State GOP committee to decide Trumbull dispute
The Ohio Republican Party Central Committee will try to provide a resolution Friday to the dispute among competing factions of the Trumbull County Republican Party. This committee will meet at 10 a.m. at the Sheraton Columbus Capitol Square in Columbus and plans to vote on party leadership, said Blaine Kelly, state party spokesman.
Kevin Wyndham, a member of the county party’s central committee, said earlier this month the party currently has no chairman because the central committee removed Randy Law from that position and Debra Roth as treasurer. Wyndham said the county central committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. today at Howland Community Church to chose among three candidates to replace Law: Clarence Artman of Warren, Wyndham of Howland and Scott Davis of Liberty. That selection will be sent to the Ohio Republican Party. Law has provided information to the state party. A committee of the state party will review the information from both groups and formulate a recommendation for the state central committee to vote on Friday.
East Side chase, crash
A police chase through an East Side neighborhood ended in a crash Tuesday night.
Youngstown police pursued a gray sedan through the neighborhood until the vehicle crashed into a large utility truck and through a fence at the corner of South Forest Avenue and Shehy Street. The sedan, which was heavily damaged on the front driver’s side, came to rest against a tree in the yard of a home.
Two of the passengers — sisters — were taken into police custody, one being taken to St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital with noncritical injuries. The driver, a 21-year-old male, fled and it’s not known if he’s been apprehended.
Lamont Robinson, the owner of an East Side tree maintenance service and the owner of the utility truck struck by the fleeing car, praised the police for their response to the crash.
Freedom Hall tours
Salem Historical Society, 208 S. Broadway St., will offer three tours of Freedom Hall in honor of Black History Month on today, Sunday and Tuesday. The tour includes a history of Salem’s involvement in the Underground Railroad as slaves escaped to Canada, and notable freedmen and other families who contributed to the town’s history.
Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for children 5 to 17. Children under 5 are admitted free. Tours will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday; 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday; and 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.
The book “A Salute to Black History,” containing 27 articles by Lois Firestone and others, will be available for purchase at the museum. For information, call 330-337-8514.
Woman’s car broken into while she’s in jail
A woman who was at Mahoning County Area Court here last week to appear for a hearing later reported to police that someone broke into her car while it was parked at the court on Market Street.
Megan Clifton, 34, of Vienna appeared in court for arraignment Thursday night on a misdemeanor theft charge, according to court records. According to a report filed Monday, Clifton told police she was in the Mahoning County jail after her court appearance and did not return for her vehicle until Saturday when she posted bond.
Clifton told police she discovered someone had entered her vehicle and stolen prescription medications, as well as miscellaneous clothing and cosmetics.
There were no signs of forced entry on the vehicle, and Clifton reported it might have been left unlocked.
Police chase ends with car running into house
A police chase ended Tuesday morning when the car ran into a house on Westgate Avenue, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
At 2:20 a.m., a trooper attempted to stop the car on Mahoning Avenue near North Edgehill Avenue when the suspect fled south. The suspect jumped out of the vehicle before it coasted through several front yards and collided with a garage. Both the garage and two vehicles parked inside the garage sustained damage.
The car was stolen, and the suspect was able to elude officers. The OSHP said the pursuit covered a distance of less than a mile.
Roundtable event on refugee resettlement
Jordan Wolfe, legislative aide to state Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan of Youngstown, D-58th, will discuss the opportunities for refugee resettlement in the city at a roundtable event hosted by and at the Dorothy Day House, 620 Belmont Ave. The roundtable will be at 7 p.m. Thursday. The event is open to the public.
Section of Route 62 to close for a few hours
U.S. Route 62 eastbound and westbound between Interstate 680 and Albert Street will be closed from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday for sign installation, the Ohio Department of Transportation announced. A detour will be posted.
The Tyler to reopen after cookie event
The Tyler Mahoning Valley History Center, 325 W. Federal St., will be closed to the public beginning Thursday to prepare for its upcoming Cookie Table & Cocktails event. The archives library and Calling All Cars exhibit also will be closed. The center will reopen at noon Tuesday. Call 330-743-2589 or visit www.mahoninghistory.org for information.
Gunshots outside bar
Police continue their investigation of reports of gunshots outside of Bill’s Place, 4771 Mahoning Ave.
Officers stopped a man driving away from the scene at 11:27 p.m. Monday who claimed his vehicle was struck by gunfire, but he was unaware of where it came from, according to a police report.
He told officers he did not have a firearm in the car, and consented to a search, where police said they found a loaded handgun and several rounds of .40-caliber ammunition. Despite the man’s claim two other people were shooting at each other, officers found spent casings in the parking lot that matched the ammunition in the man’s car.
They also found blood and identified a wound on the man’s hand. He told police he received it from a chair inside the bar.
Security officers at Bill’s Place told police there was a fight inside the business, but they didn’t observe what occurred outside.
City council meeting
City council will have a 5:15 p.m. caucus followed by a council meeting at 6 p.m. today at the municipal justice building, 141 South St. SE.
Ceremony for Kof C poster contest set
The Knights of Columbus is announcing the 2017 Substance Abuse Awareness Poster Contest ceremony will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Columbiana County Career and Technical Center, 9364 state Route 45.
Each year, the Knights of Columbus poster contest is offered to all Columbiana County school students age of 8 to 14. Since 2007, more than 10,000 students have created and submitted artwork in the county. Trophies will be awarded to four student winners, and all participating students will receive certificates of recognition.
The ceremony will include guest speaker Lt. Brian McLaughlin, of the Columbiana County Drug Task Force, and Lt. Allan Young and police dog Jesy of the county sheriff’s department. For information regarding the ceremony, contact Ray Morelli, 330-965-1331 during the day, and 330-427-2396 in the evening.
Mill Creek Park committees to meet
The Wildlife Standing Committee to the Board of Park Commissioners of Mill Creek MetroParks will meet at 1 p.m. Thursday in classroom A at the MetroParks Farm, 7574 Columbiana-Canfield Road, Canfield.
The park board’s Horticulture Standing Committee will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday at Birch Hill Cabin, at the end of McCollum Road on Youngstown’s West Side.