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YOUNGSTOWN City records 26th homicide of year



Published: Thu, November 1, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.



Another shooting around the corner at 466 Cohasset Drive happened around 4 a.m.

By PATRICIA MEADE

VINDICATOR CRIME REPORTER

YOUNGSTOWN -- A woman arriving home after work found the body of a shooting victim next to her house early today.

The Rosedale Avenue woman pulled into her driveway around 6:30 a.m. and saw a man's body between a car and the two-story brick house, said Detective Sgt. Douglas Bobovnyik.

The body could have been there a few hours, Bobovnyik said.

The victim was dressed in a dark teal shirt and black pants and had no coat. The woman who lives at 1723 Rosedale didn't know him and there were no strange vehicles nearby.

The victim's identity wasn't immediately available.

A next-door neighbor said she didn't hear any shots and didn't know what happened until a police officer knocked on her door.

Daniel Franklin, who lives at the corner of Rosedale and Willis Avenue, said he was up early waiting for his buddy to pick him up to go fishing. He didn't hear gunfire, but heard a neighbor say there was a dead man in a driveway.

Earlier shooting: Just 21/2 hours earlier, at 4 a.m., Willie J. Weatherly was shot at 466 Cohasset Drive, a house just around the corner from the Rosedale crime scene. Weatherly, 48, was in guarded condition this morning in St. Elizabeth Health Center.

Police are checking the possibility that the man in the Rosedale driveway was at the Cohasset home and ran to where he collapsed and died.

Weatherly had called 911 and said two men in black clothing shot him in the stomach. Police found him lying on the floor inside his house near the front door.

Officers found a man's driver's license in Weatherly's driveway and a red car, which they later had towed.

Deon Neely, who lives on Rosedale a few houses away from where the gunshot victim collapsed, said gunfire woke her about the time Weatherly was shot around the corner.

"It sounded so close. I heard one shot, then a pause and two more, back to back," Neely said. "I heard running feet on the pavement and thought somebody was running to get away. I was scared to death."

After that, all was quiet again on the South Side street.

Neely, who then stayed up with her 6-year-old son, an early riser, said she learned that the shooting on Cohasset was at the home of her friend Will, and she started to go around the corner to check on him. As she stepped outside, she heard commotion up the street where the body had been found.

Today's homicide is the 26th this year and the second in about 24 hours.

There were 25 homicides in Youngstown at this time last year.

Wednesday slaying: Hyland Burton IV, 23, of Tod Lane, was gunned down when three masked men kicked in the door to his house around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, witnesses told police. Burton died within an hour.

Detective Sgt. John Kelty obtained a warrant Wednesday afternoon and arrested Darryll L. Brown, 19, of Crandall Avenue. Brown is charged with aggravated murder and aggravated burglary related to the Burton homicide.

Brown was taken into custody on Ohio Avenue and spent the night in the Mahoning County jail pending arraignment this morning in municipal court.

meade@vindy.com




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