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WRITER: Ed Runyan

Man indicted on 3 counts of attempted murder

YOUNGSTOWN — Shawta T. Hasley, 25, of the Mahoning County jail, has been indicted on three counts of attempted murder with gun specifications and specifications of a drive-by shooting, in a May 7 incident in which three women were shot. Hasley also was indicted on three counts of felonious assault with gun specifications and specifications of a drive-by shooting, and one count of being a felon in possession ...

Hearing on sales-tax raise for roads draws low turnout

YOUNGSTOWN — Eight Mahoning County residents heard a 35-minute presentation Thursday on a proposed quarter percent sales-tax increase for roads and bridges from Mahoning County Engineer Pat Ginnetti and then gave their opinion on it. It was the last of two public hearings on the issue. The county commissioners are expected to vote at their July 29 meeting on whether to place the issue on the ...

Woman pleads guilty to reduced charges

YOUNGSTOWN — The prosecution and defense worked out a compromise on the third day of the Lyric Moore aggravated murder trial Thursday that kept a decision on her fate from going to the jury. Instead, Moore, 25, pleaded guilty to reduced charges of involuntary manslaughter and aggravated burglary and got 15 years in prison. That amount is reduced by the more than four years Moore spent in the Mahoning County ...

Police, bar owners unite to cut crime

YOUNGSTOWN — Because of the recent surge of violence and shooting deaths at or around drinking establishments in Youngstown, the city is taking extra steps to involve the owners of such clubs, police Chief Carl Davis announced Wednesday. “There is a substantial link around violence and area bars and nightclubs,” he said. “We have had five major shootings involving these bars and nightclubs.” He ...

Deputy dog warden feared for his life in knife attack

YOUNGSTOWN — “I’m just so glad to be alive. He was going for the kill,” deputy Mahoning County dog warden Dave Nelson said Wednesday, about being stabbed Tuesday afternoon during a call about a dog on the South Side. Nelson was stabbed in the left forearm as he sat in his dog warden’s van, but Nelson also had a bruise above his left eye, a bandage on his right wrist and a bruise and small cut on ...

Jury finds Youngstown man guilty of killing his children’s mom

YOUNGSTOWN —A jury found Kyle Rice, 31, guilty of aggravated murder and murder late Wednesday in the Feb. 8, 2019, shooting death of Danekua Bankston, 28, the mother of three of his children. Rice did not show any emotion as the guilty verdicts were read. Judge Anthony Donofrio of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court did not announce a sentencing date. Rice took the witness stand earlier in the day to ...

Boardman man heading to prison

Rodney Self, 45, of Boardman, was sentenced to two years in federal prison Tuesday after being convicted in Cleveland’s federal court of two drug charges involving 1.5 pounds of fentanyl being mailed to his home. According to Self’s indictment, federal agents identified a suspicious parcel in the U.S. mail Oct. 20, 2020, addressed to a Youngstown home with a return address in California. Officials ...

Cellphone focus at murder trial

YOUNGSTOWN — When a fire was spotted in a vehicle behind a vacant house in 2017, it wasn’t initially obvious the blaze was connected to the murder of a man campaigning to be mayor of the city. But, following a 911 call that alerted authorities to a burning sports utility vehicle behind a vacant house on Edgar Avenue on the East Side on Feb. 20, 2017. Firefighters discovered a body in the back of the ...

Animal control officer stabbed

YOUNGSTOWN — Mahoning County’s deputy county dog warden Dave Nelson was stabbed in the arm while responding to an animal call at Myrtle and Oak Hill avenues at about 3:20 p.m. Tuesday. He was transported to St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital and was in stable condition Tuesday evening. The man accused of the assault was taken into custody by the Youngstown Police Department. The department would not ...

Investigator describes scene after woman fatally shot

YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown crime scene investigator Anthony Marzullo testified Tuesday in the aggravated murder trial of Kyle Rice that he found seven bullet shell casings and three bullets in the bedroom where Danekua Bankston, 28, was fatally wounded Feb. 8, 2019. She died a few days later from her injuries. His crime scene photographs showed the area where the bullets were recovered in the bedroom of her ...