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WRITER: Ashley Fox

Rallying around Rowan

STRUTHERS — In the days following the shooting death of 4-year-old Rowan Sweeney on Monday morning, community, friends and family have come together to find ways to remember the boy. Driving around Struthers, utility poles are wrapped in red, and at night, porch lights and lamp posts give off a red light. The bridge on Lowellville Road next to the Yellow Creek Park entrance is decorated by community ...

Accused killer held without bond

STRUTHERS — A criminal complaint filed in Struthers Municipal Court alleges that Kimonie Bryant, 24, the suspect in Monday shootings that left a 4-year-old boy dead, aimed a gun at the child and fired two shots at the top of his head. His mother, Alexis Schneider, covered the boy, Rowan Sweeney, and begged the gunman who had entered the 111 Perry St. house not to shoot him, the complaint states. During an ...

Shooting suspect expected in court

STRUTHERS — Kimonie Bryant, 24, the suspect in Monday shootings that left a 4-year-old boy dead, is likely to be arraigned some time this afternoon in Struthers Municipal Court, officials said. “It was so quick,” one of the shooting victims told a 9-1-1 dispatcher as she implored responders to “please hurry up” to the 111 Perry St. house. Bryant is in the Mahoning County jail without bond, facing ...

Struthers boy, 4, killed in shooting

STRUTHERS — The father of a 4-year-old boy fatally shot in Struthers early Monday asked the suspect to turn himself in to police — and within hours of that plea, the suspect did so. David Sweeney addressed media Monday afternoon, holding photos of his son, 4-year-old Rowan Sweeney. “You took my son away from me. This is my baby boy,” Sweeney said, crying. “You took him because you’re ...

Update: Arrest made in Struthers mass shooting

Staff writer STRUTHERS - The father of a 4-year-old boy fatally shot in Struthers early Monday asked the suspect to turn himself in to police -- and within hours of that plea, the suspect did so. David Sweeney addressed media Monday afternoon, holding photos of his son, 4-year-old Rowan Sweeney. "You took my son away from me. This is my baby boy," Sweeney said, crying. "You took him because you're ...

Valley schools stretch pandemic relief

Rounds of federal and state dollars are helping Mahoning Valley schools through the COVID-19 pandemic. These reimbursement-style cash infusions are intended for purchases such as supplies and personal protective equipment — and even staffing. Depending on each school community’s financial condition, some school districts, such as Youngstown, received more money while others, including Canfield, received ...

Couple spends 19 years at swap meet

CANFIELD — As times change, the Gburs from Austintown adapt. As a hobby, Mary and Robert Gbur set up their merchandise each year at the annual Dave and Ed’s Super Swap Meet at the Canfield Fairgrounds. “This is something we do for fun,” Mary said. Robert explained that he was interested in drag racing and had high-performance pieces to sell. As the years go by and the demand for various items ...

Reardon’s trial pushed back to December

YOUNGSTOWN — The trial date for James P. Reardon, 21, of New Middletown is now 10 a.m. Dec. 8 after a federal judge on Monday pushed it back from Sept. 28. Reardon also was supposed to have a final pretrial hearing Thursday, but that is now set for 10 a.m. Nov. 23. Reardon is accused of making online threats against the Jewish Community Center on July 11, 2019. Reardon’s attorney, Ross T. Smith, asked ...

Vision for Ford Nature Center coming to life

YOUNGSTOWN — Peering into the Ford Nature Center, it doesn’t look the way patrons may remember. Exposed wood and brick, with floorways covered with dust, are now the norm as it undergoes redevelopment. “We’re just excited about it. It’s been a really fast spring and summer as far as work here,” said Chris Litton, director of development for Mill Creek MetroParks. Asbestos abatement began in ...

Toys tell stories at road show

BOARDMAN — As best friends Buddy Huggins and Penny Stratos left the Holiday Inn in Boardman, they were all smiles. That’s because the duo successfully sold toys at the FX Vintage Toy Roadshow on Tuesday, pocketing about $100 apiece. “They were just in the closet,” Stratos said of the dolls she parted with, as Huggins agreed. Huggins is in the process of cleaning out his Boardman home, which his ...