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Man who made threats to downtown buildings in 2019 gets more prison

29-year-old served 21 months for downtown bomb threats

YOUNGSTOWN — A Youngstown man who spent 21 months in federal prison for making bomb threats toward several downtown buildings in 2019 was sentenced Monday to 15 more months for violating the terms of his supervised release for drug use and absconding from a treatment facility.

Dion L. Taylor, 29, pleaded guilty to willfully making a bomb threat after investigators said he made threats from a cellphone that was in the area of West Federal Street downtown near the George V. Voinovich Government Center, saying there was a bomb at “the courthouse,” the Youngstown Police Department, George V. Voinovich Government Center and “the county.”

It led to the evacuation of the U.S. District Court building on Market Street downtown, but not the evacuation of any of the other buildings.

A second bomb threat call came in later. That time, the caller was near The Vindicator Building on West Front Street. Officers went there and spotted two men, including Taylor, who initially denied he had a cellphone.

He later pulled out a cellphone and showed it to an officer, who saw the phone had been used to dial 911 at the same times as the bomb threats.

Taylor resisted being arrested, then complained of chest pains and was taken to St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital, where he told officers none of his threats were real. He said he made the calls because the mother of his child told him she had called his probation officer and the U.S. Marshals were looking for him. He said he called the bomb threat because he wanted his parole officer’s building evacuated to “buy some time.”

On Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Christopher Boyko in Cleveland found Taylor guilty of seven violations — six of them related to drug use and one of them for failing to successfully complete a residential reentry program through the Community Corrections Association of Youngstown.

He “absconded” May 7 from the CCA program “with his whereabouts being unknown,” according to the court’s website. Taylor has been in the Mahoning County jail since May 13, according to jail records.

His address was on Glenwood Avenue when he was charged in the threats case in 2019.

Have an interesting story? Contact Ed Runyan by email at erunyan@vindy.com. Follow us on X, formerly Twitter, @TribToday.

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