Mahoning County Area Court Judge David A. D’Apolito told Mahone, “I’m giving you much less of a sentence than I think is probably appropriate, but I’m going to do it anyway.” He also said of Mahone’s police report related to his charges, “It’s one of the worst I’ve read in my 14 years [on the bench].”Well this is a direct reflection of the Judge D’Apolito and the Austintown PD. First the judge has room and is in this process with both sides. It APPEARS that he wanted to give more time, but the poorly written report and investigation from the APD might have tied his hands. Pure JMO here. BUT Judge, grow a pair. You have given the green light for thugs to repeat this and get a slap. Austintown is a wonderful place; don’t let us sink into Youngstown status. I will say APD is going through some pains right now. As a resident of Austintown for many years, I have seen the seasoned officers retire, promote up the ranks. Some should have been fired and not promoted. In addition, the young and new APD officers being hired have some attitudes. Not all, but… Who is reviewing the reports, investigations and the after action reports on anything major. It falls on the Chief to have the staff in place to ensure we the people of Austintown are protected, served well, money spent well and these cases to flow through the judicial system as charged. Chief, you need to start looking at who you have in key positions. This is a fumble on your watch. The judge’s son stabbing incident in Austintown was on your watch (no charges filed). With the addition of the Racino, more will be on your watch. We gave you the money, you have new equipment and staffing. Do your job. You will be accountable for the safety of Austintown. If you can’t do it, retire, quit or demote. Don’t make us, Austintown, look like an ass in the paper. Chew some ass of your officers up and down the ranks.
July 24, 2014 at 10:07 a.m.
July 24, 2014 at 10:03 a.m.
I am tired of these bait and switch policies that are being played. More money from my pocket every year. Here are some ideas I have. Stop the road patrols. We have police protection in every town, township and city, plus the OSP. Such an overlap is a waste. I do know the county does patrol and is paid for services in some areas. If cost is covered then it could go on. I see some very new patrol cars. A 2 door mustang for one. Come on WTF is this. By adding the extra tax monies services will be covered in the county jail. How about collecting the money owed. You raised you wants list on our backs. And I for one am tired of the same reason(s). Safety and security. So show me a decrease over the past 10 years in crime that the county sheriff can 100% link to his road patrols. Tell me where the money that was spent on the safety services is going to be spent? I have not heard this one answered. Should have stuck to the .50 / 5 year and you might have gotten my vote. Now a CSB new or renewal (for more money) in November. $20K for 30 people to come write about Youngstown. When will our money be spent right and the books open. Oh and the good people we have working for the county dollar. It all stinks people. The 3 stooges ride this wave of reaching in our wallets all the time. Give pay raises when we are so broke. I am done and will VOTE NO, NO, NO on every new tax, levy or anything that cost me more of my money.
July 17, 2014 at 6:38 p.m.
I understand and respect your thoughts here, but it all is connected. This lady has had problems and issues from long ago, then welcomes her daughter in her home here. Let us not forget , Gina's sister lives in the apartment (per the story) with a 2 year old child. Now this lady overdosed on ?? drug. She is a train wreck of a person bent on self distruction and the destruction of her children being around her. We as parents are to protect our children, she is letting them see the dark side of life and how to live it. I do not blame her for her daughters death, but damm sure hold her accountable for her own actions and the well being of others in her apartment. She just did not start drugs with this OD...Is has been a life and she should have rebuked Gina's visit and stay till she was clean. This was a 16 year old young lady searching for a spot to land. It should have never been here with this bio woman...And I AGREE, this soul less punk bastard needs to get his due, slowly and with much pain. Prison will do nothing for him. He is to gone for prison, his life should be taken as he took a life.And I still say the other woman is involved someway....covering her ass right now...
July 3, 2014 at 1:24 p.m.
My question is when the legal mother called APD to find Gina, and they did and filed a report, was there nothing APD could have done to remove her, send her home to Texas. I get she was 16, some will argue an adult, but are these young people mature enough to be given this title and rights at 16??
