Filing deadline passes for November elections
WARREN - Wednesday at 4 p.m. was the deadline at the Trumbull County Board of Elections for candidates in non-partisan races to appear on the Nov. 5 ballot. A total of 162 people filed for 48 races.
The board will meet Monday to certify the names.
A complete list of filings for city and village councils and boards of trustees, public affairs and education appears on Page 4B.
Trumbull County transit chair stepping down
WARREN - Chairman of the Trumbull County Transit Board, Glenn W. Holmes, is stepping down and will not be serving another term.
Holmes, the mayor of McDonald, said Wednesday after county commissioners approved his resignation that time constraints and other obligations are why he's leaving the board, which oversees the countywide public transportation system.
His term expires Aug. 30. Commissioners will name a replacement.
Woman: Prized chicks killed by wild dogs
WARREN TOWNSHIP - A Tod Avenue woman said two wild dogs killed eight of her prized chickens Wednesday morning.
Mary Smith said she reported the matter to township police but was told there was not much officers could do about it. She said the dogs ran into the woods when she realized what had happened. She said eight of her 10 Buckeye chicks, all 3 months old, were killed.
"It's just heart-breaking," Smith said. "I hadn't even realized the dogs had gotten in the fence."
She said she has no idea where the dogs came from, but that they ran toward Warren.
Police report accidental shooting in Warren
WARREN - A city man was wounded Tuesday in what police reported was an accidental shooting.
Police were called to Trumbull Memorial Hospital about 4:30 p.m. in reference to a gunshot wound, according to a Warren police report. Michael Holmes, 34, of Sidell Court N.E., told police he was the victim of an accidental discharge.
Police did not identify who shot the gun or how seriously Holmes was wounded. No other information was provided.
County jail workers granted 25-cent raise
WARREN - Trumbull County commissioners on Wednesday approved an agreement between the county sheriff and corrections workers in the jail that gives them a raise of a quarter an hour.
Jim Keating, county director of human resources, said the wage increase for each of the 66 corrections officers, who are members of United Auto Workers Local 1112, amounts to an additional cost of about $35,000. The pay increase is retroactive to July 1, 2012, and runs through the remainder of the contract, which expires in December 2014.
The bargaining agreement, which originally called for a wage freeze, also contained a re-opener clause to discuss wages for 2013.
Trumbull institutes employee wellness
WARREN - Trumbull County commissioners Wednesday approved an employee wellness program and biometric screening. It's hoped the program will lead to improved employee health and consequently, lower health care costs, according to commissioners.
Zachary Svette, chairman of the Wellness Committee, said the biometric screening will include blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol and body mass index testing.
Any employee with a BMI greater than 27.5, which is in the overweight category, can participate in a 16-week ''Lose and Win Program'' put on by the YMCA to provide nutritional and fitness assistance, Svette said.
The program will cost $38,500.