Tour of lights

Tour of lights


The North Side Festival of Lights and Holiday Decorations Tour will take place Friday on the city’s North Side.

A Western Reserve Transit Authority bus will arrive at 5 p.m. at Heart Reach Ministries, 211 Redondo Road, to take a tour of decorated houses on the North Side with a stop downtown to see Youngstown’s Christmas tree.

During the tour, groups will sing carols and offer Christmas cookies.

Youngstown Council President Jamael Tito Brown, Councilman Nate Pinkard, D-3rd, and area block-watch groups sponsor the event.

Man pleads guilty


A 27-year-old man has pleaded guilty to abduction of, and assault on, his former girlfriend Aug. 30 after persuading her to enter a car for a conversation on the Youngstown State University campus.

Jose Antonio Velazquez, whose last known address was on Woodbine Avenue, entered his guilty plea to those charges Tuesday before Judge Lou A. D’Apolito of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court, who will sentence him at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 23.

Nicholas Brevetta, an assistant county prosecutor, said he and the defense have agreed on a two-year prison term for Velazquez, which will be non-appealable if the judge adopts it. The prosecution dismissed a kidnapping charge in the plea deal.

Pleads innocent


An innocent plea was entered Monday in Warren Municipal Court for Michelle Enderton, 40, of Ogden Avenue Northwest, charged with one county of aggravated robbery.

Enderton, who was arrested on a warrant Friday, is charged in the Nov. 24 robbery of a North Carolina man in America’s Best Value Inn, 777 Mahoning Ave. NW. She is in Trumbull County jail without eligibility to make bond.

A 59-year-old man called police saying a woman came to his room and asked to use the restroom. The man told her no, but the woman forced her way in with a male. The male held a knife to the victim’s throat while the female looked for money. The woman took two credit cards, a cellphone, $8 and ripped the phone line out of the wall. The man has not been arrested, police said.

Special meeting


Girard City Council will have a special meeting at 6 p.m. today in council chambers of the justice center, 100 N. Market St.

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