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McClurkin pleads to reduced charges, agrees to testify against brother

Patrick J. McClurkin, the younger of the two McClurkin brothers charged with defrauding more than 50 customers of their former McClurkin Funeral Home, has pleaded guilty to reduced charges

Valley gas station owner detained by feds, accused of $2.5 million fraud

A 30-page affidavit filed in Youngstown federal court by a local FBI agent lays out a fraud he says a Howland gas-station owner carried out in 2012 to defraud an Illinois bank out of $2.5 million.

Port Authority to weigh financial support for air-base survival

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The Western Reserve Port Authority will discuss whether to financially support a local military affairs commission working to avoid closure or reductions at the 910th Airlift Wing

Demolition begins at Warren GE Ohio Lamp Plant

Preparation work has begun on the $2.4 million demolition of the 354,000 square foot historic General Electric Ohio Lamp Plant on Dana Street Northeast.

Doug Franklin, Warren mayor, to run for re-election to a second term

The city’s first black mayor will run for re-election to a second term this year.

Gregory Brewer pleads guilty to Warren aggravated murder and gets 20 years to life

Gregory S. Brewer, 50, apparently entered the home of Dominic Bufano, 55, last Aug. 21 on friendly terms, but left as Bufano’s killer.

Trumbull prosecutor opposes release of Melnicks' attacker

Trumbull County Prosecutor Dennis Watkins is opposing the potential move of inmate Christopher W. Daniel to transitional control, which could release him into society later this year.

Cortland woman sues Warren police, others over 2013 crash during chase

A Cortland woman has filed a lawsuit in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court against a Warren man, a Warren police officer, the police department, the city and others over a Jan. 18, 2013, traffic crash that occurred while the officer was chasing a suspect.

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Theft charges against former Hotel California chef bound over to grand jury

Daimer Cescon, touted last year as the three-star Michelin chef who would be running the kitchen at the Hotel California in Austintown, is in the Trumbull County jail

Retired deputy now patrols a different beat, helping senior citizens

Don Hyde met a lot of Trumbull County residents during his 35 years as a deputy and detective with the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office

Trmbull County sets record for drug and overall criminal cases

In spite of statistics showing that violent and property crime has been dropping in the nation and in Ohio, Trumbull County registered a record-high number of indictments in 2014.

Lordstown residents express satisfaction with new power plant site

The company has settled on an alternative site for it in the Lordstown Industrial Park.

Water-pipe break in Wean Building soaks Trumbull County records

Some of the county records kept on three floors of the county-owned Wean Building on North Park Avenue got wet

Warren man gets 10 years for 2012 execution-style killing

Lamont Salter, 26, pleaded guilty Monday to involuntary manslaughter, kidnapping and aggravated burglary

Kleese Development tops in area for injection of Pennsylvania brine

The more significant volume of brine waste injection activity has been taking place in Vienna and Newton townships.

Civil suit unfolded like nothing Trumbull judge had seen in 18 years on the bench

The medical malpractice resulted in a $28.7 million judgment in favor of a Warren family

Jury finds Irby guilty of firing at Hubbard cop

A jury found Jeff Irby, 26, of Youngstown and Indianapolis, Ind., guilty Friday of firing gunshots at a Hubbard police officer last October while fleeing from a traffic stop.

Hubbard officer testifies he heard a bullet ‘whiz’ by him

Testimony began Wednesday in the trial of Jeff Irby of Youngstown.

Trumbull elections board director to retire Jan. 31

The board will place a help-wanted advertisement in the coming weeks for director and/or deputy director

Neighbor, social media help cops arrest several purported burglars


Technology, social media and vigilance appear to have helped police put together the pieces of a burglary ring involving about a half-dozen people.

New site proposed for $800M Lordstown power plant

Project would help schools, bring about 25 full-time jobs

Clean Energy Future Lordstown LLC selected another site that doesn’t need a zone change.

Trumbull judge awards $28.7 million in suit over birth injury

A Warren family’s son was born in 2010 with cerebral palsy as a result of oxygen deprivation during his birth.

Ex-coach, editor arraigned on sex charges involving students

An inappropriate text message from the former Jefferson High School girls basketball and softball coach to one of the girls he coached was ultimately not deemed criminal.

New and re-elected officials take oath of office at Trumbull courthouse

Monday’s swearing-in ceremony was the first one for new Trumbull County Probate Court Judge James Fredericka

Trumbull prosecutor opposes parole for pregnant wife killer

Trumbull County Prosecutor Dennis Watkins is again opposing parole for Paul W. Smith, 48, who shot his 21-year-old pregnant wife, Gina, to death July 29, 1987, in the McDonald’s restaurant in McKinley Heights where she worked.

