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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

Horse quarantine ends at Mahoning Valley Race Course

Horse quarantine ends at Mahoning Valley Race Course

As no horses were allowed to enter or leave the facility during the weeklong quarantine, course operators were forced to field smaller races.
Mahoning Valley Race Course horses under quarantine

Mahoning Valley Race Course horses under quarantine

Race track officials said one horse tested positive last week for the equine herpes virus, a "highly contagious" respiratory illness that can be life-threatening unless it's caught early. Quarantine could be lifted today after more tests.
Butler to feature comics legend Jim Steranko

Butler to feature comics legend Jim Steranko

“This is truly a crowning moment for the Valley to be able to bring in one of the all-time great comic/sci-fi/crime noir artists of the 20th century," said Greg Bartholomew, owner of All-American Comics.
Council: No indoor gun ranges in Canfield

Council: No indoor gun ranges in Canfield

“This council’s pretty united in what we’re trying to do with Canfield. We’re trying to grow it, but we’re trying to grow it with the same charm. I just don’t think it fits," said Mayor Richard Duffett.
FCI Elkton inmates want release, $935 billion — and a yacht

FCI Elkton inmates want release, $935 billion — and a yacht

Several federal inmates in Lisbon claim they're renouncing their U.S. citizenship to form a new sovereign entity based on druidism, and they want nearly a trillion dollars from the U.S. government.
For Rick Stockburger, the Valley's automotive future is BRITE

For Rick Stockburger, the Valley's automotive future is BRITE

“I think Lordstown Motors is kind of the lightning strike we needed in many ways. This is legitimate, this is real, this is something we could build an industry around," the president and CEO of BRITE Energy Innovators says.
NURSING HOMES | Windsor House sued for fall at Liberty facility

NURSING HOMES | Windsor House sued for fall at Liberty facility

Windsor House Inc. operates a dozen skilled nursing facilities in the region, including seven in the Mahoning Valley.
Canfield residents get first look at 'plan of the future'

Canfield residents get first look at 'plan of the future'

City officials unveiled some of the comprehensive plan’s key proposals during an evening presentation at Canfield Public Library.
New details emerge on GM/LG Chem's new Lordstown battery plant

New details emerge on GM/LG Chem's new Lordstown battery plant

Workers at Lordstown's proposed electric vehicle battery plant could make $45,000 to $50,000 a year; construction could get underway in July.
Here are new details on GM/LG Chem's new Lordstown battery plant

Here are new details on GM/LG Chem's new Lordstown battery plant

Legislators on Wednesday talked with reporters on wage expectations, skill training and a delayed groundbreaking for the proposed Lordstown facility.