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WRITER: Ashley Fox

Safety buckets provide lockdown essentials

LOWELLVILLE — Safety and preparation are on everyone’s mind in Lowellville schools. “It’s a day and age not to be random in school security and safety,” said Geno Thomas, district superintendent. Some security measures that have shaped the district include new tables in the cafeteria so hands don’t get crushed; a camera system — and safety buckets. The buckets “are in the classrooms with ...

Details fuzzy in killing of Boardman teen

BOARDMAN — A witness to a fatal shooting Thursday told township police the suspect was playing with a gun, and the shooting was accidental. But Emanuel Boyd, who is in the Mahoning County jail, told police another story, according to a police report: He appears to placed blame on a black sedan that pulled up with its lights off while he and Kane Wiesensee were in the street on West Boulevard. The ...

Putting positive spin on drill

BOARDMAN — Moments before Boardman High School was temporarily locked down Thursday for a drill, Doug Sage sat in a conference room, recalling an event that shocked many Americans. “I was in utter shock,” Sage said as he recalled the Feb. 27, 2012, shootings at Chardon High School that left three dead. Sage, a Boardman police dispatcher who is from Chardon, was working for an AT&T call center not ...

Man charged with murder after Boardman shooting

BOARDMAN — One man is dead after a Thursday shooting at a West Boulevard house. Kane Wiesensee, 18, was taken to St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital where he was pronounced dead, according the the Mahoning County Coroner’s office. Todd Werth, Boardman Township police chief, said officers arrested Emanuel Boyd, 19, of Boardman in connection with the shooting. He is being held in the Mahoning County ...

Boardman students stand up for first responders

BOARDMAN — Moments before Boardman High School was temporarily locked down Thursday for a drill, Doug Sage sat in a conference room, recalling an event that shocked many Americans. “I was in utter shock,” Sage said as he recalled the Feb. 27, 2012, shootings at Chardon High School that left three dead. Sage, a Boardman police dispatcher who is from Chardon, was working for an AT&T call center not ...

Police seek help on road-rage case in Boardman and Poland

POLAND — Police are investigating what they are calling a road rage episode Tuesday night — and offering advice on how to avoid escalation in such situations. Poland Township police Chief Brian Goodin said as of Wednesday afternoon, suspects have been identified but charges are pending further investigation. Investigators are also searching for a motive. Goodin said “something transpired” at ...

West Branch works to trim losses

BELOIT — Consolidation within the West Branch school district is imminent next school year, and district leaders want to make the transition smooth for students. “The final choice should minimally impact” education, Superintendent Tim Saxton told more than 200 people at a Tuesday meeting at West Branch Middle School. After several failed levy attempts, the board of education decided against placing ...

New facilities spark realistic fire training

CANFIELD — More than three decades in the making, a new training facility was unveiled Monday at the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center. “This is amazing,” Andy Frost Jr., former Austintown fire chief, said. “It’s been 35 years and coming.” Frost explained to local officials, firefighters, MCCTC faculty and students that in 1985, he and friend, former Cardinal Joint Fire District Chief ...

Boardman student beats 18,000 to attend Super Bowl LIV

BOARDMAN — When DaJuan Dukes Jr. watched the Super Bowl last week, it was the first professional game he attended. For Super Bowl LIV, which was played Feb. 2, Dukes and his mother, Jaclyn Crissman, future stepfather Zach Myers and sister, Niya, made their way to Miami to watch the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs. “It was very fun,” DaJuan said after his return. The family cheered for ...

Agencies to get free bus passes

WARREN — The Western Reserve Transit Authority secured $25,000 to cover the costs of free rides for people who receive services through nonprofits and government agencies. The executive directors of the mental health and recovery boards in Trumbull and Mahoning counties praised WRTA for seeking the grant, and said it will go a long way in breaking down barriers people seeking services face, and free up ...