Champion schools probe
CHAMPION -- The school district athletics director has been on paid leave pending the outcome of an investigation of a female student's complaint of inappropriate contact.
Superintendent Pamela Hood said George Carmichael has been on administrative leave since the second or third week of January, shortly after the girl, who is a junior at the high school, lodged the complaint.
The superintendent said the police department conducted an investigation and the results were turned over to the prosecutor's office.
Charged after chase
GIRARD -- A 31-year-old Youngstown man is in the Trumbull County jail on multiple charges after being accused of running from state troopers Thursday.
Willie Oliver Jr., whose last known address was Alameda Avenue, is being held on $75,000 bond on charges of driving without a license, no seat belt, no front plate, receiving stolen property, failure to comply and obstructing official business.
Oliver will next appear Wednesday in Girard Municipal Court.
Lt. George Williams of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said a trooper attempted to stop the car Oliver was driving about 2 a.m. Thursday along state Route 193 near Gypsy Lane in Liberty. Williams said Oliver sped away, traveling south along Route 193. He bailed out of the car near St. Elizabeth Health Center and was caught after a foot chase, Williams said.
WARREN -- The Trumbull County grand jury has indicted two men on felonious assault and aggravated robbery charges. Kevin J. Summers, 39, of state Route 5, Newton Falls, and Michael Tucker, 46, of Belmont, Warren, were indicted Thursday. They are scheduled to be arraigned next week.
Prosecutors said the two are accused of robbing and beating a delivery driver Jan. 21 on East Market Street.
COLUMBUS -- State Sen. Marc Dann of Liberty, D-32nd, has been appointed to two committees, the Child Support Guidelines Council and the Ohio Tuition Trust Authority board of directors.
The council meets every five years to discuss child support guidelines.
The authority is a state agency that administers the CollegeAdvantage program, a college savings program for families with investment options to save for a college education.
Water tower planned
WARREN -- A new water tower is being planned to improve the volume of water available to customers in Champion Township. The increased water volume and pressure will add a measure of fire protection to the area, said Tom Holloway, the county sanitary engineer.
On Wednesday, the commissioners hired the engineering firm Thomas Fok and Associates for $24,800 to design a 500,000 water tank and 350 feet of line to go with it. The project will be paid for with funds from Champion water users.
K-9s for Compassion
HUBBARD -- K-9s for Compassion will have a fund-raiser March 29 at Bell-Wick Bowl on West Liberty Street. The group takes animals to nursing homes and hospitals.
Entry fee for the bowling tournament is $15. The top 10 places for adults receive cash prizes, and those under age 10 will receive bowling games. Bell-Wick and Town and Country Veterinary Clinic in Howland have registration forms, or call Katie Squibbs (330) 534-2001.
Health board applicants
WARREN -- Four county residents have applied to fill a five-year seat on the Trumbull County Board of Health.
Lauraine Breda of Lordstown, Brian S. Mosko of Howland, Robert O'Connell of McDonald, and Dr. Thomas P. Montgomery of Cortland have all expressed interest in filling the seat being vacated by current board member Jim Walters.
Montgomery, however, had not collected required signatures from mayors or township officials. Paperwork from all four applicants was distributed to the village and township representatives who will choose the new board member March 12.
Board member honored
LIBERTY -- Robert A. Lackey, a member of the Liberty and Trumbull Career and Technical Center boards of education, will receive the Ohio School Boards Association's Award of Achievement at the group's northeast region spring conference March 12 in Cuyahoga Heights.
The award is given to school board members in recognition of their commitment to in-service training and leadership activities.
Of the more than 3,600 board members statewide, only 48 will be honored this year. Lackey has been a Liberty board member since 2000, serving as president in 2002.