Omar Provitt, former standout receiver for Harding High School, taken from courtroom in handcuffs.

Staff report


Omar Provitt, 40, standout receiver for Warren G. Harding High School’s 1990 state champion football team, was taken from the courtroom in handcuffs Monday to begin serving an 18-month prison term.

The sentence was the result of convictions for being a felon in possession of a firearm and improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle Nov. 4, 2012.

Provitt was arrested at 3:37 a.m. that day on Youngstown Road after a disturbance call from a home on Woodbine Avenue Southeast and information that one of the people involved was in a car like the one that Provitt was driving.

Police observed the car leaving Woodbine and made a traffic stop, finding Provitt, a female and a loaded gun in the car.

Provitt isn’t allowed to possess firearms because in 2002 he was convicted in Trumbull County on five counts of cocaine trafficking and was sentenced to two years in prison.

In another case before Judge Kontos on Monday, Goodwin Lofton Jr., 49, of Kenwood Drive Southwest, was sentenced to three years in prison to be served at the same time as 41 months in federal prison he received Oct. 23 on a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Lofton’s federal charge was part of the roundup of 55 Warren-area people in an investigation into drugs and violence that also netted 42 people on charges filed through common pleas court.

The investigation was nicknamed “Little D-Town” because of the Detroit influence investigators found to be involved in much of the drug trade and violence in Warren.

Lofton pleaded guilty in common pleas court to seven heroin charges — three of trafficking, four of possession — dating back to 2011.

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