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WRITER: Nathanael Hawthorne

Hospitals nearing capacity across state

Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, Ohio Department of Health director, urged Ohioans to rethink their trips to the hospital, provided it is not an emergency. “As you’ve heard over the past few days, children’s and adult hospitals have sounded the alarm,” Vanderhoff said. “We’re in a serious situation ... hospitals are being stretched to capacity.” Vanderhoff, alongside Dr. Michael Canady, CEO of Holzer ...

Faculty blasts YSU’s pandemic response

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown State University faculty union wants a vaccine mandate put in place for the university community by Dec. 1. The YSU Ohio Education Association in a Monday news release said the university made certain guarantees to keep staff, faculty and students safe, but it didn’t keep those promises. “... We will no longer be silent about your lack of action — you are putting all ...

All students in Poland schools now must wear facial masks

POLAND — All students in the Poland Local School District now are required to wear masks in the buildings. The announcement was made by Superintendent Craig Hockenberry on Wednesday who said the mandate for the high school is similar to the one in place for students in kindergarten to sixth grade. “In an effort to keep our students in school, the Poland Local School District is issuing that masks are ...

Chase suspects ID’d, bond set

POLAND — Two suspects in a car chase that started in Struthers and ended in Poland Township were in court for their arraignment Wednesday and remain jailed. Deandre Smith, 19, of 2305 Jackson St. SW, Warren, and Larry Smith III, 18, no listed address, who are cousins, were in Struthers Municipal Court to answer to charges. Deandre Smith is facing charges of carrying a concealed weapon, failure to comply and ...

Retired teacher cherishes her 40 years working in fair office

CANFIELD — For the last 40 of the Canfield Fair’s 175 years, Nellie Drevna has been working in the administration building and shows no signs of slowing down. “I’ve always liked the fair and just working here has been a real treat,” Drevna said. Drevna started working in 1981 to fill in as a secretary. From there, her involvement with the fair has been on an annual basis. “I started here ...

3 nabbed, syringes found in reported burglary

GIRARD — A large number of syringes, suspected heroin and more than $600 were found and three people were arrested following a burglary call to a residence. Jack Dean, 31, of 7469 Oregon Trail, Youngstown; Leslie Tate Jr., 34, of 107 N. Belle Vista Ave., Youngstown; and Taylor Flannigan, 26, of 324 Hobart Road, Leavittsburg; pleaded not guilty at their arraignment Tuesday and bond was set at $10,000 for ...

Pelini turns himself in; case moved to Canfield

BOARDMAN — Cardinal Mooney High School head football coach and athletic director Carl Pelini is ordered to stay away from his wife after pleading not guilty to domestic violence — and he’s off the football field. Pelini turned himself in to police Tuesday on a domestic violence warrant stemming from a Sunday incident. A police report states officers at the Boardman Police Department were told ...

Company buys dam and lake property in Austintown

AUSTINTOWN — Neighbors surrounding the former Meridian Lake are a couple of steps away from the lake being restored, nearly a year after the dam was breached and the lake drained. The first step, and most important, was acquiring the property from the previous owner. According to the Mahoning County Auditor’s website, Youngstown-based Woodside Aqua Properties LLC purchased the dam and lake from ...

Mooney football coach eludes police

BOARDMAN — Cardinal Mooney High School head football coach Carl Pelini was being sought Monday by Boardman police on a domestic violence arrest warrant after officers responded to the family home. In a statement issued by the school, Pelini was placed on administrative leave, pending an investigation. Pelini was hired as head coach in July last year. A Boardman police report states officers were called ...

Valley dispatcher acts fast to save life at call center

HOWLAND — When there is an emergency, usually 911 is called, but what happens when 911 needs to call 911? Thursday afternoon, thanks to the heroic effort of Trumbull County dispatcher Katelyn Bower, a choking Shana Murphy, also a dispatcher, didn’t need to find out that answer. “I knew I was in trouble,” Murphy recalled. About 5:30 p.m. Thursday, right after finishing a dispatch call for a pursuit in ...