Waste removed

Waste removed


Firefighters wearing rubber gloves cleaned up a bag of medical waste Thursday morning along Elm Road that appears to have come from a trash truck.

The department was notified about 9:30 a.m. that there was garbage in the road. When police and firefighters arrived, the materials were in the grassy area in front of the Wendy’s Restaurant and consisted of mostly paper products, such as gauze, sheets used to put under patients, and paper towels.

Police do not believe anyone was injured by the waste. There were a few syringes, he said. Police do not know where the waste came from, he said.

New Gateway trustee


Gov. John Kasich has appointed JoAnn M. LaGuardia of Poland to the Eastern Gateway Community College Board of Trustees for a term that began Thursday and ends Oct. 16, 2017.

Man shot in Warren


A man, 36, of Warren, was shot at the Powerhouse Bar, 999 Mahoning Ave., NW, at 1:07 a.m. Thursday. The man was taken by ambulance to ValleyCare Trumbull Memorial Hospital, police said.

Police provided no additional information.

Facing drug charges


Matthew Prahm, 28, of Maple Drive in Greenville, was charged Thursday with felony drug possession and misdemeanor child endangering, and Victoria Shifflett, 24, of the same address, was charged with misdemeanor child endangering in Eastern District Court. Shifflett pleaded not guilty. No hearing results were listed for Prahm.

They were charged after Brookfield police said they found two burned spoons and cotton swabs in the car seat of an infant with the couple Friday during a traffic stop in Masury, according to 21 WFMJ-TV, The Vindicator’s broadcast partner.

Police also found heroin in Prahm’s pocket, they said. The child was turned over to a relative.

Pleads guilty


Rafael L. Patterson, 26, Laurelwood Drive and Roberts Lane, pleaded guilty Thursday in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court to nine drug-trafficking and possession charges connected with the 2015 death of a Champion woman.

Patterson will be sentenced after the Adult Probation Department conducts a presentence investigation.

Police said an investigation following the death of Megan Fitzgerald, 24, showed that Maurice Bryant, 28, of Shady Lane in Howland, gave the fatal dose of drugs to Fitzgerald, and Patterson sold drugs to Bryant. Bryant was sentenced to three years in prison.

Prison sentence


Bruce I. Gilliam, 62, of Ivy Hill Circle in Cortland, was sentenced to 18 months in prison and a lifetime driver’s license suspension Thursday in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court for his sixth drunken driving conviction.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol charged Gilliam with the offense Dec. 1 after he hit the back of a tow truck on Main Avenue Southwest near Dover Street in Warren Township. He had been convicted previously of offenses from 2011, 2009, twice in 1997, and 1996. The five most recent convictions were in Trumbull County.

Shop with a cop


The Struthers Police Department will host its annual Shop with a Cop Car Show beginning at 11 a.m. Sunday at Struthers High School, 111 Euclid Ave.

The car show benefits the Shop with a Cop Car program. Shop with a Cop allows local underprivileged children to spend a day shopping for holiday gifts alongside police officers in December.

The car show will include an auction. For more information, or to learn how to become a vendor or event sponsor, visit struthersshopwithacop.com or call 330-755-2181, ext. 123.

More kids in care


Trumbull County Children Services says the opiate crisis has contributed to a 40 percent increase in children in its care.

But the number of foster parents has not kept pace with the “monumental increase in need,” so the agency is stepping up its efforts to find foster families, the agency’s director, Tim Schaffner, reported last month to his board of directors.

One idea is to hire recruiter/liaisons. Among the costs of not having enough foster parents is to have to place children in treatment foster care, which can be farther from their home community and more than double the cost compared to foster family foster care, Schaffner said.

Road closing canceled


The closure of King Graves Road, between Sodom Hutchings Road and state Route 193, for electrical pole upgrades being performed by Ohio Edison that was scheduled to take place between Sept. 6 through Dec. 31 has been canceled until further notice, the Trumbull County Engineers office announced today.

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