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No injuries in 5-hour hostage standoff at Trumbull jail

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After five hours, three Trumbull County jail inmates gave up their hostage, a corrections officer, and were returned to custody at about 8:30 p.m. The officer was not injured.

WR Port Authority member, chairman allege misconduct against each other

Western Reserve Port Authority member and chairman allege misconduct against each other

Elderly woman dies in house fire; son hospitalized

Staff report HOWLAND A elderly woman died in a 5 a.m. house fire on Pegotty Drive Northeast in

Howland security company owner faces 11 more charges

Gregory A. Oakes, 51, owner of three Howland-based security companies, is facing additional criminal charges

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Warren woman shares link with rocker Dave Grohl

Until a several years ago, Lena Pilgrim was like a lot of Warren residents — she really didn’t know anything about Dave Grohl

Former McDonald High teacher and coach pleads guilty to having naked images of student

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Alan Stanley, 49, pleaded guilty to two charges relating to an inappropriate relationship with a McDonald High School student

Locking up Detroit drug dealers won’t stop drug abuse, officials say

Full-time, inpatient addiction treatment offers the best hope, Valley experts agreeSFlb

Locking up Detroit drug dealers won’t stop drug abuse, officials say

Repairs begin on Grohl alley artwork

Artist Aaron Chine of Warren works on restoring a mural he created in David Grohl Alley which was destroyed by a vandal. Chine organized the clean-up project, which got underway Saturday afternoon.

State Rep. Sean O’Brien receives ballot challenge from retired Niles educator

Sean O’Brien is attempting to hold onto the seat in the Ohio Legislature he first earned in 2010 and successfully defended in 2012.

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Trumbull coroner one of few who gives specific numbers to overdose crisis

Dr. Humphrey Germaniuk, Trumbull County coroner, says people often ask him whether overdose deaths are the result of a “bad batch” of heroin. He frequently has to explain that it’s actually the reverse.

Challenger says Trumbull commissioner Fuda lacks aggressiveness

Frank Fuda says Trumbull County kept its finances in order over the seven years he’s been county commissioner.

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Boy attacked on Warren bike trail, left to walk naked down street

Kalli Ioannou was shocked and greatly upset when she saw a 14-year-old boy walking bruised and naked

Former Cincinnati man sentenced to 28 years for rape, kidnapping


Kevin T. Johns, 24, was sentenced to the maximum prison term for raping one woman and kidnapping another

Boston company proposing $800 million natural-gas power plant for Lordstown

Clean Energy Future Lordstown LLC has asked Lordstown to rezone 57 acres to industrial so it can build on Salt Springs Road.

Security company operator indicted on forgery and tampering

Gregory A. Oakes, 51, operator of two Howland-based security companies, has pleaded not guilty to 10 counts of forgery and 10 counts of tampering with records.

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Indictment clears up charges against woman in car during Warren killing

It’s a little clearer now why Regan Jelks is charged in Taemarr Walker’s death.

Warren Fire Department to lay off six firefighters when grant expires May 26

The Warren Fire Department has been denied a replacement grant and is making plans to have six fewer firefighters starting May 27

Inspiring Minds wants to double number of youths served again

The Warren non-profit organization Inspiring Minds was able to double this year the number of children and young adults it helped with its various educational programs, and it asked those attending its annual gala to help double that number again.

Police charge Florida man with vandalizing David Grohl Alley

Police have filed criminal charges against 35-year-old Florida resident Kurtis Aguilera, charging him with vandalizing some of the art in David Grohl Alley. Now they have to locate him.

Grand jury clears officer in death of Warren man, indicts woman

Grand jury clears officer in death of Warren man, indicts woman

Warren man sentenced to 10 years in prison for shooting house containing four girls

Warren man sentenced to 10 years in prison for shooting house containing four girls

Youngstown schools detail snow day make-up plan

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Some board members expressed reservations about the blizzard bags

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Woman tells dispatcher: ‘We got shot. We got shot. We got shot’

A 48-year-old South Street woman can be heard telling a dispatcher about 10 times “We got shot, we got shot, we got shot”

Pros and cons of Ohio marijuana Constitutional amendment debated

Rights group, Hagan at odds over approach

The Ohio Rights Group has about 15 percent of the signatures it needs by July 2 to put the Ohio Cannabis Rights Amendment on the November ballot.

