Warrant names suspect in Youngstown murder
YOUNGSTOWN - Police have issued a warrant for the suspect in a Tuesday morning homicide that took the life of a 26-year-old woman on the city's West Side.
Larry Johnson, 39, is wanted on an accusation of murder, according to Tribune Chronicle news partner WYTV 33 News. Police said the man was the live-in boyfriend of the victim, Lashea Parker, who was found by a neighbor inside her Shelby Road home.
The Mahoning County Coroner's Office is still investigating the cause of death, but it is believed the woman was stabbed and / or beaten to death, reports said. The coroner said it is likely Parker was killed sometime late Tuesday morning.
It marked Youngstown's 20th homicide of 2013.
McDonald man charged after Niles police chase
NILES - A McDonald man is facing several charges after he nearly hit a sheriff's deputy, then led him on a chase through Niles Monday afternoon.
James Seaquist, 19, is in the Trumbull County Jail charged with failure to comply, reckless operation and driving under suspension.
A Trumbull County sheriff's deputy said Seaquist was speeding down Robbins Avenue passing vehicles and nearly struck the officer's cruiser. During a pursuit, Seaquist and a passenger, Chelsea Landis, switched seats, causing the car to veer into a devil strip, almost hitting a telephone pole.
Landis was cited for DUI after a blood alcohol test showed she was nearly twice the legal limit of 0.08, according to Tribune Chronicle news partner WYTV 33 News.
Well protesters mark anniversary of quake
NILES - In an effort to raise awareness for what they say is negligence on the part of the oil and gas industry, two protest groups held rallies Tuesday to commemorate the Dec. 31, 2011, earthquake that shook the Mahoning Valley.
Local residents and anti-fracking groups staged the rally outside of the Niles injection well along state Route 169 in Niles. Another group rallied at Market and West Federal streets in downtown Youngstown.
The protesters believe the injection well caused the 4.0 magnitude earthquake, plus other tremors around that time period.
In addition to the rally, protesters are attempting to collect signatures necessary to include a "community bill of rights" on Niles' May ballot. The measure would attempt to deny fracking within city limits. A similar attempt on the ballot in Youngstown in November failed.
Trash collection delayed for holidays
Allied Waste / Republic Services trash and recycling collection will be closed on New Year's Day.
Mona Rance, customer service manager, said all residential trash and recycling collection will be on a one-day delay following the holiday this week.