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WRITER: Raymond L. Smith

Liberty man turns self in after Monday shooting

LIBERTY — A Liberty man turned himself in to township police Monday evening on charges stemming from the early morning shooting of his neighbor. Liberty Police Chief Toby Meloro said Daryl Casey, 26, of Hadley Avenue turned himself in Monday evening and was taken to the Trumbull County Jail. He faces charges of felonious assault, shooting into habitation and using a weapon under a disabilility. He is ...

Decomposed body found in river near steel plant

McDONALD — Investigators are searching for clues in the death of a person whose decomposing remains were found by kayakers shortly after 4 p.m. Sunday in the Mahoning River near the McDonald Steel plant. The kayakers said the body appeared to be that of a young woman. An autopsy was scheduled for Monday, according to the Trumbull County Coroner’s office. No results were immediately available. Patrick ...

Fight to restore local control looms

YOUNGSTOWN — Nearly 180 people from Youngstown, East Cleveland and Lorain pledged during a virtual town hall meeting to pressure Ohio Senate Education Committee members about bills that could effectively end state control over their school districts. The Rev. Kenneth Simon, who moderated Tuesday’s event, insisted the state takeover of school districts to address academic shortcomings has failed and ...

Youngstown students need role models, critic argues

YOUNGSTOWN — A longtime critic of the Youngstown City Schools is asking the district and those it serves to demand excellence and seek role model institutions, so it can move from an “F” on the state report card to a “C” or better over the next two years. Jimma McWilson, founder of the African Education Party, seeks to improve education in the city by demanding accountability of everyone involved ...

Youngstown schools focus of meetings

YOUNGSTOWN — The future of education for Youngstown City School District students will be the topic of two separate virtual events today. A virtual town hall meeting will focus on the bipartisan effort by legislators and school officials in East Cleveland, Lorain and Youngstown to convince the Ohio Senate Education committee to push forward its version of a bill that, if successful, will eliminate many of ...

Charges against Liberty fire capt. found credible

LIBERTY — The investigator looking into the actions of Libery Fire Capt. Cathy Macchione in connection with drug use in the township’s fire department wrote he found merit in each of the eight administrative charges filed against her. A pre-disciplinary hearing was held June 15, in which Macchione and her lawyer were able to address various questions that she knew of drug use in the department. The ...

Put culture above curriculum, leader urges for Youngstown

YOUNGSTOWN — A group that is advocating finding ways to improve learning opportunities in the Youngstown City School District argues that adults in charge of providing educational opportunities have failed school children over the past 22 years. Jimma McWilson, head of the African Education Party, led a Zoom conference Monday and stated the multiple “Ds” and “Fs” earned by the Youngstown ...

Truce reached over makeup of Youngstown school board

YOUNGSTOWN — Mayor Jamael Tito Brown will not seek to replace members of the elected school board before January 2023 because of a memorandum of understanding hammered out between the two sides and voted on by the Youngstown Board of Education on Tuesday. It previously was expected that under Ohio House Bill 70, the mayor would have had the authority to replace current school board members in January, ...

Youngstown school board to consider fate of tax levy

YOUNGSTOWN— The board of education will meet in a special session at 5:30 p.m. today at Youngstown Rayen Early College High School , 20 W. Wood St., to discuss the proposed operating levy renewal. If placed on the Nov. 3 ballot by the board, and approved by voters, the measure would continue to allow the district to raise $5.2 million annually. The measure expires this year. A limited number of people ...

CEO calls for city schools renewal levy

YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown schools Chief Executive Officer Justin Jennings is asking the city school board to again consider placing an approximately 10-mill renewal levy on the November ballot. The levy provides the district approximately $5.2 million a year for basic operations. The deadline to send the levy request to the Mahoning County Board of Elections is Aug. 5. Jennings characterized the money as ...