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WRITER: Ed Runyan

City records 20 homicides in ’19

YOUNGSTOWN — Despite Youngstown having a triple homicide late last year, the city recorded a relatively low number of 20 homicides for 2019. The lowest homicide number in the last 42 years was in 1978, when the city had 18, said Capt. Brad Blackburn of the Youngstown Police Department detective bureau. The record high was in 1995, when there were 68. The 2019 homicide total of 20 is a reduction from ...

City man linked to 3 killings in 3 months

YOUNGSTOWN — Lavontae E. Knight had more alleged connections to murder in late 2018 than one might imagine possible. He’s charged with homicides in October 2018 and December 2018, and his half brother was part of a triple homicide in November 2018. Knight, 24, of Ferndale Avenue, is charged with murder, aggravated murder, aggravated robbery, attempted cocaine possession and a weapons charge in the ...

Jury in sex trial finds Bugno guilty on all counts

YOUNGSTOWN — A jury found Alex C. Bugno, 31, guilty Friday of 14 counts of compelling prostitution involving boys 16 and 17 years old in 2014, and one count of pandering obscenities for making a sex video. The jury found late Friday that Bugno engaged in sexual conduct with three boys at two Bugno Towing locations in the city, and made a video showing he and a young male engaged in a sex act. Two of ...

Man sentenced for assault on Youngstown police officer

YOUNGSTOWN — Cavante K. Tabb, 20, was sentenced to four to six years in prison for assaulting a police officer and other crimes at a home on Terrell Avenue on Oct. 7, 2019. Tabb pleaded guilty Thursday in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court to aggravated robbery, assault and domestic violence in an incident in which he tried to grab a police officer’s gun during a struggle. The officer was able to fend off ...

Defense witnesses testify in abuse trial

YOUNGSTOWN — Alex Bugno’s attorneys presented several witnesses Thursday on the final day of testimony in Bugno’s trial on 14 counts of compelling prostitution. Among them were Bugno’s father, two men who have lived at the Bugno Towing shop on East Indianola Avenue, several former employees and a woman too sick to testify in person. Closing arguments and jury deliberation are expected to begin ...

Ex-Braking Point owner sentenced

YOUNGSTOWN — Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Bennett on Wednesday called the 60 crimes ­­ Ryan P. Sheridan and five associates at Braking Point Recovery Center commited from 2015 to 2017 a “massive health care fraud” and said Sheridan drove it. Bennett said the $24.5 million Braking Point was paid in false claims occurred because Sheridan, 39, drove his employees to increase billing so that revenues ...

‘Sell your soul’

YOUNGSTOWN — One of two males accusing Alex C. Bugno of giving them pills and money to engage in sex acts with him testified Tuesday what he did felt like selling his soul. The male, now 23, testified in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court that he was embarassed when he realized people would find out he and two friends undressed and allowed Bugno to engage in sexual acts with them in early 2014. The boys ...

Youngstown adds ambulances to fleet

YOUNGSTOWN — Mayor Jamael Tito Brown announced Tuesday that the city’s ambulance company will put two more ambulances into service full time for Youngstown starting Friday to reduce the potential of not being able to respond to an emergency. The move comes one day after the Youngstown Fire Department rescued a girl, 16, from a pond on Jacobs Road near McKelvey Lake but could not transport her by ambulance ...

Youngstown police arrest 2 in 4 armed robberies

YOUNGSTOWN — Police say they had detectives working a “proactive aggravated robbery” assignment Sunday when the Dollar General on Oak Street was robbed, helping them arrest two men. Further investigation led detectives to filing aggravated robbery charges against Melvin Jackson, 18, of East LaClede Avenue and Edgar Ramirez, 22, of Detroit Avenue — not only in Sunday’s robbery but in three more ...

Wed. 5:15 p.m.: Former Braking Point Recovery Center owner to serve 7 years in federal prison

YOUNGSTOWN - Ryan P. Sheridan, 39, former Braking Point Recovery Center owner, was sentenced to 7 1/2 years in federal prison today for a what a United States attorney called a "massive" Medicaid fraud at his business from 2015 to 2017. Judge Judge Benita Y. Pearson selected a number of months that was almost exactly in the middle of the range of the the sentencing guidelines for his offenses. Attorney Mark ...