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WRITER: Guy Vogrin

Watkins opposes parole for killer Marie Poling

WARREN — Trumbull County Prosecutor Dennis Watkins wrote that convicted murderer Marie Poling confided to a friend she had “dreamt” about committing the “perfect murder.” The prosecutor, in a letter to the Ohio Parole Board, said this “black widow needs to dream on her final days” in prison. Poling, 60, is up for parole in December, and for the fifth time, Watkins has gone to the pen to oppose ...

Liberty man get federal and county sentences

LIBERTY — A Liberty Township man convicted on federal drug charges will be imprisoned for about nine years in West Virginia. Robert L. Taylor, 58, was the main supplier among eight people indicted for selling cocaine in Youngstown and western Pennsylvania, federal prosecutors say. At the Trumbull County court level, Taylor, of 1302 Virginia Trail, was sentenced Thursday to a three-year sentence for ...

Ex-teacher guilty of child porn charges

WARREN — A former substitute teacher, accused of having students as young as 16 sending him nude and other explicit photos of themselves, was found guilty of 10 felonies dealing with child pornography. Michael Mattocks, 33, who had worked in the Liberty school district, was the defendant in a Sept. 23 bench trial in the courtroom of Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge W. Wyatt McKay. McKay on Wednesday ...

Woman from Campbell crowned Miss Ohio USA 2020

A 2012 graduate of Campbell Memorial High School and resident of that city is Miss Ohio USA 2020. Stephanie Miranda, 26, won the title on Saturday night at Matthews Auditorium in Sharonville. She was previously named Miss Ohio Latina 2013, Miss Ohio International 2015 and Miss Latino America in 2018. Miranda, who was born in Puerto Rico, will now represent the Buckeye State against 50 other contestants in ...

Niles bar shooting to see trial

WARREN — The man who last month withdrew two guilty pleas in a case of reckless homicide in connection to a shooting death in February outside a bar in Niles will go on trial this week. Ryan M. Daniels, 29, of Bonnie Brae Avenue SE, Warren, is accused of accidentally shooting and killing Britney Mazanec, 33, of Niles, as she was in a car attempting to leave the Hideaway Lounge on U.S. Route 422 in ...

Student artworks flourish at Stay in School poster contest

YOUNGSTOWN — Bishop C.M. Jenkins, the keynote speaker of Thursday’s awards breakfast for the 16th annual Stay in School poster contest, had a reason to quit school early in his academic career. The longtime pastor of Grace Evangelistic Temple Church told the students who were honored about a harrowing confrontation that would make any first-grader shudder after a first day of school. “It was my first day ...

Most-wanted suspect involved in crash

AUSTINTOWN — The man who was on a most-wanted list by U.S. Marshals and later the suspect in a Wednesday morning hit-skip accident in Austintown was flown to an Akron hospital later Wednesday after being involved in a serious crash in the Coshocton area, while trying to flee. According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Brandon Ferrier, 23, of Canfield, is under police guard while being treated for injuries he ...

New Middletown pilot arraigned in YSU fly-by

YOUNGSTOWN — A New Middletown pilot has been charged in the Sept. 28 incident where a small plane flew too close to Stambaugh Stadium, alarming spectators at a Youngstown State University football game. Christopher Wilkinson, 30, 9211 Youngstown-Pittsburgh Road, New Middletown, pleaded not guilty Friday in Youngstown Municipal Court to charges of inducing panic and disorderly conduct. According to court ...

Struthers man pays for more than meal in court

WARREN — A Struthers man is paying far more for the $32 meal he ordered last summer at a Niles restaurant. Dennis Hays, 28, of 265 Maplewood Ave., appeared Monday morning before Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Peter Kontos Jr. to plead guilty to a charge of receiving stolen property. Kontos, in following a plea agreement Hays’ attorney Brendan Keating reached with prosecutors, sentenced Hays to six ...

Mahoning County grand jury returns 19 indictments

By GUY VOGRIN Staff report YOUNGSTOWN — A Mahoning County grand jury last week returned 19 indictments, including the case of a Struthers man accused of trying to blow up his house. Craig Cook, 53, is charged with two counts of attempted aggravated arson; obstructing official business and inducing panic. The charges stem from a July 21 incident at Cook’s home. An ambulance crew was called to 563 ...