TCTC contract is up
CHAMPION -- A contract governing nonadministrative employees at Trumbull Career and Technical Center is set to expire at midnight. Administrators, the school's governing board and union officials say they're optimistic a new contract will be drafted before fall.
Summer classes will not be interrupted, as members of Trumbull County Joint Vocational Education Association plan to work through ongoing negotiations. The union represents 122 employees, including teachers and maintenance and cafeteria personnel.
The school's governing board recently agreed to cut the cafeteria's five positions because food services lost more than $30,000 in the last two years. Cafeteria workers want a chance to turn that around -- a possibility that will be addressed during negotiations, officials said.
Extra traffic patrols
NILES -- Police will be on the lookout for traffic violators throughout the holiday week.
Extra officers, provided through a Selective Traffic Enforcement Program grant, will be on patrol during the holiday period. Officers will be looking for traffic violations on major routes and reckless driving and drivers operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
The city received a $25,000 STEP grant from the Ohio Department of Public Safety for extra patrols during high-traffic periods.
Altiere case to begin
WARREN -- The 5th District Court of Appeals in Canton is scheduled to hear oral arguments in Sheriff Thomas Altiere's case at 9:30 a.m. July 23.
Altiere is asking the appeals court to force the Trumbull County Board of Elections to certify the results of his November 2000 election. The election board and Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell decided not to certify Altiere's election because of questions about his campaign finance reports.
Altiere had filed his complaint in December with the 11th District Court of Appeals, which is in Warren, but the judges, who all knew Altiere, had the case transferred to the 5th District in Stark County.
Man to be sentenced in kidnapping and burglary
WARREN -- A 42-year-old Niles man convicted of aggravated burglary and kidnapping is scheduled to be sentenced July 10. A jury convicted Donald Johnson of the charges Thursday, after deliberating about two hours.
Atty. Charles Morrow said Johnson, along with Nick Kaczmark, 24, of Girard, and Isaac Ford, 21, of Youngstown, forced their way into a Niles man's home in October and demanded money.
Johnson could receive up to 21 years in prison, Morrow said. The jury began hearing the case Monday in Judge Andrew Logan's courtroom. Kaczmark also was convicted of the same charges earlier this year and sentenced to nine years in prison. Ford pleaded guilty to the same charges and sentenced to six years in prison, court records say.
Holiday patrols increase
GIRARD -- City police have added traffic patrols through Wednesday. The focus of the program is to increase safety for holiday travelers. Emphasis will be on U.S. Route 422, state Route 304, Liberty Street and Trumbull Avenue.
SALEM -- Work is expected to begin in coming weeks on a skateboarding facility in Waterworth Memorial Park. Earlier this week, the parks commission accepted bids for construction work and for apparatus skateboarders typically use to perform stunts. Contracts went to Joe Lofaro Co. of Girard, $22,000, for construction of a concrete foundation; and to Vertical Skate Parks Inc. of Youngstown, $20,696, for apparatus. Funding for the facility will come from city park department funds.
Clock tower restoration
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- Lawrence County commissioners are considering hiring an architect experienced in historical restoration to oversee plans to restore the clock tower on the county courthouse. Commissioners say they will decide Tuesday if Richard Glance will be hired to oversee the project. His fee would be $13,000.