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Valley is ‘booming’

WARREN — President Donald Trump on Monday toured Lordstown Motors Corp.’s all-electric Endurance, calling the startup automaker’s pickup truck an “incredible piece of science, technology. “We’ve been working on this very long and very hard,” Trump told a pool of reporters on the ...

State claws back $28M from GM

LORDSTOWN — General Motors must refund the state $28 million for breaking job creation and retention tax-credit agreements the automaker received in 2008 to retool its former Lordstown assembly plant. The Detroit-based company also must invest $12 million in the Mahoning Valley in education ...

25-year-old named as Warren’s 15th homicide

WARREN — An autopsy of the city’s 15th homicide victim of the year was done Monday, and forensics identified him as 25-year-old Queysean Sallis of Youngstown. According to Kathy Meszaros, chief forensic investigator for the Trumbull County Coroner’s Office, Sallis died of multiple ...

Champion goes remote due to virus cases

CHAMPION — School district officials say Champion High School will go to all-remote learning for grades 9-12 today through Monday after the district reported four additional positive COVID-19 cases. These cases are related to cases announced last week in the school’s football program. ...

Ultium gets $13.8M tax credit from state

LORDSTOWN — A next-gen manufacturing plant General Motors figures will be key in its plan to electrify its vehicle lineup was awarded a state credit that will save the automaker and its foreign partner approximately $13.8 million in payroll taxes. On Monday, the Ohio Tax Credit Authority ...

Mahoning, Trumbull see rise of 20-plus cases

WARREN — Several new coronavirus cases were reported locally Monday by the Ohio Department of Health. Twenty-two new cases were reported in Mahoning County and 20 new cases in Trumbull County. It is one of the few instances in the last month that either county reported a double-digit ...

Trial in Warren killing delayed

YOUNGSTOWN — Six men charged in two separate East Side murder cases won’t be going to trial until next year following pretrial hearings Monday in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court. The trial of three men charged with aggravated murder in the Nov. 18, 2018, shooting death of Christopher ...

Niles removing blight

NILES — Niles residents, specifically those on McDonald Avenue, have something to rejoice about. Monday morning, the Niles Citywide Demolition Program tore down a condemned house at 211 McDonald Ave. as part of an initiative to remove blight from the city. While this demolition isn’t ...

Ex-city worker’s case set for trial

WARREN — A former city worker accused of stealing money from a downtown Warren Christmas celebration fund is scheduled to go to trial Jan. 4, 2021, in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court. Kisha T. Jackson, 44, 2951 Mellgren Drive SW, appeared for a pre-trial hearing Monday before Judge Peter ...

Cortland fills council opening

CORTLAND — City officials at a special meeting Monday named resident John Picuri to fill an unexpired term on council. Picuri will fill the remaining term of former councilwoman Patti Keller, who resigned this summer after her residency changed. Picuri was selected from 13 applicants who ...

Kinsman police chief retires after 44 years

KINSMAN — After 44 years in law enforcement and nearly 30 with the Kinsman Police Department including as the police chief, Leroy Long will be retiring to devote his time to helping at Mosquito Lake State Park and Howland Township Park. Township trustees on Monday praised Long for his ...

Youngstown man pleads in theft case

WARREN — A Youngstown man pleaded guilty Monday to a felony theft charge linking him to the March 28 theft of two riding lawnmowers and other items from the Bazetta Walmart Supercenter. Joshua Hunt, 36, 282 Forest Hill Drive, Youngstown, appeared before Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge ...

Columbus woman gets nine months

WARREN — A Columbus woman received a nine-month prison sentence Monday after being convicted of a cocaine trafficking offense. Shanntel S. Russell, 33, 5277 Hedgewood Road, Columbus, was deemed “high-risk” for probation, Trumbull County Common Pleas Court Judge Peter J. Kontos said in ...

Gun plea leads to 12-month sentence

WARREN — A Warren man on Monday was given a 12-month prison term after he pleaded to three counts of having weapons as a felon. Howard Winkleman, 45, of 216 Meadowbrook Ave. SE, appeared before Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Peter J. Kontos, who also ordered the defendant to forfeit ...

Man accused in arson of church sign

WARREN — A Scott Street NE man is charged with arson after police were called Monday morning to the First United Church of Christ for a suspicious person. William Walker, 29, will be arraigned this morning in Warren Municipal Court. The pastor of the church at 280 E. Market St. saw on ...

Two shootings reported on southwest side

WARREN — Police are investigating a shooting Saturday evening in the 500 block of Parkman Road SW, where a 44-year-old man suffered possible internal injuries, a police report states. Later that same night, police were called to a Martin Luther King Avenue SW home where a man was arrested ...

Couple spent careers in military together

KINSMAN — The first time Theodore Logan saw his future wife, she was surrounded by a group of fighter pilots at an air base in Texas. Virginia Logan was one of few women in uniform when she joined the U.S. Air Force in 1969, and one of even fewer women officers. After earning a degree in ...

Tax agency considering GM credits

The Ohio Tax Credit Authority when it meets today is again expected to take up whether General Motors should repay $60 million in tax credits the automaker received for its former assembly plant in Lordstown. The board also is expected to consider tax incentives for GM’s joint venture with ...

Trumbull prosecutor’s office alums vie for judge

WARREN — The two women running for a seat on the 11th District Court of Appeals used to try criminal cases in the 1990s for the Trumbull County Prosecutor’s Office. Sarah Thomas Kovoor and Judge Cynthia Rice both were assistant prosecutors working in Common Pleas Court for Prosecutor ...

Statewide COVID-19 cases increase by 800

The Ohio Department of Health on Sunday reported 800 new coronavirus cases, bringing the statewide total to 150,809. One new death in the state was reported, bringing that total to 4,741. No new deaths were reported this weekend in the tri-county area. Locally, Mahoning County reported ...