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    Hostage released at the Trumbull County Jail

    Hostage released at the Trumbull County Jail

    Officials said three inmates tackled and handcuffed a corrections officer on the third floor of the jail.  The inmates are holding the officer hostage, and throughout Wednesday afternoon a peace officer has been negotiating with them to get a safe & peaceful ending.More >>
    Officials said three inmates tackled and handcuffed a corrections officer on the third floor of the jail.  The inmates are holding the officer hostage, and throughout Wednesday afternoon a peace officer has been negotiating with them to get a safe & peaceful ending.More >>
  • Suspect in Trumbull County jail hostage crisis facing death penalty case

    Suspect in Trumbull County jail hostage crisis facing death penalty case

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 8:55 PM EDT2014-04-24 00:55:14 GMT
    One of the three inmates identified as being involved in a hostage situation at the Trumbull County jail faces criminal charges that could bring the death penalty if convicted.Authorities say that 29-year-old David Martin of Cleveland is awaiting trial for the murder of Jeremy Cole in Warren in October, 2012.Martin was a neighbor of Cole who was shot to death at a home on Oak Circle SW. A woman was also wounded during the crime.The Trumbull County Grand Jury handed up a ten count indictment a...More >>
    One of the three inmates identified as being involved in a hostage situation at the Trumbull County jail faces criminal charges that could bring the death penalty if convicted.Authorities say that 29-year-old David Martin of Cleveland is awaiting trial for the murder of Jeremy Cole in Warren in October, 2012.Martin was a neighbor of Cole who was shot to death at a home on Oak Circle SW. A woman was also wounded during the crime.The Trumbull County Grand Jury handed up a ten count indictment a...More >>
  • Remembering Idora Park over the years

    Remembering Idora Park over the years

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 8:52 PM EDT2014-04-24 00:52:10 GMT
    This Saturday will mark the 30th anniversary of the devastating fire that led to the closing of the Idora Amusement Park. Glenn Stevens took a look back at Idora Park's history and the memories it made for generations. More >>
    This Saturday will mark the 30th anniversary of the devastating fire that led to the closing of the Idora Amusement Park. Glenn Stevens took a look back at Idora Park's history and the memories it made for generations. More >>

OK, so if cash can be exchanged easily wherever you go, why should you bother with traveler’s checks? Simple. If someone steals them or you accidentally light them on fire during a romantic candlelight dinner, you can replace them within 24 hours. You can’t do THAT with cash, now can you?

While you do have to pay a small fee to get traveler’s checks, the security and exchange rate is worth it. Here are a few tips to consider when buying or using these checks:

  • Buy them in smaller denominations so you’re not stuck with a bunch of foreign currency when you’re ready to go home. If you still have a lot of checks left over at the end of your trip (nice job on the budget!), call your issuer and find out the nearest location where you can cash them without having to pay a transaction fee.
  • Make a list of all of the numbers of your checks. Then, keep that list in a separate location for security. As you use each check, make a note of it on your list.
  • Plan to use your traveler’s checks in larger cities, and stick to cash in rural areas and smaller towns. Larger cities are more used to dealing with the checks, so you’ll have an easier time of it. 
  • If you lose any of your checks during your trip, be sure you’re the one to call to get them replaced. Having someone other than the issued person call will only slow down the process.
  • Think brand names. Buy your checks from well-known companies, as they’re the ones more likely to be universally accepted. Here are three great places to buy your traveler’s checks:

American Express
http://www.americanexpress.com/homepage/mt_personal.shtml

Citicorp
http://www.citibank.com/domain/index1.htm

Visa Traveller’s Cheques
http://international.visa.com/ps/products/tchecks/

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