×

WRITER: Ed Runyan

‘Desecration’ repair begins at Mount Carmel

YOUNGSTOWN — The Rev. Monsignor Michael Cariglio of the Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church had 14 destroyed statues removed from outside the church so that parishioners coming to Mass this weekend didn’t have to “see the desecration,” he said. A.O. Construction, which repairs statues and handles masonry work at Mount Carmel and many other area churches, picked up the statues and took them to ...

Online events mark county milestone

YOUNGSTOWN — The Mahoning Valley Historical Society is offering activities on its website starting today to commemorate the 175th anniversary of Mahoning County. By going to mahoninghistory.org, a person can look at a section of blogs called “Time Capsules” and will find a new blog on the anniversary and some of the political machinations that came about to create Mahoning County on March 1, 1846. Also ...

New app empowers victims of violence

YOUNGSTOWN — Mahoning County Area Court Judge Molly Johnson has found a way to help victims of physical or sexual assault regain a sense of control. For the two years she has been in office in the Canfield, Sebring, Austintown and Boardman courts, she has ordered about 10 defendants to pay for and have a type of GPS monitoring that provides an extra layer of protection for the victim. Johnson has ...

Health departments fix wrong data for rehab center in Poland

YOUNGSTOWN — The Mahoning County and state health departments have determined the state website that reports the number of COVID-19 cases at nursing homes had an erroneous listing for the Woodlands Center for Rehab in Poland for seven weeks in January and February. The Ohio Department of Health listing on the internet erroneously said the nursing home had three current virus cases among patients ...

Mahoning grand jury indicts many on drugs and weapons charges

By ED RUNYAN Staff writer YOUNGSTOWN — A Mahoning County grand jury indicted a number of people this week on drug and weapon charges, in addition to other types of alleged offenses. They are: Wesley E. Rodocker, 32, Erskine Avenue, Struthers, cocaine possession and aggravated drug possession, both with a specification of forfeiture of money in a drug case; Kelia S. Faulk, 25, Compass West Drive, ...

Mahoning leads Valley in COVID-19 nursing home cases

Mahoning County continues to have the most active cases of COVID-19 in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities in the the Mahoning Valley. It has 39 cases, 11 of them among patients and 28 among staff. This week’s Ohio Department of Health data indicates there are still 25 Mahoning County facilities that have from one to three cases each. Because of vaccinations among residents of nursing ...

Committee, chief support review board

YOUNGSTOWN — Police Chief Carl Davis and members of Youngstown City Council’s Safety Committee agreed Thursday that they would like to see the creation of a citizen review board to review the actions of Youngstown police officers. There was not a lot of discussion about what type of powers the board would have, but one such board in Toledo hears complaints from citizens if the police department’s internal ...

Appeals case centers around mistrial ruling

YOUNGSTOWN — An attorney representing Myckle J. Hughes, who nearly went on trial last September in an aggravated murder case, told the Seventh District Court of Appeals that Judge John Durkin of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court did not have a sufficient reason to declare a mistrial in the case. Hughes, 23, of Campbell, is accused of killing Sean Bell, 18, on Oak Street Extension Aug. 21, 2018. Police ...

Sweating man charged with trafficking cocaine

YOUNGSTOWN — A police dog sniffed out 44 pounds of suspected cocaine during a traffic stop, no sweat. A state trooper noticed during the traffic stop on Interstate 76 in Milton Township that a driver was sweating profusely despite the cold temperature outside and the apparent lack of heat in the car. On Wednesday, a drug-trafficking complaint filed in U.S. District Court against Benjamin O. Ledezma, 38, ...

Appeals court rules in civil case of ex-judge

YOUNGSTOWN — An appeals court panel on Wednesday refused to overturn the majority of a visiting judge’s decisions in a civil case involving former Mahoning County Judge Diane Vettori-Caraballo and a client in her private practice, from whom she stole money. Vettori-Caraballo, who formerly served as Mahoning County Sebring Area Court judge, was sent to federal prison in September 2019 for 2 1/2 years and ...