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Ryan military bill to be introduced


U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan will introduce a bill next week in the House to help members of the military who are victims of sexual assault.

“This is an epidemic that threatens the very foundations of our military,” said Ryan of Niles, D-13th. “All service members must have absolute confidence and trust in their fellow soldier, sailor, airman and Marine. How can they put their lives in each other’s hands if they fear that person as a potential sexual predator?”

In a recent report, the U.S. Department of Defense estimated 26,000 sexual assaults took place in 2012, with only 3,374 of those being reported.

GOP monthly breakfast planned


The Trumbull County Republican Party will have its monthly breakfast at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Perkins Restaurant, 1953 Niles-Cortland Road, near the Eastwood Mall entrance. Speaker will be Bridgitte Maseck, who will talk about growing up in Adolph Hitler’s Germany.

Business showcase


The Austintown Senior Center, 100 Westchester Drive, will host a free Car Cruz and Business Showcase from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 18.

Organizers are seeking vendors for the showcase. Participating vendors must bring their own table, tablecloth and skirting for display. Setup will be at 10 a.m. Fee is $25. Make all checks payable to “AGE” Austintown Generational Enrichment Corp. If payment must be mailed, send to the Mark Cole Agency, Attn: Summer Car Cruz and Showcase, 25 Idlewood Road, Unit 100A, Austintown 44515.

The event is sponsored by the Mark Cole Agency American National Insurance. All proceeds will benefit the senior center.

For information, call Mark Cole at 330-720-0381.

Sentenced to 6 years for felonious assault


Richard A. Williams, 33, of Columbia Street, Masury, was sentenced to six years in prison Thursday after being convicted at trial in March of felonious assault.

The sentence was handed down by Judge Ronald Rice of Trumbull County Common Pleas Court.

Police said Williams deliberately broke the wrist of a woman living near his home in the middle of a fight between Williams and his mother.

Williams dressed as a woman during the first day of his trial.

Ohio Auditor awards


Mahoning and Trumbull counties were represented in state Auditor Dave Yost’s Auditor of State awards, given for clean audit reports.

Boardman and Maplewood school districts, Mahoning County High School and Mahoning Valley Opportunity Center were recognized for their reports being filed in a timely manner with no findings of deficiencies or questions or other issues.

The agencies were among 12 statewide that received the award.

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