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WRITER: David Skolnick

Corruption case pretrial resumes Monday

By DAVID SKOLNICK Staff writer YOUNGSTOWN — A Mahoning County Common Pleas Court judge abruptly ended the second day of a pretrial hearing into alleged corrupt activities by ex-Youngstown Finance Director David Bozanich, developer Dominic Marchionda and 10 companies associated with Marchionda. Judge Maureen Sweeney adjourned the Friday hearing after Ralph E. Cascarilla, Bozanich’s attorney, asked for a ...

Ryan boasts of endorsement

The day after the Trumbull County Democratic Party’s central and executive committees endorsed candidates in the March 17 primary, the campaign of U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan sent an email saying the congressman was “pleased and grateful” to receive the support. “I’ve been fortunate to work closely with one of the strongest and most determined county parties in the state and country, and their support is ...

Fire station sale is focus

YOUNGSTOWN — The city’s sale of a now-closed North Side fire station and the questionable use of Youngstown money for the development of a student-housing complex were at the heart of a pretrial hearing into alleged corrupt activities by former Youngstown Finance Director David Bozanich, developer Dominic Marchionda and 10 of the latter’s affiliated companies. The hearing in front of Mahoning County ...

Iowa bound

LORDSTOWN — Fifteen Lordstown High School students will get to experience history when they travel to Des Moines for the first-in-the-nation presidential caucus in Iowa. “I’m excited for the experience to get involved in the election,” said Jessica Hess, a senior who will caucus for U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont. “I’ll be voting for the first time in this election. I’m expecting to get a ...

Judge grants SERB injunction against city

YOUNGSTOWN — A Mahoning County Common Pleas Court judge ruled in favor of the State Employment Relations Board in its civil suit against Youngstown. Judge John M. Durkin on Tuesday granted an injunction by SERB to stop the city from reducing the number of battalion fire chiefs through attrition. “Youngstown is enjoined from eliminating the three fire department battalion chief positions until (SERB) ...

Yavorcik allowed to practice despite suspension

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Supreme Court again suspended the law license of Martin Yavorcik, who had eight felony convictions related to the Oakhill Renaissance Place corruption case overturned, but will allow him to keep practicing under specific conditions. The court ruled 7-0 Tuesday to give Yavorcik a two-year license suspension as the result of a campaign finance law violation from his failed 2008 independent ...

City seeks dismissal of fired CDA boss’ suit

YOUNGSTOWN — An attorney for the city is asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the former Community Development Agency director — fired in March 2018 — seeking to get his job back. Jeffrey Moliterno, the city’s senior assistant law director, wrote in a court filing that Taron Cunningham’s objection to the Civil Service Commission upholding his termination “is merely attempting to undo ...

Study calls Youngstown 2010 plan a 'cautionary tale'

YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown 2010, a detailed plan focusing on revitalizing the city through “smart shrinkage,” received national and international attention and recognition. But a scholarly study, published in the Journal of the American Planning Association, describes the plan as “a cautionary tale” and notes that it’s easy to talk about smart growth by embracing a shrinking city — “but harder to ...

Groups want those convicted of crimes registered to vote

YOUNGSTOWN — It’s not commonly known that in Ohio if you’re in jail on a misdemeanor conviction or have served prison time for a felony, you are eligible to vote. To help get the message out and hopefully get those eligible to become registered voters, the League of Women Voters of Greater Youngstown and other members of Valley Votes, a group of local nonprofits and other organizations interested in ...

GOP Reps. facing easy primaries

While U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan doesn’t face a primary election opponent, the two other House members who represent portions of the Mahoning Valley do. Without a challenger, Ryan, D-Howland, is assured of winning his party’s primary. It’s safe to say U.S. Reps. Bill Johnson, R-Marietta, and Dave Joyce, R-Bainbridge, shouldn’t have problems winning their party’s nominations. Johnson is seeking his sixth ...