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Trump seeks to force GM to construct ventilators

President Donald Trump, hours after attacking General Motors on Twitter accusing the company of overpromising on the number of breathing machines it can build for COVID-19 patients, issued an order that seeks to force the automaker to produce the ventilators under the Defense Production ...

COVID-19 claims a fifth Mahoning Valley victim

COLUMBUS — The death toll in Ohio from COVID-19 rises, including a fifth fatality in the Mahoning Valley. The Ohio Department of Health reported Friday that a second Mahoning County resident died from the virus, bringing the total to four. On Thursday, the department reported one fatality ...

Pandemic pulls plug on twins’ 90th celebration

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is one of a series of Saturday profiles of area residents and their stories. To suggest a profile, contact features editor Burton Cole at bcole@tribtoday.com. BAZETTA — Charles “Charlie” and James “Jim” Harper may have always had different interests and now live ...

Temporary layoffs begin at Trumbull Regional

WARREN — Trumbull Regional Medical Center has put into place a “targeted, temporary” furlough program for employees to help navigate the novel coronavirus pandemic, according to a message to employees. Meanwhile, an official with the union that represents about 200 employees at the ...

Religion news

Editor’s Note: With the outbreak of the coronavirus, many religion events, services and other happenings may be canceled or postponed BIBLE STUDY BOOK: The Warren-area pastor, the Rev. Todd A. Johnson has released his first published work, “LifeBuilders with Pastor Todd — Volume 1”. ...

Health leaders won’t identify local coronavirus patients

WARREN — Health departments in Trumbull and Mahoning counties are not releasing any information that could identify people who have tested positive for COVID-19. The departments also are not detailing the locations of any “hot spots” of concentrated cases. Ryan Tekac, Mahoning ...

Providing for those in need

Area churches and religious organizations have been doing what they can to reach out and help others in need since the coronavirus outbreak. Pastor Robert Quarantine of Good Hope Lutheran Church in Boardman said the church has a blanket-making group that decided during the current situation ...

Police, marshals reignite search for woman missing since 2011

Staff report HOWLAND — The Howland Police Department and the U.S. Marshals Service are asking for the public’s help in trying to locate Jacqueline Lombardi, who went missing from her Surrey Hill neighborhood March 19, 2011. At the time of her disappearance, Lombardi was 22 years old. ...

YSU officials address students’ concerns

YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown State University President Jim Tressel and Provost Brien Smith have answered students’ concerns during the COVID-19 closure of on-campus classes and activities. “It’s stressful for each and every student; It’s stressful for staff ...” Tressel said. This ...

Campaign will help needy YSU students

The Youngstown State University Foundation has launched a campaign to raise $50,000 over the next 90 days to help YSU students who are struggling financially during the coronavirus outbreak. The Penguin-to-Penguin campaign will provide YSU’s most vulnerable students with up to $500 for ...

Property transfers

Property transfers recorded in Trumbull County March 18 to 23: Bazetta Amy Zimmer and Brian Roberts to Benjamin Townsend, 3201 Niles Cortland, $175,000 Duane A. Schaeffer and Holly Schaeffer to Nathaniel R. Schaeffer, 912 Johnson Plank, $172,500 Bloomfield John J. and Rachel M. Byler to ...

Girard, McDonald band together with paper hearts in windows

GIRARD — Driving the streets of Girard and McDonald, you can see brightly colored paper hearts in the windows of people’s homes. The hearts show the community that while everyone is social distancing and staying inside of their homes, they still are in this together. “Right now with ...

Three in Mahoning Valley die from COVID-19

The number of Ohioans dead from COVID-19 jumped 50 percent in one day and hit home with one fatality each in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties. The Ohio Department of Health on Thursday reported 15 deaths, including the three in the Mahoning Valley, up from 10 a day earlier. The ...

Unemployment benefit claims surge after virus closures

Nearly 190,000 Ohioans applied for unemployment benefits last week — 26 times more than the preceding week — and nearly 3.3 million Americans did the same as businesses shutter in the midst of the novel coronavirus pandemic. The 187,780 claims filed March 15 to 21 in Ohio represent a more ...

EdChoice schools to stay at current levels

The program that provides financial assistance to parents wanting to move their children out of public schools to private and religious schools will not more than double in size as predicted due to the passage of House Bill 197. The Education Choice scholarship, known as EdChoice, has been ...

Warren Township strengthens junk vehicle policy

WARREN TOWNSHIP — In response to residents’ complaints about junk vehicles in their neighborhoods, trustees this week approved an updated policy for removing such nuisances. Trustee Chairman Ed Anthony said Tuesday attorneys with Turner, May and Shepherd reviewed township codes about ...

Rep. Joyce helps at Cleveland food bank

U.S. Rep. Dave Joyce joined members of the Ohio National Guard at the Greater Cleveland Food Bank’s headquarters to help them transport, package and distribute food. “It was an honor to work with the staff of the Greater Cleveland Food Bank as well as members of the Ohio National Guard ...

Man arraigned in rape of girl, 9

WARREN — Larry Lee Cole Sr., 65, was arraigned Thursday in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court on two charges of felony rape after allegedly sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl in a March 9 incident. Cole is being held at the Trumbull County Jail with bond set at $500,000. He is due ...

Alcohol involved in Liberty hit-skip

LIBERTY — Alcohol was involved in a hit-skip Wednesday afternoon in which a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle, according to police. Police stopped the car that struck the victim on East Madison Avenue shortly after the incident, which took place around 6:25 p.m. Police made an ...

Niles auditor goes remote

NILES — Effective today, the Niles Auditor’s Office will be working remotely to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, according to Auditor Giovanne Merlo. “The citizens of Niles can be assured their auditor’s office is still working and we are monitoring our finances through this ...