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Boy faces charges


A 15-year-old boy faces felonious-assault charges, accused of putting a butcher knife to the throat of his 16-year-old girlfriend just after midnight New Year’s Day.

Bryan A. Rivera was taken to the Martin P. Joyce Juvenile Justice Center in Youngstown about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday after officers responded to the incident at a Compass West Drive apartment complex, according to records.

Police said Rivera choked and punched his girlfriend several times. The girl declined medical treatment, reports stated.

Official: Ordinance doesn’t apply


Greg Hicks, Warren’s law director, says a 1984 Warren ordinance that prevents Warren employees from working more than 20 hours per week if they come back to work after retiring isn’t applicable to elected officials.

Hicks, Auditor David Griffing and Warren Municipal Court Judge Thomas Gysegem have filed required paperwork with the Trumbull County Board of Elections indicating that they intended to retire.

Hicks and Griffing both filed letters in mid-2011 indicating they would retire at the end of 2011. Judge Gysegem’s letter doesn’t give an intended retirement date.

Food giveaway


Price Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church, 920 Dryden Ave., will have a food giveaway from 10 a.m. to noon today. Proper identification is required.

Ban canceled


Lawrence R. Wilson, township road superintendent, has canceled the parking ban put into effect throughout the township Dec. 26.

Center is certified


The Mahoning Valley Hope Center, 3217 Surrey Road, is now certified through the Ohio Benefits Bank, a program of the Ohio Association of Second Harvest Food Banks.

The OBB is a public-private partnership between OASHFB, faith-based and community organizations, and state and federal agencies.

The Mahoning Valley Hope Center is certified to assist the public in finding and applying for eligible benefits on site, including food assistance, health coverage, prescription assistance, home energy assistance, child-care assistance, federal student aid, benefits for elderly or disabled, vocational rehab, voter registration, and veterans education benefits.

For information, call 330-369-3010.

Siren testing

Hermitage, PA.

The Hermitage Fire Department will conduct its monthly test of the area’s weather warning sirens at 10 a.m. today. The test will include activation of the Clark, Farrell, Sharpsville, West Middlesex and Wheatland weather sirens. Residents should disregard the alerting sirens during the test.

Park roads closed


These roads in Mill Creek Park will be closed from about 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday for the Race to the Altar 5K Run/Walk: West Cohasset, Valley and East Park drives.

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