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Patricia Meade

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U.S. porn sting nets man in Howland

An Army veteran who used a computer to send illegal images of children got a nine-year prison

National child porn crackdown finds Valley connection

YOUNGSTOWN — An undercover FBI agent trolling online chat rooms received child pornography from a

Kennel owner going to jail for starving dogs

The defendant had no statement for the judge. YOUNGSTOWN — The healthy barks of a police dog

Croley faces rent hearing

Sentencing for the animal cruelty charges is Thursday. YOUNGSTOWN — The man who operated a

Putting a new spin on catching bad guys

The wheel is about the size seen at church festivals. YOUNGSTOWN — What better for the

Break-in suspects are sons of cop

The victim said the experience was ‘scary’ because the suspects had guns. YOUNGSTOWN — Two

Traficant to finish 8-year term in prison

YOUNGSTOWN — James A. Traficant Jr. will not leave federal prison and report to Community


Lawn mower training program to start despite criticism YOUNGSTOWN — The North Side Weed &

Traficant can pick CCA or prison

The convicted former congressman said he would not feel safe at CCA on Market Street.

Hiring plan to lower police pay

Offering $10,000 less would make it difficult to recruit, the union president said. YOUNGSTOWN

The presence of a Christmas past

No BB gun for the boy whose father was a cop and whose grandfathers were ministers. Those who

’Tis better to give a pet voucher

People will cut back for themselves to make sure there’s money to spend on their pets. The

Suspects in heroin dealing arrested

Users, mostly from the suburbs, came to town for their fix. YOUNGSTOWN — It’s important to let

Jimbo heads home after eight years

YOUNGSTOWN — Jimbo’s coming home.

Plea deal made in dead dog case

The prosecutor said animal cruelty is a felony in 45 states, but not Ohio. YOUNGSTOWN — A plea

Crime-fighting technology spots trouble

The system that detects real-time gunfire could be in place by summer. YOUNGSTOWN — Picture

From fine china to paper and plastic

Thanksgiving, Nov. 27, 1958: A time when dolls drink and wet and holiday fruitcakes are eaten, not circling the globe being re-gifted.

From fine china to paper and plastic

YOUNGSTOWN — Thanksgiving, Nov. 27, 1958: A time when dolls drink and wet and holiday fruitcakes are

Mother’s advice: No license, no borrowing car

Allowing an unlicensed driver to use your car can result in a charge of wrongful entrustment, as one

Lending your car to unlicensed driver can land you in jail

YOUNGSTOWN — Eddie Winphrie’s mother is paying the price for owning the car that her unlicensed son

At cruelty pretrial, dog owner in gallery shows his disdain

Defendant Steve Croley must come to trial next month with a financial statement. YOUNGSTOWN —

Animal abuse cases spur call for joint approach

The prosecutor said he and the mayor will ask state lawmakers to elevate animal cruelty to a felony.

Animal abuse cases spur call for joint city-county approach

YOUNGSTOWN — A humane agency’s legal misstep after seven dead and 12 starving dogs were found at

Sister urges Valley to forgive

The nun’s pen pal was a murderer and a rapist. BOARDMAN — The author of “Dead Man Walking”

City kids treated to party that’s s-s-safe

Real blood on the Jason mask? Gulp. YOUNGSTOWN — Ghostly cackles, moans and shrieks greeted

Killer gets 6 life terms

A firefighter said the memory of that morning is recalled every time the bell strikes.

Drug tests to begin for Youngstown cops, officials

The mayor said he’ll take a test whether his name is drawn or not. YOUNGSTOWN — The mayor, law

Error lessens animal-cruelty charges

Only four of 19 animal cruelty charges can be prosecuted against a Youngstown kennel owner.

Jury spares young arsonist

The defendant is learning-disabled, with an IQ of 75. YOUNGSTOWN — Somber and thoughtful after

Jury of 12 considers death penalty for arsonist Davis

If sentenced to die by the judge, the 18-year-old would be the youngest death-row inmate.


A double-chair porch swing next door was a favorite spot for 8-year-old Ranaisha. YOUNGSTOWN —

Jurors to decide life or death for man convicted in deadly fire

YOUNGSTOWN — A blue chair, sized to fit preschoolers, sits on now-vacant land where the Crawford

Jurors must now decide if Davis should die

The death penalty phase of the case will begin Oct. 23.

Arson trial shifts to defense

The Davis trial resumes Tuesday; the jury will be sequestered. YOUNGS-TOWN — Although a can of

Gains: Theft of phone led to fatal fire

Jurors heard the 911 call that sent firefighters to a burning house on the East Side.

City cops reviewing wrongful death suit

An officer’s pursuit of a traffic violator at 75 mph was not reasonable, investigators said.

City fails to use federal grant for anti-gang effort in schools

The police chief said the grant couldn’t be used as intended. YOUNGSTOWN — A city

Woman guilty of animal abuse, child endangering

The owner of the puppy faces up to nine months in jail. YOUNGSTOWN — The West Side woman whose

As Lucky would have it, reunion’s a hit

A 7-week-old American bulldog called Boss was likely the youngest attendee. YOUNGSTOWN — While

Warrant issued due to court mix-up

The defendant’s mother said he’ll turn himself in on a city warrant. YOUNGSTOWN — A mix-up at

YPD officers escape dismissal

Two of the four officers received 30-day suspensions without pay. YOUNGSTOWN — Mayor Jay

Probe into fatal cop crash proceeds

The officer had at least five beers and one shot, a new report shows. YOUNGSTOWN — At 3:20

Report: Cop under influence

‘On-call’ status requires officers to be fit for duty. YOUNGSTOWN — Detective Sgt. Robert

Court administrator fired over sexual harassment complaints

The administrator could not be effective if he stayed, a judge said. YOUNGSTOWN — After 11

300 pay respects to YPD officer

The mother of an officer shot to death five years ago attended the funeral. STRUTHERS — “He

Puppy from home deemed ‘squalid’ dies

The dog was taken to a vet by two neighbors, but it was too late. YOUNGSTOWN — A German

YPD goes tech-savvy with FRED

A detective is one of two dozen certified by the state for recovery of electronic forensic evidence.

Traficant pension carved for fines

The balance owed on the fine is $103,783, which includes interest. YOUNGSTOWN — James A.

New crime unit to use mapping software

The unit is expected to hit the streets this weekend. YOUNGSTOWN — Advanced computer mapping

Police remember fallen comrades

The melancholy ‘My Heart Will Go On’ was sung during the service. YOUNGSTOWN — Riding boots



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