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WRITER: Renee Fox

Bullets hit home, kill woman in wheelchair

WARREN — An evangelist in the community was killed Sunday when a bullet struck her in the back while she visited with family members at a Starlite Drive NW home to plan her son’s funeral. Ruth “Mama” Lewis, 89, was sitting in her wheelchair in the living room of 3178 Starlite when she was hit. “We don’t know why she is dead today; we don’t have those answers,” said her daughter, Andrea Daniels ...

Commissioners and Girard continue water contract

WARREN — Trumbull County commissioners are expected to renew an agreement with Girard, giving the city permission to use county water lines to bring water to about 1,500 Liberty residents. Although they are expected to enter another 20-year agreement, this time it will include an opt-out clause to allow the county to pull out if a chance to regionalize the system arises, said Gary Newbrough, interim sanitary ...

COVID-19 relief funds for Trumbull County from 2020 remain unused

WARREN — Trumbull County has spent about 73 percent of the emergency pandemic funding it received through the federal CARES Act. The county was awarded about $10.5 million and through Feb. 5 has spent $7.698 million, leaving about $2.8 million in reserve, according to documents provided by the Trumbull County commissioners’ and auditor’s offices. After two of three commissioners committed Thursday ...

State curfew allowed to expire

The curfew expired at noon Thursday and will not be renewed, as hospitalizations caused by COVID-19 continue to decrease in the state. Numbers stayed below the goal of fewer than 2,500 people with COVID-19 being treated in hospitals each day during a weeklong period. Gov. Mike DeWine said the state “really tamped down the fire in nursing homes,” which contributed to a reduction in the state’s daily ...

Pressure builds to cut Liberty water rates

WARREN — Some Liberty Township water customers pay the second-highest water rates in the state, and although Trumbull County commissioners sought a study to propose solutions, they now say only a legislative fix can do the trick. Commissioners and the county sanitary engineer’s office are expected to coordinate a meeting with Liberty Township representatives and state lawmakers in the Mahoning Valley ...

Paying tax man during pandemic

The first half of property taxes in Ohio are due March 5, but the treasurers’ offices in Mahoning and Trumbull counties are doing things a bit differently this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Mahoning County Treasurer Dan Yemma and Trumbull County Treasurer Sam Lamancusa are not accepting in-person payments. Both offices will be fully staffed, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. in Mahoning County and ...

Former 911 director appeals firing

WARREN — The ex-director of the Trumbull County 911 Center filed notice he is appealing his firing. Ernie Cook was fired from the position Jan. 21 by Trumbull County commissioners. He filed a notice that he intends to appeal the firing with the State Personnel Board of Review. Commissioners were served notice of the appeal. Because it is an initial filing of the intention to appeal the firing, ...

Daily case total hits lowest mark in a week

New cases of COVID-19 reported Saturday in Ohio were on par with figures reported in the last week, and total cases are approaching the 900,000 mark, which could be reached in the next few days. In the state, 4,191 new COVID-19 cases were reported — the lowest number in the past seven days. Of those, 62 new cases were reported in Trumbull County, 92 in Mahoning County, and 15 in Columbiana County. Deaths ...

Warren notches first murder of year

WARREN — A woman came home to find her home ransacked and the body of a homicide victim upstairs, according to police and Trumbull County 911 Center records. The 19-year-old woman called 911 at 11:30 a.m. from 243 Forest St. NW to report the body of the man and break-in. Police have not yet released the man’s identity or a cause of death. The woman who called 911 did not identify the person. Warren ...

Snail mail fails

Local residents report weeks or monthslong delays in receiving prescription medications, bill notices, hearing notices, Christmas cards and gifts through the U.S. Postal Service. The problem goes both ways, with payments they’ve sent arriving late, and gifts and holiday cards failing to reach their destinations. The delays have been going on for months, not just in the Mahoning Val-ley, but across the ...