Lost toddler gets home
BOARDMAN -- A wandering toddler gave township police a scare Halloween night when authorities could not locate her parents. According to police reports, the 3-year-old girl, dressed in a Cinderella costume, was found about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday alone in the 4000 block of Chester Drive. A resident picked up the girl and called police, who questioned a man who was driving a minivan that had 12 kids in it to see if the girl belonged with that group of trick-or-treaters. The man said the girl was his niece and belonged with the group, police said. The man had no identification, so police waited for the girl's mother to come from a class at the Choffin Career Center to pick up the child.
Men sentenced for theft
STRUTHERS -- Two men will spend about six months in jail after being arrested in the theft of one automobile and the attempted theft of other vehicles Oct. 24. Jason E. Averill, 21, of Youngstown, and Franklin D. Fox, 24, of Girard, pleaded no contest to charges of receiving stolen property, possessing criminal tools and three counts of criminal damaging before Judge James R. Lanzo Wednesday in Struthers Municipal Court.
The first two charges were amended to theft. The men were sentenced to 180 days in jail for each of the theft charges and 90 days in jail for each criminal damaging charge. The sentences will be served concurrently. They must also serve one-year reporting probation, were fined court costs and ordered to pay full restitution for vehicles they damaged.
MINERAL RIDGE -- The fourth annual free veterans luncheon will be from noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 10 at Mineral Ridge Church of Christ, 3911 Main St., for veterans, their spouses and guests. Reservations are required by Sunday and can be made by calling the church office, (330) 652-5403.
Court finds man guilty
YOUNGSTOWN -- Demetrius Ward, 25, of South Prospect Street, was found guilty of felonious assault Wednesday in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court, after pleading no contest. Judge James C. Evans delayed sentencing until after a background check is done. Ward faces two to eight years in prison. Police say he backed over his girlfriend, Natasha Brown, 20, with a car during an argument July 31 in Mill Creek Park, then smashed the window of another car where Brown had run for safety. Defense attorney Douglas B. Taylor said Ward backed over her accidentally as he was going to look for Brown after she jumped from the vehicle. He did not see that she had fallen behind it, Taylor said.
AUSTINTOWN -- A married 23-year-old woman nicknamed "India" was charged with criminal trespassing this morning after crawling out of a tractor-trailer's sleeping compartment at Rebel 76 truck stop. The woman's address was not listed on police reports. Police said a semi dropped the woman off at another semi in the parking lot at about 1:45 a.m.
About 15 minutes later, the woman exited the driver's side of the sleeping compartment. A man exited from the compartment's passenger side. The woman then got back into the semi that had dropped her off. Police stopped that semi. They said that the woman had been warned to stay away from the truck stop in the past.
CAMPBELL -- A 62-year-old Porter Avenue woman who thought trick-or-treaters were at her door was met by a criminal instead. The woman opened her door about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and told a man she didn't have anything to give him. She then closed the door and locked it.
The man then kicked in the door, pinned the woman to the floor, pointed a gun and said he was going to kill her, police said. There was a scuffle, she screamed and the attacker fled, police said. Nothing was taken from the home.
Third suspect caught
STRUTHERS -- A third juvenile was arrested in the robbery of Wagon Wheel Bar on Oct. 25 during which patrons were threatened by two gunmen. Police said a 15-year-old Youngstown boy was picked up Tuesday and is being held at the Mahoning County Juvenile Justice Center
Two other juveniles police believe assisted in the robbery were already in custody. The boys entered the Bridge Street bar around 10:30 p.m. last Thursday armed with a rifle and a pistol and ordered everyone to the floor before robbing the cash register, authorities said.