Man surrenders to police
YOUNGSTOWN -- Donni L. Feagin surrendered to police to face a murder charge and was arraigned Tuesday in municipal court. The 21-year-old Hilton Avenue man is accused of shooting his stepfather, John T. Bowers, at 12:15 a.m. last Thursday during what police described as a domestic dispute at the South Side house. Bowers, 49, died in surgery at 4:04 a.m. that day. Judge Robert A. Douglas Jr. set Feagin's bond at $10,000, allowing 10 percent of the amount to be posted. If Feagin makes bond, he must be placed on electronically monitored house arrest, the judge said. Dana C. Guarnieri, an assistant city prosecutor, told the judge that Feagin not only surrendered to police but also turned over the weapon used in the shooting.
Budd asks for release
YOUNGSTOWN -- Lawyers for Michael Budd, a former major in the Mahoning County Sheriff's Department, are asking a federal judge to release him from custody pending appeal. Budd was sentenced to 97 months in prison on July 22 and remanded to custody that day. The government is opposing Budd's release, saying he is a danger to the community and poses a flight risk. Budd was convicted of obstructing justice and violating the rights of three jail inmates. A decision on the request to release him pending appeal will be decided by U.S. District Judge Lesley Brooks Wells in Cleveland federal court.
Special zoning meeting
COITSVILLE -- Township trustees will have a special meeting at 7 a.m. Aug. 10 at town hall to discuss zoning matters and other business.
Task force on duty
YOUNGSTOWN -- The OVI (operating a vehicle while impaired) Task Force will be out from 8 p.m. to midnight tonight conducting saturation patrols in Youngstown and Austintown, Boardman, Milton, Springfield, Smith and Beaver townships. Extra police will show a zero tolerance for OVI offenders and those not wearing safety belts. The task force reminds all who plan to use alcohol to act responsibly by designating a sober driver.
Library levy meeting
WARREN -- Warren-Trumbull County Public Library Board of Trustees will have a special meeting at 4 p.m. Thursday for a second resolution to put a levy on the Nov. 2 ballot. The library wants county commissioners to place a continuing 1-mill additional levy on November's ballot. The issue would raise an estimated $2.4 million annually, said Robert Briell, the director for the past 22 years.
House shot at 28 times
YOUNGSTOWN -- At least 28 shots were fired into a house in the 500 block of Clearmount Avenue from three cars Monday afternoon, police said. A woman who lives at the house said she was on the porch when the shooting started and ran inside. Her seven children, ages 1 to 12, were in the house. No injuries were reported. The resident said the shooting was in retaliation for an arrest the day before. She described the weapons as shotguns and an AK-47 assault rifle. Police recovered 27 casings and one shotgun shell. Bullets entered the front window and traveled through living room walls into the kitchen wall, reports show.
Request for Costanzo
YOUNGSTOWN -- Cleveland attorney David L. Doughten filed a motion Tuesday in Akron federal court asking that his client, suspended Warren attorney Maridee L. Costanzo, be permitted to wear street clothes for her sentencing Thursday. Costanzo, 47, has been incarcerated in an Akron-area jail since her arrest in April. She pleaded guilty in a murder-for-hire plot to kill her husband and faces 10 years in prison.