An assistant Mahoning County prosecutor, who has worked in the criminal and juvenile division for 8 years, is asking voters to elect her as Youngstown Municipal Court judge. Last week she was sworn in as the newest Magistrate in Mahoning County Juvenile Court, where she will handle arraignments, traffic court and delinquency court filings.

That's because Mahoning County Prosecutor Paul Gains has asked BCI to investigate Sergeant David Taybus who has now resigned amid a criminal investigation related to his handling of police evidence. Taybus was put on paid administrative leave on December 29th and resigned that same day according to Campbell city officials.

A man who has been locked up in the Mahoning County jail for nearly five years has been convicted of charges filed after investigators say he fatally shot a neighbor during a dispute over stolen electricity. A jury returned a guilty verdict late Tuesday after deliberating the case of 24-year-old Michael Paige, who was accused of fatally shooting 31-year-old Munir Blake.

The National Weather Service in Cleveland issued a winter weather advisory today for Trumbull and Mahoning counties, with a combination of snow turning into freezing rain and sleet with high winds. The advisory is in effect from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. today with 1 to 3 inches of snow along with a light glaze of ice predicted.

Mahoning County Common Pleas Court Judge Lou D'Apolito handed down a five year sentence to Scott Dattilo on Monday. According to police reports, a 77-year-old Austintown man says he found Dattilo standing in the kitchen of his South Raccoon Road apartment on November 13. After Dattilo demanded his wallet and attacked him, the victim says he struggled to get his gun he kept in a drawer.

A move to receive educational services from outside of the county was not made hastily by the district, school officials said. The East Palestine Board of Education, on a recommendation by Superintendent Traci Hostetler, approved at a special meeting on Dec. 15 to begin contracting with the Mahoning County Educational Service Center instead of the Columbiana County Educational Service Center.

Mahoning County Probate Judge Robert Rusu says Dr. Robert Durick will not seek reappointment after his term expired on December 31. The selection committee was created in March in an effort to keep the selection process transparent after commissioners Michael Senchak and Scott Schulick resigned . They must complete a written Application for Appointment, which will be available at the Mahoning County Probate Court or on its website .

Mineral Ridge Dam holds back the 7-mile-long, 11-billion gallon Meander Reservoir in Mahoning and Trumbull counties. But it and the lake's accompanying buildings seem to be showing their age -- or, perhaps, something else.

Financial figures by the Columbiana County Educational Service Center question the big savings East Palestine Schools believe they will be seeing due to their recent decision to contract services through the Mahoning County Educational Service Center. Earlier in December, the East Palestine school board voted to leave the Columbiana County ESC in favor of the Mahoning County ESC, claiming they would save $120,000 over the next three years.

Youngstown's juvenile court is now certified as a Special Docket court in the state of Ohio as of Dec. 28, 2016. The Family Dependency Court of Mahoning County Juvenile Court and the Mahoning County Juvenile Sex Offender Court received final certifications from the Ohio Supreme Court's Commission on Specialized Dockets.

A case of contaminated water in a Mahoning County village raised national attention and put Ohio residents and legislators on high alert for water quality in 2016, leading to stricter requirements for public water systems. Although elevated levels of copper and lead were found in the Village of Sebring's water in the summer of 2015, the public - including Sebring water customers - were not notified until January of 2016.

The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled Ford Motor Co. isn't liable for a gas tank fire that severely burned a police officer after his cruiser was rear-ended by a drunk driver at more than 90 mph.

New Year's Eve marks the 5 year anniversary of the 4.0 magnitude earthquake that was linked to a fracking waste injection well in Youngstown. Thursday afternoon, supporters of Frackfree America held a prayer vigil to look back on the 2011 Earthquake but also to look forward on possible injection wells reopening that are used to dispose of oil and gas drilling waste.

TOAST county deputy dog warden Amy Lynn Dowd for going above and beyond recently when a small dog was found by paramedics at the scene of a medical emergency involving its owner, who had to be transported to the hospital. Learning that the owner was unfortunately not going to survive, Dowd contacted the hospital in Mahoning County and made arrangements for the little dog to be with him before he took his last breaths.

In Mahoning County, Anthony D'Apolito was sworn in as judge of the court of common pleas. In November, D'Apolito beat out Judge Shirley Christian for a seat on the bench.

Anthony Mascarella, the 29-year-old Youngstown man arrested on warrants in November at a party launching his rap CD, was sentenced in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court last week to spend the next four and a half years in prison. Mascarella had bench warrants from Columbiana County after failing to appear for sentencing on two cases, both dealing with possession of drugs and one being a second-degree felony for having more than 23 grams of heroin.

From sales to classes, interest in the valley is on pace with the statewide trend and gun advocates say the increase is triggered by a variety of reasons, including safety concerns. "It's about safety," Jim Irvine said, board member for Buckeye Firearms Association .