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John W. Goodwin Jr.

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Two officers retire from Youngstown Police Department

Both officers started with the department in the 1970s.

All-City Variety Show returns to Youngstown

Proceeds from the event will benefit youth sports.

Fallen officers remembered

Songs were sang and roses laid in honor of the fallen officers.

Man facing federal child pornography charges

The accused man could also be facing state rape charges.

Man indicted in city’s latest homicide

The man could be put to death if convicted.

Accused rapist appears in court

The accused man is asking the court to throw out some evidence collected by police.

Man sentenced for assault

The man could face future murder charges.

Women sentenced to prison for rape

The woman must register as a sex offender for life.

North Side shooting claims the life of one woman

youngstown’s north side

A child was very nearly caught in gunfire.

Nurses arraigned on drug charges

The drugs were stolen for personal use

Accused murderers appear in court

One suspect is still recovering from gunshot wounds.

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Woman headed to prison for robbery in drug deal turned deadly

The woman was accused of negotiating the deadly drug transaction.

City men face additional murder charges

New indictments stem from killing of 2 last fall

The men are charged with the murders of four different people.

Mahoning deputy cited for drunken driving has had past problems

Sheriff: Deputy could be terminated after drunken-driving probe

The deputy could be terminated after an investigation, the sheriff said.

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Seat-belt use could mean discounted barbecue

The campaign will run through the end of the summer.

Youngstown police investigate two reported assaults

Both incidents stemmed from domestic arguments.

Man pleads to charges in hazing case

There are eight more defendants waiting to stand trial.

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Youngstown students participate in youth police academy

9 middle school students graduate from Youth Police Academy

Several students completed the program this week.

Thousands walk Warren Relay for Life despite downpour

Gloria and Edward Sersich celebrate with their daughter Esther Pelayo, right, all of Warren in the Relay for Life on Courthouse Square Friday night. Edward is suffering from stage 4 bladder and lymphoma cancer and completed the entire first lap without the use of his wheelchair.

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Barletto headed back to Pa. to face charges in cop's death

The woman is charged in connection with a car accident that killed a police officer.

Shooting victim may face charges

Police said the bullet wound is not life threatening.

Base commander pleased with Youngstown veterans court

Staff report YOUNGSTOWN The commander of the 910th Airlift Wing in Vienna Township said he is

Man pleads guilty to rape of minor

The man will be made to register as a sex offender for life. By JOHN W. GOODWIN JR.

Chance will be required to repay the money she stole.

Debra Chance will be released from prison By JOHN W. GOODWIN JR. jgoodwin@vindy.com YOUNGSTOWN

Jury hands up verdict in 2009 fatal accident

The defendant will be sentenced Monday.

Youngstown violence interruption program begins today

Increased police patrols run today through Labor Day

There are 13 agencies partnering in the Youngstown violence interruption program.

Convicted killer indicted for attempt rape and assault

James Gooden will likely be arraigned in two weeks.

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Youngstown Fire Department adds new firefighters

The new firefighters bring the department up to full staffing levels.

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Aggravated vehicular homicide trial gets under way

The accident took place in 2009 and killed a social worker

Murder suspect asks to be released from jail until trial

The man wants to be with his pregnant fiance.

Convicted murderer attempts attack on woman

The woman fought the attacker off and ran

Police are still investigating the shooting

Two victims remain in the hospital.

Man charged in fatal 2009 accident goes on trial

The man is charged with leaving the scene of an accident and aggravated vehicular homicide

Murder trial postponed in search of new evidence

Defense attorney says a voice message to a cell phone could clear his client’s name.

Seminar educates first-responders about autism

The seminar included police from eight departments and other first responders.

Trial to begin for suspected murderer

Paul Brown is accused of killing a teen in 2009.

Youngstown officer walks to fight breast cancer

There will be a banquet fundraiser this weekend.

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Raising money for a puzzling disorder

Dozens enjoy jigsaws to help raise funds for puzzling disorder

The fundraiser was open to the public.

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Political leaders in state, Valley mourn Charlie Wilson

The former Mahoning Valley congressman died Sunday at 70

Former Congressman Charlie Wilson died Sunday in Florida.

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Violent crime down, arrests up in Youngstown

Foley says proactive policing, other changes deserve credit

Officials say a number of factors are contributing to the decrease.

Three indicted in 2011 murders

One man is still on the run from law enforcement.

Man found not guilty of assault

The man hugged his attorney and said he wants to return to normal.

Robbery sends man to prison for four years

The sentence was an agreed upon term between prosecutors and defense attorneys

Felonious assault trial gets underway

The victim was hit in the head with a baseball bat.

Former YPD officer with colorful career dies

The officer had once been shot in the line of duty.

Man held in jail for attempted murder

The shooting took place in December.

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2 kids killed, parents injured in Thursday crash

The state highway patrol is still investigating the devastating crash that killed two children

Police arrest city man after shooting


The man is being held on a $50,000 bond.

Accused killer wants photo identification thrown out

The judge will make a decision in 20 days.

Police are investigating several weekend crimes

Arrest were made in one robbery involving two boys on bicycle.



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