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Akron woman pleads guilty in father-daughter shooting

YOUNGSTOWN — Courtney L. Hall of Akron pleaded guilty Wednesday to three counts of tampering with evidence in the Feb. 29 shooting deaths of Sierra Morris and her father, Leroy Morris. Hall, 30, is the girlfriend of John C. Bruner III, 31, who pleaded guilty Aug. 26 to murder, aggravated ...

Boardman man set for trial on sex charges against kids

YOUNGSTOWN — Robert Boyd, 50, of West Boulevard in Boardman, is scheduled to go on trial Monday in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court on rape and other sex charges. During a hearing Wednesday before Judge Maureen Sweeney, Boyd refused a plea agreement offered by prosecutors. Boyd is ...

Two arraigned on obscenity charges

YOUNGSTOWN — Two Austintown men indicted Sept. 10 on multiple charges of pandering obscenity involving a minor or impaired person pleaded not guilty at their arraignments Tuesday in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court. Bond amounts were continued for Robert A. Basic, 44, of Oak Trace Street, ...

Police seek help to find missing girl

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown Police Department Family Investigative Services Unit is asking for the public’s help in locating a girl, 16, who has been missing since Sept. 15 and was reported as a runaway. Taina E. Cuevas ran away from Byron Street on the city’s East Side, and her family ...

Salem woman places 2nd in contest

SALEM — A humble hero has emerged with a heart that beats for lonely seniors during the pandemic. Sara Smith brings Salem and Youngstown honor as the Visiting Angels second-place finalist of a nationwide contest for Caregiver of the Year. She bested more than 5,000 in-home caregivers to ...

Autopsy coming on body found by tracks in Liberty

LIBERTY — An autopsy is being conducted on a body found around 8 a.m. Wednesday near Logangate Road in Liberty Township, according to police Chief Toby Meloro. The body of a white male in his mid-20s or early 30s, wearing a white T-shirt and jeans, was found on an access road near railroad ...

Drive readies locals for election

YOUNGSTOWN — Joseph Parker Sr. of Youngstown has moved a few times since he last voted so he wanted to make sure he was registered. Parker’s son, Joseph, drove his father Tuesday to a voter registration drive outside the Jewish Community Center of Youngstown to find out. He was registered, ...

Shooting suspect expected in court

STRUTHERS — Kimonie Bryant, 24, the suspect in Monday shootings that left a 4-year-old boy dead, is likely to be arraigned some time this afternoon in Struthers Municipal Court, officials said. “It was so quick,” one of the shooting victims told a 9-1-1 dispatcher as she implored ...

DeWine cites boy’s death to push for gun bill

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine cited the shooting death of a 4-year-old Struthers boy when calling on lawmakers Tuesday to take up a bill that would increase penalties for gun possession. DeWine used the first part of his coronavirus update to speak about gun violence across the state. Rowan ...

Building owners sue city

YOUNGSTOWN — The owners of the former Anthony’s on the River are suing the city for demolishing the building without letting them know. Two Bridges LLC, owned by Ronald Eiselstein and Chris Prater, contend in an administrative appeal filed in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court that the ...