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Trumbull prosecutor opposes parole for killer Marie Poling

Trumbull County Prosecutor Dennis Watkins is again opposing parole for Marie F. Poling, convicted of killing her husband, Richard, in January 1988 in their Howland home.

Niles man gets longest sex-crime sentence in Trumbull County history

David A. Messer, 29, of Niles, will spend at least 50 years in prison for raping a 7-year-old girl and committing other sex offenses

Ariz. attorney asks Trumbull judge to consider new trial for murderer Danny Lee Hill

An Arizona attorney says bite evidence used at Hill’s murder trial nearly 30 years ago has been discredited.

Port authority to apply for more brownfield grants

The Western Reserve Port Authority has authorized its senior economic development manager to apply for two more grants to identify and clean up brownfield sites.

Trumbull property values continue to drop in most recent property revaluation

Figures show 5% decline in recent 3-year appraisal

The foreclosure and housing crisis that began around 2008 has dissipated in recent years, but the most recent Trumbull County property valuation still shows dropping property values.

Company hoping to offer Youngstown flights has had bankruptcy, ‘fraud’ challenges

Company seeking daily flights faced bankruptcy, jury judgment of fraud

The CEO was ordered by a jury to pay $600,000 for defrauding a former business partner.

Trumbull officials dedicate Western Reserve Greenway to Paul Heltzel

It took eight years for planning and construction of the third phase of the Western Reserve Greenway bike and hike trail

Warren superintendent says district couldn’t locate disabled girl

Warren City Schools superintendent says the visually impaired 15-year-old girl police found in unclean conditions Tuesday in a Beck Street Southeast home last attended Warren City Schools about 18 months ago.

Three new officers hired at Warren Police Department; six new cruisers put into service

Warren has three new police officers, bringing the total to 65, though it will be about six months before they are ready to work on their own.

Warren family’s seventh adoption continues its international flavor

The attorney who has helped The Rev. Rodd and Lori Meyer adopt six of their seven children calls them the “family of the United Nations.”

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Port authority members gather for orientation, ribbon cutting

Port authority members gather for orientation, ribbon cutting

Prosecutors detail Warren man’s role in Ponzi scheme

A sentencing memorandum written to the judge who will sentence Warren native Keelan Harris Dec. 11 for his role in a Warren-based Ponzi scheme says Harris was responsible for the banking part of the enterprise but was aware that criminal activities were happening and participated in them.

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Weathersfield man gets at least 39 years for repeated rapes of teen

A teenaged girl told Brian McGhee in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court she’s not going to let four years of sexual assaults destroy her

As complaints pile up, former Girard prosecutor hopes to avoid permanent disbarment

As complaints pile up, former Girard prosecutor hopes to avoid permanent disbarment

Bazetta man gets one year in prison for Internet steroids business

Had his business been legal, Joseph Stiver might be viewed as an entrepreneurial success story, not a man spending the next year in prison.

Trumbull engineer’s employee placed on leave after fuel spill

An employee of the Trumbull County Engineer’s Office was placed on paid administrative leave Wednesday and had a disciplinary hearing Thursday in relation to an Oct. 3 diesel spill at the engineer’s office.

Lawsuit seeks damages for 2012 crash with Niles Police cruiser

Two women from Youngstown and a man from Girard have filed a lawsuit against a Niles patrolman and the city

Father of slain Warren man files lawsuit against ambulance company, hospital, doctors

Father of slain Warren man files lawsuit against ambulance company, hospital, doctors

Warren deaths ruled homicides; one victim had just received a protection order

Warren cops probe possible link to protection order that was issued for male victim

The man and woman died from gunshot wounds and not from the fire. Their deaths have been ruled homicides.

Trumbull officials try to help parents with age-old challenge of raising kids

Lt. Dan Mason of the Warren Police Department says it’s not unusual for a frustrated parent to bring their child to the police department in an effort to get them ‘scared straight.’

2 videos may be prominent in Walker murder case

If TaShawn “Boo” Walker’s murder case goes to trial, video may play a prominent role.

Government novices compete for open Trumbull commissioner seat

Possibly the most competitive race in Trumbull County this election is between two men trying to be elected to political office for the first time

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State Rep. Sean O’Brien receives little challenge from Republican Devon Stanley

63rd district

Sean O’Brien of Bazetta Township is seeking his third term as state representative for the 63rd District, which encompasses Niles, Girard, Hubbard, Cortland and many of the eastern townships.

Officials say Warren moving closer to joining county 911 center

Warren’s police chief says he thinks the chances are greater than 50 percent that the city will turn over police dispatching duties to the Trumbull County 911 center.

Hospitals, first responders practice Ebola scenarios

Seth Durig, of Lane Lifetrans Paramedics, shows off a level C containment suit, typically worn for treating people with infectious diseases. Randy Pugh, vice president of Lane Lifetrans, said there is no clear protocol for first responders.

