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WRITER: David Skolnick

My brief time in the jury pool

I’ve long wanted to serve on a jury, and the idea of being part of secret grand jury proceedings is even more intriguing. But to do it during a health crisis didn’t sound good. So when a letter arrived in late May stating I was chosen for grand jury selection with the Mahoning County Common Pleas Court — the first new grand jury since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic — I wasn’t thrilled. About ...

String of 3 shootings leaves 2 dead

YOUNGSTOWN — It was a violent day with police investigating an apparent murder-suicide followed by a double shooting and then another shooting. Police were called to 1011 S. Schenley Ave. at 11:21 a.m. Thursday for two female family members who died in an apparent murder-suicide, said Lt. Brian Welsh. A gun was used, he said. Police were contacted 15 minutes earlier by a family member, who discovered the ...

YPD officer takes promotion issue to supreme court

YOUNGSTOWN — Police Detective Sgt. Michael R. Cox, passed over for a promotion for lieutenant, filed with the Ohio Supreme Court asking it to compel the city’s Civil Service Commission to rule on his appeal — something it’s refused to do for more than a year. Cox has made numerous requests during the past year-plus for the commission to make a decision on his objection and has been rebuffed each ...

Understanding the face mask order

With Gov. Mike DeWine having the Ohio Department of Health issue an order requiring those in counties, such as Trumbull, designated as Level 3 (red) high-risk areas for COVID-19 to wear face masks, here are some key questions and answers to help those understand what it all means: Q. How did Trumbull get the designation when Mahoning and Columbiana counties have more cases? A. The state unveiled the Ohio ...

Summer surge in Ohio COVID cases expands

The COVID-19 pandemic isn’t slowing down in Ohio with 1,277 new cases reported Wednesday — the fourth-most ever. During the last eight days, the number of reported cases has eclipsed 926 each day except for Monday when it was 805. In that time, more than 1,000 cases were reported on four days. Also, 3,998 cases have been recorded between Sunday and Wednesday. That total for just four days is more ...

Masks required in Trumbull starting today

Beginning at 6 p.m. today, those in public in seven counties, including Trumbull, designated as Level 3 (red) high risk areas for COVID-19, are required — with exemptions — to wear face coverings. “This order will stay in effect as long as these counties are in a red level or if they increase to the purple alert level 4,” Gov. Mike DeWine said Tuesday. “If the counties drop to a level 2, the ...

Committee approves new signs for iconic downtown building

YOUNGSTOWN — The illuminated Home Savings signs that sit near the top of the downtown bank building — and are visible for long distances — are coming down and will be replaced as the result of a merger that changes the name to Premier Bank. The city’s Design Review Committee approved plans Tuesday to replace the Home Savings signs on the four sides of the building at 275 W. Federal St. In their ...

Amphitheater operator seeking state guidance

YOUNGSTOWN — The operator of the Youngstown Foundation Amphitheatre expressed frustration with state officials’ repeated refusal to give any direction to reopening outdoor entertainment venues because of the COVID-19 pandemic. “To not address mass gatherings like we’re not here is unfathomable,” said Eric Ryan, president of JAC Management Group, which operates the amphitheater and the Covelli ...

3 straight days: 1,000-plus COVID cases

For the third straight day, the number of newly reported COVID-19 cases in Ohio exceeded 1,000. That’s happened only one time before: April 18 to 20, when the state stepped up testing at prisons. Also, the total number of cases for this week — and that doesn’t even include today — greatly exceeds the highest amount for any week during the pandemic. As of Friday, 5,802 new cases were reported for ...

New color-coded advisory puts Trumbull at high risk

Trumbull is one of only seven counties in Ohio to reach the second-highest level for being a high-risk area for COVID-19 under a new system developed by state health officials. However, the designation doesn’t come with any additional restrictions or ramifications. Gov. Mike DeWine unveiled the Ohio Public Health Advisory System on Thursday as a way to warn people about COVID-19 problems throughout the ...