My god bless and accept Gina in heaven with open arms. May those who failed her in her life be burdened with their actions or lack there of.. To her killer: rot in hell and you should be slowly excuted as soon as the judge drops the hammer. To the lady who was present when this happened, what connection do you have to Williams, something stinks with her.
We as aduls,s parents, familys need to clean this place up. Austintown we need to take back these drug areas like this apartment building. APD, get working. You have my levy money, start putting boots on the ground and out of the cars. Trustees, Mandate security at all apartment buildings over 10 appartments. We all are invested in our hometown, Don't let Austintown travel down this road and even be in the shadow of Y-town...
July 3, 2014 at 10:34 a.m.
The tax money has been misspent and we the tax payers have been lied to over and over, year after year. Services have sucked with the money, how much worse will they get? Well I am sure the supervisors will tell them to SLOW walk all work. I like the YPD, get the top heavy salaries out. Quite hiring friends, buying elections, being corrupt, misspending our money, wasting our money and do the right dam thing and cut spending, waste and fraud out and you will have your money. And I would guess plenty. At this time we are spending more money for less service. Ride the roads; look for the county trucks parked and workers sleeping. Oh that might be in the contract our three stooges forgot to read, like the raises given to employees. Hell, the library lied, got money and now is giving some back. It should be with interest. Yes everyone got a new or remodeled branch, so…. I still say open the books, accountability and show me how you have cut back within the past year.
June 20, 2014 at 10:55 a.m.
Here is one for you....It took 2 seconds to figure this out.
2-3 qualified Captains. Nothing to do with color, gender or buddy.. just the best qualified person for the job.
June 19, 2014 at 6:38 p.m.
"the harassment by Kitchen started in late 2009 when he was the 2nd Ward councilman, and was off and on until July 2013 when she had an attorney contact the law director about the behavior"
Ok, I do not condone any harassment by anyone in my workplace. I preach it is wrong, dumb, has no place at work or even outside of work. This goes both ways. BUT from 2009 to 2013 and then she hit the laywer up for action. I say she was a bit late. 1st time warn them, 2 nd time, file on them. And if the first time meets the level, file then. Why did she wait so darn long.?? This is my only issue. And she has to go (leave city employment) to protect herself and the city. It is never the same after you go through this. I am a male senior supervisor. This would have been corrected the first time and it would have been the last time for the offender. Never would I condone, help, hinder or protect any of my employees who conduct themselves like this, but the person being treated like this must stand up and report. And the offender and all who are shown to have knowledge and did nothing should be paying this entire fine, then fired. Take the money from the retirement they have. Why the taxpayers???
June 4, 2014 at 1:46 p.m.
My dear Austintown residents, this is just the beginning of the DRAMA that will start. Yes, we voted the bond issue down. Now wait….Bus service, teachers, food services, ect.. will be paraded in front of us as being cut or gone. Read below…Superintendent Vincent Colaluca explained that the district THOUGHT two teachers were going to retire at the end of the year. When they didn’t retire, the board had to do something else “due to financial difficulties,” board President Kathy Mock said. Colaluca also explained that they were going to be overstaffed in the physical education department. He also assured the loss of Baker “had nothing to do with his performance,” and said this was an example of the district being “good stewards of tax dollars.” Now read it again, “financial difficulties”, “overstaffed in the PE department”. But the teachers that were retiring were not PET…”good stewards of tax dollars” but we are paying $35 per hour not to exceed 500 hours($17,500 income) and retirement pay. I am sure this is good use of our money,,BS!!!Don’t be fooled Austintown, it is coming…They will not stop till the new school bond/levy is passed.
May 29, 2014 at 10:44 a.m.
walter I agree. Good it is not here. In addition, these 2 city/county employees should be on unpaid administrative leave. If it was "joe the worker" that is what would have happened. This will play out for years on our dime. Think of this. I bet we are paying for phone calls, laywer visits and much more on company time...Heck I am guess all these activities took place on county time....
May 29, 2014 at 10:26 a.m.