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WRITER: Guy Vogrin

Board absolves assistant prosecutor

WARREN — A complaint filed against a Trumbull County assistant prosecutor was dropped by the disciplinary counsel of the Supreme Court of Ohio who determined the official’s actions did not rise to the level of professional misconduct. In a letter dated March 31, , assistant disciplinary Counsel Adam P. Bessler states Assistant Prosecutor Christopher Becker did not violate the Ohio Rules of Professional ...

Canfield dog ID’s package with drugs

YOUNGSTOWN — A Cortland man is in Mahoning County jail awaiting a hearing May 12 before a federal judge on a charge of attempt to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance. Michael Ellens Jr., 43, was arrested Monday by federal Drug Enforcement Administration agents. An affidavit supporting the federal criminal complaint against Ellens accused him of accepting a package containing about 1,000 ...

Grand jury indicts former Liberty firefighter

WARREN — Former Liberty Township firefighter Joshua Cleland, 42, was indicted by a Trumbull County grand jury Wednesday on charges connected to a yearlong drug investigation linked to the fire department. Cleland, of Warner Road, Vienna, is charged with two felonies — aggravated possession of drugs with specification for forfeiture, and tampering with evidence. A former lieutenant in the Liberty Fire ...

Ex-Liberty school official arraigned

WARREN — The former Liberty schools superintendent, accused of bugging a school district office, was arraigned Wednesday on six felony and five misdemeanor charges. The charges are connected to an investigation conducted by the state auditor’s and Trumbull County prosecutor’s offices. Nohra, 49, of Topper Hill Drive, Hubbard, appeared with his attorney David Betras and pleaded not guilty to six counts ...

Ex-schools chief ‘emphatically’ denies all charges against him

WARREN — The attorney for Joseph S. Nohra Jr., former Liberty schools superintendent, said his client “emphatically and categorically” denies the charges that he was unlawfully bugging the school district office in 2018. Nohra, 49, of Topper Hill Drive, Hubbard, was indicted by a special report of the Trumbull County grand jury Monday on six counts of interception of wire, oral or electronic ...

Ex-Liberty schools chief indicted

WARREN — A special report of a Trumbull County grand jury Monday charges a former superintendent of the Liberty Local School District with six felonies and five misdemeanors. A state auditor’s investigation accuses Joseph S. Nohra Jr., 49, of Topper Hill Drive, Hubbard, of bugging a school district office in 2018. Nohra is named in direct indictments on six counts of interception of wire, oral or ...

City real estate company hit with lawsuit

WARREN — A Howland woman has sued a Youngstown-based real estate company, a broker, a real estate agent and a Girard resident. She accuses them in a court filing of illegally closing a transaction for her Robbins Avenue, Niles, property and illegally entering the property and committing damage in excess of $30,000. A lawsuit was filed last week by attorney Daniel P. Thomas of Warren, representing Karen ...

Deputy wins world honors in martial arts

WARREN — A Trumbull County sheriff deputy used the beach area at Mosquito Lake State Park to help him become a world martial arts champion. Deputy John Barhoover, a graduate of Lakeview High School and Hiram College, took first place in the traditional beach poomsae category at the fourth annual Lents Taekwondo Worldwide Online Sports Poomsae Open 2021. Poomsae is a taekwondo term meaning a defined pattern ...

Man arraigned in delivery shooting

LIBERTY — The accused triggerman in the April 15 shooting of pizza delivery driver in Liberty Township was arraigned Friday in Girard Municipal Court on charges of aggravated robbery and felonious assault. Tre Vaughn Powell, 23, of Alameda Avenue, Youngstown, appeared via video hookup from the Trumbull County jail to Judge Jeffrey Adler’s courtroom. Adler set Powell’s bond at $150,000 with the ...

Man gets 5 year probation in sex case

WARREN — A Leetonia man, who formerly lived in Hubbard Township, was given five years of probation Thursday after pleading guilty to charges alleging unlawful sexual contact with a 15-year-old girl. Austin M. Boerio, 20, who gave authorities addresses of 379 Columbia St. in Leetonia and Elmwood Drive in Hubbard Township, pleaded guilty March 25 to an amended charge of attempted unlawful sexual contact with a ...