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WRITER: Ashley Fox

Spinal problems inspire dancer to study medicine

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is one of a series of Saturday profiles of area residents and their stories. To suggest a profile, contact features editor Burton Cole at bcole@tribtoday.com or metro editor Marly Reichert at mreichert@tribtoday.com By ASHLEY FOX Staff writer NEW MIDDLETOWN — Looking at 18-year-old Chloe Mershimer, one would never guess she had a major surgery just a few short years ago. Standing ...

Valley educators embraced adaptations

Over the last year, the education field — from elementary to higher — faced a barrage of challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. A statewide mandate that left education administration and faculty scrambling to work from home and students to stay on top of their studies while learning remotely in 2020, carried into 2021. And had it not been for strong information technology departments and willing staffs ...

Struthers police don body cameras for security, accountability

STRUTHERS — A new layer of transparency has been added to a local police department. The Struthers Police Department went live with mandatory body cameras Friday. Each of the department’s 16 full-time officers now wears the body cameras, as well as the two part-time officers. Police Chief Tim Roddy said the move to body cameras has been considered and researched for a long time. “We’ve been ...

Rotary Club raises funds at Groundhog Craft Beer Fest

YOUNGSTOWN — Beer enthusiasts took advantage of warm weather Saturday to take part in an annual event that benefits the Youngstown community. The Third Annual Groundhog Craft Beer Fest took place in the Stambaugh Auditorium parking lot, a stark difference from inside the venue when it’s typically snowing and cold. Held by the Youngstown Rotary Club, the event is a club fundraiser to generate funds ...

New level of security added to Struthers PD

STRUTHERS -- A new layer of transparency has been added to a local police department. The Struthers Police Department went live with mandatory body cameras Friday. Each of the department's 16 full-time officers now wears the body cameras, as well as the two part-time officers. Police Chief Tim Roddy said the move to body cameras has been considered and researched for a long time. "We've been working ...

Patrol: Man choked on pot during stop

A Campbell man is facing charges after a traffic stop this month on an interstate, which left him choking on a bag of marijuana, the state patrol said. Stephan Elash, 24, faces charges of possession of marijuana, speeding and a seat belt violation, according to Portage County Municipal Court records and the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Ravenna post. According to Lt. Scott Loive, Elash was stopped for ...

Bottoms Up: Annual beer fest held at Stambaugh

YOUNGSTOWN -- Beer enthusiasts took advantage of warm weather today to take part in an annual event that benefits the Youngstown community. The Third Annual Groundhog Craft Beer Fest took place in the Stambaugh Auditorium parking lot, a stark difference from inside the venue when it's typically snowing and cold. Held by the Youngstown Rotary Club, the event is a club fundraiser to generate funds that will ...

Park trolley delivers delight

YOUNGSTOWN — When she boarded the trolley in a parking lot as it rained last week, Ro McLaughlin crossed an item off her bucket list. Along with her husband, Dan, and friends Shelby and Sherie Cash of Boardman, Ro listened and asked questions with other passengers aboard the Cohasset Express. “For years and years, I’ve been wanting to go on the trolley ride,” Ro said. The anticipation that built up ...

Dogs put down after jumping off city bridge

YOUNGSTOWN — Two dogs were euthanized after jumping off a bridge Monday morning in Youngstown, according to rescue agencies. A veterinarian’s examination of the dogs, a male and female Shepherd mix, showed extensive traumatic internal injuries and broken bones, according to Dianne Fry, Mahoning County dog warden. The Mill Creek MetroParks Police Department responded to a call for the Youngstown Police ...

Canfield police lauded for community involvement

CANFIELD — The Canfield Police Department was recently named “agency of the month” by the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police and the Law Enforcement Foundation, for its efforts in community policing. “We have community support and our community has certain expectations. One of those is a good relationship with their police department,” police Chief Chuck Colucci said. “It’s not all about ...