Warren police probe woman's assault claim
WARREN - Police are investigating a 21-year-old woman's report that she was a victim of a felonious assault early Thursday in the parking lot of a local bar.
Jasmine Bruner of Commerce Avenue N.W. required treatment at Trumbull Memorial Hospital for what officers called a large laceration to her left hand she suffered between 1:15 and 1:30 a.m. outside the Powerhouse Bar on Mahoning Avenue N.W.
A police report fails to explain whether there is any suspect in the case. The report only states she was assaulted with ''an unknown object.''
Sheriff's deputy sues over lack of promotion
WARREN - A Trumbull County sheriff's deputy is suing his boss, claiming he is overdue for a promotion to sergeant.
Deputy Richard Tackett, a former detective with more than 20 years in the department, filed the action Wednesday against Sheriff Thomas Altiere, seeking an order from a judge to hold a promotional exam for the sergeant's position.
Tackett states in the lawsuit that he has already been working in the capacity of a supervisory sergeant.
Altiere declined comment since he hadn't been served with the paperwork. He did say Tackett is an asset to the department, a ''good officer'' and would make a great sergeant.
The case has been assigned to Common Pleas Judge Andrew Logan.
Preschool teacher charged in porn case
AUSTINTOWN - The woman caught up in a child pornography case was a preschool teacher at TLCC Preschool and Day Care on Idlewood Road in Austintown for about 12 years.
"It absolutely floored me,'' preschool Director Norma Johnson told WYTV 33 News about Connie Ramirez, 43, of Austintown. ''A model employee, came to work, great with the children, parents loved her.''
Johnson is alerting parents, and said Ramirez never was alone with a child at any time.
A child pornography case against William ''Santa Claus'' Brock, 65, of Niles, led investigators to Ramirez, who was charged Wednesday in Austintown Municipal Court on charges of rape, gross sexual imposition, pandering obscenity involving a minor and pandering sexually explicit matter involving a minor. She is being held in lieu of a $500,000 bond.
Newton Falls seeks flooding relief
NEWTON FALLS - Village officials gathered information from residents Thursday night about damages caused from flooding earlier this month. They're trying to a disaster declaration from the state or county to get FEMA to help with relief.
Route 534 and most of the Newton Falls Community Park were under water along with several homes and businesses after getting hit with more than 3 inches of rain Aug. 8.
"On short term, we're trying to pick a couple of the areas we might be able to do something quickly to alleviate some of the flooding. But it was so big so quick and it came in all over the city, that short term I'm not sure what we could do," Newton Falls Mayor Lyle Waddle told WYTV 33 News.
Requirements to get help from FEMA involve knowing how much of a loss there was and how much of it wasn't covered by insurance.
GE is adding jobs in Ohio and Illinois
WARREN - After closing a General Electric plant in Warren in April, the company said it will add more than 150 jobs at three factories in Illinois and Ohio.
GE officials said there is an increased demand for alternatives to traditional incandescent light bulbs, and part of the expansion involves a new deal with Walmart.
The company said in a news release Thursday that it will add 70 jobs in Bucyrus, east of Mansfield, and 50 in Circleville, south of Columbus. GE will add another 30 jobs at a Mattoon, Ill., plant that makes halogen bulb components.