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WRITER: Raymond L. Smith

Community school seeks busing from Warren to Youngstown

By RAYMOND L. SMITH Staff writer YOUNGSTOWN — The leaders of a Youngstown-based community school with about 25 students who live within the Warren school district are asking Warren City Schools to provide transportation for those students. Kimberly Clinkscale, founder and director of Hope Academy for Autism, is accusing Warren schools of ignoring the transportation needs of primarily low- income, special ...

Youngstown school board looks at four

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown Board of Education will be interviewing four people to determine a replacement for Barbara Brothers, who won election but chose not to take her seat this month — citing a difference with the board’s direction. Candidates to replace Brothers are Jerome Williams, Veronica Williams, Dian King and Nia Simms. Jerome Williams, who was a member of the school board from 2013 through ...

Girard man accused of pointing gun at mother

GIRARD — A city man accused of pointing a pistol at his mother during an argument, and then firing several shots in the home’s garage, pleaded not guilty to felonious assault and having a weapon while intoxicated during a video arraignment in Girard Municipal Court. Matthew J. Irwin, 30, of 39 Summit Ave., was assigned a $15,000 bond for the felonious assault and a separate $5,000 bond earlier this week ...

Youngstown schools CEO looks for collaboration

YOUNGSTOWN — City schools CEO Justin Jennings seeks to work more cooperatively with the board of education by establishing working committees that will allow input in developing the district’s strategic plan. He said during 2020 more efforts will be made to involve the board with committees established by the administration and the Academic Distress Commission. “We are already doing that with our ...

Burroughs’ estate sues Niles, officials

YOUNGSTOWN — The estate of Matthew Burroughs filed a federal civil right lawsuit against the city of Niles, police Chief Jay Holland, and officers Paul Hogan, James Reppy and Christopher Mannella for their actions in the Niles resident’s death. The lawsuit, in U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio, states the police officers at 2:35 p.m. on Jan. 2, 2019, shot at Burroughs, 35, eight times in ...

Hoerig’s trial ended flight from justice

EDITOR’S NOTE: Our countdown of the Top 10 Stories of 2019 continues with story No. 4, as selected by the newsroom staff of the Tribune Chronicle and The Vindicator. WARREN — Last January’s conviction of Claudia Hoerig, who murdered her husband, U.S. Air Force Major Karl Hoerig, in their Newton Falls home in 2007 and immediately left the country to escape prosecution, was a culmination of more than a ...

Leaders criticize canceled schools meeting at YSU

YOUNGSTOWN — Critics of the 2015 legislation that established a CEO in Youngstown City Schools and weakened its board of education said a canceled meeting at Youngstown State University would have looked at ways to save the controversial law. A plan to protest what had been labeled a secret meeting with area legislators, YSU officials and others — that was to take place at 8 a.m. today in Pollock House, ...

Canfield will continue to pay superintendent

CANFIELD — Alex Geordan won’t miss a Canfield schools paycheck once he leaves as superintendent, as long as he doesn’t get another job right away. The agreement that will allow Geordan to leave his superintendent position at month’s end — three-and-a-half years early — first will pay his full salary through July 31, 2020. That’s because he will continue to work off-site as “special assistant ...

DeWine brings his entourage to the area

CANFIELD — Ohio’s governor and the head of the state’s private economic development arm spoke Wednesday about efforts to attract job-creating investors to the area. But they offered mixed answers when asked what the governor’s office or JobsOhio can do to ensure the jobs pay wages that a person can raise a family on. Gov. Mike DeWine, Lt. Gov. Jon Husted and members of DeWine’s cabinet gathered ...

West Branch considers arming its teachers

BELOIT — West Branch schools will talk about arming the district’s teachers. The discussion is slated for a 6:30 p.m. Thursday board of education meeting at the high school media center, 14277 S. Main St. The community is invited to share comments or concerns during the public participation portion of the regular board meeting. The concept of arming teachers has been endorsed in another Ohio ...