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New ValleyCare pacts


ValleyCare Health System of Ohio has announced the ratification of two new collective- bargaining agreements. Members of the Ohio Nurses Association at Hillside Rehabilitation Hospital and the Service Employees International Union at Trumbull Memorial Hospital both approved new pacts. The agreement with the nurses expires Nov. 30, 2015; the SEIU pact expires Jan. 31, 2016.

“The professionalism and commitment of our employees is a key part of our ability to provide quality, personalized care for our patients,” Trish Hrina, ValleyCare marketing director, said in a news release.

She declined to release further details on the pacts, referring questions to union officials. The Vindicator’s calls to union representatives were not returned Thursday night.

Tractor vandal pleads


Joseph A. Barrickman II, 20, of Woodside Lane, Warren Township, has pleaded guilty to aggravated theft, vandalism and criminal damaging stemming from the theft of a John Deere tractor that was used to damage Niles McKinley High School in March. Michael Butler, 20, of Robbins Avenue, Niles, pleaded guilty earlier to similar charges and will be sentenced Jan. 16. Barrickman entered his plea Thursday before Judge Ronald Rice of Trumbull County Common Pleas Court. He will be sentenced after a presentence investigation by the county adult-probation department. Niles police said Butler and Barrickman used the tractor to smash several construction trailers at 616 Dragon Drive, then damaged a vacant home at 134 Woodland Ave., a football scoreboard, a chain-link fence and a swimming pool. Police found graffiti painted on walls inside the school.

Mental-health seat


Gov. John Kasich appointed Dr. Keisha T. Robinson of Poland to a seat on the state’s Commission on Mental Health for a term beginning Thursday and ending Sept. 2, 2014. The commission works with communities and organizations to promote better health for minorities.

Bridge rehab input


Ohio Department of Transportation District 4 will take questions or comments until Feb. 5 about a project to rehabilitate a bridge on U.S. Route 62 in Youngstown. The bridge runs over the Mahoning River, Poland Avenue, Cedar Street, Norfolk Southern Railroad, CSX Transportation Railroad and state Route 289. The project also proposes the full depth pavement replacement of the Himrod Avenue access ramps. The $19.1 million project is scheduled for construction in spring 2014.

Bicycle hit-and-run


A 46-year-old Scott Street man suffered numerous fractures and is in the surgical intensive care unit at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown after a New Year’s Day hit-and-run accident while he was riding a bicycle. Harold Rice was traveling south on Tod Avenue Northwest at 2:48 a.m., and the car was apparently traveling west on Summit Street, police said. Rice’s shoes and bike were found about 150 feet away from him, police said. A license plate was found near Rice. No arrests had been made as of Thursday.

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