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Justin Dennis

Justin Dennis

Justin Dennis has been on the beat since 2011, publishing daily reports on crime, courts and public education, keeping an eye on government spending and chicanery, and always hunting for a fresh lead. Most recently, Dennis wrote for The Vindicator, covering Mahoning County government and courts, as well as municipal goings-on in Austintown and Canfield. Dennis grew up in Poland and Salem, and graduated from Salem High School. He studied journalism and communications at Cleveland State University and University of Pittsburgh.

Recent Work by Justin

Chamber breakfast highlights successes, plans for post-COVID recovery

Chamber breakfast highlights successes, plans for post-COVID recovery

“It seems like life has become an endless struggle,” said Mahoning County Commissioner Anthony Traficanti. “It seems there is only doubt and fear, but there is hope around the corner.”
'Signs of spring': DeWine previews plan for return of sports, entertainment venues

'Signs of spring': DeWine previews plan for return of sports, entertainment venues

"The whole goal here will be for all of us to get back to where we want to be — get back to what our life was before the pandemic," the governor said.
ArcelorMittal faces lawsuit in Warren worker's cancer death

ArcelorMittal faces lawsuit in Warren worker's cancer death

The lawsuit claims the company “knowingly and/or deliberately misrepresented the hazards” of the cancer-causing substances to which the welder was exposed, and that he wasn't provided the proper protective equipment or training for the work.
Trumbull County to use CARES Act funding for new fairgrounds vaccination site

Trumbull County to use CARES Act funding for new fairgrounds vaccination site

The proposed structure would double or possibly triple the number of vaccine doses the county health district can administer at each clinic.
Ultium Cells powering up for mid-2022 release; new Lordstown construction on track

Ultium Cells powering up for mid-2022 release; new Lordstown construction on track

The Lordstown plant is the only of its kind in GM’s pipeline — so, at least for now, all Ultium-powered cars will have Lordstown-made batteries.
With Ohio direct sales pitch, can Lordstown Motors do what Tesla couldn't?

With Ohio direct sales pitch, can Lordstown Motors do what Tesla couldn't?

Many electric vehicle-makers have taken an interest in direct sales since Tesla “opened people’s eyes to the possibility,” said Michelle Krebs, executive analyst for Autotrader.com.
Youngstown City Schools students to return to the classroom sometime this year

Youngstown City Schools students to return to the classroom sometime this year

Gov. Mike DeWine late last year promised to offer the vaccine to school faculty and staff as long as their districts pledged to return to some form of in-person instruction — including a hybrid model with some days in-person and some days remote — by March 1.
Lawsuit: When an East Liverpool police dog attacked a bystander, police pressured him not to sue

Lawsuit: When an East Liverpool police dog attacked a bystander, police pressured him not to sue

A Wellsville man reportedly told police he didn't want to cause problems for the dog's handler, but a recently filed lawsuit claims the police chief wouldn't release him until he signed a statement promising not to sue the department for the mishap.
DeWine: Some schools took COVID-19 vaccinations but may break promise to reopen March 1

DeWine: Some schools took COVID-19 vaccinations but may break promise to reopen March 1

“Your commitment is not just to me. Your commitment is to the students and the parents in that district,” DeWine said during a special address Friday evening, which he said was intended to appeal to district administrators and board members.
Mercer County mom charged in Captiol riot released to house arrest

Mercer County mom charged in Captiol riot released to house arrest

A federal judge on Thursday rejected federal prosecutors' appeal to have Rachel Powel detained for pretrial, which argued she was a flight risk.