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WRITER: Renee Fox

Think tank likes drug bill that would reclassify felony possessions

WARREN — A nonpartisan Ohio think tank is coming out in support of an Ohio Senate bill that would reclassify minor drug possession from fourth- and fifth-degree felonies to misdemeanors, but is asking for some tweaks. Senate Bill 3 was introduced in February 2019 and “would help people with minor drug possession convictions by removing 268 legal barriers — known as collateral sanctions — to jobs and ...

Supreme Court won’t give Danny Lee Hill a new trial

WARREN — The U.S. Supreme Court decided not to grant Danny Lee Hill a new trial. With the denial Monday, only one legal challenge to Hill’s conviction and death sentence remains, according to the Trumbull County Prosecutor’s office, which is “pleased” with the high court’s decision, according to a news release. Hill’s attorneys asked the Supreme Court to overturn a lower court’s decision ...

Accidental drug overdose deaths are not slowing down

WARREN — Accidental drug overdose deaths in Trumbull County are showing no signs of decreasing to pre-2015 numbers. The Trumbull County Coroner’s office is reporting there were 84 confirmed deaths in 2019, though the number may increase to 92 when the office finishes investigating eight open cases. It’s been a mostly steady climb in recent years. Trumbull County had just 23 overdose-related deaths in ...

ACLU wants to hear from inmates denied opioid treatment

If you or someone you know was or is in an Ohio jail or prison with an opioid use disorder and is or was impacted by the the unavailability of medication assisted treatment, the ACLU of Ohio wants to hear about it. “Although Ohio is among the states hardest hit by the nationwide opioid epidemic — with the incarcerated population particularly at risk — numerous county jail authorities are failing to ...

Oral drug testing reveals trends by county

WARREN — In Mahoning County people who received oral drug testing from a certain lab were more likely to test positive for marijuana, while in Trumbull County, people were most likely to test positive for cocaine. Michigan-based Forensic Fluids Laboratories is under contract with Ohio Juvenile and Family Services, which offers protective services under the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. It’s ...

EV battery recycling matter of national security

WARREN — Right now, it costs money to recycle EV batteries. Perfecting that process is a matter of national security, said Jeff Spangenberger, director of the ReCell Center, the U.S. Department of Energy’s $15 million lithium-ion battery recycling center at Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois. The center is focused on perfecting the methods for recycling the components of the batteries so it will be ...

Positives, negatives charge EV battery plants

First of a two-part series WARREN — The United States could be on the cusp of a revolution in electric vehicles, made possible with the lithium-ion batteries used in everything from smartphones and laptops to vehicles. And while electric-vehicle car batteries have traditionally been made and recycled in other parts of the world, such as Asia and Europe, with the announcement that LG Chem and General ...

Museum sends Warren family WWII keepsake

WARREN — The Boy Scouts, an old barn in Belgium, parents of a Marine lieutenant colonel, a serial number and a couple dedicated to preserving the historical presence of American soldiers fighting for freedom in Europe all led to a Christmas miracle for one Warren family. Harold Rowbottom was born in a women’s receiving hospital on Hall Avenue in Warren on Christmas Eve in 1914. From 1941 to 1945, ...

Trumbull Transit plans to change course in new year

By RENEE FOX Staff writer WARREN — Come Jan. 1, the transportation services offered under the Trumbull County Transit Board will instead be provided directly by the Trumbull County commissioners. This will mean changes for riders of the system, which is expected to last only until Feb. 29, before the Western Reserve Transit Authority takes over in March. In order to avoid confusion, the system from ...

Ryan's failed presidential bid ranks 7th in Top 10 stories of 2019

EDITOR’S NOTE: Our countdown of the Top 10 Stories of 2019 continues with story No. 7, as selected by the newsroom staff of the Tribune Chronicle and The Vindicator. WARREN — Tim Ryan will be on the ballot in the next election, but it won’t be in the Democratic primary for president. The longtime Mahoning Valley congressman is once again seeking a two-year term in the U.S. House of Representatives, ...