Farm worker dies in manure storage lagoon
DORSET TOWNSHIP - A farm worker who died Saturday morning at a Dorset Township farm is believed to have drowned in a manure storage lagoon after a tractor mishap, the Star Beacon in Ashtabula County reported.
Santos Medina DeJesus, 41, was pinned by the tractor he was driving and drowned in the manure storage lagoon at Comp Dairy Farm, 3015 Allen-Comp Road, said Richard Mongell, Ashtabula County coroner's investigator. deJesus had worked at the farm for five months and was in charge of removing manure from a barn and pushing it into the lagoon.
Deputies found a tractor overturned in the lagoon, estimated to be four feet deep. A firefighter entered the lagoon, tethered by a rope and located the submerged body.
Coroner finds no foul play in boy's death
HOWLAND - The death of 7-year-old Cormaree Floyd was due to natural causes and no evidence of foul play or wrongdoing was detected, according to a ruling issued Tuesday by Trumbull County Coroner Dr. Humphrey Germaniuk.
Floyd was found unresponsive in his High Street home Nov. 1 by his father, Corey Floyd. Germaniuk said at the time there were no signs of abuse to the child.
The coroner awaited results of toxicology tests before issuing his official ruling. Germaniuk said the autistic boy had an extensive medical history and died of complications from a seizure disorder.
Youngstown teachers reach pact with district
YOUNGSTOWN - Youngstown City School District teachers have a new three-year contract.
The Youngstown Board of Education on Tuesday unanimously approved the tentative agreement ratified Monday by the Youngstown Education Association which ends months of negotiations and extensions.
Teachers will get a 2 percent raise per year for three years. Teachers will pay 10 percent of their health care premium starting March 1. The new contract is retroactive to July 1 and runs until June 30, 2016.
Tribune Chronicle news partner WYTV 33 News reported that teachers received no pay increases from 2006 to 2010 and received 1 percent increases 2010 to 2013.
Burglary defendants appear in court
WARREN - Two men pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of burglary following their arrest Monday afternoon.
Jerami Dion Wells, 23, 3149 Aris St. N.W., and Daryl Coleman, 20, 1875 Ferndale Ave. S.W., were scheduled to return Dec. 26 to Warren Municipal Court.
Police said they arrested both men shortly before 1 p.m. hiding in the attic at 446 Lamphier Place N.E. following a burglary in progress.
Teasha Nicole Washington, 24, of Summit Street N.W., also pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a charge of burglary in connection with a break-in at 158 Meadowbrook Avenue S.E.
Alleged bicycle bandit arrested; others sought
WARREN - Police here arrested a bandit on a bicycle they say robbed a drug store Tuesday, and officers still were searching for a pair of men accused of robbing a local car wash.
Richard Ware, 26, of 2843 N. Leavitt Road, was arrested at an address on Chestnut Street N.E. following the 10:30 a.m. robbery at CVS Pharmacy, 620 E. Market St. Witnesses said a man with a knife held up a clerk there.
Police viewed security video before going to Chestnut, finding Ware hiding in a bedroom closet.
Member resigns from Howland park board
HOWLAND - The Howland Township Park Commissioners on Tuesday accepted the resignation of member James LaPolla, who was elected last month as a township trustee.
LaPolla, who served about two years on the park board, won in the general election, defeating incumbent Howland trustee James Saker.
Park board officials said Judge Thomas Townley is scheduled to make an appointment shortly to fill the remaining two years of LaPolla's term.