Domestic-violence roundtable highlights changes since Simpson trial

Laws and attitudes changed after O.J. Simpson’s murder trial in 1995 in ways that led to more arrests and criminal charges for alleged acts of domestic violence.

Springer revs up Warren crowd during Nina Turner campaign stop

A lot of people had a really good time seeing and meeting celebrity talk show host Jerry Springer outside of the Trumbull County Board of Elections Thursday afternoon.

WR Port Authority approves proposed start-up of daily air service

Start of service to major hub awaits federal approval

By a 7-0 vote, the Western Reserve Port Authority on Wednesday approved the proposed start-up of daily airline service between the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport and a Midwest hub airport.

Candidates for two open Trumbull seats face off at Maplewood forum

Cantalamessa, Williams square off at forum

Two men who never held public office before each tried to convince an audience Wednesday night at Maplewood High School that he can help lead Trumbull County government in the absence of Paul Heltzel, who died last summer.

National NAACP youth leader says US hasn't dealt with racial inequality

When Sammie Dow was in eighth grade in North Carolina, he received an NAACP youth leadership award. He was part of a family that was active in the organization.

Trumbull Mental Health and Recovery Board seeking levy renewal

The last time there was much public discussion of funding issues relating to mental health and substance abuse was when Gov. John Kasich decided to expand Medicaid eligibility a year ago.

New Trumbull Children Services director continues to work to improve agency

New Trumbull Children Services director continues to work to improve agency

Affidavit: Lordstown man pointed gun at law enforcement officers

Youngstown businessman George Rafidi awoke to the sounds of police knocking on the door to his Lordstown home and saying, “search warrant.”

Voters in 64th District House race have choices

The race for 64th Ohio House of Representatives gives voters in Warren, Howland and several more rural townships in Trumbull County a choice between moderate, conservative and independent philosophies.

Niles mayor says water dept. deficit likely prompted state oversight

City water department reports $2.7M deficit

Mayor Ralph Infante says the $2.7 million deficit in the city’s water department fund as of July 31, 2014, is probably the reason the Ohio Auditor’s Office placed the city in fiscal emergency Tuesday.

Parents will appeal son’s alcohol-related suspension

The alcohol-related activities occurred at the Mineral Ridge Homecoming dance Saturday at the Fifth Season Banquet Center.

Niles mayor: We’re fixing personnel-management problems

In the midst of a rash of Niles city employees being indicted for theft, Mayor Ralph Infante is making policy changes intended to prevent future problems.

Three Trumbull park projects wrapping up

Three projects involving the Trumbull County MetroParks are expected to wrap up at about the same time this fall, including the 2.1-mile third phase of the Western Reserve Greenway.

Warren’s Tech Belt Energy Innovation Center finally making plans to open building

On one front, it’s been a tough three years for the Tech Belt Energy Innovation Center: There have been extensive delays in getting started on the $3.1 million renovation of its 39,000 square foot downtown facility.

Trumbull Democrats revise bylaws, outlaw secret balloting

The Trumbull County Democratic Party Central Committee approved new bylaws that outlaw secret balloting

Trumbull commissioners reject recommendation for deputies' pay hikes

Trumbull County commissioners have rejected a fact-finder’s report that called for pay and benefits increases for sheriff’s deputies

Stedman Graham tells students to discover, pursue what they love

Author and speaker Stedman Graham spent about 90 minutes Wednesday at one of Warren’s four Pre-K to Grade 8 schools helping middle-school students think about who they are and what they love.

Condemned Warren murderer convinced sister to call juror

David Martin was unsuccessful at persuading any of the 12 jurors to spare his life, even while making a personal appeal to them.

Officers remain on leave following officer-involved death on state Route 11

An unspecified number of officers from the Weathersfield Township Police Department remain on paid administrative leave

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Warren veteran finally gets his due decades after service

Warren veteran finally gets his due decades after service

Vietnam War veteran Thomas Ducharme, center, receives the Bronze Star from Herman Breuer, right, executive director of the Trumbull County Veterans Service Commission. Looking on is U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio. Ducharme, who moved to Warren from Texas and opened a restaurant called Texas Big Dog, also received nine other medals Monday at the restaurant.

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TCTC seeks 2.4-mill, 10-year renewal levy

The Trumbull Career and Technical Center is asking voters to approve a 2.4-mill, 10-year renewal levy this November that provides 46 percent of the revenue used to operate the school.

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Judge: Martin to get death penalty and 61 years in prison

David Martin was sentenced to the death penalty and 61 years in prison Wednesday in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court.

Trumbull prosecutor to appeal judge’s drug-treatment decision for ex-paralegal

An assistant Trumbull County prosecutor has called a judge’s decision to grant treatment in lieu of conviction for a former Warren Law Department paralegal “offensive.”

Man involved in hostage-taking sentenced to 23 years in prison

Though he has not been charged in the April 23 hostage-taking of a Trumbull County jail corrections officer, Richard G. Ware is paying the price for it.

Police chief says drug busts help target crimes

The bust was on Deerfield Avenue Southwest.

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