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WRITER: Renee Fox

Trumbull commissioners to ask for contract changes

WARREN — Trumbull County commissioners want to take a “harder look” at contracts that impact about 1,500 Liberty water customers and 21,000 county sewer district customers, and voted Wednesday to table the contracts for two weeks. The contracts, which had been extended, expired at the end of September, said Matt Blair, the attorney from the Trumbull County Sanitary Engineer’s Office who handled ...

Upcharging continues to affect Liberty water rates

WARREN — It’s been years since Liberty resident Stephan Stoyak and former Liberty Trustee Jodi Stoyak first raised questions about the higher-than-most water rates some 1,500 metered customers in the township are subject to. If Trumbull County commissioners vote “yes” today on a proposed agreement with the water provider — the city of Girard — the residents could be locked for 20 years with no ...

No grades, no ratings

The three largest schools in the Mahoning Valley had some of the worst attendance rates and some of the least impressive graduation rates, according to 2020-21 Ohio School Report Cards. Released Thursday by the Ohio Department of Education, the reports are different from previous years, with no letter grades. Enrollment figures, attendance rates, graduation rates and performance and teacher statistics were ...

Grand jury to consider Niles vehicular death

NILES — A Trumbull County grand jury will hear evidence in the case of a man accused of aggravated vehicular homicide. Following a preliminary hearing Wednesday in Niles Municipal Court, James W. Markley’s case was bound over to the grand jury to determine if he should be indicted, and on what charges. He was charged initially in municipal court with aggravated vehicular homicide and leaving the scene ...

Homicide suspect captured in Niles

NILES — Local officers arrested a Navarre man wanted on a Summit County homicide warrant after crashing a motorcycle into a fence on West Federal Street, according to Niles police Chief Jaisan Holland. Jeffrey J. Peasley, 40, was treated for injuries he sustained in the crash and then transported to the Trumbull County jail, where he was held for Summit County deputies. Jail records show he was released ...

Vehicular homicide case in court today

NILES — A Southington man is expected to appear this morning in Niles Municipal Court for a preliminary hearing to determine if he will be bound over to a grand jury on charges of aggravated vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident. James W. Markley, 44, is accused of driving the vehicle that struck and killed Diana M. St. Julian, 31, of Cortland, early Sunday on North Main Street near East ...

Drug chains ask judge to limit DEA testimony

Attorneys representing Trumbull County in a federal lawsuit against pharmacies alleging responsibility for the opioid crisis, on trial now in Cleveland, are asking the judge not to grant motions filed by Walgreens and CVS seeking to limit the testimony of a former DEA agent. This case is seen as a bellwether that could encourage or discourage other communities from filing similar suits. Trumbull and Lake ...

Supply of beds in Valley hospitals stays very low

Hospital bed availability in the state hit all-time lows on Friday, and availability in Mahoning Valley hospitals remains tight. The availability of intensive care unit beds in the state on Friday was at 167, the lowest it’s been since the beginning of the pandemic, according to Eye on Ohio data released Monday for figures last updated Friday. Eye on Ohio, the Ohio Center for Journalism that collaborates ...

Commissioners renew chamber contract

WARREN — Two Trumbull County commissioners on Wednesday voted to renew a $23,000 contract with the Youngstown / Warren Regional Chamber for economic development services. Commissioners Mauro Cantalamessa and Frank Fuda voted in favor of the measure. Commissioner Niki Frenchko was not present at the meeting, but provided comments following the session. She would not answer when asked why she was absent from ...

More hospital beds available in Ohio, but few open in Valley

While the percentage of available hospital beds increased in the state between Sept. 17 and Friday, most of the hospitals in the Mahoning Valley are still experiencing relatively high capacity. The data was obtained in a public records lawsuit by Eye on Ohio, the Ohio Center for Journalism that collaborates with news organizations across the state to share data and search for evidence-based ...