Man gets unwanted pickup passenger
WARREN - A Parkman Road man told police that a knife-wielding male jumped into the bed of his pickup truck Thursday night at a Garden Street residence.
Ronald White Sr., 55, of Parkman Road N.W., told police that the known assailant eventually shattered the rear window of the truck's cab and stole the keys out of the ignition.
White was not injured, according to the police report.
Student due in court on weapon charge
NILES - A student at Niles McKinley High School will appear before a judge Wednesday after he was found in possession of a folding knife while at school.
Caleb Hall, 18, 548 Stanton Ave., was arrested and charged with fifth-degree felony possession of a deadly weapon.
According to a police report, a teacher at the school found a folding- style trench knife in the hall outside his classroom on Sept. 12.
School officials interviewed Hall then brought the matter to the police.
After Hall told police he brought the knife to school, he was arrested and booked at the Trumbull County Jail.
Registration is on for Make A Difference Day
WARREN - Make A Difference Day is marking its 11th anniversary locally and 23rd nationally Oct. 26, a day volunteers will spend improving their communities.
Project registration forms for the Tribune Chronicle's Make A Difference Day will be running regularly until the Oct. 11 deadline.
Those who have further questions, need more information or would like to volunteer can contact Tribune Chronicle events coordinator Sue Shafer at 330-841-1696 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bromfield's 'Big House' to reopen at Malabar
LUCAS - Ohio natural resources officials are set to re-open the historic home of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Louis Bromfield after several months of renovations and restoration.
The Big House reopens at 10 a.m. today as part of Malabar Farm State Park's annual Heritage Days fall festival, which runs today and Sunday.
Bromfield's 32-room residence and farm were a popular getaway for Hollywood's elite in the 1940s and 1950s. Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall were married there in 1945.
The festival will feature 75 traditional crafters, vintage farm equipment and a Civil War encampment.
Poles and bait will be provided for a stocked fishing pond that's open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. A free square dance is scheduled from 7 to 10 p.m. today.
Ohio college leaders begin collaboration
COLUMBUS - Gov. John Kasich has named the higher education leaders who will lead collaboration on which construction projects Ohio's public colleges and universities will include in next year's capital budget.
Kasich kicked off the latest round of collaborative budget discussions at a meeting with about 20 college and university presidents Friday. The Republican governor has taken the unusual step of asking higher education institutions to cooperate rather than compete for state cash.
He named Ohio University president Roderick McDavis as chair and Southern State Community College president Kevin Boys as vice chair of the several-month effort.
Ex-deputy gets prison for baby-sitting rape
MARION - A former Ohio sheriff's deputy convicted of raping a 5-year-old girl he was baby-sitting has been sentenced to 15 years to life in prison.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says 28-year-old Randy Spencer was sentenced Friday in Marion County Common Pleas Court in central Ohio.
A jury last week found Spencer guilty of four counts of rape. A statement from DeWine says the crimes happened between June 2012 and April 2013 while Spencer was baby-sitting the child in Marion County.
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Spencer was employed at the time as a corrections officer in Delaware County and an auxiliary officer in Marion County. He also previously worked as a Marion County sheriff's deputy.
Defense attorney Rocky Ratliff has said Spencer will appeal his conviction. Ratliff did not immediately return a call Friday.