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Appliance collection


The Geauga-Trumbull Solid Waste Management District will have a free appliance collection 9 a.m. to noon today at the district’s facility at 5138 Enterprise Blvd.

Residents of Geauga and Trumbull Counties are encouraged to take advantage of the collection. Freon will be removed free of charge from freon-bearing appliances by certified technicians.

Some acceptable appliances include refrigerators, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, freezers, washers, dryers, hot-water tanks and stoves.

Residents are asked to remain in their vehicles; workers will unload. No hazardous or e-waste waste will be accepted.

Farm animals removed


Humane agents removed several farm animals from a home on the 400 block of Sanderson Avenue Friday.

According to 21 WFMJ-TV, The Vindicator’s broadcast news partner, officials from Animal Charity removed 10 chicks, a rooster, and a dog from the home. They said the resident of the home was in the hospital and unable to care for the animals.

Officials said the animals have already been sent to area farms.

New troopers


Several local residents have graduated from the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s 22-week training program. Courses completed include core values, crash investigation, criminal and traffic law, detection of impaired drivers, firearms, physical fitness, self-defense and emergency vehicle operations.

Among the 63 graduates are Chester L. Engle III of Canfield, Matthew D. Fidram of Youngstown and Richard P. Ondick of Mercer, Pa.

Engle will be assigned to the Ravenna post, Fidram to Southington and Ondick to Wooster. Each will report to their posts Monday. The graduates’ first 60 working days will be a field-training period under the guidance of a veteran officer. The new graduates are assigned to 35 of the Patrol’s 58 posts.

Toy drive for ACH


Tabitha C. Fitz-Patrick of Boardman, a junior psychology major at Youngstown State University, is having a toy drive for Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley through April 26.

Fitz-Patrick, who plans to become an applied behavior analyst focusing on children and children’s issues, said the toy drive is a way to give back to the hospital where her 3-year-old son has received care.

She asks that the community donate new unwrapped toys for boys and girls and other items such as puzzles, books, coloring books and crayons at donation boxes at YSU’s Psychology Department and Williamson College of Business, and East Side Civics, 2929 South Ave, Youngstown.

Checks or money orders can be mailed to: Toy Drive for Akron Children’s Hospital, P.O. Box 2972, Youngstown 44511.

Farmer donations


The Trumbull County 4-H and Warren Family Mission will be able to better serve the community thanks to the support of local farmers James and Connie Pierce and America’s Farmers Grow Communities. Sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of Monsanto Co., Grow Communities provides farmers in eligible counties the chance to win a $2,500 donation for a local nonprofit organization of their choice. Trumbull County was declared a disaster area by the USDA, giving the Pierces the opportunity to choose two organizations to receive $2,500 donations. They selected Trumbull County 4-H and Warren Family Mission.

At work with weapons


An Ohio man recently fired from his job has been arrested after police say he showed up at the company with weapons.

Ottawa County deputies say they arrested 20-year-old Kyle Kovac after he was spotted Thursday at Northern Manufacturing with two knives, an air pistol and a large stick.

Staff and wire reports

at the company in Oak Harbor, near Port Clinton, said they saw Kovac walking around the property in camouflage clothing with a knife. Deputies found the other weapons in his car.

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