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Drug conviction


A 48-year-old Farrell, Pa., man could face a long prison term and a large fine after a jury in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh convicted him of cocaine trafficking.

Raymond Anthony Napolitan was convicted Thursday by a six-man, six-woman jury that deliberated for about 31/2 hours. The trial was before Judge Arthur J. Schwab, who will sentence him at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 14, 2013.

Napolitan could get five years to life in prison and be fined up to $1,250,000, or both. The U.S. Attorney said Napolitan possessed with intent to distribute more than a pound of cocaine.

The case was investigated by the FBI, the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office, the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office and drug task force, and Southwest Mercer County Regional Police.

Sentencing set


A defendant who admitted lying under oath in a Youngstown gang case will be sentenced in federal court at noon Nov. 27.

Marquise J. Wilkins, 23, of Youngstown, pleaded guilty last week to perjury and obstruction of justice.

Wilkins gave sworn testimony in the June LSP gang trial that was inconsistent with his sworn testimony last November before a federal grand jury, the U.S. Attorney said.

LSP was the name of a street gang that operated in the Idora Neighborhood on the city’s South Side. The letters stand for LaClede, Sherwood, Princeton and Parkview avenues.

Four defendants convicted in the June trial will be sentenced Oct. 17.

Street closings


The fundraiser for the Garden District Neighborhood 5K Race/Walk will close streets in Youngstown from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. The majority of the route for the event will take place in Mill Creek Park. However, the event will affect a few streets outside the park, which includes Milton Avenue between Hillsdale and Calvary Run and Hillsdale between Milton and McKinley. Also, Glacier, Hall Heights, and South Whitney avenues will be closed at Hillsdale to accommodate the event.

Road closed for culvert work


The township trustees called an emergency meeting Tuesday morning where they voted to close Orlando Drive.

The trustees said that in order to ensure the general welfare and safety of the public, Orlando would be immediately closed for the remainder of a culvert replacement project. The project is scheduled for completion within a few weeks.

Orlando Drive is located between U.S. Route 62 and Burgett Road, which borders Austintown and Canfield townships.

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