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Man charged in panic case pleads not guilty by reason of insanity

YOUNGSTOWN — A Struthers man charged with attempted aggravated arson and other offenses, accused of trying to smoke in his house in July while knowing there was a large amount of natural gas present, has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. Craig Cook, 53, of Spring Street, entered ...

Robb files for judge re-election

YOUNGSTOWN — Judge Carol Ann Robb of the 7th District Court of Appeals filed nominating petitions for re-election. Robb of New Waterford will run in the March 2020 Republican primary. Dec. 18 is the filing deadline. She is seeking a second six-year term. Robb said she will spend ...

Patrol seeking search warrants for three vehicles in gunfire probe

YOUNGSTOWN — Ohio State Highway Patrol investigators have three vehicles in their custody and are working to secure search warrants to determine whether they were involved in gunfire last week that threatened two troopers. Lt. Jerad Sutton of the patrol’s Office of Criminal Investigations ...

Police academy to hold graduation

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy will have a graduation ceremony 6:30 p.m. today at Choffin Career and Technical Center, 200 W. Wood St. Enrollees have completed a nine-week course in various areas that included patrol ride-a-longs with officers. ...

Meetings for new WRTA routes in Trumbull County scheduled

WARREN — Meetings will be held Wednesday in Warren to give the public a chance to weigh in on new bus routes in Trumbull County that will be implemented in March. The Western Reserve Transit Authority is hosting the meetings — 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Trumbull County Veteran Service ...

Early winter blankets Valley

Mahoning Valley residents will have a new weather story to talk about today. That’s because snow that caused a 50-vehicle highway pileup and one reported fatality on Tuesday was expected to end overnight — but temperatures now will drop. Eric Wilhelm, meteorologist for WFMJ-21, said a ...

Boardman considers EMS plans

BOARDMAN — Boardman officials are studying how to improve — and pay for — emergency care in the township. Trustees on Tuesday heard a report on possible township ambulance service. A committee charged with researching the matter and making recommendations was formed last year. The ...

Fixed speed cameras start snapping Monday

WEATHERSFIELD — Motorists traveling through the township will need to be prepared as fixed speed cameras have been installed on poles at five heavily traveled locations, where officials want to address problems with speeding vehicles. Police Chief Michael Naples said at Tuesday’s township ...

Austintown buys land near cemetery for growth potential

AUSTINTOWN — Township trustees have approved the $27,530 purchase of a property abutting Austintown’s Four Mile Run Cemetery, anticipating a need for room to expand in the future. “We’re running out of space in our cemetery,” said township Administrator Michael Dockry. Dockry ...

Indictment details suspect’s charges: 73 sex offenses

Staff report YOUNGSTOWN — The indictment of Dustin L. Ruiter released Tuesday in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court accuses him of committing 73 sex offenses against three teens between the ages 13 and 16. The alleged offenses — 33 counts of rape, 33 of sexual battery, one of attempted ...