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WRITER: Ed Runyan

Loving an addict: Remembering ‘the best’ through worst

YOUNGSTOWN — Kristin Harper could be wallowing in the sadness of losing her husband in December to an accidental drug overdose. Instead, she and her children are focused on the good that he brought to their lives. Nicholas A. Harper, 37, of Youngstown, is one of about 161 Mahoning County residents who died of a drug overdose in 2021 — a record number and an average of three per week. In so many cases, ...

Judge: Finish DNA testing by June 30

YOUNGSTOWN — The judge and parties in the Kimonie Bryant aggravated murder case expect to know by June 30 the results of DNA testing on evidence from the scene of the killing of Rowan Sweeney, 4. Officials believe the DNA evidence will provide greater clarity on whether Bryant, 25, was the triggerman in the killing, and the injuring of four adults Sept. 21, 2020, at a home on Perry Street in ...

Man identified in fatal Boardman crash

YOUNGSTOWN — The Mahoning County Coroner’s Office has identified the man who was killed in a Wednesday morning crash along Market Street in Boardman as Jonathan D. Wood, 42, of Springfield, Ala. A Boardman police report states that an officer spotted Wood driving through a red light at Market Street and Indianola Road at 1:07 a.m. and committing a lane violation. The officer tried to make a traffic stop, ...

Charge against Canfield surgeon dropped

CANFIELD — Judge Molly Johnson of Mahoning County Area Court on Friday dismissed the most serious charge Dr. Ali Kooshkabadi faced in her court — a felony count of having weapons under disability — and accepted guilty pleas to two lesser charges of aggravated menacing and menacing. The disability charge was an allegation that he was prohibited from possessing firearms because of a previous conviction ...

Jury finds man guilty of attempted murder

YOUNGSTOWN — A jury on Thursday found Luis M. Johnson, 24, of Catalina Avenue, guilty of attempted murder and felonious assault and four specifications in the Oct. 12, 2020, shooting of Tevin Gregory, 25, at a home on Fairfax Avenue on the East Side. The jury deliberated about one hour late Wednesday and about an hour Thursday morning before returning guilty verdicts. Johnson was taken from the courtroom to ...

Judge denies siblings’ bond

YOUNGSTOWN — Judge John Durkin of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court ordered that brother and sister Marquez D. Thomas, 24, and C’Mone Thomas, 22, be held in the Mahoning County jail without eligibility to make bond. Both are charged with aggravated murder, murder and multiple counts of felonious assault in the Dec. 30, 2021, shooting death of Joseph Addison, 42, at an apartment complex on Tyrell Avenue on ...

AG’s office handling Kent case

YOUNGSTOWN — Two lawyers with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office were present for a hearing in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court on Thursday for Steve Kent, an Austintown Township trustee charged with three counts of sexual battery and one count of tampering with evidence. The charges were brought for behavior allegedly connected to Kent’s position as a Poland Township police officer. Kent also was ...

Man indicted in S. Side killing

YOUNGSTOWN — A Mahoning County grand jury indicted Tim M. Underwood, 29, on charges of murder, involuntary manslaughter, burglary, being a felon in possession of a firearm and several gun specifications in the Nov. 20, 2021, shooting death of Marquise T. Lewis, 27, in a home on Plum Street on the South Side. Underwood’s indictment alleges that Underwood killed Lewis “as a proximate result of (Underwood) ...

Defendant testifies in E. Side shooting case

YOUNGSTOWN — Detective Michael Cox testified Wednesday in the attempted murder trial of Luis Johnson, telling jurors he found a burgundy Lincoln MKZ belonging to Tyree Robinson at the Fairview Gardens apartments in Warren one day after a shooting for which Robinson is charged. The trial is in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court, but testimony wrapped up Wednesday. Jury deliberations will take place ...

Judge to allow evidence in cold-case murder trial

YOUNGSTOWN — Mahoning County Common Pleas Judge Maureen Sweeney ruled that prosecutors can present evidence that Glenna J. White, 17, of Smith Township, woke up individuals in a home on Alden Avenue in Alliance late June 2, 2009, to tell them that Robert L. Moore had touched her inappropriately or tried to rape her. But the judge stated she will not rule on whether evidence regarding a car fire about a ...