Discarded portable meth lab found in Warren
WARREN - Firefighters here stood by early Tuesday and used a spotlight from a firetruck to light up pieces of a discarded portable methamphetamine operation found in the 400 block of Douglas Street N.W.
Members of a countywide drug unit and Trumbull County's HAZMAT wore protective gear about 1 a.m. to gather up the equipment and ingredients that police say could have been thrown out of a vehicle into the yard.
Authorities said the procedure to manufacture the drug can be very explosive. Agents with the Trumbull-Ashtabula Group Law Enforcement Task Force said they were needed to collect the ingredients as potential evidence.
Agents said they have a ''person of interest'' connected to what was confiscated.
Bomb devices bought at Phantom Fireworks
The older of two brothers suspected in the Boston Marathon bombings bought the pyrotechnic devices from a Phantom Fireworks store in New Hampshire, according to published reports.
The Wall Street Journal reported that Tamerlan Tsarnaev on Feb. 6 bought two "Lock and Load" mortar kits at the Youngstown-based company's Seabrook, N.H., store.
The kits cost $200 each, according to William Weimer, a vice president of Phantom.
This is not the first time items from the local company have been used in attacks or would-be attacks.
In 2010, Faisal Shahzad tried to set off fireworks at New York's Times Square. Those explosives were purchased at a Phantom store in Pennsylvania.
"We've been around this block before, in having an alleged criminal purchase from us," Phantom President Bruce Zoldan told the Wall Street Journal. He said the company was "very happy" to cooperate with authorities.
Tsarnaev's younger brother and fellow suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was charged Monday with using a weapon of mass destruction to kill in the bombings. He could face the death penalty if convicted.
Earth Day effort collects 44,000 pounds of items
WARREN - The Tribune Chronicle's fourth annual Earth Day recycling collection held Monday and Tuesday collected 44,000 pounds of items.
Residents dropped off items at the newspaper's parking lot, where a collection site was set up.
General Manager Len Blose said residents brought newspapers, phone books, hardback books, office paper and mail to be recycled or shredded.
Protect-N-Shred of Cortland took part on Monday, collecting 7,000 pounds of items in six hours to shred.
For each pound of recyclable paper dropped off, River Valley Paper Co. of Akron will make a donation to the Hope Chest Foundation, which serves local residents in need.
Warren: Man reports assault by 15 others
WARREN - A Fifth Street S.W. man said he was assaulted by about 15 men Monday afternoon.
Salon Smith, 22, 1330 Fifth St. S.W., told police he answered his door about 3:30 p.m., and a man he knows who was there began assaulting him.
Reports state Smith told police 15 other men came into his home and began assaulting him before running away.
An uncle drove him to Trumbull Memorial Hospital for treatment, reports state.
Report:?Alcohol taken from Warren bar
WARREN - Reports state about $2,000 worth of beer and liquor was taken from a North Park Avenue bar overnight Sunday.
Police were called to Kiefer's, 1707 N. Park Ave., about 10:25 a.m. Monday, after an employee came to work and saw a glass block window was broken out by a rock.
The bar was locked about 11 p.m. the day before, reports state.