At a glance

Nov. 4 ballot certified; election lineup is set

WARREN – Trumbull County Board of Elections members on Tuesday certified the Nov. 4 ballot, which includes two referendum attempts in Newton Falls.

Village residents will vote on a 1 percent credit for residents paying income tax to other municipalities and on a storm water utility fee.

The ballots also include candidates nominated from the May primary election; the two men who will run to fill the vacant Trumbull County commissioner seat – Democrat Mauro Cantalamessa of Warren and Republican J.D. Williams of Liberty – nine liquor options and 30 levy requests from communities and school districts, including a $23.8 million bond issue and levy to build a new school in the Lakeview School District.

Van crashes into utility pole, rolls on its side

WARREN – Emergency crews were called out Tuesday morning after a van crashed into a telephone pole, snapped the pole in half and rolled onto its side.

Initial reports indicated that an ambulance had rolled onto its side around 9:30 a.m. at 140 Atlantic St. N.W. However, the vehicle was actually a van used to transport individuals who use wheelchairs, Warren fire officials reported.

The driver, whose name was not available, was out of the van and being evaluated by ambulance staff when firefighters arrived, according to a Warren Fire Department accident report. There were no passengers.

Ohio Edison was called to take care of the damaged utility pole. Warren police also responded. A crash report from the police department was not available.

Commissioners to act on dispatcher contract

WARREN – Trumbull County commissioners today are expected to approve a three-year agreement with 911 Center dispatchers that gives them a modest pay raise in the first year.

All 26 dispatchers would receive a 30-cents-an-hour pay increase beginning the first of January, taking their wage to $16.02 an hour, and dispatchers working the afternoon and overnight shifts would receive a 45 cents shift differential. The proposal also calls for the agreement to opened in January 2015 and 2016 to discuss wages.

Dispatchers already have approved the agreement.

Man says house shot at twice within a week

WARREN – Gunshots were fired into a house for the second time in a week.

Warren police were called to 740 Glenwood St. N.E. around 12:40 a.m. Tuesday, where Ricardo McKinney, 29, told officers that his house was shot at while he was away. A neighbor told police that he saw a white SUV drive away after the shots were fired.

Police found bullet holes in a window and the siding of the house. Police collected eight 40-caliber shell casings from the street in front of McKinney’s residence.

Thursday morning, McKinney was lying on his couch in the living room when several rounds smashed through the house and damaged interior walls and a TV that was mounted on the wall, a report states.

Animal park worker killed in cart crash

BERLIN – A horse-drawn wagon ran over an animal park worker in Ohio’s Amish country and crashed, killing the worker and injuring nine passengers.

The Holmes County Sheriff’s Office said deputies were called to Rolling Ridge Ranch Animal Park in Berlin on Tuesday morning. It says Apple Creek resident Orley Miller was operating the wagon and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators say Miller stopped the wagon to let passengers feed nearby wildlife. They say Miller was leaning on the wagon’s safety rail, which broke and caused him to fall backward. The spooked horses then took off, and the wagon ran over him and struck a tree.

Staff, wire reports