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Woman who revived Idora Park carousel dies

Jane Walentas, an artist, philanthropist, creator and designer perhaps best known locally for painstakingly restoring an iconic amusement ride, has died. Walentas, who operated Jane’s Carousel in Brooklyn, N.Y., died Sunday at age 76 after a battle with cancer, according to the Brooklyn ...

Valley theater leaders call for action

In 2017, Selena Phillips appeared in Youngstown Playhouse’s production of “August: Osage County,” playing a teenager who is sexually assaulted by her aunt’s fiance. Two months later, during a production of “Young Frankenstein,” Phillips, a Youngstown native who now lives in ...

Youngstown man wanted for assault at work

STRUTHERS — A Youngstown man is facing assault charges after being accused of striking an employee and breaking her jaw while being trained. A warrant has been issued for Eddie Crook Jr., 28, after police say he punched a 33-year-old woman training him to operate equipment at Astro ...

YPD officer takes promotion issue to supreme court

YOUNGSTOWN — Police Detective Sgt. Michael R. Cox, passed over for a promotion for lieutenant, filed with the Ohio Supreme Court asking it to compel the city’s Civil Service Commission to rule on his appeal — something it’s refused to do for more than a year. Cox has made numerous ...

Two charged in murder

YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown police arrested two men in connection to a July 1 murder, according to a news release. Police on Wednesday morning arrested Julius E. Kimbrough, 43, and Dawond T. Roddy, 34, on charges of aggravated murder, according to the press release. The charges were ...

Understanding the face mask order

With Gov. Mike DeWine having the Ohio Department of Health issue an order requiring those in counties, such as Trumbull, designated as Level 3 (red) high-risk areas for COVID-19 to wear face masks, here are some key questions and answers to help those understand what it all means: Q. How ...

Four library branches to open

Staff report YOUNGSTOWN — Four library branches in Mahoning County will reopen for limited services beginning Monday, the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County has announced. The Newport, Sebring, Springfield and Brownlee Woods branches will offer in-person services on a ...

Hubbard BOE extends union contracts

HUBBARD — The Hubbard Exempted Village Board of Education has approved a one-year extension of the district’s certified and classified union contracts through the 2020-21 school year. The board at its June meeting approved a one-year collective bargaining agreement with the Hubbard ...

Ex-police officer pleads guilty in sex case

YOUNGSTOWN — A man who worked as a Youngstown police officer for 10 years pleaded guilty Wednesday to three counts of felonious assault in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court, but had an additional 19 charges dropped as part of the plea deal, court record show. Arthur Carter, 46, was ...

Car hits house in two-vehicle crash

LIBERTY — The Liberty Fire Department responded Tuesday evening to a two-car auto accident in the 300 block of Goldie Road where one car hit a house. A Trumbull County 911 report states safety crews were called at 8:20 p.m. to 336 Goldie Road for a crash with injuries. Reports state two ...