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Although HomeGoods has rescinded a proposal to build a distribution center on residential land in Lordstown, local officials say they are in talks with the company to build somewhere else in the Mahoning Valley. HomeGoods is looking to invest $160 million in building a 1.2-million-square-foot distribution center that would create an estimated 1,000 jobs. They are still exploring sites in the Valley, said U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Howland.

Jury selection in the Ralph Infante public-corruption trial will resume this morning in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court after individual questioning of potential jurors continued into late afternoon Monday. Infante, 63, who sat through the questioning of potential jurors, faces 37 criminal charges and could get about 90 years in prison if he is convicted on all counts.

For the second time, Mahoning County Engineer’s office has narrowly averted a strike by its employees who belong to Teamsters Local 377. This time, it’s because U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Howland, D-13th, has become involved. Ryan said he will have further conversations with Engineer Pat Ginnetti and the union in an attempt to resolve the dispute.

The director of aviation for the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport has resigned. Western Reserve Port Authority Executive Director John Moliterno will serve as director of aviation until the position is filled. After eight years as director, Dan Dickten resigned during the weekend. His last day was Friday. The airport is in discussions with at least two airlines currently for commercial service.

Youngstown officers just after midnight Sunday found a loaded 9mm handgun, almost $2,100 cash and eight bags of cocaine on a man in a South Avenue parking lot. Lamar Chatman, 46, was arraigned Monday in municipal court on charges of carrying a concealed weapon, being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession of cocaine in municipal court. Judge Carla Baldwin set his bond at $35,000.

A Lansdowne Boulevard man was accused Sunday of assault on a police officer after an officer was punched in the throat and face while answering a domestic violence call. Officers were called just after 11 p.m. to a home in the 1700 block of Lansdowne Boulevard, where reports said a woman told them her son, Dillon Byers, 25, threw her against the wall when she refused to give him money. Byers then punched the officer twice.

The Kitchen Post restaurant, located at the corner of Commerce and Phelps streets, will open at 4 p.m. Friday with some of its well-known dishes and new ones as well as a bar with a list of craft cocktails. Ross Fowler, co-owner and chef at the restaurant, his mother, Linda Fowler, co-owner, father, Tom Fowler, and sister, Jade Fowler, all of Poland, worked to bring the downtown location to life for the past year.

A city man will be arraigned Wednesday in Warren Municipal Court on charges related to an April 15 chase that started in Warren and his arrest Saturday at his home on Autumn Drive Northwest after a three-hour standoff. Joshua M. Richards, 35, is charged with an April 11 felonious assault, April 15 receiving stolen property and failure to comply with police, and Saturday receiving stolen property being a felon in possession of a firearm. He is in the Trumbull County jail.

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