Dog license costs
WARREN -- It just got more expensive to be a dog.
Starting next year, the price for dog tags will jump from $8 to $12.
Trumbull County commissioners also approved Wednesday increasing the kennel license fee, required when keeping four or more dogs, from $40 to $50.
It is the first fee increase since 1991, officials say, and is expected to raise an aditional $84,000 a year to support operation of the warden's office and kennel in Howland.
In four of the last five years, commissioners supplemented the fees with $226,000 from the county general fund. Last year, they pitched in $54,000.
HOWLAND -- Township trustees have suspended patrolman David Carr for 10 days without pay for failing to submit required reports.
The resolution passed by trustees in executive session Wednesday calls for Carr to serve 5 consecutive days of the suspension in September and five consecutive days in October, said Richard Clark, a township trustee.
Carr has been a full-time officer since March 1995.
HOWLAND -- Township trustees have approved installing stop signs at each corner of Willow N.E. and High N.E. Previously, there was a stop sign only at the north end of the intersection.
At a meeting Wednesday, trustees also approved contracting with the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police to conduct an $8,500 review of police department operations.
A similar review is planned for the fire department.
Child ID kits
HOWLAND -- Township police will distribute 1,000 kits to help parents collect identifying information about their children.
The information, including medical and dental records and fingerprints, could help police locate a child reported missing, officials said.
The kits were purchased by the township for $1,500.
Teen charged in theft
SHARON, Pa. -- Police have filed a juvenile court petition against a 16-year-old Brookfield Township boy in a burglary Tuesday at a home in the 400 block of Lorain Street.
A door was kicked in and various items were taken, police said, adding that other juveniles are expected to be charged.
The 16-year-old is charged with burglary, theft and receiving stolen property and was released to his parents' custody, police said.
Not on ballot
WARREN -- A local option to allow Robbins Beverage, on Robbins Avenue in Niles, to sell alcohol Sunday will not appear on the Nov. 5 ballot because of a problem with ballot petitions.
The Trumbull County Board of Elections rejected the petitions at a special meeting Wednesday because it appeared one person signed the form on behalf of others.
WARREN -- William D. Franklin, president of Warren City Council, has called a council meeting for 10 a.m. Saturday at North Park Restaurant, 176 N. Park Ave., to conduct a legislative review and for a budget prioritization for the last quarter of this year.
BROOKFIELD -- The board of education has approved the following supplemental contracts for this school year:
Matt Migliore, assistant football coach, $3,306; Randy Clark, assistant boys basketball coach, $3,306; Rocco Criazzo, band director, $3,597, and summer band director, $2,433; and Dan Carioti, assistant band director, $2,036, and summer assistant band director, $1,402.
School open house
HOWLAND -- Howland High School will have an open house at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Opening remarks and refreshments will be in the gym. Parents are asked to bring their children's class schedules.
Traficant bond sought
CINCINNATI -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has received the final brief from lawyers who want ex-congressman James A. Traficant Jr. released from prison on bond pending appeal of his conviction.
Columbus attorneys Percy Squire and Lloyd Pierre-Louis said Traficant, of Poland, is not a flight risk, as the trial judge concluded, and contend his challenge of the jury selection process has merit.
The lawyers also argue his incarceration after expulsion from the House of Representatives constitutes double jeopardy.
The appellate court will consider points raised by Traficant's lawyers, the government's reply and Traficant's lawyers' answer to the government's objections.