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On the record – Champion

WHAT: Township trustees special meeting Thursday PRESENT: Rex Fee, Brian Bugos and Doug Emerine Trustees: • Approved retaining the law services of Harrington, Hoppe and Mitchell at a cost not to exceed $2,500 in anticipation of participating with Lordstown village in the case of City ...

Niles’ triple-double

NILES — The Gioiello triplets and the Clementi triplets may have all graduated together from Niles McKinley High School on Wednesday, but their interests and plans for the future are all very different. Mario, Elena and Jolena Gioiello — born New Year’s Eve 2000 — and Jullianna, ...

Republican National Committee targets Ryan’s voting record

WARREN — Democratic Congressman and 2020 presidential candidate Timothy J. Ryan has missed nearly 33 percent of the votes so far this year in the U.S. House, according to a media vote tracking project. The Republican National Committee on Wednesday took aim at Ryan’s voting record, which ...

Accused bar shooter shatters jail cell door

WARREN — The man accused in a drive-by bar shooting and subsequent gas station robbery now could face more charges after Trumbull County officials say he broke the glass in his jail cell as he demanded toilet paper. A jail incident report states that Ryan Rulong, 27, punched the glass on ...

Police: Body found in river could be missing teen boy

WARREN — A body found in the Mahoning River at Perkins Park on Tuesday evening could be a 17-year-old boy who was reported missing in Niles a few weeks ago, according to police. The body, which was found around 7 p.m., was lodged on a tree in the Mahoning River near the dugouts of the ...

Lordstown officials question Workhorse’s finances

LORDSTOWN — Mayor Arno Hill is resolute in the endeavor to convince General Motors to bring a production vehicle back to the Lordstown assembly plant the automaker idled in March. So is James Dignan, president and CEO of the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber, and a chorus of others ...

New interest prompts survey on Braceville waterlines

BRACEVILLE — Township trustees and representatives of the Trumbull County Sanitary Engineer’s Office are hoping to get enough interest from residents along state Route 82 for extensions as part of the Blueprint to Prosperity waterline that runs from Braceville to West Farmington. Gary ...

Commission questions Niles’ accounting

NILES — The school district’s accounting practices came under fire during Wednesday’s Financial Planning and Supervision Commission meeting when commission members had to retroactively approve purchase orders the district already had completed. Several purchase orders and contract ...

Two men hurt in Oak St. shooting

WARREN — Two people were shot around 2:45 a.m. Thursday in the 1200 block of Oak Street SW, according to police. The men, Shawndon R. Flowers, 23, and Markell T. Russell, 23, both of Warren, were seen by physicians in the emergency room of Trumbull Regional Medical Center. Flowers suffered ...

Austintown superintendent announces retirement

AUSTINTOWN — Austintown Local Schools Superintendent Vincent Colaluca announced his retirement Wednesday, according to a release from the district. Colaluca has led the district for 10 years. According to the district, Colaluca has led the district through new programming, secured a ...

D’Andre Bowers to face drug trial in June

WARREN — The man whose organization is leading the effort to have a recovery center placed in downtown Warren is scheduled to be tried June 5 in Warren Municipal Court on a charge of possession or use of marijuana. D’Andre Bowers, 1457 Central Parkway Ave. NE, was cited earlier this month ...

Nurse tries to help boy, 3, found alone

WARREN — A Community Skilled Services nurse on Tuesday afternoon sought to find the parents of a 3-year-old boy walking back and forth along a fence between North and Freeman streets, according to a police report. Nancy Ruggieri made several attempts to find the child’s parents. She ...

Niles business owner accused of improper wages

WARREN — The owner of the now-closed Niles Executive Answering Service is being sued in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court, accused by former employees of not paying them the required minimum wage. In the suit, Tracy Mozingo of Struthers and Leslie Albani of Warren accuse Thomas Mariani of ...

On the record – Trumbull County

WHAT: Commissioners regular meeting Wednesday PRESENT: Mauro Cantalamessa, Frank Fuda and Dan Polivka Commissioners: • Added $3,000 to the original $12,957 agreement with Thomas Fok and Associates Inc. for engineering services for the 2017 Community Development Block Grant allocation ...

On the record – Newton

WHAT: Township trustee meeting Wednesday PRESENT: Pete Augusta, John Nemet and Doreen Lutz Trustees: • Approved proceeding with demolition of property at 2119 Superior Ave. with a letter being sent to the property owner to comply within 30 days to rectify violations or the property ...

Tim Ryan hopeful YARS will get new C-130s

VIENNA — The Youngstown Air Reserve Station is well-positioned to receive four next-generation C-130J Super Hercules aircraft that will be bought with $300 million in a defense spending bill before Congress, said a hopeful U.S. Rep. Timothy J. Ryan. “This will go to the (U.S.) Air Force ...

Two Newton Falls councilmen abstain from annexation vote

NEWTON FALLS — Two councilmen who are usually on opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to voting both abstained from voting on an ordinance involving future annexation into the village. The ordinance passed Monday with a 3-0 vote, with councilmen John Baryak, 2nd Ward, and Tarry ...

Daycare rapist’s parole hearing delayed

WARREN — A parole hearing for a man who raped and molested children at a day care — a man the Trumbull County prosecutor said should “die in prison” — was continued for four years. Clyde Bush, 69, has been in prison for 29 years, after admitting to raping or molesting 10 children ...

Senators want local law officers to go high tech

YOUNGSTOWN — Ohio’s two U.S. senators want to give local and state law enforcement access to the same high-tech devices border patrol and customs agents have to identify dangerous drugs at U.S. ports. U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, are among several senators ...

YSU grad says a couple made the difference

NILES — Mineral Ridge resident Christine Snipes said when she was 15 and pregnant, a foster couple took her in and made all the difference in her life. Snipes later became the first African American to graduate with a doctorate of physical therapy degree from Youngstown State University. ...