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Packard automobiles were full of technological innovations – from windshield wipers to air conditioning. And that is a great reason to celebrate them, an audience was told Friday morning at the unveiling of a Packard mural on a barn on state Route 305 in Champion. The mural is the eighth Ohio History Barn in a series by the Ohio History Connection that showcases innovators, innovations or accomplishments from Ohio history. The owners of the 100-year-old barn are Don and Helen Fenstermaker, who have connections to Packard Electric, the company founded in Warren by J.D. and W.D. Packard, who also built the first Packard cars in a factory on Dana Street in Warren in 1899.

The Boys and Girls Club of Youngstown's third annual Backyard BBQ Bash drew 20 local sponsors that donated $21,500 and put up prizes for the Friday fundraiser’s basket raffle. Executive director Germaine McAlpine said the event provides exposureto the club, which some people don’t even know exists on Youngstown's South Side. The club offers athletics, educational programming, meals and mentorship to the more than 100 area youngsters who visit daily, and serves more than 1,000 youths each year, he said. “This is like their second home,” he said.

The former executive director of Camp Fitch in Erie, Pa., is expected to plead guilty Aug. 12 to child pornography charges filed in the U.S. Western District Court of Pennsylvania. A bill of information was filed July 8 against Matthew E. Poese, accusing him of possessing child pornography from November 2018 until June. He is accused of having images on computer files that he could view on an electronic device. Thomas M. Gasce, president and CEO of the YMCA of Youngstown, which has operated the camp since 1914, said in a statement that none of the charges against Poese allege any misconduct or inappropriate behavior with any Camp Fitch member. Poese faces a potential maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, has been banned from any Camp Fitch or YMCA property and was fired June 19.

Two young men riding through Lordstown in a 1971 Chevy Chevelle made a “stupid” decision July 5 to hit a bike rider with a water bottle, and now they are charged with misdemeanor assault. With the help of a truck driver whose dash camera captured the incident, police were able to locate and charge Justin J. Testerman, 18, of Beaver Avenue in Niles, and Damian L. Brumfield, 21, of South Leavitt Road in Warren, with the offense. When confronted with the evidence Thursday, including the video, Brumfield admitted he and Testerman were responsible for the bottle throwing and said the only reason they did it was they were “being stupid,” a police report states.

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