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WRITER: Ed Runyan

Court orders another hearing

YOUNGSTOWN — A city man sentenced to 10 years in prison on Sept. 3, 2019, after pleading guilty to two counts of robbery and one of being a felon in possession of a firearm will get a new sentencing hearing. The Seventh District Court of Appeals ruled last week that Judge Anthony D’Apolito of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court failed to notify Anthony Johnson, 33, during Johnson’s plea hearing on June ...

4 juveniles admit guilt in party shop armed robbery

YOUNGSTOWN — The four juveniles who tried to rob the Conroy’s Party Shop, 3518 South Ave. on Aug. 31— including two who were shot by the store owner — have admitted to the crimes. Dalan Reynolds, now 17, was sentenced to supervised release into the community instead of being committed to an Ohio Department of Youth Services facility because of his “physical handicap and incapacitation,” according ...

TCI staff, inmates see virus on rise

LEAVITTSBURG — The number of staff and inmate cases of COVID-19 at the Trumbull Correctional Institution continues to climb. It’s been two weeks since concerns of a possible spike were first reported. On June 17, the prison had 14 staff members who had tested positive for the virus, but the number rose to 26 as of Friday. The number rose from 22 to 26 between Wednesday and Thursday. Prison officials ...

County prosecutor gets case against village police chief

YOUNGSTOWN — The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation turned over an investigative file in mid-March to the Mahoning County Prosecutor’s office regarding criminal allegations against former New Middletown police Chief Vincent D’Egidio. “It’s a voluminous file, and we are still reviewing it,” county Prosecutor Paul Gains said Thursday. “COVID has really put a damper on some of our ...

Police looking for witness to shooting

YOUNGSTOWN — Detective Chad Zubal hopes a woman observed on surveillance video from inside the Sunoco gas station, 3200 Market St., June 7 — just before a shooting — can help solve the case. Marquise Williams, 27, suffered at least one gunshot wound near the pumps at about 10:43 p.m. and drove himself to St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital. Williams was armed with a handgun at the time of the ...

Two men charged with counterfeiting

YOUNGSTOWN — Two men were indicted Wednesday on multiple counts of counterfeiting and other offenses. Jermaine E. Young, 27, of Sixth Street in Struthers, was indicted on two counts of counterfeiting, one of possessing criminal tools, one of falsification and one of criminal trespass. Bruce R. Bloomberg, 35, of Deltona Drive, New Middletown, was indicted on two counts of counterfeiting, one of ...

Ingenuity thrives in heart of downtown

YOUNGSTOWN — U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur L. Ross Jr. visited America Makes on Wednesday and saw additive manufacturing at work at the organzation’s West Boardman street facility and the Youngstown Business Incubator facility next door. He also announced that the Department of Commerce is awarding a $1.4 million grant to America Makes that will “help expand production capacity from 240,000 to ...

Woman charged with offenses involving dogs

YOUNGSTOWN — A city woman is the first person in Mahoning County charged under a state law that makes beastiality illegal. Tiffany Riley, 40, of Waverly Avenue will be arraigned July 20 in Youngstown Municipal Court on three misdemeanor charges, one of which accuses her of having sex with a mixed-breed Shih Tzu on Feb. 19. The charge was filed Tuesday. The state law making this illegal went into effect ...

Boardman doctor’s federal drug-crimes trial set for year’s end

The federal drug-crimes trial of Boardman doctor Martin Escobar is now set for the last day of 2020 as Escobar and his attorney contemplate the hiring of medical experts to testify. Escobar, 57, of Heatherwood Creek Run, is charged with 145 offenses, including unlawfully distributing and dispensing controlled substances that caused the deaths of two patients. He operated Lake Shore Medical Center on ...

Blood evidence tossed in vehicular homicide case

YOUNGSTOWN — Judge Maureen Sweeney of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court has ordered that blood evidence in the Michael G. Malvasi II aggravated vehicular homicide case be suppressed from trial, but evidence regarding his Snapchat account and phone will be allowed. Sweeney ruled that because blood was drawn from Malvasi, 29, more than eight hours after a Canfield crash that killed another person in ...