Court date set for man in wife's stabbing death
WARREN - A judge on Tuesday set a June 17 court date for 62-year-old Royce Honaker of Southington, who is accused of killing his wife on July 31.
Honaker was institutionalized last May in an effort to restore his competency and prepare him for trial. Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Andrew Logan also ordered doctors to use medication to help restore competency, since the defendant refused to cooperate with psychologists.
Attorneys on both sides in the case said they still haven't been apprised of the defendant's current status by doctors. They are awaiting a report.
Honaker confessed to a police dispatcher, saying that he had just killed his 58-year-old wife Donna. He hung up when the dispatcher asked more questions.
YSU Foundation exceeds $226 million
YOUNGSTOWN - The Youngstown State University Foundation reported more than $226 million in assets for fiscal year 2013, the university announced Tuesday.
This makes the YSU Foundation the sixth-largest endowment among public universities in Ohio, with a national ranking of 265 out of 849 colleges and universities included in a recent survey.
MCESC to open STEM academy in the Valley
The Mahoning County Educational Service Center plans to open a new academy in the Valley. The Valley STEM+ME2, a year-round school, will focus on STEM as well as manufacturing and engineering with an emphasis on entrepreneurship. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math.
The academy is slated to open in August 2015. It will serve 100 students in ninth and 10th grade.
The MCESC was one of seven applications for prospective STEM schools in the state accepted by The Ohio STEM Committee.
Church to celebrate with fireworks display
WARREN - St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 429 High St., Warren, will celebrate the Resurrection of Christ with a fireworks display taking place just after midnight Sunday.
Event organizer said fireworks will begin at 12:01 a.m. and last approximately 10 to 12 minutes. Residents are welcome to celebrate the Service of the Anastasi with parishioners.
Columbus road crews fix 87,000 potholes
COLUMBUS - The city of Columbus says its road crews have fixed nearly 87,000 potholes since the beginning of the year - about half of them in the past month.
The city said Monday that 43,063 potholes were filled during an intensive monthlong effort that began March 17 - thousands more than in previous springs.
Employees worked 24 hours a day as weather permitted during the last two weeks in March fixing streets that had become pock-marked during an unusually snowy and cold winter. Two weeks of 12-hour days followed that.
Judge considers stay in gay marriage ruling
CINCINNATI - Attorneys for the state of Ohio asked a federal judge Tuesday to stay his decision ordering the state to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples performed in other states, a request the judge said he was inclined to grant.
The state attorneys said in a court filing they would not object to the request by four couples who sued in February to have both spouses listed on their children's birth certificates, but urged Judge Timothy Black to stay Monday's ruling for everyone else.
"This court's order is a momentous change in Ohio's marriage law, that will require widespread - but in light of appeal, possibly temporary - changes in Ohio law," they wrote. "The public interest and other parties are not served by such confusion."
Staff, wire reports