Brown files for mayoral run

Brown files for mayoral run


City Council President Jamael Tito Brown filed nominating petitions Tuesday to run in the Democratic primary in May for Youngstown mayor.

Brown is the third candidate to file for the Democratic primary. The two others are John McNally IV, a former Mahoning County commissioner and Youngstown law director, and Matthew Smith.

Brown won’t seek election to council president, a position he’s held since August 2011.

Brown was elevated from 3rd Ward councilman to council president when Charles Sammarone left the post to be mayor.

Feb. 6 is the filing deadline for those wanting to run in the primary.

Firefighter enters plea of not guilty


A township firefighter pleaded not guilty Tuesday to misdemeanor charges of drunken driving and firing a weapon while intoxicated.

Michael Lyons, 44, of New Middletown, was off duty when he was charged and his driver’s license was suspended at his arrest. The fire chief has said Lyons cannot work until a judge makes a ruling.

Lyons is accused of shooting at an injured deer, which was hit by a car, in the wooded area behind Mathews Square Plaza and the South Avenue fire station, according to reports. Police detected an odor of alcohol while talking to Lyons and asked him to take a breath test, which registered his blood-alcohol content at 0.126, records show. The legal limit is 0.08 in Ohio.

Lyons waived his right to a speedy trial Monday and is appealing his license suspension.

Board to meet


The Canfield school board will have a regular meeting at 6 p.m. today in the board meeting room, 100 Wadsworth St.

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