Woman's body found
in city ditch identified
YOUNGSTOWN - The Mahoning County Coroner's Office has identified the body of a woman found in a city ditch on Tuesday.
Shaina D. Criss, 21, of Clarksburg, W.Va., was found about noon in the ditch on Keogh Avenue, between Ridley Avenue and McGuffey Road, on the city's East Side.
There was no identification with the body. However, in a statement issued Wednesday, the coroner's office explained that investigators found Criss' purse lying nearby on the road and that a cell phone inside it led them to her local family members. Family confirmed her identity.
An autopsy performed Wednesday revealed scrapes and bruises on her skin. However, Dr. Joseph Ohr, who performed the autopsy, said there was no evidence of inflicted lethal trauma, sexual assault or pregnancy.
Community center offers free food distribution
WARREN - The United Methodist Community Center will hold a free food distribution from 10 a.m to noon today at the Warren First United Methodist Church, 309 N. Park Ave.
Those needing food are asked to go to the back door to receive food on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information call 330-373-6489, Ext. 200.
Federal grant to help Valley 'medical pipeline'
Federal grant dollars used ''to improve the medical pipeline'' from middle school to residency that have been given to a medical school in Toledo will benefit the Mahoning Valley, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown announced Wednesday.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded the Ohio Area Health Education Center $813,000, part of which will go toward the Eastern Ohio Metro AHEC, which includes Trumbull, Mahoning, Ashtabula and Columbiana counties.
The grant will let Ohio AHEC maintain and enhance the network linking health profession training programs and community partners in rural and underserved areas, according to Brown's release.
20 Under Twenty nominations sought
WARREN - Nominations are being accepted for the Tribune Chronicle's inaugural 20 Under Twenty program.
For the program, the paper is honoring 20 individuals younger than 20 for their outstanding volunteer work as well as academic achievements.
A magazine featuring the chosen individuals will be published by the Tribune Chronicle, and award recipients will be invited to a banquet early December.
1.8M people in Ohio fall below poverty line
New census figures show that the number of Ohioans who fall below the poverty line is around 1.8 million.
The Census Bureau reports that Ohio's poverty rate stayed steady at 16.3 percent in 2012. It was just a slight change from the 16.4 percent rate in 2011. Only six other states had more people in poverty.
Around the state, 36 percent of the people living in Cleveland and Cuyahoga County had income below the poverty level. Franklin County in central Ohio was at 22 percent while Hamilton County and Cincinnati were just under 20 percent.
Ohio college gets nearly $3M for job training
CINCINNATI - Federal funding of nearly $3 million will go to a southwest Ohio college to help unemployed workers through job training programs.
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown said Wednesday that the $2.75 million from the U.S. Department of Labor will allow Cincinnati State Technical and Community College to develop and expand innovative job training programs in the manufacturing field.
Staff, wire reports