Online survey available

Online survey available


An online survey is now available for Poland residents to voice what characteristics they think the new superintendent should have.

The survey, available at or, asks participants to chose up to six characteristics and provide any additional comments about the qualities the Poland superintendent should have.

The stakeholder committee, composed of parents, residents, business owners, athletic boosters, teachers, staff and one student, is compiling the information to be used during the search for a new superintendent.

The survey will be available until Jan. 25.

Annual address


State Rep. Ronald Gerberry, D-Austintown, has asked the Republican leader of the Ohio House to deny Gov. John Kasich’s request to take this year’s State of the State speech on the road.

Gerberry said Kasich’s decision to offer the annual address to lawmakers somewhere in northwestern Ohio diminishes the “strong tradition” of the event.

“As a strong believer in tradition and institutional respect, I was upset when the governor requested and received permission to move this event away from the Ohio House Chamber to Steubenville last year,” Gerberry wrote.

“It is not appropriate to move the annual State of the State address. The moving of this address significantly destroys a historical tradition of Ohio and needs to be stopped before another tradition is lost.”

Kasich has remained mum on the site of the speech this year.

Salem woman arrested


Police arrested a Salem woman on a warrant alleging prostitution, along with drug and possession charges.

Rebecca H. Stoffer, 36, of Salem, is charged with engaging in sexual activity for hire in a room at the Econolodge in Austintown in early January, according to a state complaint and Austintown police report.

Stoffer, who went by the alias “Bella Donna,” according to police, was also charged with obtaining, possessing or using less than one gram of heroin; possession of drug abuse instruments; possessing drug paraphernalia; and possessing “criminal tools,” including a cell phone, condom and various sex toys, the report stated.

Police found a charred spoon with residue alleged to have been used to prepare heroin, according to the police report.

The drug abuse is a felony offense, soliciting sex is a third-degree misdemeanor and the other charges are also misdemeanors.

Stoffer was arrested at the Economy Inn on Canfield Niles Road on Monday night after an investigation by the Mahoning Valley Law Enforcement Task Force.

Woman charged


A 30-year-old Youngstown woman is charged aggravated robbery, accused of stealing several hundreds of dollars from Family Video, 5205 Market St.

Kristina Foster is accused entering the video-rental store about 11:30 p.m. Sunday dressed in all in black with her face covered and demanding money while brandishing a gun, police said.

Foster was arrested Tuesday.

Fire chief pleads not guilty to DUI


The city’s fire chief has pleaded not guilty to a driving under the influence charge after he was arrested over the weekend.

Kenneth Bornemiss, 50, of Krehl Avenue entered the plea during his arraignment in municipal court Monday.

According to police reports, Bornemiss caused an accident after he failed to stop at the intersection of Wilson Avenue and South State Street around 12:45 a.m. Saturday.

After declining field sobriety tests, he was taken to the police station and submitted to a breath test which showed a blood alcohol content of 0.248. The legal limit in Ohio is 0.08.

Mayor Jim Melfi said Bormemiss’ status as chief had not changed.

His pretrial is scheduled for Feb. 27 in municipal court.

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