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Packard barn mural unveiled

CHAMPION — Trumbull County’s Ohio History Barn mural celebrating the Packard family’s legacy was unveiled, unfinished, Friday morning. The mural was painted on Don and Helen Fenstermaker’s barn on Center Street and highlights the Packard Motor Car, the date Packard was founded, the ...

Watkins letter: Don’t allow release of ‘serial child rapist’

WARREN — A man who raped several kids he is related to and allowed others to assault one of them, too, over a five-year period is up for parole in August, according to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. John Whisonant, 64, is being held in the Marion Correctional ...

Man who killed two up for parole

WARREN — A man who has spent half his life in prison for the murder of two men whose bodies were set on fire is up for parole in August. Seymour Gillman and Frank Mancinelli were shot and killed July 17, 1981. Their bodies were placed in the trunk of a silver Cadillac Seville and set on ...

Vienna concert moved inside

VIENNA — Because of excessive heat and a 70 percent chance of rain on Sunday, the Vienna Township concert on the lawn with the Jim Frank Combo will move from the center gazebo to St. Thomas the Apostle Parish Center, 4453 Warren Sharon Road, Vienna. The concert will start at 6 p.m.

Two men arrested after water bottle assault

LORDSTOWN — Two men were arrested this week on charges of misdemeanor assault in connection with an incident in which a cyclist was hit in the head with a water bottle thrown from a moving car. The bottle was thrown around noon July 5 on Tod Avenue, near the Matalco plant. The men, ...

Man pleads not guilty in assault

WARREN — A Hazelwood Avenue resident pleaded not guilty to a felony charge of domestic violence Thursday after he was arrested in connection with an assault on the mother of his 10-month-old child. Delshawn Redd, 36, 1746 Hazelwood Ave. SE, was arrested at 11:55 p.m. Wednesday after ...

State budget includes local funds

WARREN — The state budget signed into law Thursday includes money for local projects, according to a news release from the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber. The budget includes $1.5 million for low-head dam removal and $500,000 toward a riverside trail to assist in revitalizing the ...

Sex refusal due to heat leads to Warren man’s arrest

WARREN — A South Feederlee Drive SE resident who police said locked himself in his girlfriend’s Kia Optima because he did not want to have sex pleaded not guilty in Warren Municipal Court to charges of domestic violence, obstruction of official business, resisting arrest and vehicle ...

Property transfers

Property transfers recorded in Trumbull County July 12-17: Bazetta Judith I. Bosh to Janice M. Spagnoli, 3476 Ivy Hill Circle Unit A, $88,000 Mathew B. and Phyllis Y. Harwood, to Brittany D. and Ryan R. Ellison, 2733 Beaver Trail, $250,000 Michael Eugene Wright to Nita M. Russomano, 3494 ...

Heat wave rolls in

WARREN — With the National Weather Service in Cleveland issuing an excessive heat warning as temperatures are expected to be in the mid- to upper-90s today and Saturday, local organizations are offering advice on how to stay cool. Melissa Papini, disaster program manager with the American ...

Transit board considers cutting mobility manager

WARREN — The Trumbull County Transit Board at its next meeting will consider ending a contract with Michael Verich, a contractor who provides mobility management services for the board. The board, at its meeting Thursday, also discussed an issue with identifying the townships, cities and ...

Antiques appraised for free in Howland

HOWLAND — Some 300 people braved the heat Thursday to carry century-old vases, music boxes, broaches, Civil War swords, porcelain dolls and much more to Shepherd of the Valley for an antique appraisal show featuring 11 experts with a range of knowledge. The show attracted long-time antique ...

Southington board, teachers approve new two-year deal

SOUTHINGTON — The Southington Board of Education has approved a two-year agreement with the teachers’ union that includes a pay increase each year. Treasurer Janet Ward said at Thursday’s board meeting the new agreement with the Southington Education Association, which represents 40 ...

McDonald school projects continue during summer

McDONALD — Various projects, including installation of security cameras and fixing leaking walls, are being done this summer in preparation for the start of the 2019-20 school year on Aug. 21. The McDonald Board of Education on Wednesday approved a contract with D&G Waterproofing and ...

Man gets two years in complicity case

WARREN — A man pleaded guilty to complicity to robbery Thursday and was sentenced to two years in connection to the Feb. 20 robbery at Chase Bank, 1160 W. Market St., according to police and court records. Richard D. Williams, 30, Ward Street NW, Warren, waived a presentence investigation ...

Tim Ryan will debate first night in Detroit

WARREN — Valley Congressman Timothy J. Ryan, D-Howland, will debate the first night of the next Democratic presidential debate in Detroit. Ryan will participate in the debate July 30 alongside author Marianne Williamson, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete ...

On the record: McDonald

WHAT: Village council meeting Wednesday PRESENT: Richard Harvey, Ray Lewis, Walter Bradley, Scott Seitz, Brian Fisher, Clifford DeZee and Mayor Glen Puckett Council: • Heard from Village Administrator Thomas Domitrovich milling and paving work will be done on Grant Avenue and Third ...

On the record: Southington

WHAT: Township trustee meeting July 10 and special meeting Thursday PRESENT: Cindy Speaker, Sam Plott and Dan Tietz Trustees: • Approved purchase of MARCs radios from Hudson Communication at $3,635 for the fire department; • Announced the Back to School event is set 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ...

Tim Ryan qualifies for second debate

WARREN — Any uncertainty, however faint, surrounding whether U.S. Rep. Timothy J. Ryan would be part of the second Democratic presidential debate this month was put to rest when the Democratic National Committee on Wednesday set the lineup. Ryan, D-Howland, is in, but he was a virtual lock ...

Man sentenced to life in prison for child rapes

WARREN — One rape case was completed Wednesday when a man was sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to raping two young girls, and two new rape cases began Wednesday in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court. Michael D. Riley Jr., 42, pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of rape ...