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BCI has an ongoing criminal investigation into ex-Mahoning County Probate Court Judge Mark Belinky

He’s accused of stealing money from people he was a guardian over and other crimes

Gerberry going from state rep to convicted criminal today

Longtime state rep’s resignation takes effect; sources expect he’ll be placed on probation

He will be found guilty today of a misdemeanor

Design work to begin for amphitheater, park downtown Youngstown

The street improvements would help tie downtown to Youngstown State University, city officials say

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Affidavits shed more light on Cafaro, Belinky shenanigans

Businessman accused of offering to reimburse campaign donations; ex-judge admitted thefts

The ex-probate court judge admitted to stealing money and altering documents, the affidavits state.

Candidates for township trustee in Austintown and Poland have quit their races

That leaves three candidates in Austintown and one in Poland

Valley-based judge plans run for supreme court without GOP support

Judge Mary DeGenaro of Poland was also a finalist.

3 candidates, 3 three liquor options off Mahoning ballot

All but one was tossed for not having enough valid signatures

YNDC, Mahoning Land Bank team up to save vacant houses

Tony Wyle of the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp., left, and Anttwon Dent, an AmeriCorps member, work on fixing up a house at 3215 Neosho Road on Youngstown’s South Side. The house is being rehabilitated by YNDC through a partnership with the Mahoning County Land Bank.

Husted ruling may nix Youngstown ballot proposal to ban fracking

Husted’s decision bars efforts in 3 counties

Decision could impact a similar proposal in Youngstown

Portman: Dems distorting my trade deal position

He wouldn’t read a draft of a trade proposal, but may do so now

DeWine: Crowded field could hurt GOP

He said he has a ‘real, real interest’ in being governor

Youngstown, state officials meet today to discuss sewer project funding

Funding would primarily come from low-interest loans

Despite guilty plea, outgoing state rep Gerberry can keep campaign account


He has $46,691 in the fund as of June 30


Longtime state rep scheduled to plead guilty Aug. 21 to unlawful compensation

Candidates are interested in replacing him

Filing: Sciortino had staffer help Yavorcik’s run for prosecutor

New accusation in the Oakhill case are listed in two documents

State Rep. Ron Gerberry to plead guilty to misdemeanor

The most senior Democrat in the House would also resign from his elected position

Ex-auditor Michael Sciortino trial date is Jan. 11, 2016

He is accused of illegally using county-owned computers and software more than 300 times

31 tax issues on Mahoning general election ballot

Only three candidates filed for four Youngstown school board seats

Youngstown board approves payments for emergency repairs

The work was done over the past few months

Vacant downtown property may be used for artwork

The work will cost about $250,000 to $300,000

Joe Louis Teague, who ran for office numerous times, has died

Remembered for being one of the area’s most colorful political characters

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman won’t review a draft of a major trade agreement because of the proposal’s secrecy

Senator opposes secrecy of document

An Ohio Democratic spokeswoman criticizes the GOP senator

Kids are having a good time at Youngstown’s North Side Pool

Despite lifeguard shortage and rainy days, kids at North Side Pool thrive and dive

The pool is open from 1 to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday

The U.S. Senate confirmed a Mahoning County native to a high-level job in the General Service Administration

Her ‘family is very proud of this milestone,’ says her brother

More tax issues in Mahoning County on the November ballot than the last 2 general elections combined

There are 27 tax issues so far with the filing deadline Wednesday

Oakhill defendants will get a Sept. 21 hearing on the supposed withholding of secretly-recorded tapes

Prosecutors insist all of the tapes are in the hands of defense attorneys

The Ohio Supreme Court grant a temporary stay requested by a retired businessman and a company in the Oakhill criminal-corruption case

Prosecutors barred from releasing evidence

What is being shielded isn’t clear because the filings were done in secret

Youngstown police started using new manned radar guns

Violators will face civil fees rather than court fines

Youngstown council members won’t fight the mayor’s policy on paying some city employees who work extra hours

Complaints of poor garbage collection in city also aired

The mayor made the decision after council sat on it for about six months

State Rep. Sean O’Brien will run next year for the Ohio Senate

Ex-state Rep. Tom Letson is also seeking the seat in next year’s Democratic primary

Youngstown commission will wait a month to reconsider licensing downtown parking lots and garages

City panel puts parking proposal on hold to discuss in detail

Officials with parking facilities objected to the proposal

Youngstown Air Reserve Station reservists will demolish 12 empty houses

The structures are around Taft Elementary School on Youngstown’s South Side

Ohio Gov. John Kasich needs a bump in polls soon if he’s to get GOP presidential nomination, some supporters say

Governor to declare his candidacy today

Local Dems disagree on whether Kasich can win

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman wants the local air service station’s equipment and planes to be replaced

The unit’s mission is ‘important for our country,’ the senator said

Rep. Bill Johnson has raised more than $500,000 toward his re-election effort

Ryan spends more than he collected

Rep. Tim Ryan spent more campaign money than he received in the second quarter

Youngstown’s Covelli Centre lost $85,803 between April and June

But the center’s operating surplus for the first six months of 2015 is $175,544

Youngstown planning commission to have a public hearing Tuesday on licensing downtown parking

Council gave authority to a tax abatement to Youngstown Business Incubator

Youngstown is considering licensing downtown public parking lots and garages

The city would charge $1 a parking space annually under the plan

Youngstown mayor enacted a policy regarding compensation for nonunion employees working extra hours


He did so after city council wouldn’t vote on it

Democrat Senate candidate raised $272k in Senate race between April and June

It’s about one-third of what he raised between January and March

Ted Strickland raised $1 million for his Senate campaign between April and June

The Republican incumbent raised $2.9 million during that same time

Youngstown board approves Belmont Avenue resurfacing contract

The board also OKs rock salt deal

Fracking opponents continue to target city of Youngstown, won’t take no for an answer

How much is too much? When it comes to the anti-fracking charter amendment in Youngstown, Mayor

A group wants officials with Youngstown and the board of elections to keep anti-fracking proposal off ballot

Mayor says no while elections board chairman says a review will occur

Funeral home is putting up a fence to keep out those committing illegal activities

The business owner says his location is ‘a nightmare’

Mahoning election board will have a free app on Sept. 2

It will provide information to voters

A visiting judge will be selected to oversee the criminal case of the former Mahoning County auditor

Mahoning Co. judge recuses herself from case alleging computer misuse

The ex-auditor is facing 25 felony counts


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