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YOUNGSTOWN S. Side man charged with child endangering



Published: Wed, April 24, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



A fracas began after police drew their weapons.

YOUNGSTOWN -- A 28-year-old South Side man faces child endangering and weapons charges in shooting toward a car in which his 3-year-old daughter sat.

Police drew their weapons on the man after an officer saw him firing the gun into the ground near his Oldsmobile Regency parked in an East Ravenwood Avenue driveway around 5:35 p.m. Tuesday, police reports show. He held the revolver in his right hand and a liquor bottle in his left.

Besides the child, four other people were in the car.

The man fled, dropping his gun to the sidewalk as he tried to place it in a pocket, police said. Officers held the four people in the car at gunpoint while they waited for other officers to arrive.

During this time, a 47-year-old woman came out of the East Ravenwood home and began swearing and yelling at police, refusing to go inside the house, police reports show. A second woman, 26, pulled up to the area in a Ford Taurus, refusing to leave and also screaming at officers.

Both women were issued misdemeanor summons for obstructing official business.

The alleged gunman was arrested on East Lucius Avenue, where he had tried to hide from police, reports show. He told them he had been drinking alcohol all day.

Officers said the man, of East Judson Avenue, gave them a false name and screamed vulgarities during booking.

He faces charges of child endangerment, three weapons violations, falsification and having an open container of alcohol.




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