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WRITER: Ed Runyan

Crash suspect breaks parole, jailed

YOUNGSTOWN — Gregory Barnhart of Bristolville, charged with operating a motor vehicle impaired following a Friday crash on Interstate 76 about two weeks after being involved in a double-fatal crash not far away, is in the Mahoning County jail. Barnhart, 33, of Miller South Road, was taken into custody as a result of a parole violation, according to Mahoning County jail records. Barnhart is on parole after ...

Valley priest sues accusers, diocese

By ED RUNYAN Staff writer YOUNGSTOWN — Father Denis G. Bouchard, who was placed on administrative leave in November after the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown received an allegation that he engaged in inappropriate behavior with a minor, has filed a libel and slander suit against the accuser, his mother and the diocese. The lawsuit, filed late last month in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court, names the ...

Driver faces OVI charge after crash

By ED RUNYAN Staff writer MILTON — Greg A. Barnhart, 33, of Bristolville is charged with operating a motor vehicle impaired and failure to control after an early Friday crash on Interstate 76. The Ohio State Highway Patrol said Barnhart’s westbound vehicle left the road on the right about 12:20 a.m., hit a ditch and a tree and rolled over. Barnhart was ejected. His passenger, Jaqualine Mitchell, 28, ...

Can patients record conversations during their visits to physicians?

WARREN — The motive might be innocent enough: A patient seeing his or her doctor finds it difficult to understand all of the instructions and medical information and wishes there were a way to record the conversation to replay later. The patient trusts the doctor, but wouldn’t it be helpful to record the conversation to aid in researching medical issues later on their own? There seems to be no clear ...

Attorney Martin Desmond wins appeal

YOUNGSTOWN — Three Sixth District Court of Appeals judges have sided with attorney Martin Desmond in an appeal of his firing as an assistant prosecutor with the Mahoning County Prosecutor’s Office. The decision reverses a decision by the State Personnel Board of Review that dismissed Desmond’s appeal. It also reverses an Oct. 2, 2018, decision by a visiting judge in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court ...

Attorney: $185,000 mistake was made in former Sebring judge's case

YOUNGSTOWN — An attorney for former Mahoning County Sebring Area Court judge Diane Vettori-Caraballo says the decision of a visiting judge in April ordering Vettori-Caraballo to pay about $185,000 should be reversed to correct two errors. Attorney John Juhasz filed the document in the appeal of the Mahoning County Probate Court case overseen by visiting Judge Thomas Swift. That case preceded ...

Witness to Matthew Burroughs shooting dislikes the attention

NILES — Within two minutes of a special agent’s meeting with Royal Mall Apartments maintenance worker Michael Cappy, it became clear Cappy was uncomfortable being in the middle of the Matthew Burroughs officer-involved shooting investigation. Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations special agent Cory Momchilov’s interview with Cappy on Jan. 10 was audio recorded, and The Vindicator obtained a copy through ...

Sweeney clarifies sentence for rapist

YOUNGSTOWN — Judge Maureen Sweeney of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court clarified in a Monday hearing that the sentence she gave convicted child rapist Jeffrey Palmer two weeks ago makes him eligible for parole in 40 years. Palmer, 34, of Cleveland, was convicted at trial of 12 rapes and one count of gross sexual imposition for offenses against a Boardman girl, 10, from summer 2015 to summer 2016. He could ...

Court clears Youngstown schools of fault in student's death

YOUNGSTOWN — The 7th District Court of Appeals has ruled that Youngstown City Schools is not civilly liable for the 2014 death of Faith McCullough, an East High School student who was killed when she stumbled off of the sidewalk near the school and was run over by a city school bus. The decision reverses a June 2018 ruling from former Mahoning County Common Pleas Court Judge Lou D’Apolito when he denied ...

Man in stabbing case to be set free from supervision

YOUNGSTOWN — James A. McCarthy, 40, who was indicted but never convicted of stabbing his sister in 2009 when he lived in Austintown, will be released into the public Oct. 6. McCarthy has been under court supervision since a judge in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court found him not guilty by reason of insanity in 2011. McCarthy was charged with felonious assault, a charge that carried a possible penalty of ...