Seeking recorder’s post

Seeking recorder’s post


Helen Rucker, who has been on Warren City Council 16 years and was re-elected to council at large Nov. 3, announced Monday she will be a candidate for Trumbull County recorder in the March 15 primary.

Rucker, a Democrat, said her experience as a human-resources representative at Delphi Packard Electric prepared her to be recorder.

Rucker said the other people discussed as possible candidates “don’t know what it’s like to work with sensitive records” the way she does because of her human-resources experience.

The current recorder, Diana Marchese, also a Democrat, has announced she will not seek re-election.

McDonough to show ‘Kelly’s Hollywood’ film


A free screening of the film “Kelly’s Hollywood” will be screened at 6:30 p.m. today at the McDonough Museum of Art auditorium 525 Wick Ave., across from the Butler Institute of American Art, on the Youngstown State University campus.

The screening will be followed by a question-and-answer session with director Brian Donovan, the writer and producer of the film and the brother of the subject.

The documentary is about Kelly Donovan, a young woman with Down syndrome. It tells the story of her quest to make it in Hollywood and the unbreakable bond she has with her brother.

The screening is sponsored by the Down syndrome Association of the Valley.

Facing multiple charges


James A. Jones, 30, of Morley Avenue, Campbell, faces several charges after his arrest Sunday evening after a police pulled him over for a traffic violation.

Police pulled over Jones on Orkney Avenue for a loud-music violation and improper turn-signal use.

The officer asked Jones, who was driving, if he had any illegal contraband in the vehicle. According to police, Jones responded by breaking a suspected marijuana cigarette in half and throwing it out the window.

After searching the vehicle, police found a plastic bag of suspected marijuana and a .22-caliber handgun containing five live rounds.

Jones will be arraigned in Mahoning County Area Court here on charges of drug abuse/marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle and illegal possession of a firearm. Police also cited him for disorderly conduct for the loud music and improper turn-signal violations.

Police probe thefts


Township police are investigating several thefts from auto and burglaries reported by residents last week.

Several residents of Via Cassia, Via Bellagio and Hummingbird Hill Drive reported Thursday that property was missing after break-ins into vehicles and a house in the neighborhoods.

In some cases, windows of vehicles had been broken. Missing property included cash, purses, wallets, credit cards and electronic devices.

Federal judge sentences man for bank robberies


A federal judge has sentenced a Youngstown man to 61/2 years in prison after he pleaded guilty in four bank robberies.

G. Shannon McColor, 26, of Woodcrest Avenue, drew the sentence Friday from U.S. District Court Judge James S. Gwin.

The robberies took place Jan. 9 at a Huntington Bank branch in Boardman, Feb. 4 at PNC Bank in Struthers, Feb. 6 at Fifth Third Bank in Toledo and Feb. 14 at Chase Bank in Canfield.

McColor will be on three years of supervised release after prison and must make $5,921 in restitution.

Earth scientist to give presentation at YSU


J. David Hughes, an Earth scientist who has studied the energy resources of Canada for nearly four decades, will give a presentation titled “A Reality Check on the Shale Revolution Geological Fundamentals, Long-term Sustainability, and Implications for Future Energy Security,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Youngstown State University’s Cushwa Hall, Room B100.

Hughes developed the National Coal Inventory to determine the availability and environmental constraints associated with Canada’s coal resources. The lecture is free. There is free on-street parking after 5 p.m. at the metered parking spaces along Lincoln Avenue and nearby streets.

Sentenced to prison


Raumone D. Green, 39, of Karl Avenue, was sentenced to five years in prison Monday after pleading guilty in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court to domestic violence, intimidation and three counts of violating a protection order.

Liberty police arrested Green on April 14 at a home on Lucretia Drive in Liberty after Green’s wife reported that Green chased her and assaulted her. A neighbor witnessed some of the assault. Police observed a cut on her nose.

Green also violated protection orders three times involving his wife and was convicted of similar offenses twice in Toledo, documents say.

Citizens plan to rally against fracking waste


Groups of concerned citizens from several states are joining together to call for a halt of toxic fracking waste and related man-made earthquakes in an event beginning at 12:30 p.m. today titled, “Freedom From Toxic Fracking Waste and Earthquakes: A National Day of Action.”

Frackfree Mahoning Valley will mark the day by rallying at several fracking waste-related sites, including the site of the 2015 Vienna waste spill/release near an injection-well operation.

Frackfree Mahoning Valley members will visit these sites. Rallies will take place on public land at AWMS Niles/Weathersfield injection well on North Main Street, Niles; 12:30 to about 1:10 p.m.; new injection well being drilled on state Route 193 near the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport in Vienna; 1:30 to about 1:45 p.m.; KDA injection well, Sodom Hutchings Road, Vienna, 2 to 2:45 p.m.; and Iron Eagle Enterprises, Inc. 4991 Belmont Ave. Liberty, from 3 to 3:30 p.m.