Teen sex charges

Teen sex charges


A tow-truck driver from Struthers accused of committing sex crimes against teenagers is back in the Mahoning Valley again and behind bars, according to 21 WFMJ-TV, The Vindicator’s broadcast partner.

Alex Bugno, 30, of Clingan Road in Poland, was booked into the Mahoning County jail Wednesday after being brought back from Buffalo, N.Y., where he was arrested earlier this month while allegedly attempting to renew his passport, which would violate conditions of his bond.

Bugno is scheduled to go on trial in August on 34 charges including pandering obscenity involving a minor, compelling prostitution and importuning. State law defines importuning as soliciting another person for sex.

Crash closes road


A three-car crash in the township closed a portion of state Route 165 early Friday evening, according to 21 WFMJ-TV, The Vindicator’s broadcast partner.

An Ohio State Highway Patrol spokesman said a rear wheel came off the Jeep involved, and the vehicle traveled into the other lane, hitting a silver car. A white car behind the silver car did not stop in time, getting caught in the crash as well.

Three people were taken to the hospital, including a minor who had a cut. The crash is under investigation.

Library gets grant


The Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded the Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County a $2,500 grant to support literacy through the library’s 2018 Summer Discovery Program, “Libraries Rock!”

“We are thankful to Dollar General for their generous support of the Library’s Summer Discovery program. Their commitment to literacy is apparent, and our entire community benefits from Dollar General’s donation,” said Library Executive Director Aimee Fifarek.

“The Summer Discovery Program, which began in May and runs through July, brings in thousands of young people throughout Mahoning County each year.

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