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David Skolnick

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Youngstown council delays raising sanitary rates, repeals anti-begging law

Members vote to replace the city’s anti-begging law

Anti-fracking backers question accuracy of vote count in Nov. 2014

Mahoning County Board of Elections members called the accusations ‘ridiculous’

Youngstown council will consider replacing its anti-begging law Wednesday

Council to vote on taking ownership of the former Bottom Dollar on Glenwood Avenue

YPD training gives drivers break from speed gun

But 3-day radar use yields higher than usual number of citations

That resulted in a sharp decrease in citations

ALDI will donate the former Bottom Dollar Food store on Glenwood Avenue to Youngstown

The city wants a grocery store at that location

Youngstown hires speed-enforcement hearing officer at $95 an hour

Ex-county magistrate to oversee appeals of citations issued in new radar-gun effort

The hearings will start late this month or in November

Youngstown council impressed with sanitary fee hike for demolitions, but not ready to OK

Officials impressed but not ready to OK sanitary fee hike

But not enough members are ready to vote on the proposal next week.

Boccieri resigns from port authority after appointment to Ohio House

Western Reserve Port Authority

A state agency determined he couldn’t serve in both positions

Ohio House set to confirm Boccieri as state rep

He replaces Ronald V. Gerberry, who resigned Aug. 21, the same day he was convicted of a crime

Yavorcik’s lawyers ask for dismissal, citing improper venue

The court filing contends Cuyahoga County isn’t the proper venue for his case

Monday is last day to register to vote in November election

Early voting starts Tuesday

Youngstown plans to increase residential sanitation fees by 68 percent

Residents would see 30% decrease in water bills to offset most of the cost

City wants to reduce the water bills of city residents by 30 percent

Youngstown considering buying two East Side plaza sites

In recent years, the plazas fell into such disrepair that most of them have been demolished

Youngstown speeding citations decline 9 percent


Citations have been mailed to 1,539 vehicle owners with the rest to be mailed shortly by Optotraffic

Judge in Oakhill case requiring prosecutors to testify about tapes

oakhill case

The judge also sided with the defense to issue a subpoena to a confidential witness

Report provides strategies to increase economic development in Youngstown

During the last decade, about $1.1 million has been on studies to improve the city – with most of recommendations ignored.

21-year-old Youngstown man faces charges including murder

A tip led police to where he was hiding

A postponed hearing in the Oakhill case is rescheduled for Oct. 13

The two sides differ on the amount of secretly recorded tapes were made by confidential witnesses

Manned radar guns nab 570 speeders in 1 week


Additional officers will be trained Sept. 26 to use the radar guns

Ohio Supreme Court dismissed a complaint from six Youngstown residents on the anti-fracking charter amendment

The court said the case was moot as it already required the Mahoning County Board of Elections to put it on the ballot

Ohio Supreme Court orders frack ban onto Nov. ballot

Court sides with Youngstown in the case

Youngstown water customers to get letters about contamination

The letters are required by the state Environmental Protection Agency

Kasich refused to blast GOP opponents in 2nd debate

Ohio governor manages to hit familiar talking points

There were long gaps in the debate in which Kasich was silent

Youngstown council mulls repealing anti-begging law

An ACLU attorney says the new proposal is an improvement, but still raises ‘serious questions’

Oakhill judge rejects request from defendants to dismiss the case

Monday’s court hearing, though, has been postponed

Oakhill prosecutor objects to request to subpoena confidential witness

oakhill case

A Monday hearing is about the amount of secretly recorded tapes

Youngstown council to consider annual fee for parking lots, garages


But the original rate is being changed

Ohio House Democratic Caucus to interview 3 people for vacant seat

A replacement is expected to be named in two to three weeks

Those caught speeding by radar guns in Youngstown multiple times will get one citation

This is only for those cited during the first 30 days of the new program

Ohio AG’s office lists additional evidence to be used in Sciortino trial

New filing lists additional evidence in case alleging former auditor misused computers

The former Mahoning County auditor faces 25 felonies for alleged illegal use of county-owned computers for political purposes

Citations from Youngstown speed cameras drop; drivers getting message, authorities say

Number of tickets drops from 700 one week to 300 the next

The radar guns could be used in neighborhoods in the future

John Boccieri favored by Dems to succeed Gerberry

The Ohio House Democratic Caucus makes the final decision

Three candidates are seeking the three recommendations from Mahoning Democrats for a state House seat

Party to rank candidates for caucus consideration

The candidates will be ranked based on the number of votes each receive

Mahoning board of elections hires attorney to defend its decision on anti-fracking proposal

Officials plan to defend decision on anti-fracking amendment

Attorney was hired because the board didn’t take the legal advice of the county prosecutor

Oakhill defense attorneys want judge to allow them to subpoena a confidential witness

2 attorneys seek subpoena to hear testimony about secret recordings

The two sides dispute the number of hours of secretly-recorded tapes

Youngstown police averaging about 100 speeding citations a day

Average of 100 citations issued per day

The citations are for speeders on two highways and a small percentage in school zones

Youngstown board rejects proposals to replace the roof on the city hall annex

The proposals were greater than the city estimate

Tests show Youngstown’s water had raised levels of a contaminant

The city’s water system had more than the maximum contaminant level for a chemical byproduct used for disinfecting, but Youngstown and Mahoning Valley Sanitary District officials say it didn’t pose a health risk.

Covelli Centre to undergo improvement work

The work includes roof repairs and an upgrade to its video display system

The Mahoning Valley had about average rainfall in July and August

An overwhelming majority of the rain fell in three days in each month

Ohio Dems set Sept. 14 deadline for those wanting to replace Gerberry

A Bellaire Democrat is the chairman of the caucus’ screening committee

Roof proposals for Youngstown court higher than expected

Only two companies submitted proposals

U.S. commerce secretary praises work at America Makes

She met with facility officials, and local and national business executives

In just 12 days, Youngstown police issued civil penalties for speeding to 1,000 people

Only 960 tickets issued in all of 2014

In all of 2014, the department ticketed 960 people for speeding

Vindicator request for probe irks Ohio chief justice

O’Connor says she doesn’t have authority to investigate Belinky’s ‘criminal behavior’

She says she has no authority to investigate

Mahoning elections board votes to keep Youngstown anti-fracking proposal off ballot

BOARD VOTES 4-0 against it

Supporters of the initiative aren’t sure about their next move

Legal Arts Building project downtown will have to wait until at least 2017

legal arts building

But there could be a tenant on the ground floor in the next six months



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