Mathews rescinds strike set for today
VIENNA - Mathews School District employees, who were poised to strike today, rescinded their strike notice.
Custodians, food service workers and bus drivers in district's Ohio Association of Public School Employees Local 611 filed a 10-day strike notice March 4, forewarning of their absence after rejecting the board of education's "last, best and final" offer on their collective bargaining agreement.
Superintendent Lew Lowery said the workers decided to rescind the notice on March 7 after meeting with a mediator a few days prior.
The two sides will come before a mediator on Tuesday to continue contract negotiation, though Lowery said the board's last offer has not changed since. Among the contract's sticking points are the number of personal days allowed to each employee, severance pay, summer work rates and base salary increase.
Warren council to discuss redestricting
WARREN - Warren city councilmen John Brown and Vince Flask will discuss proposed city ward redistricting at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Knights of Columbus, 1947 E. Market St., at the gathering of the Northeast Warren Neighborhood Association, which has canceled its meeting Monday.
Extra patrols planned for holiday weekend
WARREN TOWNSHIP - The Warren Township Police Department has announced that it will conduct extra patrols from March 14 to 18 as area residents celebrate St. Patrick's Day.
Officers will look for violations for speed, seat belt and distracted drivers.
"We urge drivers to use caution on the roadways, and have a designated driver," Chief Donald Bishop said.
WARREN - Police are investigating two burglaries Wednesday on the city's northwest side.
Officers responded to a call at about 10 a.m. after a woman told police a man she knows entered her home on Peace Avenue N.W., punched her and took several items from her purse.
Mathew S. Burroughs, 30, 53 Royal Mall Drive, was charged with one felony count of aggravated burglary.
Police said that victim left her back door ajar while taking out the garbage, and when she returned Burroughs was inside waiting for her.
About 1:45 p.m., police were called to a home on Maryland Street N.W. where a witness said two males took a video game console, a television and jewelry, and ran out the back door. The back door was also damaged.
No arrests have been made, and the investigation is ongoing in that case.
Police look for person in hit-and-run incident
LIBERTY - Liberty police are looking for a suspect in a hit-and-run incident early Sunday.
David Blair, 21, of Girard, was struck by a car around 4 a.m. as he was walking along Churchill Road on the state Route 11 overpass. Blair was taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center by Liberty Fire, according to a township police report.
A police department spokesman was unavailable for comment.
Charges allege man
held mother, daughter
HOWLAND - Police arrested local resident Chad Summers early Wednesday on charges of abduction, assault and aggravated burglary with the intent to inflict harm after he was accused of holding a mother and daughter against their will.
Police were called to a mobile home at 176 Shady Lane Circle just after midnight. The two women burst out of the home, pursued by Summers, who was handcuffed by police, according to a police report.
Summers is accused of breaking into the locked home and threatening the two with a knife. He told the daughter, "You're going to watch your mother die," the report states. While Summers was distracted, the mother called police
The victim is Summers' ex-girlfriend, the report states.