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Officer dragged


A Newton Falls man is in the Trumbull County jail without bond after police said he dragged a Bazetta Township police officer with his truck.

Jay Walters, 23, was arrested Wednesday after a police pursuit that began in Bazetta and went into Portage County, reported 21 WFMJ-TV, The Vindicator’s broadcast partner.

The incident began when the officer tried to stop a truck that had just left the Walmart where a man tried to return stolen merchandise for cash. During the confrontation, the officer was dragged, and he fired his stun weapon at the suspect, but the suspect drove away.

Trumbull County deputy sheriffs and Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers chased the suspect into Portage County, where he was apprehended.

Walters faces charges of felonious assault, failure to comply with a police order, resisting arrest and theft. The officer was not seriously injured.

School on Facebook


West Branch School District has launched its official Facebook page for additional access to districtwide updates, school news, event reminders and more.

Students, parents and community members are invited to “like” the official West Branch Local Schools page at, according to a district news release.

West Branch’s Facebook page is now an extension of the district’s website. Families and community members are still encouraged to view the website, but the district acknowledges the need to increase the access to the most current up-to-date information for all stakeholders.

Criminal records to be expunged


A judge in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court this week granted expungement of the criminal records for Robert Gaves, one of two pharmacists convicted of helping former Champion pharmacist Kenneth Overholt Jr. traffic in dangerous drugs from the Overholt’s Champion Pharmacy.

Overholt, 63, was convicted in 2011 of five counts of aggravated drug trafficking for filling thousands of prescriptions in 2007 and 2008 written by Middlefield physician Peter Franklin.

Prosecutors said Overholt, Gaves and Andrea Luchette were filling prescriptions for amounts of dangerous drugs sometimes as much as 10 times the normal daily amount.

Gaves, 71, of Newton Falls, and Luchette, of Masury, were both convicted of five counts of complicity to deception to obtain a dangerous drug.

Overholt was sentenced to 18 months of house arrest in March 2013 instead of serving an 18-month prison term because he had a chronic condition that involved a lung transplant and was too sick to report to prison.

Taft Promise job fair


The Taft Promise Neighborhood job fair will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at Youngstown Metro Assembly Church, 2530 South Ave.

Recruiters from local businesses and organizations will be available to take employment applications and resumes from city residents. Also, attorneys from Community Legal Aid Services will be there to conduct legal clinics to assist job seekers in need of assistance with driver’s licenses and other employment issues.

A resume-writing class will take place from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday at Taft Elementary School, 730 E. Avondale Ave.

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