Day of Remembrance set for slain children
WARREN - Parents of Murdered Children will hold their annual Day of Remembrance at 6 p.m. Sunday at the log cabin in downtown Warren.
All the families and friends of homicide victims are invited to come and commemorate their loved ones by sending up balloons with messages of love, meet with others who can understand how you feel and enjoy fellowship together.
For information, call Miriam at 330-675-2552.
Bomb squad called to Youngstown church
NILES - The Youngstown bomb squad was called to investigate a suspicious briefcase found on the steps of local church on Thursday.
A church employee at Central Baptist Church, 1301 North Road, reported finding the briefcase around 10:45 a.m.
No explosives were found in the briefcase.
Fire department check presentation set for today
NEWTON FALLS - CSX today will present a $5,000 check to the Newton Falls Joint Fire Department.
The money is to be used to purchase and install smoke detectors in residential properties.
Board OKs Medicaid proposal as single issue
COLUMBUS - Supporters of a proposal to expand Medicaid can now begin collecting signatures in a campaign that could put the issue before Ohio voters next year.
The Ohio Ballot Board cleared the proposal on Thursday as a single issue. The decision is the latest step for backers of extending the federal-state health program for the poor and disabled.
The group Healthy Ohioans Work needs roughly 116,000 signatures in their campaign.
The General Assembly would then have four months to act on the proposed law.
If legislators pass, amend or take no action, then a supplemental petition may be circulated to get the issue before Ohio voters in November 2014.
Supporters say they would rather have the GOP-controlled Legislature pass Medicaid expansion than to put the issue before voters.
Trial set in alleged hospital mercy shooting
AKRON - A competency ruling clears the way for the Oct. 28 trial of a man charged with shooting his wife of 45 years in a hospital intensive care unit in a suspected mercy killing.
Sixty-eight-year-old John Wise of Massillon is charged with aggravated murder in last year's shooting of his 65-year-old wife, Barbara, in the ICU unit of Akron General Medical Center. She died the next morning.
Wise has pleaded not guilty.
A court official in Akron tells The Independent in Massillon that a competency evaluation stipulated that Wise is fit to stand trial. A pretrial hearing was held Wednesday.
A friend said Barbara Wise had been disabled by a stroke and that the couple had agreed they never wanted to become disabled in a nursing home.
Tickets on sale for Taste of Home
Tickets are on sale for the annual Taste of Home cooking school sponsored by the Tribune Chronicle. The show will take place Oct. 8 at the W.D. Packard Music Hall, 1703 Mahoning Ave. N.W., Warren.
Along with the chance to win a door prize, those who buy a ticket at $10 for general admission can win a table top KitchenAid mixer if they donate a nonperishable food item at the door.
Goodie bags full of coupons and more also will be offered to all attendees and include a cookbook with the recipes featured in the day's presentation, led by culinary specialist, chef Eric Villegas.
For more information and to buy tickets, contact Sue Shafer at 330-841-1696 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or click on the Taste of Home button, just above the poll question on the Tribune Chronicle home page, at www.tribtoday.com.
Staff, wire reports