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Trial date is set

Woman accused of vandalizing courthouse

YOUNGSTOWN — Joanna McCane, 44, of Youngstown, who missed court Aug. 1, made up for it by appearing there the past two Mondays on charges of vandalizing the Trumbull County Courthouse.

On Monday, she appeared before Judge Gary Yost of Trumbull County Common Pleas Court and waived speedy trial time for 120 days and learned of her Nov. 21 trial date and a Sept. 19 pretrial hearing date.

She had missed court Aug. 1 and later was arrested on a bench warrant. Last Monday, she was arrested and came to court in handcuffs. But her attorney, Alexander Keane, said she didn’t come to court because she did not receive a notice of the Aug. 1 hearing by mail as she expected.

This Monday’s hearing was fairly routine, as Keane told the judge his client was willing to give the court more time to bring her to trial so that negotiations with the prosecutor’s office on a possible plea can be discussed.

She is charged with felony vandalism, accused of causing about $11,000 in damage to the Trumbull County Courthouse — the same building where she attended court Monday.

She is free on $10,000 bond.

McCane is accused of causing damages to the courthouse on Nov. 27, 2021, the day she was released from an overnight stay at the county jail across the street, Trumbull County jail records show.

Surveillance video of the incident shows a vandal picking up a rock and throwing it forcefully at a first-floor courthouse window. When the rock bounces off, the vandal picks it up a dozen more times, throwing it at several windows.

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