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WRITER: Ed Runyan

Youngstown man sentenced to 3 years in prison for bank robbery

AKRON — Andre J. Earvin, 31, of East Lucius Avenue was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court to 37 months in federal prison and will serve three years of probation for robbing the Home Savings and Loan branch on McCartney Road May 30. Earvin walked into the branch and handed a teller a note saying: “You are being robbed. Please count out $5,000 in large bills. At least $1,000 in $100 bills. Don’t make ...

Youngstown’s 17th homicide victim of 2019 ID’d

By ED RUNYAN Staff writer YOUNGSTOWN — Police won’t comment on whether they think Wednesday’s shooting death of a 24-year-old Woodcrest Avenue man is connected to the Jan. 24 shooting death of Crystal Hernandez. Police are investigating the death as a homicide after finding the body of Lavante Perry in the living room of a home in the 1400 block of Woodcrest. Perry suffered multiple gunshot wounds ...

Austintown man pleads guilty in death of daughter

YOUNGSTOWN — Christian Sumpter, 25 of North Roanoke Avenue in Austintown, told authorities Sept. 2, 2018, that he accidentally injured his 4-month-old daughter by tossing her in the air. The girl, Adaleah Sumpter, was still conscious and breathing when first responders arrived, but she died later at Akron Children’s Hospital. The Summit County Coroner’s Office ruled her death a homicide from ...

Youngstown man convicted of assault, kidnapping

By ED RUNYAN Staff writer YOUNGSTOWN — In closing arguments Wednesday, the prosecutor and defense attorney agreed on almost nothing while summarizing the testimony in the Daniel J. Uncapher kidnapping and assault trial. A few hours later, when the jury came back with a verdict, that settled the argument. Allegations were that Uncapher, 27, of Dearborn Street, restrained and assaulted a former ...

Prosecutors seek to revoke woman’s bond

Staff report YOUNGSTOWN — Prosecutors say the personal recognizance bond that allowed Katrina Layton to remain free should be revoked because she has violated its terms. She violated terms of bond by having communications with Arturo Novoa in telephone calls he has made from prison. Layton, 36, was released on bond after pleading guilty to tampering with evidence, obstruction of justice and abuse of a ...

Officials provide name of juvenile

YOUNGSTOWN — The third juvenile police now say was involved in October incidents including theft of a backpack and bicycle near Youngstown State University has been identified and apprehended. Demetrius Foster, 15, of Clay Street, made an initial appearance in Mahoning County Juvenile Court Monday on petty theft regarding the backpack theft and unrelated felonious assault charges from Sept. 9 and Sept. 18 ...

Attorney: Drop main charge against Infante

AKRON — The attorney for Ralph Infante argued Tuesday that the most serious conviction for the former Niles mayor — engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity — should be thrown out on the grounds that Infante’s acts did not qualify as a criminal conspiracy. Attorney David Doughten, representing Infante, squared off with Daniel Kasaris, an attorney with the Ohio Attorney General’s office, before three ...

Ex-Camp Fitch director Matthew Poese sentenced to one day in jail

ERIE, Pa. — Matthew E. Poese, former Camp Fitch executive director, was sentenced Monday to one day in jail, one year of house detention and ordered to pay a $5,000 fine for possessing child pornography. Poese also will be on probation for five years. Camp Fitch, in North Springfield, Pa., between Conneaut and Erie, Pa., is operated by the Youngstown YMCA. Poese, 48, of Fairview, Pa., pleaded guilty in ...

Ex-Niles mayor’s quest for new trial begins

Today at the 9th District Court of Appeals, three judges will hear oral arguments in the appeal of former Niles Mayor Ralph Infante. They will issue a decision some weeks later. Infante, 64, was sentenced to 10 years in prison in May 2018 after a jury in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court found him guilty of 22 criminal charges. They are engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, 13 counts of tampering ...

Kidnapping trial begins for Youngstown man

YOUNGSTOWN — A former Youngstown woman testified that she “didn’t really think anything wild of” the tattoos on the face of Daniel J. Uncapher, 27, when she met him on Facebook earlier this year. Uncapher later choked, bit and assaulted her in her Oak Hill Avenue home in late September, she testfied during a trial Monday in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court, where Uncapher is charged with ...