment fire causes $275,000 in damage

NEWTON FALLS — The cause of a fire at an apartment building on Ravenna Road that caused between $250,000 and $275,000 in damages last week has not been determined and is being ruled accidental. Newton Falls Joint Fire District Chief Doug Theobald said Thursday the first floor of the ...

On the record – Mathews

WHAT: Board of Education meeting Wednesday PRESENT: Tarin Brown, Michele Garman, Tom Gifford, James Pegg and Rex Rager The Board: • Heard from parent Matthew Zoccole if any discussion or counseling has been provided to students who used to attend DARE programs led by former DARE officer ...

Church sexual abuse survivors demand transparency

VATICAN CITY — Survivors of clergy sex abuse Wednesday demanded transparency, zero tolerance for abuse and accountability for religious superiors who cover up for rapists, setting a confrontational tone on the eve of Pope Francis’ high-stakes abuse prevention summit. The victims also ...