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WRITER: Guy Vogrin

Volunteers overcome US flag shortage to mark soldiers' graves

While this year’s battle against COVID-19 may have sidelined a lot of Memorial Day plans, the fundamental reason for this early summer holiday remains intact, as flags still dot the headstones at local cemeteries where our Valley’s bravest are buried. Every Memorial Day, the Mahoning County Veterans Service Commission recognizes deceased veterans by placing a flag upon their graves. Because of the ...

Probe: Firefighters tried to hide overdose

LIBERTY — A police investigation triggered by last month’s suspicious death of a Liberty firefighter uncovered an apparent prescription-drug trading ring within the Liberty Fire Department, according to records released Thursday by township officials. The revelations led to Wednesday’s dismissal of two fire lieutenants, the forced retirement of a fire captain and the demotion of a captain inspector. A ...

3 attorneys honored by Legal Aid

Community Legal Aid has honored three Mahoning Valley attorneys for their volunteer efforts during the year in observance of this year’s Law Week. Honored are Cherie Hill Howard of Youngstown, Columbiana County attorney Mary C. Simballa and Michael Buzulencia, who has offices in Warren and Canfield. “Typically, these attorneys are named during Law Week events held the first week of May. While events have ...

Civil rights suit targets Girard police

YOUNGSTOWN — A Niles man has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city of Girard, its police Chief John Norman and a police officer charging them with harassment, defamation and unlawful dismissal from his job at the Chase Bank in Girard. Delshawn Wells-Pruitt, through his attorney, Gilbert Rucker, is seeking $75,000 on each of the seven counts of the lawsuit plus punitive damages. The suit ...

Former Niles mayor appeals to state’s high court

An attorney for former Niles Mayor Ralph Infante has filed an appeal with the Ohio Supreme Court charging an appeals court erred in not overturning the former mayor’s 2018 corruption conviction. Defense attorney David Doughton filed a notice of appeal and 19-page memorandum April 20 in an attempt to free Infante from his 10-year prison sentence. A visiting panel of appellate judges last month affirmed ...

Route 82 road work causes a major detour

HOWLAND — Motorists taking state Route 11 north from Youngstown heading for central Warren may have to look for a new route. The April 14 collapse of a culvert off the westbound lanes of state Route 82 near the East Market Street turnoff called for an emergency repair and replacement of that culvert by Ohio Department of Transportation crews. ODOT, however, has closed the exit ramp off Route 11 northbound ...

Woman sues union, hospital over discharge

YOUNGSTOWN — A Girard woman who lost her job as a radiologic technologist at Northside Medical Center during 2018 layoffs, prior to its closing, has filed a lawsuit in federal court against the owner of the former hospital and the leadership of SEIU / District Local 1199 union for wrongful termination and representation. According to the federal complaint filed earlier this year by Lori J. Cook, 62, the ...

Salem resident arraigned on 14 child rape charges

WARREN — A Salem man, who says he lives with his mother, on Thursday pleaded not guilty to charges in a 20-count indictment that includes 14 rape charges involving three minor children. Brandon Schultheis, 37, of 31270 Hartley Road, appeared before Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Ronald J. Rice, who set bond at $500,000. If Schultheis were to post bond, Rice said the defendant would be placed under ...

Amish wedding investigated for breaking crowd rule

WARREN — When it comes down to love or the law, it seems the law will prevail. Inspectors from the Trumbull County Combined Health District reported more than 10 people attended a wedding reception Thursday afternoon in Mesopotamia. Authorities plan to issue citations to the people who planned the gathering, which was in violation of the state’s order that limits crowds of more than 10 during the COVID-19 ...

Fans turn attention elsewhere

Now that the Major League Baseball season has been postponed indefinitely, it doesn’t seem possible that we had almost a month of spring training before COVID-19 pulled the plug. But all baseball fans need to keep the game alive in their hearts and minds. Today was supposed to be opening day for MLB. The Indians were to host the Tigers at Progressive Field. But since live human players can’t take the ...