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YOUNGSTOWN Fights, drugs bring arrests



Published: Tue, April 9, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



Police arrested three adults on charges of felonious assault and one teen on a drug-trafficking charge.

YOUNGSTOWN -- Two women were arrested on felonious assault charges after one tried to shoot a third woman on the West Side and the other tried to stab her, police said.

Police arrested a 31-year-old woman outside the Oakwood Avenue home of the alleged victim, 30, about 6:45 p.m. Monday after the younger woman said the older woman had pulled a gun on her and tried to shoot her twice, but the weapon had misfired.

The 30-year-old woman told police the older woman had come to her home with two other women, ages 22 and 19. She said the 31-year-old woman and the 19-year-old woman had attacked her and knocked her to the ground outside her apartment.

When the older woman tried to shoot her and was unable to, the 19-year-old woman ran inside a neighboring apartment and returned with a kitchen knife. She tried twice to stab the woman on the ground but missed, the 30-year-old woman told police.

Both the 19-year-old woman, of Elm Street on the city's North Side, and the 31-year-old woman, of Himrod Avenue on the city's East Side, were arrested on felonious assault charges.

Police recovered a knife by a tree outside the apartment. A loaded .380-caliber handgun was recovered by a neighbor in a nearby yard.

Another arrest: In an unrelated matter Monday, a 20-year-old man was arrested on aggravated burglary, felonious assault and domestic violence charges after he kicked in the door of the South Side apartment he used to share with his ex-girlfriend, pulled a gun on her and threatened to kill her about 2:40 p.m., police reports show. A child was in the home at the time.

The woman, 20, told police she ran to an upper-level floor of the East Philadelphia Avenue building and jumped out a window onto her porch roof and to the porch roof of a neighboring residence. She said she waited for police at the neighboring home, where the ex-boyfriend again threatened to kill her.

The man admitted to police that he had kicked down the door but denied having a gun or threatening the woman.

Other problems: In other police activity:

* Officers arrested a 16-year-old Campbell boy on charges of trafficking in drugs and carrying a concealed weapon during a North Side traffic stop when they found a gun; 24 rounds of ammunition; 70 pills of suspected Ecstasy, separated and packaged in seven small plastic bags; and six loose pills of suspected drug Ecstasy, city police reports show.

The gun and drugs were found in a rear passenger seat near where the teen sat when the vehicle was stopped on Tod Lane near Belmont Avenue about 9:30 p.m. Monday.

The teen's brother, 17, was arrested on a charge of improperly operating a motor vehicle on a temporary permit.

* A 56-year-old South Side woman reported for the second time in two days that someone had thrown firebombs at her Hilton Avenue home. City firefighters extinguished a small fire in front of the home about 7 a.m. Sunday, police reports show.

On Friday, city police and firefighters had been called to the home about 4:40 a.m., when officers extinguished two fires with a fire extinguisher, police reports show. Police found two bottles containing flammable liquid. They also saw a fresh bullet hole in the home and found a shell casing in the street.

The woman told police that her home has been firebombed several times since November and that her son, who no longer lives there, owes someone money.




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