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WRITER: Ed Runyan

Campbell man charged in credit card fraud case

Joseph Brown, 62, of Campbell, is among eight people indicted federally in a scheme that used stolen and fraudulent credit card accounts to purchase at least $750,000 worth of items. The eight are charged in a 22-count indictment with conspiracy to commit access device fraud, access device fraud and aggravated identity theft. Brown appeared in Cleveland federal court Tuesday and pleaded not guilty. Bond of ...

Grand jury indicts city man in Boardman chase

YOUNGSTOWN — A former city man now locked up in the Northeast Ohio Correctional Center was indicted Thursday on several charges after Boardman police said they chased him Dec. 8 and found a handgun in his vehicle. Marlan B. Everson, 50, was indicted on being a felon in possession of a firearm, improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle, failure to comply with the orders of a police officer and ...

Valley seeing uptick at nursing care facilities

YOUNGSTOWN — The number of COVID-19 cases among Mahoning County nursing homes and assisted-living facilities rose again this week, but they also rose among facilities across the state after weeks of dropping. Five Mahoning County nursing homes continue to have at least three combined patient and staff cases, and the total number of cases among Mahoning County facilities rose from 36 last week to 39 this week ...

Woman gets time for using pepper spray

YOUNGSTOWN — Eugena M. Russo, 38, of Randolph Street, New Castle, Pa., pleaded guilty Wednesday to robbery for shooting pepper spray into the eyes of a store loss prevention officer in order to get away. Judge Anthony Donofrio sentenced her to two to three years in prison. Russo went into fitting room of the Kohl’s store in the Shops at Boardman Park on April 25, 2019, and stuffed clothing into her ...

City man in court for head-on collision

YOUNGSTOWN — Robert L. Weaver III, 36, of South Turner Road in Canfield, pleaded not guilty Tuesday during arraignment to aggravated vehicular assault for an Aug. 13, 2020, head-on crash. Weaver, a passenger in his sport utility vehicle and the driver of another car were badly injured when Weaver crashed into the other vehicle after crossing over the center concrete divider on U.S. Route 422 in the city, ...

City man enters plea in rapes of two children

YOUNGSTOWN — Todd Perkins, 55, of Coitsville Hubbard Road, pleaded no contest Wednesday to two counts of rape involving two children. His plea avoided a trial scheduled for Monday. Perkins, an electrician, pleaded no contest before Judge Maureen Sweeney of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court to a sex act involving a girl between October 2015 and October 2016 who was about 4 years old. The girl also ...

City man charged in assault with shovel

YOUNGSTOWN — Ruddy A. Flores Pizarro, 38, of East Myrtle Avenue, faces felonious assault after he is alleged to have hit a man, 74, in the head with an object at 5:18 p.m. Monday. He remained in the Mahoning County jail on Wednesday. Police were called to the victim’s home in the 3100 block of Pine Hollow Drive for a report of a man using a shovel to hit someone. Police observed Flores Pizarro matching ...

Woman gets probation in vehicle thefts

YOUNGSTOWN — An assistant prosecutor called Abigail L. Acosta, 23, of Victor Avenue, “a small cog in a fairly large theft ring” as he asked Judge Maureen Sweeney of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court on Monday to give her three years of probation. The judge agreed, also ordering Acosta to perform five days of community service. Assistant Prosecutor Rob Andrews said that as part of Acosta’s plea ...

Judge renounces sex offender’s plea for shorter sentence

YOUNGSTOWN — A man who had sex with a 15-year-old girl living in the house where he was staying in Struthers in 2013 tried to convince Judge Anthony D’Apolito to give him less than two years in prison. In the end, Judge Anthony D’Apolito gave Steven Little II, 41, two years. Little pleaded guilty earlier to unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, a crime punishable by up to three years in prison. ...

Man gets 11 to 15 years for death of accomplice

YOUNGSTOWN — Zion Q. Gilmore, 21, who pleaded guilty last week to involuntary manslaughter and aggravated burglary in the Sept. 15, 2020, shooting death of an accomplice to an aggravated burglary, was sentenced to 11 to 15 years in prison Monday. Authorities said Gilmore and Theaplus Redmond Jr., 19, broke into a house in the 200 block of Salt Springs Road, and Redmond was shot in the process. Gilmore and ...