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How tips reported locally to FBI are vetted

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The FBI was previously warned about the gunman in the deadly Florida school shootings last week. The agency says it failed to act on a tip to investigators about warning signs.  FBI supervisory special agent and current Boardman Police Chief Todd Werth joined WFMJ Weekend Today to talk about how tips are handled at all levels. Every year Werth says the FBI collects nearly 800,000 tips on a national level, not including what's reported to local FBI field offices. "Here in... More>>

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Sharon man hit by car dies

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A Sharon man died after a vehicle hit him as he was crossing East State Street on February 11, Sharon police said. 

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Two seriously injured in Salem Township crash

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Two people had to be taken by medical helicopter to the hospital following a single-car crash in Salem Township on Sunday morning. 

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Shenango Twp police of Lawrence Cty warn of water scam

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The Shenango Township Police of Lawrence County are warning residents of a scam occurring throughout the community.  

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Niles teen packs room with presidential memorabilia

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It's Presidents' Day weekend, but one Niles teenager pretty much celebrates year-round. A room in his house contains one of the most unique collections in the Valley.

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Trumbull Democratic Party endorses surprise candidate

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In an unexpected turn of events, the Trumbull Democratic Party voted to endorse a newcomer instead of an 11-year incumbent.  

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"Prayer Matters" shirts sold to support West Branch Boys Basketball

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More than 4,000 "Prayer Matters" T-shirts have been sold over the last few weeks by the West Branch Boys Basketball players after they were told they can no longer pray together before games.  

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8 fire departments put out Shenango Twp fire

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Eight different fire departments were called to help put out a blaze that consumed a Shenango Township home on Saturday.

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Fire forces residents out of Warren duplex

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A fire forced residents out of their Warren duplex early Sunday. Fire crews were called to the duplex on Adelaide Avenue Southeast just before 4 am.

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One person killed in Brookfield Township crash

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Warren troopers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol are investigating a fatal crash that claimed the life of one person Saturday evening.

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Local Window World employees receive $1,000 bonuses

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Dozens of Window World employees received a winter boost Saturday evening when they were each surprised with a $1,000 check. 

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PennDOT reduces speed limits on I-80 in Mercer, Venango counties

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Due to the severity of the winter storm, PennDOT is temporarily reducing the speed limit on Interstate 80 in the northwest region. PennDOT is urging motorists to avoid unnecessary travel, but those who must head out will see speeds reduced to 45 mph on Interstate 80 in Mercer and Venango counties. 

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Police: Suspect arrested in connection with murder of a 4-year-old

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A 31-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the murder of a 4-year-old child near Akron Saturday afternoon.

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Interstate 80 reopened in Mercer County after multi-vehicle crash

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Interstate 80 eastbound and westbound lanes were closed due to a multi-vehicle crash Saturday evening. 

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Death penalty to be sought in murder of university student

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Prosecutors have announced their intention to seek the death penalty in the case of a man charged with killing a University of Pittsburgh student in her off-campus apartment last year.

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Youngstown's Dorian Books having going out of business sale

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Dorian Books in Youngstown is turning into a reception hall -- but in order to do that, they need to get rid of all of their books. 

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Poland schools investigating "inappropriate" social media post

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Poland local schools are investigating what the superintendent is calling "inappropriate" pictures posted on social media Friday evening.  A minor that attends the school posted a picture of themselves holding a gun in January. The picture resurfaced Friday following the school shooting in Florida.  Several people called the school and let them know the photo was making its rounds on social media.  Poland superintendent David Janofa told 21 News they are in... More>>

Southington Dollar General holds grand opening

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The new Dollar General in Southington is holding a grand opening event on Saturday beginning at 8 A.M.  

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Rescue rabbit adoption drive at Niles PetSmart

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A rabbit rescue is holding a special promotion on Saturday and Sunday at the Niles PetSmart. 

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East Liverpool road closes due to flooding

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An East Liverpool road is closed for an undetermined amount of time due to flooding. 

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Youngstown to have meetings for new green infrastructure

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Workshops are popping up around Youngstown since the city greenlit the development of a community-driven, city-wide green infrastructure plan.  

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Lowe's, Home Depot to hire over 100,000 in national hiring event

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Lowes and Home Depot are hiring nationwide, hoping to fill a combined 133,000 vacant positions.  

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High water in some areas of the Valley

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Drivers should be a little more cautious in the Valley because of scattered flooding on area roads, especially areas that have been prone to flooding in the past. 

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Weathersfield Fire Department fish fry raises money for station

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The Weathersfield Fire Department is holding fish frys every Friday through Lent to raise money for new equipment for the station. 

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Updates on potential for Austintown YMCA

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A survey recenty went out to Austintown Residents concerning the potential development of a YMCA. Surveys went out in the past as well since the town has been talking about the potential for a YMCA since 2011. The idea is still in the making due to financial and other complications. Austintown Trustee, Rick Stauffer, says that the discussion about the facility "never closed. This conversation has never ended, so our conversation with the Y has been we re... More>>

Valley police in Westerville to honor and remember two slain officers Video included

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Police officers and law enforcement from all over the country have already begun gathering in Westerville, where two slain officers will be memorialized and then laid to rest. 

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MCCTC holds active shooter training

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The Mahoning County Career and Technical Center announced it is holding an active shooter and important life-saving training for staff on February 20. 

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Toddler dropped from second-story of burning Youngstown home

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Youngstown firefighters say seven children were home alone when a fire began that left at least two of the injured. 

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OSP: Girl thrown from moving van in Brookfield crash "fine"

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Troopers say a seven-year-old girl who was thrown from a moving vehicle Thursday is a miracle.

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AG's Office appeals ruling the Danny Lee Hill shouldn't be executed

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The Office of the Ohio Attorney General is appealing a decision by the U.S. Sixth District Court of Appeals has issued a ruling that would keep the man convicted in the case of a 12-year-old boy scout who was tortured, raped and murdered, off the execution table. 

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Driver in deadly crash of Youngstown fire battalion chief found guilty

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A Cleveland area woman charged in connection with a traffic accident that claimed the life of a veteran Youngstown fireman has been found guilty.  

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Digging set to begin on Warren gas pipes Monday

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Road crews, gas lines, and machinery will be a common sight on Warren's Tod Avenue over the course of the next several months. 

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IRS warning of new scam involving fake refunds

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Its no new feat for a scammer to call, claiming to be from the IRS and asking for immediate payment.  According to the IRS, there's now a new twist- just in time for tax season- and hundreds of thousands have already fallen prey to scammers. 

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South Ave. widening planned near Boardman St. Luke's

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Plans are in the works that could make the commute easier for the nearly 19,000 drivers who travel along the stretch of South Avenue near St. Luke's Church in Boardman.

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Salem manufacturer searching for qualified specialists

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A Salem manufacturing company is taking an unusual step in trying to find new candidates for job openings.

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Police say the driver was drunk

Warren mom charged after crash with children in S-U-V

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A Warren woman faces charges after police say she was drunk when her S-U-V full of children pulled into the path of another S-U-V, causing a crash. 

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Mall placed under receivership

Lender forecloses on Shenango Valley Mall

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A New York-based lender has foreclosed on a $3.4 million dollar loan made to the operators of the Shenango Valley Mall and a federal judge has placed the property under receivership.

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Some Gravy Train, Kibbles 'N Bits cans withdrawn over sedative concern

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The manufacturer of Gravy Train and Kibbles 'N Bits is withdrawing some shipments of wet canned dog food after learning that some of the products contain the sedative pentobarbital. 

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