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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Punched at funeral


Robert L. Faulkner, 67, a longtime member of the Warren Board of Education, says he suffered a minor injury to his face after being struck at a funeral on Wick Street Southeast Saturday.

Faulkner told police that someone he knows punched him in the face after the man approached Faulkner wanting to discuss something while the funeral was ending.

Faulkner told the suspect he didn’t want to talk to him, which is when the man struck him on the side of his face, causing an injury to Faulkner’s eye.

Disability insurance


On Thursday the Western Reserve Association of Health Underwriters is offering “Long-term Disability,” a presentation that focuses on long-term disability pricing and using LTD as a generator of alternative-revenue streams in the face of health-care reform.

The presenter is Joe Stoll, sales manager for Cigna. The event is at the Fifth Season, 1400 Niles-Canfield Road, Mineral Ridge. A continental breakfast is at 8:30 and the program begins at 9 a.m.

Admission is free for members. The cost for nonmembers is $35, which includes breakfast and continuing-education credit. For reservations, call 330-273-5756.

Warren council


Warren City Council will have a caucus at 6:30 p.m. followed by a regular meeting at 7 tonight in the municipal justice building, 141 South St. SE.

Coitsville meeting


Coitsville Township Zoning Department will host a reorganization and have its first quarterly meeting at 6 p.m. today at 2711 McCartney Road.

Gardening grant


The Raymond John Wean Foundation has provided the community improvement group Greg’s Gardens with a grant to help pay for native-grass and wildflower planting on Warren lots where housing demolitions have taken place.

The non-profit Greg’s Gardens improved 22 lots last year, which was an “esthetic and financial win for the community,” Mayor Doug Franklin said in a news release Tuesday.

With the Wean funding and other money, Greg’s Gardens hopes to plant at least 100 gardens north of downtown in an area bounded by High Street, Park Avenue, Atlantic Street and Elm Road.

One goal of the gardens is to eliminate the need to mow the lots.

Teen charged


A 17-year-old Dover Street Southwest, Warren Township, boy has been charged in Trumbull County Juvenile Court with aggravated robbery in the Sunday afternoon armed robbery of Walgreens, 804 W. Market St.

Police said the boy entered the store at 7:06 p.m. with a mask covering his face and carrying a gun. He demanded money at the register, then walked out the front door two minutes later with $269 in a paper bag.

Felony charges


Two men were arraigned in Campbell court Tuesday on felony charges after a traffic stop uncovered a loaded handgun in a stolen car.

Frank J. Brown, 32, of Canton Avenue, Youngstown, is charged with receiving stolen property and possessing criminal tools, as well as traffic violations. He was given a $12,500 bond, which he had not posted by Tuesday afternoon.

Marcus Stokes, 30, of Oak Street, Youngstown, is charged with carrying a concealed weapon, receiving stolen property and possessing criminal tools. He was given a $17,000 bond, which he had not posted as of Tuesday afternoon.

Both men will have preliminary hearings and pretrials Tuesday.

Police said Brown was stopped around 12:30 a.m. Sunday on Gladstone Street.

He did not have a driver’s license. An officer saw the butt of a gun sticking out from under the passenger’s seat next to Stokes’ feet, a police report says. Police confiscated the gun, which was loaded. The car was stolen out of Boardman, the report said.

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