Man sentenced to 29 years to life in shooting
YOUNGSTOWN - A Youngstown man convicted in a murder that was called a case of mistaken identity was sentenced to 29 years to life in prison.
Aubrey Toney, then 29, and Kevin Agee, then 26, were accused of spraying gunfire into a car parked outside of St. Dominic's Church in September 2010. The driver, Thomas Repchic, 74, was killed, and his wife, Jacqueline, was injured.
Agee was sentenced to 39 years to life in 2012 on a series of convictions in the case. Three weeks ago, a jury found Toney guilty of murder, felonious assault and a firearms specification. He was sentenced Thursday.
The jury did not reach a verdict on an attempted murder charge against Toney. The jury also declined to convict Toney of aggravated murder, which could have lead to the death penalty.
Teen gets 20 years in Niles man's death
YOUNGSTOWN - A 16-year-old Youngstown teen was sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty Thursday to a bill of information charging him with the involuntary manslaughter and aggravated robbery with firearms specifications of a Niles man.
Judge Maureen Sweeney sentenced Damarrea Harris of Idora Avenue in connection with the Oct. 29 death of 23-year-old David Perkins of Highley Avenue, who was found shot to death in the back and left lying in a driveway on Hilton Avenue in Youngstown.
Harris had been charged in juvenile court, but the case was bound over to common pleas court and he pleaded guilty to the bill of information.
Perkins was not identified until the day after his body was found, when a group of his friends became concerned after seeing news reports of a body being found and the description. Perkins' car was missing from the scene of the crime, police said.
Teens escape serious injury in rollover crash
FOWLER - Two teenagers were able to walk away from a rollover crash early Friday because they were wearing seat belts, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
The 16-year-old driver dropped off the north side of King Graves Road near the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport, overcompensated, went airborne, and rolled several times, according to a patrol report. The driver and her passenger suffered scrapes and bruises, according to patrol.
The investigation was incomplete but a citation was expected to be filed against the driver, according to the patrol. Names were not yet released Friday.
Warren to host expo on green businesses
WARREN - The Greater Warren Safe, Clean and Green Expo will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Raymond John Wean Foundation, 147 W. Market St.
The event will include 15 interactive greening exhibits for homes, businesses and community, a residential and community panel at 1:45 p.m., a business / government panel at 2:30 p.m. and keynote speaker Shanelle Smith at 3:30 p.m.
Smith is the director of Emerald Cities Cleveland and works to help civic and community leaders adopt economic development practices that address equity, environment and the economy.
Exhibition tours will be held on Courthouse Square, where experts and industry practitioners will be sharing green techniques, strategies and products.
Howland seeks participants for parade
HOWLAND - Howland is planning for its July 4 celebration with the theme of honoring America the Beautiful.
Any individual or group that wants to participate in the parade is asked to contact special events coordinator Mark Madgar at 330-856-2340 or at MattMadgar@yahoo.com
The parade is scheduled for 10 a.m. July 4 along East Market Street, with participants to arrive by 8:30 a.m. to line up at Hunter Square Plaza, 8600 E. Market St.