Some Lordstown residents are considering a referendum petition to force a ballot vote on proposed zoning changes to enable HomeGoods to build a distribution center in the village. The company was set to present its request to the village planning commissin Monday but canceled he meeting Friday but provided no explanation. The company wants to build a 1.2 million-square-foot center on 290 acres along Ellsworth Bailey Road, which would require two parcels totaling 174 acres to be rezoned from residential to industrial. Several Mahoning Valley communities that use speed cameras are set to lose the amount they collect from state funds returned to local communities. A bill, led by longtime opponent of red-light and speed cameras, Cincinnati Republican Rep. Bill Seitz, was approved by the Ohio House and is on its way to the state senate where it's also expected to be approved. Youngstown leaders said the city has been ploughing its camera revenue back into equipment purchases for the police department, and the bill would hurt the city. Other Valley towns using the cameras are Girard, Liberty, Howland and Weathersfield. Parents need to support their kids and be involved in their lives to prevent addiction and suicide, an expert in addictive disease and behavior told parents in Austintown this week. Have dinner with your kids, always be aware of their location, enforce curfews, know the parents of their friends, form strong family relationships and lovingly discipline them, Drew Edwards said. He noted that people under 18 are twice as likely to develop an addiction because they have lower levels of a brain chemical called dopamine, which drugs will temporarily increase, so they keep chasing it. "Addicted people aren’t bad people, they are good people with a bad neurobiological disease..." but "we don’t treat them like we treat other people with chronic diseases... we treat them like criminals,” he said. Nasser Hamad cannot be released from state prison despite having terminal cancer. Judge Ronald Rice of Trumbull County Common Pleas Court ruled that the request for his early release should have been made to Gov. John Kasich, but said Hamad is still ineligible because he was convicted of aggravated murder last November for killing two men and injuring three others who came to his house as part of an ongoing feud on social media. Hamad's brother said Hamad has renal cell carcinoma that has metastasized to his lungs, and his attorney contends the state law that prohibits his release is “unconstitutional and violates the prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment.” Youngstown City Schools CEO Krish Mohip will not be leavig for Fargo, N.D., now that that school district chose Rupak Gandhi, the current assistant superintendent of a Colorado district, to fill its superintendent post. Mohip also learned this week he was not selected for the Boulder (Colo.) Valley School District superintendent job, but he is still one of six finalists for the superintendent job in the Osseo Area School District in Minnesota, where the first round of interviews begins April 2. Author and political scientist Norman Finkelstein says human rights organizations have failed to hold Israel accountable for actions in the Gaza Strip. Speaking at Youungstown State University this week to discuss his new book, "Gaza: An Inquest into Its Martyrdom," he said the groups typically, but mistakenly, describe hostilities that break out there as wars, when they are actually massacres aimed at terrorizing civilian populations into submission. Finkelstein earned his doctorate in political science from Princeton University and is the son of Jewish Holocaust survivors. Twenty-seven-year-old Michael Malvasi has been identified as the driver in the fatal November crash that resulted in the death of 23-year-old Ryan Lanzo. A passerby called 911 and told the dispatcher she saw two vehicles in a yard off Shields Road and someone lying on the ground. Police found only an unoccupied SUV registered to Malvasi and later determined that Malvasi’s father dropped Lanzo off at an urgent-care facility in Austintown. A spokesman said it’s too early to say whether Malvasi will face charges. The five-county Mahoning and Shenango valleys lost population between 2016 and 2017, but the number – 3,846 – is less than that of recent years. The area lost an estimated 6,384 between 2015 and 2016. There hasn’t been a year since the 2010 census in which any of the five counties gained population. The state added 36,055 people – most notably 21,983 in Franklin County – between 2016 and 2017, and Pennsylvania added 21,310 residents. Gov. John Kasich appointed Columbiana County Common Pleas Court magistrate Kathleen Bartlett of North Jackson to fill the seat on the 7th District Court of Appeals vacated by Judge Mary DeGenaro, who was selected to fill an unexpired term on the Ohio Supreme Court. Bartlett is the lone Republican candidate for the appeals court seat in the election and was the only person to apply for the open position. Her appointment is effective April 9. For more news, subscribe to The Vindicator by calling 330-746-6561 or visit Vindy.com.
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