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Originally Published: 10:04 p.m., October 16, 2017 and  Updated 12:04 a.m., October 16, 2017
 

Jury selection produced 31 potential jurors Tuesday in the Nasser Hamad aggravated murder case, leaving nine more to be picked today. Wednesday is expected to be an off day, followed by a selection process Thursday afternoon in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court that will narrow 40 potential jurors down to 12 and four alternates, Judge Ronald Rice said Monday. That will allow the final jury pool to be taken Friday to the shooting scene at Hamad’s home on state Route 46 in Howland near the Eastwood Mall.

Three companies discussed their efforts to open businesses to sell medical marijuana in Youngstown. The proposals were made Monday to city council for informational purposes. The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy will determine what companies will get the licenses. Ohio hasn’t awarded licenses to grow yet.

Two people charged in the cocaine overdose of a 9-year-old boy the day after Christmas pleaded guilty Monday. Kevin Gamble pleaded guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter and child endangering and the child’s mother, Raenell Allen, pleaded guilty to a charge of child endangering. Prosecutors are recommending a sentence of four and a half years for Gamble and probation for Allen for the death of her son, Marcus Lee, of Midland Avenue.

The Ohio Department of Transportation plans to spend $10.5 million improving bridges and safety conditions along Interstate 680 beginning in the spring and extending through 2021. The first undertaking, scheduled for spring 2018, will remove the bridge on Interstate 680 between Oak Hill and Ridge avenues on the South Side. ODOT will replace the bridge with asphalt and fill material. Interstate 680 northbound will be closed for 30 days between U.S. Route 62 and Edwards Street.

A former city of Youngstown employee experienced gender discrimination and a “boys’ club” atmosphere in the traffic department, according to a wrongful termination suit filed in U.S. District Court. Carly Bowlen worked for the city from December 2013 until May 2016. Most recently, she worked as a sign painter in the city’s traffic department.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources searched throughout the day Monday for John Schuster, 51, from the Youngstown-Girard area who is presumed to have drowned in Mosquito Lake Sunday when his 12-foot plastic kayak with an electric motor capsized. They focused attention on the area on the east side of the lake where the other man on the craft was taken after being rescued by another boater. Searchers were preparing to resume again about 8:30 a.m. today.

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