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Accident closes route 5 west of Newton Falls

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The Ohio State Highway Patrol says that an accident has closed State Route 5 between Newton Falls and Route 225. There are injuries associated with the accident that occurred before 2:30 p.m. Friday near Holcomb Road in Paris Township, Portage County. Rescue crews from Trumbull County have been called to assist at the scene of the crash. Stay connected with 21 News for the latest on this developing story. More>>

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New Castle kidnapping suspect arrested after I-79 chase

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Police have arrested the man they say is responsible for trying to run over a woman, then kidnapping her. 

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Coroner: Boardman trucker died from heart attack

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Authorities have determined that a truck driver from Boardman suffered a heart attack when his tractor trailer crashed along State Route 11 in Fowler Township on Monday. The Trumbull County Coroner tells 21 News that 64-year-old Thomas Detwiler suffered the heart attack when he was behind the wheel of a semi-tractor trailer that went off the southbound lane of Route 11 just south of State Route 305 at around 8 am. 

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Report: Valley women fare worst in distracted driving study

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An on-going effort to shed light on distracted driving in the Mahoning Valley has released new data about drivers who don't pay attention. 

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$40,000 grant to help Youngstown Police community relations

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The Youngstown Police Department has been awarded nearly $40,000 to help improve its relationship with the community. The Community-Police Relations funding from the Office of Criminal Justice Services was announced on Friday. The department will use the money to fund its Community Policing initiative. Two years ago the department began focusing its community police efforts on problems in individual wards and to increase visibility. All agencies receiving grants have agreed to bec...

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Traffic delays expected next week along Route 46 in Niles

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Drivers should expect delays next week when traffic is restricted along a portion of Route 46 in Niles so crews can replace water system valves. The Mahoning Valley Sanitary District has announced that a 350-foot section of South Main Street, (State Route 46) in the city of Niles will temporarily be closed between East State Street and East Third Street beginning Wednesday, August 2nd. Two-way traffic will be maintained through the use of a temporary set of traffic signals. The sec... More>>

Lawrence county community magically transforms for Harry Potter festival

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Magic is happening this weekend in a quaint town in northern Lawrence county. The first ever "Festival that Shall Not be Named" will transform Volant into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.  

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Teen charged in Warren basketball court shooting

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Warren police say a teenager has been charged in a shooting earlier this month that left a 19-year-old in the hospital. 

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'Obamacare' repeal reeling after Senate defeat Video included

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The Senate has rejected a measure to repeal parts of former President Barack Obama's health care law. More>>

Man killed in fair thrill ride wreck joined Marines week ago

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A high school student who was killed when a thrill ride broke apart at the Ohio State Fair had just signed up with the Marines a week ago. More>>

Drugs, guns found in and around Youngstown food mart

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Three men were arrested on drug and gun charges at a food mart in Youngstown on Thursday evening.  Alruheim Mohammud, Michael Sullivan and Anthony Harris were placed under arrest after Youngstown police searched Ally's Food Mart and found multiple handguns and magazines as well as crack rocks, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and $1,000 cash.  Youngstown police arrived at the food mart on South Avenue with a search warrant.  When officers got to the scene, the... More>>

Howland five car crash sends several to hospital

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At least two people were taken to different hospitals following a crash involving five vehicles at the intersection of State Route 82 and Howland Wilson Road SE in Howland.  Dispatchers say four cars sustained heavy damage in the accident that happened around 5:20 p.m. Thursday. According to police, the crash happened after a driver committed a left turn violation. Police said that the two drivers who were injured did not appear to be seriously hurt. Traffic was back up ... More>>

Youngstown council OKs contracts for Covelli, amphitheater

Youngstown City Council approved new contracts with the operator of the Covelli Centre to continue running it as well as the planned amphitheater. The vote was 5-2 for JAC Management Group to manage and provide the food and beverage service at both locations for five years starting in 2018. Anita Davis and Nate Pinkard voted no.  Mayor John McNally said that some of the entities interested in naming rights and sponsorships of the amphitheater trust JAC's president and wanted to... More>>

State Fair accident won't impact Columbiana County Fair Video included

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The County Fair is a lifelong tradition for many in Columbiana County. Adults who once enjoyed rides at the fair now take their children to experience the fun. After the State fair accident, 21 news asked some Colombiana County  parents how they felt about letting their kids on the rides next week at the County Fair.  

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Austintown police investigating pair of catalytic converter thefts

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Detectives in Austintown are investigating separate reports of some expensive automotive equipment stolen for cars parked outside two township businesses. A Cracker Barrel employee told police he had parked his car by the dumpsters before work around 5 p.m. and just before 9:30 p.m., a co-worker told him something hanging underneath his car.  When he went to check it out, the employee saw his catalytic converter was missing, according to a police report.  A few days later... More>>

A look at safety procedures and rides coming to the Canfield Fair Video included

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Some of the rides we will see at the Canfield Fair are up and running this week in nearby Summit County.  The company that handles the set up, maintenance and safety of the rides is Bates Amusement. Their sister company, Bates Brothers, also helps out at the Canfield Fair.

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Financial Recovery Plan approved in Niles

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In a vote of 6-1, a state appointed fiscal commission approved the city of Niles 7th financial recovery plan.  

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Girard Fire Department plans on replacing old equipment with grant

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Some of the Girard Fire Department's rescue equipment will soon be entering the 21st Century after receiving several hundred thousand dollars from a federal grant. Congressman Tim Ryan announced Thursday Girard was one of two cities in Ohio selected to receive money from the Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The Girard Fire Department was awarded $428,572. With that money, the fire department will be purchasing a rescue pumper, a truck that holds wa...

