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Mental health in the Valley: Caught between criminal and patient

People in the throes of a mental health crisis often intersect with the criminal justice system, and while efforts are being made to increase the availability of mental health services, observers say existing systems are still lacking. When people with mental health issues become involved ...

Civil rights case proceeds against Niles, police officers

YOUNGSTOWN — Both sides litigating the civil rights lawsuit filed by the estate of the late Matthew Burroughs were in court this month to learn a new case schedule from the federal judge. On Feb. 9, Judge Sara Lioi of the U.S. Court Northern Ohio District conducted a status conference with ...

House approves pandemic relief bill

WASHINGTON — The House approved a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief bill that was championed by President Joe Biden, the first step in providing another dose of aid to a weary nation as the measure now moves to a tense Senate. “We have no time to waste,” Biden said at the White House after ...

State’s COVID-19 cases lowest since Oct.

The state had the fewest new COVID-19 cases reported for a week in more than four months. The week ending Saturday had 13,848 new cases reported and has seen a decline in COVID-19 cases for the past seven straight weeks. It’s the fewest number of new COVID-19 cases in a week in Ohio ...

Rumored move comes to pass

WARREN — The former executive secretary to Mayor Doug Franklin and former Safety Service Director Enzo Cantalamessa has been hired to become the newly created legislative aide / projects and grants coordinator in the law department. Rachel Hathhorn, hired in 2014 to be Franklin’s ...

Polar opposite of former event

BAZETTA — For many winters, Valley residents — often dressed in costumes — have run in and out of the often-icy waters of Mosquito Lake for the annual Polar Plunge. But because of the coronavirus pandemic, the fundraising event for Special Olympics had to be changed this year from large ...

Champion High plans upgrades

CHAMPION — School officials are discussing needed improvements at the high school that involve enhancing security and getting air conditioning in classrooms. Mark Harper, director of facilities, told the board of education last week about various projects to be done this summer. Harper said ...

Trumbull County courts: Closed cases

Cases closed in Trumbull County Feb. 8 to 12: CLOSED RECSER, CHARLES D. vs. RECSER, CALEE S. COFFELT, CHARLES vs. COFFELT, MISTY M. ALLS DYKES, ALISHA vs. DYKES JR., RANDY BAILEY, GREGORY L. vs. BAILEY, ALANNA WILLIS, BRANDI vs. MORT, EDGAR METZE, CARLI ANNE vs. METZE JR., ...

Trumbull County court: Divorces and dissolutions

Divorces and dissolutions granted in Trumbull County Feb. 6 to 20: Divorces BOOR, CHELSEA J. vs. BOOR, BENJAMIN G. DANGERFIELD, VICTORIA L. vs. DANGERFIELD, BRAD E. KEMBLE, TAMMY vs. AUBURN, TONY PENNY, LINDA L. vs. PENNY, KRISTOFOR V. LOVE, MATTHEW W. vs. LOVE, ASHLEY ...

15 area students nominated to military academies

WARREN — U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Howland, announced Saturday the 15 local students who have been nominated to attend national military academies in 2021. Each year, Ryan nominates some of the best and brightest students from the 13th District to United States military academies. Each nominee ...

Police ID Cortland man in crash

GREENE — The Ohio State Highway Patrol identified a 28-year-old Cortland man as the person who died in a one-car crash on Ashtabula Dennison Road in the township. Troopers said Alexander Kalas was pronounced dead at the scene of Friday’s crash, reported at 9:30 p.m. Friday, north of state ...

On the record: Bristol

WHAT: Township trustee meetings Jan. 18 and Feb. 16 PRESENT: Doug Seemann, Ramon French and Mark Webb Trustees: • Are having architect Tim Sexton prepare drawings of a proposed addition to the road department building. Seemann said plans are to add three bays to the eastern side of the ...

Trumbull County courts: New cases

Cases filed in Trumbull County Feb. 8-12: NOTICE OF APPEAL OHIO 11TH DISTRICT COURT OF APPEALS vs. PIERCE JR., JAMES EUGENE E-COMPLAINT SAM LAMANCUSA, TRUMBULL COUNTY TREASURER vs. SMITH, MARK R. et al E-ADMINISTRATIVE APPEAL ESTLACK, FRED vs. OHIO DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE DIVISION OF ...

On the record: Champion

WHAT: Board of Education meeting Monday PRESENT: John Pitts, David Mahan, Kelly Boyle, Patricia Fisher and James Scher The board: • Heard from Assistant Elementary / Middle School Principal Austin Handrych of plans for a summer STEM camp called “Camp Invention” for students in grades ...

Fairgrounds traffic to get rerouted

WARREN — It appears rerouting traffic at the drive-thru vaccine clinic at the Trumbull County Fairgrounds will solve the problem of soggy pathways at the site, according to Trumbull County Commissioner Mauro Cantalamessa. When the temperatures warmed up, the ground began to thaw and the ...

Trumbull Town Hall announces new season

WARREN — Trumbull Town Hall subscribers will have to wait another six months for the lecture series to resume. The group is scrapping plans to do two lectures each in March, April and May and instead is announcing its 44th season, which includes one speaker originally planned for last ...

Retired teacher finds joy as author

NILES — Carol Ann Kauffman believes everyone should write a book. “I think there is a book in everybody, and everybody should write,” Kauffman said. “And my advice would be after you write the first book, sit down and write another.” Kauffman, who has authored 26 books since her ...

Schools workers get 1st vaccine

More than 2,800 employees from Trumbull County school districts preregistered to receive shots during mass COVID-19 vaccinations at the former TJ Maxx Store in the Great East Plaza in Niles and at Warren G. Harding High School. Trumbull County Educational Service Center pre-registered 2,300 ...

New virus cases falling

With just two days left in February, this will be the month with the fewest reported COVID-19 cases in Ohio since October. The state had 68,588 cases reported for the month as of Friday, an average of 2,638 daily cases. If that average remains for today and Sunday, Ohio could end February ...

Woman walking attacked in Liberty

LIBERTY — A 51-year-old Youngstown man was arrested on several charges connected to an attack Thursday afternoon on a woman walking along a Liberty Township street. Sterling K. Green, 686 Magnolia Ave., was arraigned in Girard Municipal Court on charges of assault, theft and disrupting ...