Donation for bridge
The village received a $10,000 donation to put toward restoration of a historic bridge.
The Ohio Historic Bridge Association was slated to present the check to village council at its meeting Tuesday.
The village is in the early phases of plans to restore the Poland Cemetery Bridge on state Route 616 at the north end of Riverside Drive.
The cast- and wrought-iron bowstring truss bridge was built in 1877 and put on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.
Disbarred attorney pleads guilty to felonies
Virginia M. Barborak, 47, of Salem, a disbarred attorney, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court to stealing from a client who lived in Brookfield. According to court documents, Barborak defrauded the client starting in 2013 in her representation of the estate of James R. Patsey of Warren Sharon Road in Brookfield. She pleaded guilty to Tuesday before Judge Peter Kontos to forgery, tampering with records and grand theft, all felonies. She could go to prison when she is sentenced later.
She is a former partner in the Barborak Law Offices, 120 S. Market St. in Lisbon. Documents say she received a $51,000 check in March 2013, money that was supposed to be provided to the Lisbon Alumni Association for scholarships as a bequest from James R. Patsey’s will. The money was placed in Barborak’s interest on lawyer trust account, and she used it for her own purposes. She eventually paid the $50,000 owed to the alumni association in June 2014.
Deputy hurt in crash
Deputy Lee Padula suffered “very minor injuries” in a 6:02 a.m. Sunday crash into the yard and nearly the Market Street home of Judge Thomas Campbell of Central District Court.
Major Jeff Palmer, who is in charge of the road deputies at the sheriff’s office, said Padula was treated at the Trumbull Regional Medical Center and released the same day.
Padula was taken to the hospital by ambulance, and his cruiser was taken from the scene on a flat-bed trailer, according to the county 911 center. Multiple attempts Tuesday to reach officials at the Cortland Police Department to obtain a copy of the accident report were unsuccessful.
Z Passes for city schools
School district families have another tool to monitor their children’s transportation to and from school.
This week, the district will debut the Z Pass – a system that tracks when each student enters and leaves a school bus. Each student will get a key card to wear in a lanyard around his or her neck. Every time the students gets on or off the school bus, the student will scan the card across a Z pass card reader. That will record the time, date and location of each entrance and exit.
In cases of emergency, the system will enable the transportation department to locate passengers quickly.
The first group of Z Passes will debut at Harding, Kirkmere and Wilson elementary schools and Youngstown Early College. Colleen Murphy-Penk, school district transportation chief, expects the remainder of the passes to be programmed and distributed within the next two weeks.
Board member sworn in
School district Treasurer Nick Ciarniello swore in new school board member John W. Fryda at the board’s organizational meeting Saturday.
Re-elected board members John Landers and Vickie Davis renewed their oaths of office. Board member Jeff Barone was selected as board president for the year, and Davis was selected as vice president.
Pantry program donation
Dominion Energy and the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation awarded $10,000 to Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley to support the food bank’s School Pantry program.
The grant is part of Dominion’s $1 million commitment to “critical community needs” that specifically support increasing food availability.
School pantries are on school grounds and intended to provide a more readily accessible source of food assistance to students at risk of going without food in the evening and over the weekend. The program gives students access to food Monday through Friday and the ability to choose the foods that best meet their needs at home. The food bank is operating nine School Pantry programs in Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties.
For information on the food bank and the School Pantry program, visit www.mahoningvalleysecondharvest.org or call 330-792-5522.
Trustees plan meeting
The Brookfield Township trustees will host a special meeting with executive session at 6 p.m. today. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the employment of township personnel. The meeting will take place at the administration building, 6844 Strimbu Drive.
Committees to meet
Warren City Council’s Health and Welfare Committee will meet at 3 p.m. today. Council’s Strategic Planning Committee will meet at 4 p.m. today. The meetings will take place in the council caucus room at the Municipal Justice Building, 141 South St. SE.
The McDonald Village Council meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. today has been canceled. The meeting has been rescheduled for 9 a.m. Friday in the Community Room, 500 Ohio Ave.