Category Archives: Community

YNDC’s April 8 meeting to wrap up findings, offer some details

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The Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. has scheduled its final informational meeting at 6:30 p.m. April 8 at the Covelli Center. The group will recap findings from local neighborhood meetings and offer details on the Neighborhood Conditions Report.

Valley population becoming older, poorer

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People living in the Mahoning Valley are getting older and poorer. Census figures show the area has the fifth highest number of residents 65 and older. Also, the area has the lowest average household income, less than $30,000 a year. This poorer, aging population will need help financially from local agencies and the community.

North side residents feel safe, but worry about home sales

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NERF wars bring church, community together

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Curtis Schaffer, a member of First Christ church in Salem, has two passions: church and NERF guns. He combined both into a project called, “NERFing for Jesus.” Every month since December, about 30 youths gather at a different church in the Salem area to wage a NERF war. The goal is to bring the church and the community together. The group hopes to welcome more churches into the project.

Jurors Deciding Fate of Ashland Couple in Enforced Labor Case

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Jurors began deliberating Thursday afternoon in the case of an Ashland couple accused of imprisoning and abusing a cognitively-impaired woman.

Hunt said she tried to help alleged victim; defense rests case

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Jessica L. Hunt, one of two people accused of imprisoning and abusing a mentally challenged woman, today testified that she was trying to help the 30 year old.

Prosecutors rest case; defense argues no one saw abuse

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Minutes after prosecutors rested their case today, friends of the couple accused of imprisoning and abusing a cognitively-impaired woman testified that they never witnessed any mistreatment.

Police officers testify about rape allegations

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Ashland police officers testified Monday about their investigation into the alleged force labor and imprisonment of a cognitively-impaired woman and her five-year-old daughter by Jessica L. Hunt, 31, and Jordie L. Callahan, 26.

Co-defendant says alleged victim routinely abused, denied food

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A codefendant in the labor trafficking trial of Jessica L. Hunt, 31, and Jordie L. Callahan, 26, testified Friday that he used his previous romantic relationship with the cognitively impaired alleged victim to lure her back to her alleged abusers after she had escaped the squalid basement where she was imprisoned along with her 5-year-old daughter.

Officials fail to see alleged victims when they visit Ashland home

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Social workers made several visits to an Ashland home during the time that federal prosecutors allege the tenants were imprisoning and abusing a cognitively-impaired woman and her 5 year-old daughter.