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SUV sideswipes officer outside grocery store



Published: Wed, April 3, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



SUV sideswipes officeroutside grocery store

BOARDMAN -- A township police officer spent part of the day recovering from injuries suffered when he attempted to stop a shoplifter outside the Giant Eagle grocery store on Boardman-Canfield Road late Tuesday. Patrolman Glen Patton responded to a call from store personnel just after 10 p.m. about a woman seen taking 19 steaks valued at $151 and heading for the door. When the officer arrived, the woman was already in the parking lot and trying to get into a black Chevrolet Blazer with a male driver, police said. Several officers tried to get the woman out of the truck, but the driver took off -- sideswiping Patton and knocking him to the ground. Reports say Patton may have been knocked temporarily unconscious. He has injuries to his right arm, ribs and right wrist and was treated at Beeghly Medical Center. Police have a description of the woman and truck, a license plate number and a partial description of the driver.

Man beaten, shot

YOUNGSTOWN -- A 30-year-old South Side man told police he was beaten and shot in the thigh by three men at a house on Oak Street near Fruit Street on the city's East Side. He said the men punched and kicked him, accusing him of stealing a gun, and shot up his car parked outside at about 12:45 a.m. today. He was shot in the leg as he ran outside. The man's vehicle was damaged with several bullet holes and had blood on the driver's seat and floor, police reports show. A 54-year-old South Side man who said he had been in the victim's car told police that the other man had been selling meat for beer money when someone shot up the car. Four packs of frozen meat were found on the passenger floorboard.

Gunshots fired at man

YOUNGSTOWN -- A 32-year-old South Side man said four men who fired gunshots at him and three other people were likely looking for $70 that he owes two relatives, police reports show. The man, of West Princeton Street, told police he and three friends were attempting to get his car out of the mud at a Breaden Street address at about 5:50 p.m. Tuesday when four men began shooting at them and the two vehicles in which they sat. The man told police two of the shooters may be the relatives to whom he owes money but said he could not identify who was shooting. Police found several bullet holes in the Breaden Street home and in one of the cars.

Online scam reported

YOUNGSTOWN -- A 17-year-old West Side man was scammed of $1,300 by someone who had agreed to sell him a laptop computer via the Internet, police reports show. The teen had ordered the computer March 20 from an eBay user, agreeing to pay $1,200 and shipping costs. The computer was to arrive within three days but never did. The teen told police Tuesday that he has received no response from the seller since he wired the money to a London, England, address. The teen said he contacted eBay and was told that the seller was no longer a registered user.

Mother pleads innocent

YOUNGSTOWN -- Janell Thomas, 18, of North Garland Avenue, pleaded innocent Tuesday in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court to involuntary manslaughter. She is charged in the death of her 11-month-old son, Leroy Huff Jr., in October. Thomas was being held in the county jail on a $1 million bond awaiting her trial, which is set for May 8 before Judge R. Scott Krichbaum. Thomas maintains that the boy fell off a bed and hit his head, but the coroner has said it appears the boy was struck on the head.

Two are indicted

CLEVELAND -- In cases with Mahoning County connections, a federal grand jury indicted an Austintown man Tuesday on a charge of being a felon in possession of explosives and a Springfield, Mass., man on a charge of illegal re-entry into this country after deportation. Kenneth W. Collins III, 37, of North Meridian Road, Austintown, was charged with having 125 explosive devices after his conviction for aggravated trafficking in drugs and possession of criminal tools, the U.S. attorney said. The case was investigated by Austintown police and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Domingo Perez-Perez, 38, was found in the United States last Nov. 19 after being deported in 1998 after a 1992 narcotics possession conviction, the indictment said. That case was investigated by the Mahoning County Drug Task Force and the INS.

Probing tire slashings

BOARDMAN -- Police are investigating a rash of overnight tire slashing. About 20 tires were cut Tuesday on 10 cars on Terrace Drive, Camelot Drive, Southern Boulevard and Clifton Drive.




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