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WRITER: Guy Vogrin

Liberty roofers named in suit

WARREN — A Youngstown man has filed a civil action against a Liberty roofing company and a supervisor for wrongful termination and also accused the firm of discrimination and lacking in safety practices. The Trumbull County Common Pleas Court lawsuit filed on behalf of Andre Davis of 443 Aurora Drive, names as defendants TEMA Roofing Services LLC of Motor Inn Drive in Liberty and superintendent David Pugh. ...

Civil rights suit against Niles, officers proceeds

YOUNGSTOWN — Both sides litigating the civil rights lawsuit filed by the estate of the late Matthew Burroughs were in court this month to learn a new case schedule from the federal judge. On Feb. 9, Judge Sara Lioi of the U.S. Court Northern Ohio District conducted a status conference with attorneys for Timothy A. Ramey, estate administrator, and representatves for the city of Niles and the four police ...

New 'stand your ground' law draws fire from prosecutors, police

Prosecutors around Ohio and the Fraternal Order of Police are not too happy about a controversial law that changes Ohio’s “stand your ground” policy. Signed by Gov. Mike DeWine at the beginning of the year, it expands the use of firearms in self-defense anywhere someone has the right to be — and not just in one’s home or vehicle. Senate Bill 175 expanded the criteria for when a person can use ...

Office mourns loss of deputy

WARREN — Many Trumbull County sheriff deputies and personnel are mourning the sudden death of deputy Anthony Diehl. Diehl, 54, a 1985 graduate of Girard High School, died Tuesday. His unexpected death was announced on the Ohio Going Blue social media page. The cause of death is unknown, but the Ohio Going Blue site said Diehl was experiencing chest pain last weekend and had visited a hospital. “Anthony ...

US air base officials continue to investigate Balint’s death

The investigation into the death of a 34-year-old Hubbard man who was a teacher at a U.S. air base in Japan continues. The probe is ongoing, according to a news release Wednesday from officials at Yokota Air Base. The release confirmed the man who was found unresponsive about 11 a.m. Tuesday, Japan time, was Trevor Balint. He was found at a apartment tower unit on the east side of the base. Balint had ...

Man serving life sentence for 2009 double murder seeks release

YOUNGSTOWN — A man serving a life sentence for a 2009 double murder has filed a civil rights federal lawsuit in an attempt to get his freedom. Lorenza Barnette, 39, who is incarcerated in the Marion Correctional Institution, has sued two Youngstown police officers who investigated the murder, the assistant prosecutor who tried the case and the Mahoning County judge who sentenced him, according to the ...

Ryan talks to Japanese administrator

U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan is continuing to assist in the search for a missing Hubbard man who was last seen Feb. 1 in his apartment near the school where he teaches on a U.S. air base in Japan. Ryan, D-Howland, talked Sunday to Japanese State Minister of Defense Yasuhide Nakayama about the ongoing investigation into Balint’s disappearance. “Minister Nakayama offered his personal support, as well as that of the ...

Search continues for missing Hubbard man

The search continues for the civilian teacher from Hubbard who has been missing from a U.S. Air Force base in Japan since Feb. 1. Denise Mott of Brookfield, the mother-in-law of the missing Trevor Balint, traveled to Detroit to receive an emergency visa to travel to Japan. According to the social media site “Find Trevor Balint,” Moss booked a 12-hour flight to Japan, and the site confirmed that Moss was ...

Two indicted in Warren shooting

WARREN — A man who gave authorities a Campbell address, and a Warren man who already has been charged with shooting at police officers during an Oct. 17, 2020, chase in Warren, were named in a special Trumbull County grand jury report. Both are charged in an Oct. 5, 2020, shooting in Warren that wounded an 18-year-old southwest side man. Tre’Mon Dukes, 23, of Tenney Avenue, Campbell, and Mehki Walker, ...

Man faces federal charge in bank robbery

WARREN — A man jailed in the Feb. 2 robbery at the TCF bank in the Warren Plaza, 2001 Elm Road NE, now faces a federal charge. Patrick Marsh, 38, who gave authorities a Hubbard address but now lives in Niles, was charged this week in the U.S. Court Northern Ohio District with bank robbery. He was arraigned Friday on state charges via video hookup from the Trumbull County jail before Warren Municipal ...