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WRITER: Renee Fox

Two charged in murder

YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown police arrested two men in connection to a July 1 murder, according to a news release. Police on Wednesday morning arrested Julius E. Kimbrough, 43, and Dawond T. Roddy, 34, on charges of aggravated murder, according to the press release. The charges were filed in Youngstown Municipal Court. Arraignments have not yet been scheduled, according to court records. Attorney ...

Former firefighter pleads not guilty

By RENEE FOX Staff writer LIBERTY — A former Liberty firefighter charged with assault after allegations he urinated in a captain’s tea kettle pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor charge in Girard Municipal Court. Justin Graham, 40, Sampson Road, entered a written plea of not guilty prior to an arraignment scheduled for Tuesday, according to court records. No bond was set in the case, and a ...

Youngstown shootings injure three

YOUNGSTOWN — Four shootings Monday and over the long holiday weekend in the city sent three people to the hospital. Youngstown police are investigating shootings that occurred Friday, Sunday and early Monday in the city. Police were called around 7 a.m. Monday to East Florida Avenue on reports of gunfire, where they found 19 shell casings and a car with a shattered window. An unidentified person was taken ...

Virus hinders WRTA efforts

WARREN — Although the beginning of the year showed promise that more people were taking advantage of Western Reserve Transit Authority’s fixed route service than in 2019, COVID-19 put the brakes on that trend. The public transportation service gave 734,832 rides in the first six months of 2019, but only 461,612 rides in the first six months of 2020, according to data provided by Dean Harris, executive ...

Hubbard to consider police audit suggestions

CLICK HERE to read the performance audit report. HUBBARD TOWNSHIP — A performance audit of the Hubbard Township Police Department conducted by the Ohio auditor at the request of trustees recommends staffing cuts, changes to union contracts and increasing productivity to keep the department going amid dwindling police funding. Trustee Rick Hernandez said all of the recommendations in the 51-page report will ...

Former firefighter sues drug task force

GIRARD — A firefighter who resigned amid a drug investigation after the accidental fatal overdose of a colleague is suing the task force for the return of property taken during a search of his home. Officers with the Mahoning Valley Drug Task Force on May 20 and May 27 searched the home of former Lt. Joshua Cleland and Hayley Omar, 1645 Warner Road, Vienna, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday by ...

Ex-Liberty firefighter charged with assault

LIBERTY — The only criminal charge to have originated so far from the Liberty firefighter drug overdose death and drug activity investigation calls for an ex-firefighter to face a charge of assault July 7 in connection to accusations he urinated into a superior’s communal teapot. Justin M. Graham, 40, Sampson Road, Youngstown, was a fire lieutenant until he resigned last month amid an investigation ...

Front-end adjustment awaits Ohio cars

Vehicle owners in Ohio will no longer be required to have two license plates displayed beginning Wednesday. Most vehicles will have to display only a rear license plate, while tractor trailers will be permitted to display only one plate on the front of their vehicles. Not having a front plate could result in a $100 fine before the change in law takes effect. The passage of the 2019 state transportation ...

Pinning hopes on Mahoning River development

Despite a plea to move up the removal of a dam in downtown Warren after the near-drowning of an Austintown woman there in May, the dam near Summit Street on the Mahoning River can’t be removed until 2022, as planned. A June 15 letter from businessmen Sam Covelli and Anthony Payiavlas, and Warren Mayor Doug Franklin, all board members of The Fund for Warren’s Future, asks the director of the Eastgate ...

Count of population on track to finish line

Although reaction to COVID-19 has delayed some aspects of the 2020 Census, it is still expected to be completed by the end of the year, as required by the nation’s Constitution. The process is still in the “self-count stage,” during which households are encouraged to respond themselves to the census. People can mail in the census forms, sent by mail to many households, can call 1-844-330-2020 to ...