Mahoning County substance-abuse official speaks to Congressional panel

Mahoning County substance-abuse official speaks to Congressional panel

Trumbull engineer investigated for potential conflict of interest

Court documents say state investigators were searching for information on whether four allegations of misconduct occurred

Cafaro Foundation pledges $100,000 toward revenue guarantee for daily flights

On the day the Cafaro Foundation pledged $100,000 to the to help secure daily air service at the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport, a Warren City Council committee heard a presentation regarding a $30,000 contribution.

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Judge says Warren man could serve long prison term if convicted in Ponzi scheme

Though Warren man Keelan Harris told a Vindicator reporter in 2011 he was a mere employee of his brother, Kevin Harris, during the years Kevin Harris operated a $20 million Ponzi scheme, the federal judge has suggested he could serve a long prison term if convicted.

Survey results show interest in Vienna-Chicago flights

Survey results show interest in Vienna-Chicago flights

Overdose-reversal drug starting to be available to more people

Ohio has moved quickly in the past six months to provide greater access to the drug Naloxone to reverse the effects of an overdose

Daughter of murder victim to killer: ‘I still love you’

Veronica Baragona of Niles, a daughter of murder victim Laura L. Michael, said only four words to her uncle, Bradley E. Milligan, as she stood across from him Thursday in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court: “I still love you.”

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Destruction of old Garrettsville buildings draws a crowd

Dozens of people streamed into town Monday to look at the block-long destruction of some of the town’s oldest buildings that resulted from a Saturday-afternoon fire on Main Street.

Depth of deception: More parts of Warren Ponzi scheme revealed in federal court

Firm acted recklessly in aiding Ponzi scheme, federal judge concludes

A federal judge has ordered the marketing firm that worked with the Warren Ponzi scheme to pay more than $2 million

State: Too soon to say if Poland quakes will delay Weathersfield well

ODNR: It’s too early to tell if Poland quakes will delay project

State: It’s too soon to say whether Poland Township earthquakes will delay startup of Weathersfield injection well

Trumbull drug strategy: Get everyone trained and involved

Trumbull drug strategy: Get everyone trained and involved

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Longtime Detroit drug dealer convicted of murder in Warren, gets life

Drug dealer pleads guilty in ’12 slaying

Detroit native Derrick D. Peete, 23, has been dealing drugs in Warren and Detroit since at least 2009

Port authority approves $420,000 to attract daily air service

The Western Reserve Port Authority has approved $420,000 to help attract daily air service to the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport.

Trumbull officials celebrate getting more than minimum of demo money

The $3.2 million will allow the county to knock down another 250 of the county’s most-blighted homes

Law license suspended for former Girard, Hubbard prosecutor

The Ohio Supreme Court has ordered an “interim default suspension” of the law license of Robert L. Johnson, ordering him to “cease and decist from the practice of law in any form.”

Story about poker game doesn’t hold up for man charged with burglary

Man charged with burglary after carrying a 50-inch television down a major thoroughfare at 3 a.m. on a Saturday, after one was reported stolen.

Official: Duck’s decision to leave was his own


By ED RUNYAN runyan@vindy.com AUSTINTOWN The attorney for the Mahoning County Board of

Jury finds Cincinnati man guilty of rape and kidnapping

The jury rendered a mixed verdict in the Kevin T. Johns trial Thursday

Testimony concludes in rape, kidnapping and aggravated robbery trial

Jurors will begin to deliberate the case of Kevin T. Johns, 24, on trial for rape, kidnapping and aggravated robbery.

Man on trial could get 50 years in prison for rape, kidnapping, aggravated robbery

Man on trial could get 50 years in prison for rape, kidnapping, aggravated robbery

Commissioners offer to build new office for Veterans Service Commission

Veterans Service Commission needs new space

Commissioners have offered to build a new building for the Trumbull County Veterans Service Commission

Hundreds attend memorial to six teens who died in crash one year ago

Family members called the community together on the anniversary of the tragic crash.

County to acquire about 22 parcels near former First Place Bank

Demolition has begun on a former office building on East Market Street on land that will soon be owned by Trumbull County commissioners.

Former judge and prosecutor Lynn B. Griffith Jr. died Sunday

Former judge and prosecutor Lynn B. Griffith Jr. died Sunday at age 86.

McDonald man banned from subbing after spanking incident

A 63-year-old McDonald man pleaded not guilty Friday to a misdemeanor assault charge filed against him after he purportedly spanked two students while serving as a substitute gym teacher.

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Tough guy with heart retires after 33 years with Trumbull sheriff

Retired cop, pro wrestler looks intimidating but loves helping others

Lt. Pete Lucic is known as tough guy Preston Steele when he works as a professional wrestler all over the world.



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