Upgrade traffic signals

Upgrade traffic signals


Work is expected to begin next week to upgrade traffic signals at nine intersections here, the Ohio Department of Transportation announced.

The locations are: Howard Avenue and state Route 14 (State Street); Ellsworth Avenue (state Route 9) and state Route 14; Broadway and state Routes 9 and 14; Lundy Avenue and state Route 9; state Routes 9 and 14 and state Route 344; Pershing Street and state Route 344; Second Street and Ellsworth Avenue; Pershing Street and state Route 9; and Pershing Street and Broadway.

Traffic will be maintained with flaggers. The completion date for this $330,000 project is June 30.

Arraigned in robbery


Terry J. Hutsenpiller, 18, of North Leavitt Road was arraigned Thursday in Warren Municipal Court in a Wednesday robbery of a woman at the Sheetz gas station, 3379 Elm Road NE.

A not-guilty plea was entered for Hutsenpiller to aggravated robbery, and a bond of $100,000 was set.

The victim, 34, of Leavittsburg, was robbed of $1,000 in cash while leaving the gas station at 2:27 p.m. She said she had withdrawn money from her bank account using an ATM machine inside the store.

She was going to use her income-tax check to buy a car, said her father, 59, who witnessed the incident.

A male ran up from behind and tackled her to the ground. The money fell out on the ground, and both people scrambled to pick it up, but the male got much of it. The man ran, got into an older gray truck and fled. The incident was captured on store surveillance video, police said.

ODNR appeals decision


The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has filed brief forms with Judge Kimberly Cocroft of Franklin County Common Pleas Court indicating that it is appealing the decision she made Tuesday allowing the owners of a Weathersfield Township injection well to reopen.

ODNR also filed a notice asking Judge Cocroft for a stay of execution of her decision that would “maintain the status quo” regarding the well’s operating status until the appeal is resolved “in the interest public health and safety.”

The well has been closed since 2014, when small earthquakes attributed to the well were detected nearby.

Child-endangering case


Lisa Collins, 52, of Atlantic Street Northeast was arraigned Friday in Warren Municipal Court, pleading not guilty to misdemeanor child endangering after a child, 4, was found walking the streets alone.

Police were alerted to a child, 4, walking near the intersection of Paige Avenue and Atlantic Street Northeast at 7:13 a.m. Thursday.

An officer was able to determine the child’s residence and took the child back home.

A judge set bond of $2,500 personal recognizance, meaning Collins didn’t have to pay anything.

GPS tracks missing car


Police used a GPS tracking device to find a missing car in Niles, according to a report.

A local woman reported her 2003 Jaguar missing or stolen Thursday morning. She told police the spare set of keys had gone missing two weeks ago, but she assumed they were misplaced.

The Jaguar had a GPS tracking device that showed a location in Niles. Niles police found the missing vehicle on Church Street.

A 17-year-old friend of the victim’s son’s was in the car when it was found. The missing keys also were in the car. The victim said the 17-year-old visits her home on a regular basis.

Niles police placed the 17-year-old in custody in connection with receiving stolen property.

Guilty plea in break-ins


Connor Dotson, 19, of Glen Oaks Drive in Howland, has pleaded guilty to burglary and tampering with evidence connected to a March 2016 break-in at a house on Springwood Trace Southeast in Howland and theft related to a car break-in in September on Hunter’s Trail Southeast in Howland.

The burglary involved the taking of Rolex watches and jewelry from a safe in the bedroom of a homeowner who was out of town at the time.

Dotson’s plea came in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court this week, where he paid $30,000 toward restitution for the items taken.

He will be sentenced later after the county Adult Probation Department conducts a pre-sentence investigation of his background.

Boil alert in Champion


The Trumbull County Sanitary Engineeer’s office has issued a boil-water alert for some township residents due to a water main break on Craig Avenue caused by another public utility breaking the waterline Friday.

Once water service has been restored, the alert will be for water customers that live on Craig between Glendola Avenue and High Street and also on High between Craig and Kuzmaul avenues until further notice.

Q&A at KSU Trumbull


Kent State University at Trumbull’s Enrollment Management and Student Services’ staff and faculty will answer questions at Discover Kent State Trumbull from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at 4314 Mahoning Ave. NW.

Whether local students plan to attend Kent State University at Trumbull or another school, they are invited along with their families to learn everything they need to know about going to college, including: funding education, admissions information, college success tips, faculty advice, academic expectations and tips for parents.

The event is free and open to the public. Students are encouraged to register at tinyurl.com/DISCOVERKSUT so they receive a free shirt. Light refreshments will be available along with chances to win door prizes.

Winter conference


Earth Angel Farm and ValleyCare Hillside Rehabilitation Hospital, 8747 Squires Lane NE, will host a winter conference from 8 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. today at the hospital.

Topics include epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, nutrition, headache overview and surgical management of Parkinson’s disease.

This event is free, but registration is recommended by calling 330-856-5003 or emailing the names and number of people attending to earthangelfarm@gmail.com.

Police revive man


Police revived a man suspected of overdosing on heroin early Friday, according to a report.

Police were dispatched to a home on Claridge Drive where a mother discovered her son, who she told police had a history of heroin abuse, unresponsive in the basement.

Police administered two doses of Narcan, an opioid-overdose antidote, before paramedics arrived and administered an additional eight doses. The victim reportedly refused further medical treatment.

Officers said they recovered a silver spoon with suspected heroin residue and burn marks on it from a TV stand near the victim. Police found no other evidence of drug abuse.

Theft, assault charges


Police arrested a Pennsylvania man on warrants Thursday for charges related to an incident at Lowe’s.

Mason Davis, 29, of New Brighton, faces theft and assault charges involving an Oct. 27 incident.

At the time, an employee at the Doral Drive store reported to police a man took about $1,600 worth of tools off the shelves, then struck a female employee with a shopping cart, causing her to fall, then fled the store with the merchandise.

Davis is in the Mahoning County jail.

Spaghetti fundraiser


The West Branch Athletic Boosters invite all to attend the all-you can-eat spaghetti dinner from 3 to 7 p.m. today in the high-school cafeteria, 14277 S. Main St. Meals consist of spaghetti, tossed salad, bread and butter and dessert.

Tickets are $8 for adults; $4 for children age 4-10. Children under age 3 eat free. The event is sponsored by the boosters and girls softball program.

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