Area news briefs

Copper thieves steal gutters off restaurant

WARREN – Scrap thieves made a bold move recently after operators of Cafe 422 on Youngstown Road S.E. discovered Monday that their copper gutters were stolen right off the restaurant.

It was only during the last three weeks that the gutters were removed. An employee at the restaurant also alerted police that a storm sewer cover in the parking lot also was stolen.

Police were checking with nearby security cameras for any clues.

Candidates withdraw in Howland and Falls

WARREN – Two people have taken themselves out of consideration for elected office in Howland and in Newton Falls.

Tara Treharn Keating withdrew her candidacy Aug. 20 for a seat on the Howland Board of Education, and Robert Burke bowed out on June 11 for the Third Ward council seat in Newton Falls.

Kelly Pallante, director of the Trumbull County Board of Education, said the candidates’ names will not appear on the Nov. 5 ballot because they withdrew within the time frame allowed in Ohio, which is 70 days before an election.

Girard man arrested with gun and drugs

LIBERTY – A Speedway gas station on Belmont Avenue became the site of an arrest early Tuesday when an officer noticed the grip of a firearm sticking out of a customer’s pocket. A search by the officer resulted in heroin also being found on the man, police said.

Maurice Anderson, 30, of Churchill Road, Girard, was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, having weapons while under disability, trafficking in drugs and possession of drugs.

The officer spotted the concealed weapon while in line at the Speedway about 2:27 a.m., reports state. The man told police he forgot the gun was in his pocket, but he carries it for protection because he has been shot at in the past, police said.

During a search, police found several bags with a brown substance, later confirmed as heroin. The prescription drug lidocaine was also found on Anderson, along with three unknown tablets and U.S. currency, the report states.

Anderson was transported to the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office, where he awaits arraignment by Girard Municipal Court.

Girard vandals target windshield, tires

GIRARD – A city man reported severe damage to his vehicle Tuesday along East Liberty Street, including a broken windshield and slashed tires. The victim believes his 1974 Chevrolet Corvette was intentionally targeted for vandalism, police said.

The damage includes all four tires punctured, a brick thrown through the windshield, both front seats cut, punctures to the dashboard, electrical damage done by the cutting of wires and damage to both door panels, reports said.

Police are investigating the incident.

Firefighters trained in oilfield emergencies

WARREN – Firefighters from several local departments will participate next month in a workshop training about responding to oilfield emergencies.

Johnston Township fire and EMS will participate from Trumbull County at the Sept. 7 and 8 event in Wayne County being sponsored by the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program. Also scheduled to participate are firefighters from Sebring Fire Department in Mahoning County and Paris and Palmyra township fire departments in Portage County.

The training will assist experienced emergency responders with commonly used industry practices, references and standards. It will include both classroom and hands-on training and is endorsed by the Ohio Society of Fire Service Instructors, the Ohio Fire and Emergency Services Foundation and the Ohio Fire Chiefs Association.

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