CLEVELAND -- Although he'd been warned against faxing motions, indicted U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr. of Poland, D-17th, did just that and U.S. District Judge Lesley Brooks Wells chastised him this morning. In an "order regarding facsimiles," she reminded him of the rules. Traficant faxed five motions and a memo to the clerk's office Friday. The paperwork was not processed because the original documents were not delivered to a federal clerk of court. Today is Traficant's deadline to tell the judge why he thinks the prosecutor in his racketeering case is guilty of misconduct.
BOARDMAN -- A 21-year-old Youngstown man has been charged with felony counts of aggravated robbery, drug abuse and carrying a concealed weapon and a misdemeanor count of resisting arrest after police say he robbed a Southern Park Mall employee in the mall parking lot Saturday. Reports say the Spencer's employee left the mall about 9:30 p.m. carrying a clear plastic money bag containing more than $1,500. The Youngstown man snatched the bag and told the mall employee he had a gun, police said. The Youngstown man got into a 1994 Chevrolet driven by another man and left the scene, police said. He was later arrested on Avondale Avenue in Youngstown. The driver was not arrested.
Charges after chase
AUSTINTOWN -- A 27-year-old Youngstown man faces several charges after leading police on a chase early Sunday through Austintown and Youngstown.
The man is charged with receiving stolen property, failure to comply, criminal damage, resisting arrest and possession of criminal tools. He also was cited on charges of running a red light, driving under suspension and not wearing his seat belt.
Police said the chase started around 5:20 a.m. Sunday, after they received a report that a suspicious man was looking into cars in the parking lot of the Days Inn on state Route 46. The man was said to be driving a blue van.
An officer who responded to the hotel watched a blue van leave the parking lot. The driver sped up and ran a red light when he noticed the officer, who then gave chase.
The van led officers on an eight-minute chase on Interstates 80 and 680 onto South Avenue. Police cruisers reached speeds of 78 mph during the chase.
The van eventually crashed into a light pole on Commerce Street. The driver crawled out a passenger-side window and ran from officers.
He was arrested after a short chase by Austintown and Youngstown State University police. University police said the man struggled during the arrest.
The man was later treated at St. Elizabeth Health Center.
Bitten during fight
AUSTINTOWN -- An Ohltown Road man said he was bitten in the chest, back, and ear early Sunday by a man during a fight at a Woodland Trace home.
The man accused of the biting had been asked to leave the party late Saturday. He returned early Sunday with his brother and a wooden baseball bat.
Reports say he then bit the Ohltown Road man. Another party-goer eventually wrested the bat away from the man, and he and his brother ran from the home.
AUSTINTOWN -- A 22-year-old woman was treated at St. Elizabeth Health Center early Sunday after a fight in the parking lot of Babylon nightclub in Javit Court .
Reports say the woman was struck by an unidentified man who was fighting with her boyfriend. The woman tried to stop the fight and was struck in the face. Police later found a set of brass knuckles on the ground in the parking lot.
Three police calls
AUSTINTOWN -- Police were called to the parking lot of the Mill nightclub on South Raccoon Road three times this weekend.
The first call came Friday evening, when a 29-year-old woman told police she was pepper-sprayed by two women who tried to steal her purse in the Mill parking lot. The two women ran away when the 29-year-old fought for her purse. They were later found on Kerry Brook Drive and arrested on charges of aggravated robbery.
The second call came early Saturday, when a 20-year-old Canfield man told police that someone had stolen a CD player and six CDs from his Jeep Wrangler. The thief entered the Jeep by unsnapping the side panel.
The third call also came after a fight between two women in the parking lot early Saturday. Police say the fight started inside the club. Both women were escorted out of the club by bouncers.
One of the women got into a car and tried to leave, but the other woman tried to pull her out of the passenger side door.
The driver of the car then backed up, knocking down the woman outside of the car.