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WRITER: Nathanael Hawthorne

Trustee attends meeting amid allegations, probe

AUSTINTOWN — Township trustee Steve Kent, who also serves as a school resource officer for the Poland Township Police Department, was present for Monday night’s trustees meeting despite an ongoing investigation into an allegation against him. No charges have been filed against him, however a letter penned by Poland Police Chief Brian Goodin to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation asked for BCI’s help ...

Driver accused of OVI, fleeing

AUSTINTOWN — A township man accused of operating a vehicle under the influence, a felony, was arrested by Austintown police following a crash. David Black, 61, of 1075 Ohltown Road, is in Mahoning County jail following Thursday’s incident. The report states Black has two prior felony OVI convictions and another 14 other misdemeanor OVI convictions as well. According to a police report, officers were ...

Township welcomes festivities

WEATHERSFIELD — The annual Flag Day Festival enjoyed by township residents is back in 2021 after being canceled due to COVID-19 last year. The three-day festival kicked off Thursday evening with droves of Mahoning Valley residents flocking to the Weathersfield Township Community Park for the festivities. Township trustee Steve Gerberry said holding the festival is a relief for the residents. “We were ...

Poland school resource officer placed on leave

POLAND — A school resource officer for the Poland Township Police Department is on unpaid administrative leave while a state agency looks into an alleged crime. Steve Kent, who also is an Austintown Township trustee, is accused by a resident of committing a felony offense on and off duty. No charges have been filed against him. The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is handling the probe. A state ...

Preparing to hit the road

After a record-low travel year in 2020, AAA predicts this Memorial Day weekend will see a significant boost in motorists. Between May 17 and the May 31 holiday, nearly 1.7 million Ohioans plan to travel at least 50 miles from home — a 57 percent increase. AAA said more than 95 percent of travelers will drive to their destinations this year, an increase of 52 percent since last year’s holiday ...

Scrappers take the field

NILES — After a tumultuous 2020 and an uncertain future for the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, baseball is back at Eastwood Field. The Scrappers are now members of Major League Baseball’s Draft League instead of an affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. The team is made up of hopefuls looking to increase their status in the upcoming MLB draft. “In terms of the players, instead of being directly tied to the ...

Going out of stalk: Lutz Farms to take a break from sweet corn production

LORDSTOWN — Locally loved sweet corn from Lutz Farms will not be sold this year. Co-owner Harvey Lutz said the decision was not an easy one, but the pandemic and other factors played roles in why the farm, 2688 S. Leavitt Road, isn’t producing corn this year. “Last year we got through it, but COVID-19 made our work demand above and beyond our normal — and now this year we’ve been losing help... so ...

Double the fun

McDONALD — In a graduating class of 72 students at McDonald High School, twins make up more than 19 percent. Gregory and Kathryn Merdich; Mike and Nick Ferradino; James and Rylie Mays; Maddy and Molly Howard; Emma and Ethan O’Connell; Nikolina and Diana Drobnjak; and Tara and Collin Mulrooney comprise the astounding seven sets of twins of the Class of 2021 set to get their diplomas Saturday. “When you ...

Police get new license plates

AUSTINTOWN — The township police cruisers will have a slightly altered look after a donation of newly designed license plates were gifted to the police department. Jeffrey McFalls, of Niles, created the new plates and presented them to police Chief Robert Gavalier at Monday’s trustee meeting. The new design adds the Austintown Fitch “F” signifying the relationship between the high school and the ...

Warrant issued for city man in burglary case

WARREN — A Youngstown man who failed to appear in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court now has a warrant for his arrest in a burglary, and is accused in an alleged Monday assault in Austintown. Michael Rivers, 37, of 260 Potomac Ave., Youngstown, is wanted for aggravated burglary and two counts of having weapons as a felon, court records show. Trumbull County prosecutors said Wednesday when Rivers didn’t ...