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WRITER: Guy Vogrin

Blue Line, Girard attorneys argue traffic camera case

WARREN — Attorneys for Girard, Blue Line Solutions and those involved in a class-action lawsuit about speed cameras argued Thursday before the 11th District Court of Appeals. The lawyers were arguing the merits of a judge’s ruling defining the terms of the class-action suit filed in connection with the hand-held traffic speed camera citations issued by the city. An attorney for Blue Line Solutions also ...

MLB issues return with sign stealing

History tends to repeat itself, especially in the sporting world. Take Major League Baseball. It was during the 1919 World Series that a band of Chicago White Sox players — back then the best team money could buy— conspired with a group of gamblers to throw the championship to a team of inferior Cincinnati Reds. In 1920, the commissioner of baseball — Kenesaw “Mountain” Landis — cracked down ...

County crime task force gets state money

WARREN — The Trumbull County drug task force will get a boost of $53,477 this year to help battle drugs. Task force commander Capt. Tony Villaneuva was present at the statehouse in Columbus on Monday to receive a check from Gov. Mike DeWine. Villaneuva said it was his first time at the Capitol building and he felt honored to get the additional funding. The money is part of the Recovery Ohio Law Enforcement ...

Cellphone evidence expert is sought for murder case

YOUNGSTOWN — One of the murder cases involving Lavontae Knight took another turn this week, as his lawyer told a judge he wants a cellphone expert to testify about whether a phone seized by police belonged to the defendant on the day of the murder. Knight, 24, of Ferndale Avenue, is charged with murder, aggravated murder, aggravated robbery, attempted cocaine possession and a weapons charge in the Oct. 25, ...

Testimony continues in child sex abuse trial

YOUNGSTOWN — State testimony from a police officer, a child psychiatrist and three investigators with the Ohio Bureau of Investigation took place Friday in the trial of Alex C. Bugno. Bugno, 31, of Poland and former owner of a towing company, is charged with 14 counts of compelling prostitution and one of pandering obscenities. He is accused of paying three boys to engage in sexual activity with him. If ...

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 ...