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WRITER: Ed Runyan

Donation provides turkey, food for 500 city families

YOUNGSTOWN — “Are you hungry? I’m hungry. I can’t wait!” teacher Chris Stanley told a family driving up to the Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School on Mariner Avenue on Tuesday afternoon. He was talking about his Thanksgiving meal, which will be on Thursday. Stanley, who teaches seventh- and eighth-grade social studies, worked with other teachers to hand out Thanksgiving turkeys, stuffing, corn ...

Mahoning officials OK 2021 budget

YOUNGSTOWN — Because of COVID-19, the Mahoning County commissioners did not have traditional budget hearings this year. Department heads normally sit down with the commissioners at a public meeting to discuss their budget. But this time, county Administrator Audrey Tillis held those conversations with the departments. On Tuesday, the commissioners approved budget amounts for 2021 that are very similar to the ...

Youngstown man met his accomplice weeks earlier

YOUNGSTOWN — Edgar Ramirez, who will be sentenced today to at least 19 years in federal prison for a Youngstown-area armed robbery spree, met up with his accomplice only a couple of weeks before the spree began last year, Ramirez’s lawyers say. Ramirez, 23, of Detroit Avenue, had moved to Youngstown at the beginning of December 2019 from Oregon. The robbery spree Ramirez and co-defendant Melvin Jackson, ...

Court overturns several convictions

YOUNGSTOWN — The 7th District Court of Appeals has overturned the felonious assault and resisting-arrest convictions of a Mogadore man. Donald Holladay was sentenced to nine years in prison last year following a trial. The panel upheld only Holladay’s obstructing official business conviction and ordered that his case return to Judge Maureen Sweeney of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court for ...

Man, 19, gets 16 years in federal prison

YOUNGSTOWN — Melvin L. Jackson, 19, of East LaClede Avenue, was sentenced to 16 years in prison for committing three armed robberies. Jackson pleaded guilty earlier to the robberies and two weapons offenses connected to the robberies. He was sentenced on Thursday. U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman for the Northern District of Ohio announced in July that Jackson’s indictments related to armed robberies ...

Man gets prison for firing gun at apartments

YOUNGSTOWN — Cleveland B. Jackson, 24, was sentenced to five to six years in prison Thursday for firing a gun into or at a habitation last New Year’s Eve. Mahoning County Assistant Prosecutor Rob Andrews told Judge Maureen Sweeney of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court that Jackson apparently was intoxicated and fired a gun. No on was injured and “there was apparently no malice” toward anyone in the ...

Area nursing home virus cases increase

YOUNGSTOWN — After months of low numbers of COVID-19 cases in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana county nursing homes and assisted living facilities, those numbers rose, especially in Mahoning County. Even after the number of cases in the general population rose significantly over the past month, long-term care facilities such as nursing homes remained at low levels until now. John Saulitis, director of the ...

19-year-old indicted in killing

YOUNGSTOWN — Charles K. Sidberry, 19, of Boardman, was indicted Thursday in the Oct. 3 shooting death of Issak Villareal in Boardman. The shooting occurred during a disagreement on the purchase of a gun, Boardman police Chief Todd Werth said. Sidberry is indicted on murder with a firearm specification, involuntary manslaughter with a gun specification, improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle, ...

Slaying nets man nine years

YOUNGSTOWN — Alex New, 23, of Sherwood Avenue, will be going to prison for nine years for killing Marion Bugdal, 52, at Bugdal’s home on Bennington Avenue on the East Side in July 2017. New pleaded guilty in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court in September to involuntary manslaughter and aggravated robbery. He will get credit for more than three years spent in the Mahoning County jail awaiting trial. Bugdal ...

Commissioners’ meeting room gets technology update

YOUNGSTOWN — Mahoning County commissioners for months have tried to fine-tune their technology to conduct successful remote meetings so they can communicate with department heads and the public without lots of people attending in person. The efforts have frequently been marred by problems with people being able to dial in or be heard. But the commissioners appeared ready Thursday to declare their ...