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Sebring teachers


Sebring teachers and supporters had a rally Wednesday before a school board meeting, calling for the educators to get a “fair and equitable contract,” said Heidi Shepherd, spokeswoman for the Sebring Local Education Association.

The two sides return to the negotiating table Monday.

The teachers and supporters want to “continue the progress that was made and get this [contract] done at the next negotiations session,” Shepherd said.

Farmers market


The Warren Farmers Market will be at Courthouse Square from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday. Free parking will be available for customers at the Franklin Street parking deck. Local products to be available this week include honey and beeswax products, alpaca wool products, pears, apples, peaches, plums, melons, cabbage, squash, peppers and tomatoes.

Murry pleads guilty


Orlonzo Murry, 27, of Bennett Avenue Northwest, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court to a gun charge connected to the New Year’s Eve shooting death of Cory Blackwell at the Sunset Lounge on East Market Street.

Murry will be sentenced on a charge of illegal possession of a firearm in liquor-permit premises after the county’s Adult Probation Department conducts a pre-sentence investigation.

City police said in April that Murry was not a suspect in the killing, but he was a “person of interest” in the case.

Drug charges


A township man will have a pretrial hearing in October on misdemeanor drug charges after police said he was caught with five prescription pills that were not his.

Austintown police caught Justin Normandin, 27, on Tuesday after he threw the pills in the yard of an apartment complex on Westchester Drive, according to a police report. Police were responding to a noise complaint at the complex.

When Normandin saw police, he threw away three Clonazepam pills and two Oxycodone hydrochloride pills, according to the report.

Normandin was arraigned Wednesday in Mahoning County Area Court. His pretrial before Judge David A. D’Apolito is set for Oct. 21.

Homeowner released


The West Lewis Street homeowner shot Tuesday morning by a burglar has been released from the hospital.

Shortly after the incident, which occurred about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, the homeowner was taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center, where he was in stable condition.

Police said he’d apparently been shot at four times, with two of those shots actually hitting him in the left arm and on the left side of his abdomen. It’s likely the burglar fired first, police added, explaining that the homeowner probably returned fire after being confronted in the basement. The investigation into the incident continues, and police said they are considering some suspects, though no one has been arrested yet.

Shot in yard


An 18-year-old Douglas Street man suffered at least one gunshot wound at 2 a.m. Wednesday as he walked outside his house to get into his car. Jonathan D. Shrout of the 200 block said he saw a black male standing in the shadows near his garage and then heard two gunshots. He discovered that he had been shot in the lower back. Police later recovered two shell casings in the grass next to the driveway. Shrout was taken to ValleyCare Trumbull Memorial Hospital but has been released, a hospital spokesman said.

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