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ATHENA Award overwhelms 2022 Valley victor

CANFIELD — For nearly 30 years, Dawn Ochman has run a business in a largely male-dominated industry, but when it came to receiving a longtime prestigious award for her efforts, she was a woman of few words. “I’m overwhelmed,” Ochman said, fighting back tears. “I’m not a person ...

Opposition succeeds in short-circuiting downtown power line plan

In rejecting a proposal from a FirstEnergy subsidiary to place a high-tension power line through downtown Youngstown, the head of the Ohio Power Siting Board pointed to vocal opposition from local residents to the project. Jenifer French, the board’s chairwoman and the chairwoman of the ...

Speed cameras in Youngstown school zones get green light

YOUNGSTOWN — The city’s board of control finalized a deal to put unmanned speed cameras in school zones. Blue Line Solutions will install the cameras in school zones later this year. The Chattanooga, Tenn., company will oversee the cameras and issue civil citations to those caught ...

Jury finds man guilty of attempted murder

YOUNGSTOWN — A jury on Thursday found Luis M. Johnson, 24, of Catalina Avenue, guilty of attempted murder and felonious assault and four specifications in the Oct. 12, 2020, shooting of Tevin Gregory, 25, at a home on Fairfax Avenue on the East Side. The jury deliberated about one hour late ...

Judge denies siblings’ bond

YOUNGSTOWN — Judge John Durkin of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court ordered that brother and sister Marquez D. Thomas, 24, and C’Mone Thomas, 22, be held in the Mahoning County jail without eligibility to make bond. Both are charged with aggravated murder, murder and multiple counts of ...

AG’s office handling Kent case

YOUNGSTOWN — Two lawyers with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office were present for a hearing in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court on Thursday for Steve Kent, an Austintown Township trustee charged with three counts of sexual battery and one count of tampering with evidence. The charges ...