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‘Keep the Kids Warm’


Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Youngstown is calling upon Catholics and others of good will to support a special collection to provide winter utility assistance for families in need.

The “Keep the Kids Warm” campaign will take place during January, the month designated by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops as Poverty Awareness Month. Keep the Kids Warm assists working poor families who do not qualify for government assistance; families waiting for PIPP Plus to authorize assistance; and families whose HEAP benefits have been exhausted.

Donations can be sent to Catholic Charities, Keep the Kids Warm, P.O. Box 614, Youngstown 44501. Donations can also be made on Catholic Charities’ website at

I-80 pile-up


The Mercer Post of the Pennsylvania State Police is investigating a multiple semi pile-up Thursday night with multiple cases of people trapped in vehicles near the 4-mile marker of Interstate 80 near the Ohio-Pennsylvania line.

The Interstate westbound lane near the scene of the crash was closed. It is not known how many were injured, reported 21-WFMJ-TV, The Vindicator’s broadcast partner.

Port Authority seats


The Trumbull County commissioners say they are continuing with their “policy of full transparency” in again publicly seeking expressions of interest in two seats on the board of Western Reserve Port Authority. The terms of Ron Klingle of Avalon Holdings and Sam Covelli of Covelli Enterprises expired at the end of 2017. Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest along with a current resume by Jan. 17 to the Trumbull County Commissioners, 160 High Street NW, Warren 44481.

County administrator


Trumbull County Commissioners Dan Polivka and Mauro Cantalamessa have called a meeting of the Application Review Committee to discuss the applications for the position of Trumbull County administrator/purchasing director. The meeting will be at noon Tuesday in the commissioners’ hearing room on the fifth floor of the County Administration Building, 160 High St. NW. Committee members are Howland Township Administrator Darlene St. George; Dennis Blank, a recent Warren mayoral candidate; and Col. James Dignan, former commander of the 910th Airlift Wing of the Youngstown Air Reserve Station and now chief operating officer of the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber. The Trumbull County Citizens Budget Review Committee last year recommended the hiring of a county administrator/purchasing director.

Deputies assaulted


A man being held in Mahoning County jail assaulted deputies with bodily substances, according to an incident report. The report was mentioned in a document filed in Ricki Williams’ case for the 2014 slaying of a 16-year-old girl in Austintown. The report claims an inmate pulled a bottle containing a mixture of urine and feces and threw it on others at the jail, including at least one deputy. Charges have not been filed against Williams. In 2016, Williams was indicted on six counts of harassment with a bodily substance for a similar incident that occurred at the jail in July of that year.

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