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Shoeboxes bring joy to world’s children

SOUTHINGTON — Area residents, churches and local organizations have spent the past month placing various items in shoeboxes to send to children overseas and across the nation for the holidays. Local drop off sites for the boxes include Wildare United Methodist Church in Bazetta, Living Word ...

Frank LaRose defends voter purge

WARREN — With the 2020 presidential election closing in, Secretary of State Frank LaRose said Ohio is prepared. “When the eyes of the world are on Ohio next year, we’ll be ready,” he said Monday in Warren. LaRose, a Republican, issued a directive earlier this year that required ...

Man threatens brother over lack of support for ‘America’s Got Talent’

WARREN — Police say brothers got violent over refusal to back an “America’s Got Talent” bid. A Niles man pleaded not guilty to charges of domestic violence and aggravated assault following the Sunday altercation with his brother, whom he threatened to kill. Gregory Rarey Jr., 25, of ...

Falls to seek input on improvements

NEWTON FALLS — Village council plans to seek assistance in planning for improvements at community parks by creating a master plan, to include citizen input on what people want for the parks. Council by a 5-0 vote Monday approved seeking proposals from consulting firms for creating a parks ...

Child’s police call aids mother

WARREN — A 7-year-old Northwest Boulevard girl ran to a neighbor’s house and called police at 7:51 a.m.. Sunday, reporting her mother was being beaten. When officers arrived at 2275 Northwest Blvd., the mother, 25, was in the back of the house crying and screaming: “He has my child.” ...

Om: Howland students practice mindfulness

HOWLAND — Students at Howland High School are getting the opportunity to build skills to improve mental health in place of serving a detention with “Mindfulness Monday.” The program kicked off Monday with a half-hour of practicing meditation techniques that focus on dispelling ...

Missing parts hang up intersection

AUSTINTOWN — A $700,000 Ohio Department of Transportation intersection improvement project at Mahoning Avenue and state Route 46 is ongoing, but has exceeded its expected completion date in October. Chalk it up to missing parts. Now completion will wait until spring. The delay is due to ...

Body believed to be missing man

CHAMPION — The Trumbull County Coroner’s Office said Monday it believes the skeletal remains found Saturday near Educational Parkway are those of Ronald L. Reese Jr., 43, missing since around Thanksgiving of last year. Reese went missing Nov. 24 from the Champion area. Dental records are ...

Gunshots cause damage to car

WARREN — A 21-year-old city resident reported someone shot at a vehicle at 6:55 p.m. Thursday, as she and two others were sitting in the 2004 Dodge Neon in the backyard of 3146 Randolph St. NW. City police found six 9 mm shell casings. The car had about $2,000 worth of damage. No arrests ...

EMS contracts to be discussed

KINSMAN — Township officials from Kinsman, Johnston, Greene and Gustavus and emergency medical service administrators from the fire departments will have a joint meeting 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Kinsman Township hall to discuss the current ambulance contract. Johnston fire provides ambulance ...

City resident says shot fired

WARREN — A 985 Main Ave. SW resident reported a shot was fired into his home as he was walking in his backyard at 5:36 p.m Saturday, possibly by someone he knows. The homeowner told police officers he was walking back into the house when he heard what he suspected to be a gunshot. A group ...

Leavittsburg man sentenced for kicking officer

WARREN — A Leavittsburg man who pleaded guilty to kicking a police officer during a March 3 incident in Warren Township was sentenced Monday to 18 months in jail. Randy Pence, 36, 4841 Meadowbrook Drive, received 18 months for the felony-4 assault charge and 12 months for a parole ...

On the record – LaBrae

WHAT: Board of Education meeting Monday PRESENT: Virginia Blaney, Diane Duncan, Tim Gibson and Gary Morton ABSENT: Russell Sewell The board: • Accepted the retirement resignations of Intermediate School Principal Milajean Harkabus, who served since 2002 in the district after having ...

On the record – Liberty Township

WHAT: Township trustees meeting Monday night PRESENT: Arnie Clebone, Greg Cizmar and Jodi Stoyak Trustees: • Announced that Santa will be visiting the administration building at 2 p.m. Dec. 8; l Announced the police department will collect noperishable food items, hygiene products and ...

Ford joins electric tide

DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford is unveiling its first all-electric SUV, marking the start of an avalanche of battery-powered vehicles coming from mainstream and luxury automakers during the next two years that industry analysts say will boost electric vehicle sales. The Mustang Mach E, which will go ...

Body found in Champion woods

CHAMPION — The Trumbull County Coroner’s Office is inspecting the skeletal remains of an adult male found this week near Educational Parkway. Champion police Chief Jeff White said Sunday the skeletal remains were found 11:30 a.m. Saturday near Educational Parkway in a wooded area near the ...

Woman receives letter on drug making from inmate

WARREN — A Trumbull County woman had to think, “Boy, you have sent this to the wrong person,” when she read a letter from an inmate at the Mansfield Correctional Institution. Trumbull County sheriff deputies answered a call last week about a woman who opened by accident a letter ...

Hands-on-learning students explore STEAM fields

LORDSTOWN — Developing a business opportunity was the theme that local fourth- to seventh-grade students had to create as they spent time in the Makerspace Room at Lordstown High School. The hands-on learning activity that included groups of three students was one of the many activities ...

Girard court first in Mahoning Valley certified for OVI program

GIRARD — Girard Municipal Court officials said it is the first court in the tri-county area to be certified by the state as an OVI court. Girard’s Recovery Court Program helps second- and third-time driving under the influence offenders. They must remain sober for one year in order to ...

Children’s museum to buy its site

YOUNGSTOWN — OH WOW! The Roger & Gloria Jones Children’s Center for Science & Technology will buy its downtown location next month and expand. Suzanne Barbati, the museum’s president and executive director, said the sale on the building at 11 W. Federal St. will close Dec. ...