Report: Child taken
Township police are investigating a possible case of domestic violence, felonious assault and child endangering, according to a police report filed Thursday.
A woman told police that while taking family photos at a studio, the suspect showed up and took her child from the business.
She reported that while pleading with him in the parking lot to take the child’s car seat with him, he threatened to run her over, then struck her with his vehicle when she refused to move. She said he then left with the child, without securing the 1-year-old in a car seat or seat belt. A witness provided a statement to police supporting the woman’s account of the incident, according to the report.
Bond set in rape case
Bond of $500,000 was set for Andrew J. Austin, 27, of Garfield Street in Newton Falls and Hoagland-Blackstub Road in Mecca Township after he was indicted on three counts of rape and three counts of gross sexual imposition.
He’s accused of sexually assaulting a child he knew, age 5, multiple times this spring and summer.
Austin was arraigned Thursday before Judge Ronald Rice of Trumbull County Common Pleas Court, pleading not guilty. If convicted, he could get life in prison.
Plea in assault case
Raymond E. Allen Jr., 38, of Hall Street Northwest is in the Trumbull County jail in lieu of $7,500 bond after he was accused of punching another man in the head with brass knuckles at a West Market Street store Wednesday.
A not-guilty plea was entered Friday for him in Warren Municipal Court.
Police said the victim was bleeding from his forehead when they arrived. The victim said he entered the Red and White store, 1104 W. Market, with a woman and was being followed by a man who grabbed him by the arm and said the victim “knew what this was about.” The suspect then assaulted the victim with the brass knuckles, according to police.
The victim said the woman then left with the suspect and got into his car.
Police used the license plate to track down Allen and arrested him Thursday afternoon as he drove on West Market.
Tractors at church
Bristol United Methodist Church, at the corner of state Routes 88 and 45, is having its first “Bring Your Tractor to Church Sunday” for the 11 a.m. service Sunday.
The event, in conjunction with the Trumbull County Antique Tractor Club, will begin at the King Brothers parking lot on Route 88 at 10:30 a.m.
The outdoor service in the town park will include music by area vocalist Denise Starr. Pastor Ed Agler will lead the service and provide the message “Tractors and People – Reason to Hope.”
A free lunch will be provided for all in the town park, as well as opportunities to view the tractors and talk to their owners.
The public is invited to join the church family for the service, and they are invited to “come dressed as you are.” Seating will be provided, but attendees may want to bring lawn chairs.
Trumbull County commissioners and other officials had a ribbon-cutting Thursday for the completion of the Allison Avenue sanitary-sewer project in Champion and Warren townships.
The $575,000 project paid for mostly with grant funds will provide sewers for 18 structures on Allison Avenue and portions of Woodside Drive and Knox Avenue, which are between the state Route 5 Bypass and North River Road near Mahoning Avenue.
Monthly capital charges to the affected property owners will be $20.24 per month, said Gary Newbrough, deputy county sanitary engineer.
Warren will save $639,479 over the next 15 years as a result of refinancing debt at a lower interest rate, Auditor Vince Flask said in a news release.
The city issued new bonds to retire $8,585,000 in bonds from 2013, Flask said.
The old bonds had an average interest rate of 3.96 percent, but the new ones are at a rate of 2.39 percent, Flask said.
‘Preserve the Harvest’
The Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership, 170 N. Park Ave., is offering a free workshop, “Preserve the Harvest,” from 10 a.m. to noon today when participants can learn about different ways to preserve food that do not involve canning or special equipment.
Flower, seed exchange
Ohio State University Extension’s Master Gardener Volunteer Program in Mahoning County will have a flower and seed exchange at Canfield Fairgrounds next to the Pumpkin Barn from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. today.
Anyone is welcome to bring plants, seeds or bulbs for the exchange as long as they’re properly labelled by an OSU master gardener. Gardening tools, containers, unopened fertilizers and garden decorations can be exchanged as well.
Each person participating must have their plant item labeled before the exchange at 10 a.m. The exchange begins at 11 a.m., and each participant will leave with a new plant, seed or bulb.
Paving in Poland
Paving in the neighborhood of the Four Seasons Development will begin Monday and may cause minor inconveniences, township officials said.
Dog dies in house fire
One of three dogs died in a fire Friday morning at a home on South Edgehill Avenue. The fire department was called out at 8 a.m. The owners were not home,.
Fire Chief Andy Frost said the inside of the home is a total loss, but the outside structure is still standing. Officials are still trying to determine the cause.