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Heroin while driving


A man who admitted cooking heroin on a spoon while driving up state Route 11 Wednesday went to court Thursday.

Aaron J. Repko, 25, of Youngstown-Kingsville Road, Fowler Township, is in Trumbull County jail in lieu of $20,000 bond.

He pleaded not guilty Thursday in Girard Municipal Court to three misdemeanor charges — two of drug possession and one of possessing drug-abuse instruments. He was not required to enter a plea to a felony charge of drug possession.

Vienna police said an officer was dispatched to Route 11 at 11:14 a.m. for a possible drunken driver. He approached Repko’s vehicle on the King Graves Road northbound exit and found a spoon on the passenger seat with a burned substance on it.

While being searched, Repko kept falling asleep and indicated he had injected heroin a short time earlier and had been cooking the drug while driving. Officers also found pills in Repko’s possession.

Blocked by buses


Police reports said a man who failed to pull over for officers about 2:50 p.m. Wednesday on the West Side could drive only a short way before he was blocked in by several school buses in front of McGuffey Elementary School.

Officers were called to Locust and Bouquet avenues for a report of people in separate cars fighting. When they arrived, they tried to pull over a car driven by 39-year-old Thomas Cappitti of Youngstown.

Cappitti, however, failed to stop and traveled about 100 feet down Matta Avenue until he was blocked in by the buses getting ready for the school’s dismissal. Police arrested Cappitti on charges of fleeing and eluding and driving under suspension. He was taken to the Mahoning County jail.

Knocked out


A 19-year-old resident of the 100 block of Logan Avenue Northeast reported being robbed by two white males in ski masks, one of whom knocked him unconscious with a punch.

The man said he believes he was unconscious for about 30 minutes. When he awoke, he found his Xbox game console missing.

The man said the two men came into the house after he answered his door when they knocked at 2 a.m. Thursday. The man had bruising and swelling around his eye.

Cemetery cleanup


The city of Canfield requests that all Christmas decorations be retrieved from city cemeteries by March 15. Any decorations left after that date will be removed.

Liberty hotel meeting


Trumbull County commissioners will have a special meeting at 9 a.m. today in the commissioners meeting room on the fifth floor at 160 High Street NW, to receive public input and consider the proposed real-estate tax exemption for a hotel planned for Belmont Avenue in Liberty.

Liberty Belmont Properties would receive a 49 percent, 10-year property tax exemption on the 86-unit, $6.5 million hotel, which would be in the Belmont Avenue Community Reinvestment Area on the site formerly occupied by a Ramada Inn.

Public officials to help with Mobile Meals


Trumbull Mobile Meals will have Community Champions Week starting March 17 in which several mayors, council members and others will pack or deliver meals.

Among those participating are mayors Doug Franklin of Warren, Arno Hill of Lordstown, James Melfi of Girard, Curtis Moll of Cortland and Ralph Infante of Niles, along with Liberty Township Administrator Pat Ungaro, Liberty Trustee Jodi Stoyak and Trumbull County Commissioner Frank Fuda.

March for Meals is a national campaign during the month of March, initiated by the Meals On Wheels Association of America, which seeks to raise awareness of senior-citizen hunger and encourage action from the community.

Hubbard hires new schools superintendent


The Hubbard school board has officially hired its new superintendent.

The board met Thursday evening to hire Raymond Soloman, the present elementary-school principal, at a starting salary of $90,000 a year under a three-year contract.

The room was crowded with teachers, family and other supporters.

Soloman said he appreciates the board’s faith in him.

“This will enable me to work on a broader level of making decisions, which will ultimately impact all students, the staff and the community of Hubbard,” he said.

Soloman has spent 12 years in the district — eight as principal, three as assistant principal and one as a fourth-grade teacher.

He graduated from Hubbard High School in 1994.

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