Man released in standoff incident
WARREN - Police said they released a man Tuesday afternoon after he was accused of shooting a pellet or BB gun at a van driven by an employee of an appliance rental business.
Maurice Bryant, 24, 146 Kenmore Ave. N.E., could be charged later, according to detectives who reported a standoff surrounding Bryant's house.
Martha Doyle of Vernon Sales and Rental said she arrived at Bryant's home to repossess a television. After a brief confrontation, according to reports, pellets were fired at Doyle's van, hitting the windshield near her head about 2:30 p.m.
Officers surrounded the house after Bryant and two others refused to come out of the house. Kenmore, between East Market Street and Montclair Street N.E., was closed to traffic for less than an hour while a negotiator convinced Bryant and two others to come out of the house.
Man reports assault, robbery in Warren
WARREN - A 36-year-old Youngstown man was treated at Trumbull Memorial Hospital and released after he said three men jumped him early Tuesday while he was walking along the 300 block of Fourth Street S.W.
Ramone D. Greene of South Castle Court said he was struck in the back of the head and three men started hitting and kicking him shortly before 3 a.m.
He said one of the men used a large flashlight as a weapon and another one took $200 out of his rear pants pocket.
Police said Green had noticeable scratches on his neck and right side of his face and two lacerations on the top of his head.
Group seeks nominees for Innovative Teacher
WARREN - Eastern Ohio P-16 Partnership for Education and The Turning Foundation are accepting applications for the third annual Innovative Teacher of the Year award.
The committee is seeking ''creative teachers who are using 21st century teaching skills to enhance their students' classroom experience.''
The top prize will be a Turning Technologies Student Response System for the teacher's entire class. Other prizes include electronic tablets.
Educators from prekindergarten to 12th grades in the P-16 region, which includes Trumbull, Ashtabula, Columbiana and Mahoning counties, may apply. Applications are due Nov. 9 at www.easternohiop16.org.
The top three entrants will receive an invitation to the Dec. 4 Excellence in Education luncheon, where the winner will be announced.
For more information, contact Eastern Ohio P-16 at 330-675-7624.
Dems cleared in pizza-for-votes case
COLUMBUS - A central Ohio elections board inquiry has found no evidence that Democrats backing President Barack Obama's re-election bought votes with pizza.
The Ohio Republican Party alleged in a complaint last week that free pizza handed out at early-voting rallies hosted by Democrats and the Buckeyes for Obama student organization violated a law prohibiting something of value to be exchanged for a person's vote.
In a letter Tuesday, directors of the Franklin County Board of Elections said they visited two of the group's Ohio State University events and found no evidence of wrongdoing.
Democrat William Anthony and Republican Dana Walch said a few students "did help themselves to a few slices of pizza" but officials never heard anyone say the students had to vote a certain way.
Arrests end armed standoff in Cambridge
CAMBRIDGE - Authorities say a seven-hour police standoff with two armed suspects in eastern Ohio has ended with their arrests.
The Daily Jeffersonian reports that the standoff at a Cambridge residence came to an end at about 10 a.m. Tuesday. Names of the males - who are suspects in a robbery earlier Tuesday - were not released pending the filing of formal charges. There were no injuries.