Girard man gets prison in burglary
WARREN - A 28-year-old Girard man was sentenced to five years in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to burglarizing a Newton Township home on Sept. 22.
James Tingler of Oakview Drive has remained in Trumbull County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bond. He faces similar burglary or receiving stolen property charges in other courts in Trumbull and Mahoning counties. He also has served time in prison for a receiving stolen property conviction.
At the West River Road home in Newton Township, neighbors spotted Tingler and another man, who was never arrested. The men told neighbors they were looking for a lost dog.
A license plate number was given to police, and Tingler had pawned jewelry that was stolen in Austintown.
Attic fire damages Hubbard home
HUBBARD - An afternoon fire at a home on 20 Princeton Ave. appears to have started in the attic, firefighters said.
Fire crews were called around 2 p.m. Wednesday to the home, where the people who were inside at the time were able to make it outside safely, according to Tribune Chronicle newspartner WYTV 33 News. A cause and a damage estimate have not yet been determined.
Council holds up on sale of golf course
WARREN - An effort to hang a for sale sign at the Old Avalon Golf Course ran into objections Wednesday night from several City Council members who believe the nearly 150 acres of land in Howland Township can still be beneficial to the city.
Councilman Dan Sferra, D-at large, who sponsored the sale legislation, said the closed course is losing value each day no decision is made.
"If there is a sale, I would like the money to be used specifically for development and demolition projects," Sferra told his fellow council members.
Councilman Eddie Colbert, D-7th Ward, said he is hesitant because he does not have a "clue to how much the golf course could sell for."
"We do not know the value of the mineral rights under the course," Colbert said. "I do not know whether it should sell for $500,000 or $2 million."
Councilman Jim Valesky, D-at Large said, ''I believe if we can get good management, this course can be money-making."