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Canfield Fair Board feels confident rides are safe Video included

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On the heels of the deadly accident at the Ohio State Fair that killed an 18 year old and injured seven others, members of the Canfield Fair Board believe rides at this years Canfield Fair will be safer than ever. That's because it's likely even more inspections than normal will be ordered as a precaution. Canfield Fair Board Member George Roman appears to feel confident in saying the rides will be as safe as in years past, "All the rides will be thoroughly, thoroughly inspecte... More>>

Coitsville's Purple Cat gets new birds and bees

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The Purple Cat is a day program for adults with special needs.  The program helps people develop daily-living skills through vocation and creative projects.   About 65 of these special clients actually work at the Purple Cat Ranch in Lowellville. Amy Rigby of the Purple Cat said, They take care of the grounds, grass cutting, They get to do a little bit of everything. Inside they have art classes and music classes and they work the cafe and everything too. It gives them a s... More>>

Medical professionals gather at YSU to better understand concussions Video included

In just a couple of weeks, athletes from across the Valley will be suiting up for sports practices.  This season, many of them will be armed with new research that shows the brain disease, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, also know as CTE, in 99% of deceased NFL players' brains that were donated to science. "It doesn't really add much that we didn't already know or suspect," said sports neurologist Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher. While the study is the largest of its kind, simi... More>>

GE to cut 575 jobs at Pennsylvania plant, move work to Texas

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GE Transportation plans to end most locomotive production at its century-old plant in northwestern Pennsylvania, eliminating about 575 jobs. GoErie.com reports (http://bit.ly/2tMbvDb ) the work is being transferred by the end of 2018 to Fort Worth, Texas, where workers aren't union members. The Lawrence Park Township plant, just outside Erie, currently employs more than 2,500 workers. Locomotive prototypes will still be produced there. Richard Simpson, a GE Transportation exec... More>>

Chaney and East colors displayed on new Youngstown school logo

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When classes resume in the Youngstown City School Schools this fall, many students will be seeing teachers for the first time and a new logo for the district. The new logo consists of a large letter "Y" and the slogan, “Honoring the Past, Embracing the Future”. School CEO Krish Mohip says the slogan reflects the district’s respect for tradition and its zest for the future. “It marries tradition with innovation,” said Mohip. “As we ...

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Indictment: Driver in fatal Youngstown crash under influence of cocaine

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A Youngstown man is now being accused of causing a deadly crash on the city's South Side a year and a half ago. The Mahoning County Grand Jury on Thursday handed up a three count indictment charging 28-year-old Eric Wallace with aggravated vehicular homicide and operating a vehicle under the influence. According to the indictment, Wallace was under the influence of cocaine when his car ran into another car at Market Street and West LaClede Avenue on January 12 of last year. Jerome ...

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The pair were investigated by a special task force

Suspects from Austintown and Lowellville charged with overdose deaths

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Two Mahoning Valley residents have been secretly indicted by a grand jury after they allegedly supplied drugs that caused two fatal overdoses. Kelsey Armeni, 24, of Lowellville and Kyle Christy, 36, of Austintown, have been arrested following an investigation conducted by the Mahoning County Heroin Overdose Task Force. According to the Ohio Attorney General's Office, Armeni supplied Fentanyl that caused the overdose death of Tod Childs in Lowellville on January 14. The DEA says Fen...

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Student athletes in Warren being drug tested

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Student athletes in the Warren City Schools, grades 7-12, are being drug tested beginning this fall.

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A search turned up LSD, pills, and meth

Police: Boardman man admits selling drugs

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Boardman Police have arrested a man who officers say confessed to being a drug dealer. Police pulled over a car on Route 224 Wednesday evening for an alleged traffic violation and found that 25-year-old Julian Missioni, was driving with a suspended license. When Missioni denied officers permission to search his car, they called in a drug-sniffing K9 who indicated the presence of narcotics in the car, according to the police report. Police say the search turned up methamphetamine, L...

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Authorities identify victims of Ohio State Fair accident

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The Ohio State Highway Patrol continues to investigate a ride accident which resulted in the death of one person and injured seven others. 

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Lisbon man picks lucky lottery scratch-off ticket

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A Lisbon man is more than $100,000 richer after winning one of the Ohio Lottery games. 

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Leetonia man arrested on charges of sexual contact with minor

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A Leetonia man faces a criminal charge after a 14-year-old girl told Goshen Township police she had consensual sex with the man.

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State Route 11 ramp closed for resurfacing Thursday night

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State Route 11 southbound to King Graves Road ramp will be closed Thursday evening and reopened Friday morning at 7.

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Police: Youngstown mother overdoses while kids get a haircut

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A Youngstown woman was arrested Wednesday evening after police and EMT's worked to revive her with Narcan outside of a Mahoning Avenue barber shop.  Police say the 34-year-old mother, Amanda Long of Youngstown, overdosed inside the bathroom of a barber shop where her children were getting haircuts.  Police say that the owner of the shop witnessed Long go to the restroom and come out stumbling. She reportedly tripped over a sign on the sidewalk outside of the sho... More>>

Youngstown gearing up for annual Italian Fest

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The annual Italian Festival in Youngstown will be underway next weekend with food, entertainment, and fun.

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Sharpsville mother to star in Discovery's "Naked and Afraid"

She's served as a U.S. soldier in the Middle East, scares the scales off of any fish with her gaming skills, and plays mamma bear to four young cubs.

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Ohio's high court strikes down traffic camera restrictions

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The Ohio Supreme Court has again upheld cities' use of traffic camera enforcement, striking down as unconstitutional legislative restrictions that included requiring a police officer to be present. 

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