Warren police investigating burglaries
WARREN - City police are investigating recent reports of three burglaries - including one involving the theft of several guns.
According to reports, Mark S. Morrison, 54, Hall Street, told police someone broke into his home on Sunday and took copper pipes along with two shotguns and a rifle.
Also on Sunday, Frank J. Sarna, 52, Southern Boulevard, told police that someone came into his home and took several items including a printer.
On Monday, Aaron Wells, 20, Southern Boulevard, reported that a TV and three LeBron James T-shirts were taken from his apartment.
Ryan meets with guns rights advocates
WARREN - U.S. Rep. Timothy J. Ryan, D-Niles, met with gun rights advocates Tuesday to discuss ways to develop legislation to address gun violence.
It was Ryan's second meeting on the issue; he met with police and other law enforcement officials on Jan. 31 for their perspective. Next, the Democrat plans to meet with mental health and education groups for their perspective before introducing legislation, maybe in the next few weeks.
Participants Tuesday came from rural and urban areas around Ohio and included a gun dealer and sportsmen.
Salem cop suspended for OVI charge
SALEM - A police officer here has been suspended without pay after being charged with drunken driving.
Gary A. Poage, 47, of Salem, was charged with OVI and marked lanes after a traffic stop early Sunday on South Broad Street, just south of Fairground Boulevard in Canfield, blowing a 0.260 during a portable breath test. The legal limit in Ohio is 0.08.
According to the Canfield Police Department report, he was placed under administrative license suspension and his driver's license was seized, so he's not permitted to drive. He has not worked since the incident because he was already scheduled to be off.
Poage has been a full-time patrolman with the department since June 1993.
According to records on the Mahoning County Court website, he's scheduled to be arraigned for the misdemeanor charges at 5 p.m. today in Canfield.
Southington BOE seeks to fill opening
SOUTHINGTON - The Southington Board of Education will be seeking interested applicants to fill an opening on the board as member Tim Arbogast has resigned as he is selling his home and moving from the school district.
The board accepted the resignation on Monday.
School Treasurer Janet Ward said applications can be submitted to the school district by noon Tuesday, to the attention of Board President Mike Davis.
She said the person selected by the board will finish the remainder of Arbogast's four-year term, which ends Dec. 31. If the person seeks to return to the board he or she would need to run in the November general election.
Ward said the board has 30 days to fill the opening with a special meeting to be called after the board has received and reviewed the applications.
Hartford, Brookfield to meet over fire services
HARTFORD - Hartford Township trustees have scheduled a work session for 6 p.m. today at the township hall to meet with Brookfield Fire Chief Keith Barrett over fire protection services Brookfield provides to Hartford.