Natural gas group plan
WARREN -- Residents of Trumbull County townships have until Sept.10 to enroll in a group buying plan for natural gas that has been endorsed by county commissioners.
The average homeowner who joins the plan can save $200 a year compared to Dominion East Ohio gas prices, officials say.
To enroll, township residents can call (877) 55-SHELL or register online at www.shellenergy.com.
Grand jury indicts man
WARREN -- A Trumbull County grand jury has indicted an 18-year-old Girard man on charges of attempted murder, aggravated robbery, felonious assault and grand theft of a motor vehicle.
Detective Mike Begeot of the Hubbard Township Police Department said Kenneth W. Hyatt, 18, of Davis Street, is accused of robbing Truck World Motor Inn off Interstate 80 and beating George Kroynovich, 63, a desk clerk.
The getaway car, Kroynovich's 1995 Oldsmobile, was recovered in Liberty Township.
Hyatt is being held in the county jail without bond.
Officer treated in crash
GIRARD -- A city police officer was treated at Forum Health Northside Medical Center for bruises after his unmarked police car was struck by a pickup truck Wednesday afternoon.
Police said Anthony Zuppo, the department's juvenile officer, was traveling east on Second Street about 2:30 p.m. when his car was struck as he traveled through the South State Street intersection by a pickup driven by Harry Godney, 15, of Lincoln Avenue, Liberty, who was northbound on State Street and ran a red light.
Police said the juvenile is expected to be cited for failing to yield at a red light. The Trumbull County Sheriff's Office is investigating.
Woman faces charges
GRAFTON -- A Niles woman was to appear in Elyria Municipal Court today on a charge of conveying drugs into a correctional facility, a felony.
Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers and Department of Rehabilitation and Correction investigators learned that Corianne J. Bayless, 29, Wyoming Street, planned to attempt to bring drugs into Lorain Correctional Institution facility.
Authorities confronted Bayless as she arrived about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday and she turned over three balloons containing suspected marijuana, the patrol said.
Bayless had the balloons hidden in her clothing.
If convicted, Bayless could face up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
WRTA resumes service
YOUNGSTOWN -- Western Reserve Transit Authority will resume bus service from Youngstown to Kent State University Trumbull Branch in Champion Township beginning Sept. 9.
Buses will travel U.S. Route 422 from Youngstown through Niles and Warren, running hourly from 6:10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.
Stops include Courthouse Square in Warren and Eastwood Mall in Niles.
Also, free bus service will be provided to the Riverfest celebration at Packard Park in Warren on Sept. 29.
The buses will run from Federal Plaza from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Wedding rings stolen
WEATHERSFIELD -- Police are investigating the theft of wedding rings from two residents at Glenview Manor.
One woman was asked to remove her rings for safe keeping, reports say. Rings were physically removed from the hand of the other victim, who suffers from a disease which alters her memory.
CLEVELAND -- A Marblehead woman will spend 15 months in prison for her role in defrauding Trumbull Savings and Loan of Warren, now a part of Second National Bank.
Debbie Jean Leonard, 44, of North Buck Road, was sentenced by Judge James S. Gwin of U.S. District Court in Akron, after she pleaded guilty to one count of bank fraud.
She was indicted April 18 by a federal grand jury in Cleveland for taking $194,975.
The indictment said that between November 1993 and February 1996, Leonard obtained, altered and forged 66 U.S. Savings Bonds owned by a mentally incompetent elderly woman, who had lived near her, but moved into a nursing home.
Leonard passed herself off as co-owner of the bonds, the indictment says.
She will be supervised for three years after her release and must repay the money she took.