Howland couple say their 'U.N.' was God's plan

The Rev. Rodd and Lisa Meyer sit with their seven adopted children, from left, Fernando, 13, Deon, 3, Jonathan, 2, Jake, 4, Neveah, 11, Mar’shayla, 7, and Johnny, 8. Rodd and Lisa began adopting children after trying for 10 years to have kids, with no luck.

Inmates indicted in Trumbull jail hostage incident

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Two of the three men accused of taking a corrections officer hostage for five hours April 23 at the Trumbull County jail have been indicted on a variety of charges.

Prison doctor warned that Howland felon would ‘kill again’

Former Howland resident Jarrett suspected of murder in Michigan

When Shawn Jarrett left prison in 2012 and moved to Howland Township after serving his entire 30-year sentence for a 1982 Farrell, Pa., murder and 1982 Sharon, Pa., assault, Howland Police Chief Paul Monroe warned the public that Jarrett had “violent, homicidal tendencies” and said people should be on alert.

Warren Court prepares to replace computer system

Warren City Council has authorized the city to enter into a $449,000 contract with Pioneer Technology Group of Sanford, Fla.

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Trumbull Democratic Party chairman achieved the unthinkable

It seemed unthinkable last July that the Trumbull County Democratic Party would prevail over Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern

Ohio audit for Niles once again tells city its financial house is in disarray

Report on 2012 lists 11 findings involving treasurer, auditor and other city officials

The Ohio Auditors Office has once again told Niles that its financial house is in disarray.

Trumbull workers to get pay raise after 6-year freeze

A 30-cents-per-hour pay increase will give each employee $624 more per year and cost the county about $223,000.

Commissioners to authorize road and sewer projects

The Trumbull County commissioners are expected today to authorize six road projects to be carried out in late 2015 and early 2016.

Keelan Harris gets 10-year prison sentence for role in Warren Ponzi scheme

A federal judge on Thursday sentenced Warren native Keelan Harris to 10 years in prison for his role in a Warren-based Ponzi scheme.

Trumbull commissioners talk about merger during budget hearings

Trumbull commissioners talk about merger during budget hearings

Trumbull prosecutor says he won’t cooperate with Brazil’s attempt to prosecute Claudia Hoerig in Brazil

Trumbull County Prosecutor Dennis Watkins calls it “surprising and confusing” that the U.S. Department of Justice has asked him to help the Brazilian government prosecute Claudia Hoerig in Brazil for 2007 murder of her husband, Karl, in their home in Newton Falls.

Healthcare and salaries to rise in 2015 Trumbull County budget

Healthcare and salaries to rise in 2015 Trumbull County budget

Warren accepts federal grant to hire police officers

City officials accepted the $375,000 Community Oriented Policing Services grant that pays part of the cost to hire three police officers

Holiday Parade and Christmas Tree Lighting provided truly magical moments

Holiday Parade and Christmas Tree Lighting provided truly magical moments

Warren man sentenced to 10 days in jail for accident that killed Howland woman one year ago

Patrick Niess was taken away in handcuffs Wednesday to begin serving a 10-day jail sentence

Hubbard couple files legal action against another 38 purported harassers

Garrick Krlich and his wife, Lucinda, of East Liberty Street in Hubbard, have been the object of a horn-honking controversy at their home for several years

Only three texting-while-driving citations were generated in Warren Municipal Court so far in 2014

During 2014, the court for Warren, Howland, Champion and Warren Township has handled only three texting-while-driving citations.

Prosecutor opposes parole for man who committed Champion murders in 1981

Trumbull County Prosecutor Dennis Watkins has asked the Ohio Parole Board to keep a 71-year-old murderer in prison when his parole hearing comes up in December.

Septic owners facing new rules come Jan. 1

For the owners of about 16,000 septic-systems in Mahoning County and 21,000 in Trumbull County, new statewide rules take effect Jan. 1

Olde Fashioned Christmas decks the Mill with nostalgia

Camille Kerns, 4, of Poland is all smiles as she tells Santa Claus what she wants for Christmas — a Barbie head she can style and “anything” from the Walt Disney movie “Frozen,” as she shows him the “Frozen” gloves she wears. Both were at the Olde Fashioned Christmas at the Mill in Mill Creek Park on Saturday.

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.


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