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Trial pushed back

WARREN

The trial for Matthew L. Wilson, 33, of Niles and Minerva, charged with murder, felonious assault and child endangering in the Feb. 10 death of his 5-week-old daughter, has been pushed back to June 11. The new date was set during a hearing Wednesday in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court. His trial was originally set for March 26.

Medical personnel at Akron Children’s Hospital said the baby suffered brain bleeds and rib fractures, and they told authorities such injuries can be caused by “being shaken or squeezed.”

Wilson’s father, Charles Wilson, of Minerva, told reporters his son indicated he had tripped and accidentally fallen on the child not long before she went into distress and was taken by ambulance from their home on Bellair Court in Niles.

Remembrance service

WARREN

Ohio Council 8 of the American Federation of State, County and Muncipal Employees union will have a remembrance service at the Warren Environmental Services Department, 613 Main Ave. SW, at 8 a.m. today to remember two black sanitation workers who died in Memphis, Tenn., 50 years ago.The workers were Echol Cole and Robert Walker, who were crushed to death in the back of a Memphis compactor sanitation truck Feb. 1, 1968. They had sought refuge from thunder and lightning in the back of the truck.

Their deaths sparked a walkout by 1,300 sanitation workers who were joined by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. demanding justice, ASCME said in a news release. It was during this struggle that King was assassinated.

Treasurer to retire

WARREN

Angela Lewis, longtime treasurer for Warren City Schools, plans to retire at the end of the year, and the school board will begin looking for her replacement in the next few weeks. Officials hope to have someone in place by Aug. 1, the board announced. Lewis has been treasurer since May 1, 2006, and was also Weathersfield schools treasurer for five years and worked for the Ohio Auditor’s Office 10 years before that.

Ohio House passes bill

COLUMBUS

The Ohio House passed a bill that would make judges’ residential and family information exempt from public records laws.

The bill was introduced after the attempted assassination of a Jefferson County judge by Nathaniel Richmond, the father of Youngstown State University football player Ma’lik Richmond.

Reps. John Boccieri of Poland, D-59th, and Michele Lepore-Hagan of Youngstown, D-58th, supported the bill, which passed with a vote of 92-2.

“Our judges and magistrates deserve this type of protection,” Boccieri said.

“Judges and their staff literally put their lives on the line for justice in our community,” Lepore-Hagan said.

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