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These drugs, marijuana and money were seized from a Lisbon residence Wednesday. (Special to the Salem News/County DTF)

Bust nets drugs, firearms, $58,000

Authorities came away with drugs, weapons and $58,000 in cash after police and the county drug task force raided a West Washington Street home on Tuesday afternoon. Armed with an arrest warrant and a search warrant, police and DTF agents went to 533 W. Washington St., where 38-year-old ...

Warren man, 18, arrested after drug buy in Salem

SALEM — A six-month investigation culminated in the arrest of a Warren man after a drug buy of heroin and crack cocaine Wednesday afternoon in a West State Street parking lot near Dunkin’ Donuts. Rha Dante Anthony Hudson, 18, was taken into custody and charged with two counts of ...

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Barborak charged with theft, forgery in Trumbull County

WARREN —The former Lisbon attorney disbarred for misappropriating more than $150,000 in client funds and then trying to conceal it from the courts now faces felony criminal charges. Virginia Barborak, 46, of Salem, was charged Wednesday in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court with single ...

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Old Glory donation

From left, Salem city street department foreman Jim Phillis and city Service/Safety Director Ken Kenst accept a donation of 15 U.S. flags for the downtown light poles from Salem AMVETS Post 45 Finance Officer Larry Hively and Commander Dick Paulini. Kenst offered thanks for the flags, which the ...

Official tells health board of possible reprieve for Handicaps program

LISBON — Those concerned about the Children with Medical Handicaps program being moved from the Ohio Department of Health to the Ohio Medicaid program may get a reprieve. Jennifer Davis, director of nursing for the county health department, told the health board Wednesday she and the nurse ...

Crestview Road residents tell Salem Twp. trustees speed limit too high

FRANKLIN SQUARE — Several Crestview Road residents wanted to change the speed limit on their road in Salem Township during Wednesday’s trustees meeting. The section of road is between Leetonia Road and state Route 164 near the bottom of Big Rock Lake and about three-quarters of a mile of ...

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New Waterford dredging

Village Administrator Jason Gorby and village crews have been dredging the village park pond for the past week. Gorby said it will help keep excessive algae growth, which covered a large part of the pond last year, down. Fiscal Officer Dave Slagle, left, and former village Fire Chief Harry ...

Bust nets drugs, firearms, $58,000

By TOM GIAMBRONI Staff Writer Authorities came away with drugs, weapons and $58,000 in cash after police and the county drug task force raided a West Washington Street home on Tuesday afternoon. Armed with an arrest warrant and a search warrant, police and DTF agents went to 533 W. ...

Leetonia BOE reviews energy project

LEETONIA — The Leetonia school board last week learned more about a proposed energy savings project at the K-12 campus. Brian Wagner of CCG Automation provided the board with details of a plan for renovation of the utility systems at the campus, specifically a $700,000 project to replace ...

4 Salem homes set for demolition under land bank program

SALEM — Four dilapidated houses condemned by housing inspectors are slated for demolition next month, all located in the southwestern part of the city, city Service/Safety Director Ken Kenst said. Salem is next in line to receive dividends from $3.2 million in federal grant money for the ...

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Learning by doing

United High School senior Cade Berg edits a story he and Salem News Staff Writer Mary Ann Greier wrote Tuesday during a job shadowing experience at the Salem News organized through Salem Rotary. Berg, 18, said he’s considering continuing his education at Youngstown State University as an ...

Port leases more space to Mitsubishi

Staff Reports EAST LIVERPOOL — The Columbiana County Port Authority board agreed on Monday to lease additional space to a tenant at one of its Leetonia industrial sites. Mitsubishi Heavy Industry of America Inc., a long-time port authority tenant at its Cherry Fork location, will lease an ...

County jobless rate falls to 7.3%

Staff Reports LISBON —Columbiana County’s unemployment declined in February after increasing significantly the month before. The county’s jobless rate in February was 7.3 percent, down from 7.7 percent the month before and 5.9 percent in December, according to figures released Tuesday ...

New Waterford switching to LED lighting

NEW WATERFORD — The village is switching its lights over to light emitting diodes (LED) through a First Energy program that offers a 20 percent discount on new fixtures with a long-term pay back in energy savings. Fiscal Officer Dave Slagle said New Waterford was just approved for the First ...

Lisbon Dunkin’ Donuts employees Danielle Hastings, left, and Megan Schriner came to the rescue of one of their regular customers. (Salem News photo by Tom Giambroni)

Dunkin’ Donuts employees rescue missing Lisbon customer

LISBON — If you go to the Dunkin’ Donuts in town you may get more than a cup of your favorite coffee. Just ask Gary Phillips. Phillips, 73, had fallen at his home and lay there for several days until found by Dunkin’ Donuts employees Megan Schriner and Danielle Hastings, who cared ...

Zoning inspector reminds residents of need for permit

Zoning Inspector Allan Wolfgang is reminding township residents that any construction or remodeling project, roof reshingling, window installation, fencing or other building project with a value over $500 requires a zoning permit. Even the placement of an already constructed accessory ...

New Waterford Fiscal Officer Dave Slagle inspects a portion of the Main Street bridge that crosses Bull Creek on Monday. The bridge is scheduled for complete replacement and Marcucci & Gaffney Excavating Co. of Youngstown was the winning low bid on the work which should begin soon. Slagle said if you stand in a certain place you can feel the deck move when a vehicle crosses it. (Salem News photo by Larry Shields)

Replacement of New Waterford’s Main St. bridge to begin shortly

NEW WATERFORD — Village Administrator Jason Gorby expects work to begin on replacing the Main Street bridge over Bull Creek as soon as the utility lines are moved. The bridge is on County Road 450 and county commissioners approved county Engineer Bert Dawson’s recommendation to award the ...

Perry trustees hear request for drainage work, street light

PERRY TWP. — Township trustees heard requests for help with a drainage problem near Colonial Drive and guidance on how to get a street light in the area of Beechwood and Allen Road when they met Monday night. William Slanker, who owns farm land near MAC Trailer on Allen Road, said he’s ...

Man working on waterline injured

Staff Reports LEETONIA — A man working to install a waterline near state Route 558 was injured when a hose reel fell on him, Leetonia Fire Chief Larry Hephner confirmed Monday. Hephner said his department was notified around 3 p.m. of a man injured on state Route 558 near state Route ...

Salem to pick up paper leaf bags until April 15

SALEM — The city will pick up paper leaf bags from now until April 15 for residents still trying to clean up their leaves. The city has no more bags to give, but they’re available for purchase at various stores in the area. The city had not intended to pick up leaves this spring, but city ...