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WRITER: Guy Vogrin

Meet the walking magistrate

WARREN — If you see a guy in a suit walking around Warren streets, this man isn’t someone chasing an ambulance or looking to make a quick buck. Rather, he is a court official concerned about his health. Patrick F. McCarthy, 59, who joined the general division of the Trumbull County Common Pleas Court as magistrate in 1997, said he started a lunchtime stroll a few years back as a sort of New Year’s ...

Valley police departments adding tech

Two Trumbull County police agencies are trying new tools to keep one technological step ahead of criminals. The Warren Police Department is hoping better technology can help with crime-fighting tactics. Mark43, the leading cloud-native public safety software company, announced this month that it is partnering with the city police to install a new records management software. Also, a recent U.S. House ...

Howland man pleads guilty to first-degree rape

WARREN ­ — A Howland man faces a maximum prison term of 33 years after he pleaded guilty to two first-degree rape charges Wednesday in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court. The man was accused of raping a woman at a Weathersfield party in May 2021. Larry D. Dirando, 19, of Shady Lane NE, appeared with his attorney, public defender Carlo A. Ciccone, to plead guilty to an amended indictment. Judge W. Wyatt ...

Lowellville man arrested after Warren fight

WARREN — A Lowellville man has been arraigned on charges of felonious assault and obstructing official business after police reported a birthday party at the home of a Warren attorney got out of control late Saturday. Ryan A. Boano, 18, of Struthers Road, pleaded not guilty to the charges before Warren Municipal Court Judge Thomas Gysegem, who set bond at $5,000 and ordered Boano to appear again Sept. 2 ...

Accused shooter to be tested

WARREN — The Youngstown man accused of shooting a driver on June 10, before getting into a shootout with police in Liberty, has been given the green light to undergo a mental evaluation at a Summit County health care center. This is to determine whether Kevin Mallard, 55, is fit to stand trial on felony charges connected to that shooting. Mallard was seated in a wheelchair for a hearing Tuesday before ...

Ridge man pleads guilty to sex charges

YOUNGSTOWN — A Mineral Ridge man pleaded guilty to 16 counts dealing with a case of child pornography and voyeurism out of Austintown. Robert J. Jensen, 42, of Mulberry Run, pleaded guilty to an amended indictment charging him with 11 counts of pandering obscenity involving a minor, one felony count of voyeurism and four more misdemeanor voyeurism counts. Jensen will submit to a background investigation ...

Jury selection starts for 2018 city murder trial

YOUNGSTOWN — Jury selection began Monday in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court in the trial of a man accused of aggravated murder in the late 2018 killing of 37-year-old Trevice Harris. LaVontae E. Knight, 26, of Ferndale Avenue, faces 11 counts, including aggravated murder, two counts of aggravated robbery, four counts of kidnapping, two counts of felonious assault and two counts of having weapons under ...

Woman seeks class-action suit against landfill owners

YOUNGSTOWN — A Leavittsburg woman has filed a class-action federal lawsuit against the owners of the LaFarge landfill in Lordstown, claiming the landfill has been negligent in preventing dust and noxious odors from wafting onto neighboring lands. Mary Nagy lives at 998 Center South Road in Leavittsburg about 2 1/2 miles away from the landfill now operated by Lordstown Construction Recovery at Palmyra and ...

Couch Fan: The end of college football

One of my elders back in the day used to tell me that history didn’t repeat itself, but it sure does rhyme. Well, that old adage can certainly pertain to the history of U.S. Presidents when talking about the similarities between Richard Nixon and Donald Trump, but I didn’t thinkt it pertained to sports history. Not until the last day of June, that is. I was in Progressive Field watching the Indi... er ...

Lawyers get OK to work local appeal for Danny Lee Hill

Judges from the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals who previously had been favorable to convicted murderer Danny Lee Hill’s legal attempts to avoid Ohio’s death chamber are allowing his federal public defenders to work his latest appeal in Trumbull County court. In a ruling dated Wednesday, justices Karen Nelson Moore, Eric L. Clay and Jane Branstetter Stranch allowed federal public defenders Vicki Ruth ...