Commission names interim fire chief

Commission namesinterim fire chief
WARREN -- The Warren Civil Service Commission certified Monday the appointment of James Nutt, an assistant fire chief, to interim fire chief.
Gary Shaffer, also an assistant chief, was appointed interim chief earlier this month but objected and said he would file a grievance over the matter. Shaffer retains his position as assistant chief because Nutt volunteered to take over while Chief Jay Mulligan is on disability leave for an unspecified amount of time.
The commission also certified the appointment of Capt. John Bettiker as assistant chief, filling in for Nutt.
Capt. Anthony Bostardi remains an interim assistant chief, replacing Terry Brannon, who was fired May 11. Brannon is protesting the termination.
The commission Monday also certified results of a sergeant's test for the police department. William Boldin and Jeff Cole received the highest scores out of 18 officers, earning the promotions.
Testimony to continuein attempted rape case
WARREN -- Testimony is expected to continue today for a 41-year-old Warren man accused of two counts of attempted rape and three counts of gross sexual imposition.
Thomas Hobbs Sr., who has pleaded innocent, remains free on a $20,000 bond. If convicted he faces up to 20 years in prison. Prosecutors say the victim is a 16-year-old girl who knew Hobbs.
Free service reduced
WARREN -- The Trumbull County Educational Service Center has reduced the length of time it will provide an interim treasurer or superintendent to a school district at no cost. On Monday, the center's governing board voted to reduce the length of this free service from 20 to five days.
Students recognizedfor test performance
HOWLAND -- Two Howland students were recognized Monday by the board of education for performing at or near the top on statewide tests.
Bradford Francis, entering 11th grade, finished first in the state in the Ohio Test of Scholastic Achievement for second-year Spanish. Bradford, the son of Stan and Debbie Francis, finished fifth in the state last year for first-year French.
Christy Nicula, entering 12th grade in the practical nursing program at Trumbull Career and Technical Center, finished third in the state in a basic health-care skills competition in Columbus in May. She is the daughter of Larry and Cindy Nicula.
Special board meeting
GIRARD -- A special board of education meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. today at the high school cafeteria to discuss personnel.
Bones found in concrete
NILES -- Police plan to send a piece of concrete with bones in it to the Trumbull County coroner's office to determine the origin of the remains.
Police said the coroner will determine if the bones are that of an animal or a person. A representative of Raub Construction, Niles, found the concrete and took it to police Monday afternoon.
A representative of the company declined to say where the concrete came from until the coroner's determination. The representative said the concrete was found while workers were excavating.

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