×

WRITER: Renee Fox

Jury finds ambulance firm not liable

YOUNGSTOWN — A family was “devastated” Thursday when a jury found an ambulance company’s response to the scene where a woman was killed and her mother beaten did not “breach the standard of care.” The company, American Medical Response, will not be held financially liable for the death of Erika Huff, 41, and the severe beating of her mother, Denise Johnson, 71. Emergency medical technicians ...

Ambulance company case now up to jury

YOUNGSTOWN — It’s now up to a jury to decide if ambulance company employees miscarried their duties the night a woman was killed and another was brutally beaten in a home where a medical alert device was pressed. Attorneys on Wednesday in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court gave closing statements to the jury. Jurors have heard over the past week that emergency medical technicians were dispatched to the ...

On the record: Mahoning County

WHAT: County commissioners meeting Friday PRESENT: David C. Ditzler and Anthony Traficanti ABSENT: Carol Rimedio-Righetti Commissioners: • Approved a $1,145 agreement with Ohio Automobile Club to set up an exhibit at the AAA Great Vacations Travel Expo; • Entered agreements with Hill International Trucks for repairs to two engineer’s office vehicles for about $10,600; • Approved an $8,840 ...

Course in Canfield gives disc golf a fling

CANFIELD — Weeks of warm to cool weather remain this season to enjoy the new disc golf course in Canfield. The MetroParks Farm Disc Golf Course at the MetroParks Farm, 7574 Columbiana-Canfield Road in Canfield, is open and ready for amateurs and professionals alike. There is a simple nine-basket course for “newbies” to learn the game, which has grown in popularity over the past decade, said Justin ...

FEMA, SBA assistance awarded

BOARDMAN — A disaster assistance center is closing its Boardman office that offered help to people applying for disaster relief, after assisting individuals and businesses in acquiring nearly $4 million in grants and low-interest loans from the SBA and FEMA in the wake of Memorial Day weekend flooding. More than $700,000 was awarded in Federal Emergency Management grants to 983 people. The money that does ...

Youngstown Developmental Center would offer support

AUSTINTOWN — The Mahoning Valley is poised to increase services to its most vulnerable populations in a unique setting. It will be a place that will encourage job creation, resource sharing, wrap-around techniques and increase quality of life for people who need access to developmental and mental health support, say proponents of developing the former Youngstown Developmental Center. Dozens of people lost ...

Ambulance company to begin defense Monday

YOUNGSTOWN — Attorneys representing an ambulance company will begin their case Monday, working to convince a jury the company is not liable for a 2015 murder and attack when its EMTs responded to the scene — but left unknowingly. Attorney David Engler wrapped up the plaintiff’s case Friday. He presented a video-recorded deposition of Dr. Stan Smith, an economist who testified about the monetary value ...

Feds detain Reardon; local case dropped

YOUNGSTOWN — The man accused of using the internet to make threats of violence against the Jewish Community Center of Youngstown will remain in federal custody as a federal grand jury determines if he should be indicted, according to court records. James Reardon, 20, faces a federal complaint in U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio in Youngstown accusing him of one count of transmitting ...

Mom’s words bring tears

YOUNGSTOWN — Tears welled in the eyes of court observers during testimony Wednesday in a trial questioning an ambulance company’s civil liability in a 2015 murder and attempted murder that sent a man to Ohio’s death row. “When a mother loses her child, it is like a big hole is left in their heart,” said Denise Johnson, after a pause, her eyes closed, her head hung low when asked by attorney David ...

Witness pleads guilty in case of corruption

YOUNGSTOWN — A special prosecutor is recommending a man serve no prison time after he pleaded guilty Tuesday to five felonies in a public corruption case. Raymond Briya agreed to pay $200,000 in restitution to MS Consulting, the engineering firm he worked for as chief financial officer when he took money from the firm to bribe public officials, according to court documents. The payment was to be made ...