Youngstown slaying suspect
YOUNGSTOWN - Authorities say a suspect in the slaying of a Youngstown mother has been arrested in Columbus.
The U.S. Marshal's Service Northern Ohio Fugitive Task Force said it arrested 39-year-old Larry Johnson in the victim's vehicle about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at a Columbus Walmart.
Johnson is accused of beating and stabbing 26-year-old Lashea Parker, whose body was found in her Shelby Road home on the West Side of Youngstown on Tuesday. A neighbor who went to investigate why a child was outside without a coat in the yard found her.
Parker's children are with a relative, police said.
Johnson is being held in Columbus, where he is scheduled for a court hearing this morning. Youngstown police detectives are there, and plan to take him to Youngstown today.
Patrol reports three fatalities over holiday
The Ohio State Highway Patrol reported that three people were killed on the state's roadways during the New Year's holiday reporting period from midnight Tuesday through 11:59 p.m. Wednesday. None of the fatalities happened in northeast Ohio.
Last year, six people were killed during the same two-day holiday reporting period, and 14 the year before that.
Trumbull County ranked ninth-most total incidents over this year's holiday period, with 212. Portage County was 10th out of the 88 counties with 211. Statewide, there were 9,051 reports.
Among those statewide, troopers arrested 162 drivers on impaired driving charges, an increase of 27 percent when compared to last year's holiday. In addition, troopers cited 222 people with aggressive driving, an increase of 37 percent and arrested 53 motorists for drug-related offenses, an increase of 21 percent.
For a complete breakdown of the Patrol's holiday enforcement visit www.statepatrol.ohio.gov/doc/NewYearHoliday-2014.pdf.
Youngstown police chief
to be sworn in
YOUNGSTOWN - Youngstown Mayor John McNally will administer the oath of office to new city police Chief Robin Lees at a swearing-in ceremony to be held at 10 a.m. today at City Council Chambers.