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WRITER: Renee Fox

Few ICU beds available

While Mahoning Valley hospitals strive to treat people infected with COVID-19 and other ailments, and the state sends Ohio National Guard members to assist with staffing the facilities, data shows many local hospitals are close to or have met their standard capacity levels. That doesn’t mean hospitals will turn patients away, as hospital officials have said they can get creative with making more space and ...

No. 8 of 2021: Mahoning County reaps windfall in COVID-19 relief funds

Editor’s note: This is the eighth biggest story of 2021 in Mahoning County as voted by Vindicator staff. YOUNGSTOWN — The local governments in Mahoning County scheduled to receive the most in coronavirus relief funds during the two-year distribution period made several allocations for community projects in 2021. Mahoning County commissioners are scheduled to receive $44 million, and the city of ...

Speed of mail delivery gains zip

WARREN — The latest data available from the Postal Regulatory Commission about on-time delivery of mail shows improvements in on-time deliveries over last year in the Northern Ohio district. The latest data available is for the U.S. Postal Service’s fourth quarter of the 2021 fiscal year, representing deliveries between July 1 and Sept. 30. Data for Oct. 1 through Dec. 31 will be available in 2022, so ...

911 call details deadly shooting

HUBBARD TOWNSHIP — A terrified woman told 911 dispatchers her ex-boyfriend held a gun to her head and forced her into the trunk of a vehicle before killing the woman’s girlfriend, recordings from Trumbull County 911 show. Judith Britton of Dogwood Lane called 911 around 10 a.m. Thursday from a pull-off just off Seifert Lewis Road to report her ex shot Adreionna Faith Hasley-Crockett, 22, 1324 Dogwood ...

Area planner seeks Liberty trustees’ help

LIBERTY — At a time with soaring construction costs and limited supplies, a local developer wants to take advantage of a special public financing method that he said will create a constructive public-private partnership and increase housing stock and the property tax base in Liberty. Real estate developer Jason Altobelli asked township trustees at a meeting earlier this month to consider negotiating a tax ...

Wreaths laid for veterans

GIRARD — Volunteers who laid wreaths on the graves of veterans Saturday were asked to speak the names of the marines, airmen, soldiers, sailors, air corpsmen, coast guard members and merchant marines buried in the cemetery. “It’s a small act that goes a long way toward keeping the memory of our veterans alive,” said Kevin Hubler of Howland, a member of the American Legion in Girard. “Remember, we are ...

$3M flows into Weathersfield to improve pressure

WARREN — The third and final round of Ohio BUILDS water infrastructure grant awards will provide $3 million to improve water pressure in Mineral Ridge. The state program, created under Ohio House Bill 168 with federal pandemic-relief dollars, offered $250 million in water and sewer infrastructure grants to Ohio communities. The latest round issued $109 million of the total, bringing the total number of ...

Liberty cans civil service tests to lessen bureaucracy in hiring

LIBERTY — At a time when it can be difficult to hire police officers and firefighters, Liberty trustees completed a move this week designed to decrease the bureaucratic time it takes to hire for these positions by doing away with the township’s civil service commissions. “There is currently a nationwide shortage of police officers, firefighters and paramedics, resulting in a highly competitive ...

Liberty hires new fire chief

LIBERTY — Longtime Liberty firefighter and Chief Gus Birch gave a heartfelt “goodbye” to township officials and residents Monday during his last township meeting, where trustees voted to hire his replacement. Douglas Theobald, the fire chief of the Newton Falls Joint Fire District since 2017, was hired unanimously by trustees at $75,000 per year. Birch is paid $76,024 per year, according to the ...

About 300 Trumbull officers complete crisis training

WARREN — A class of 12 police officers from Trumbull County departments is scheduled to complete crisis intervention training with the mental health and recovery board this month. The class will bring the total number of officers trained in the county’s program, which was created to help officers interact more safely with people, to 300 since it was implemented in 2006, said John Myers Jr., director ...