Bullet holes foundin South Side home
YOUNGSTOWN -- City police found two bullet holes in a front door and foyer wall of a South Side home where a man was baby-sitting, police reports show. The man said he was upstairs in the East Boston Avenue home and the children were in the rear of the house when he heard a bang on the front door. A neighbor saw two male teens flee the area. Officers recovered two 9mm shell casings on the front porch.
CLEVELAND -- U.S. District Court Judge Lesley Brooks Wells made it official: She filed an order Thursday requiring U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr. to surrender $96,000 to the federal government after his June 27 sentencing and her issuance of a final order of forfeiture. The motion was simply procedural by the judge. The jury that found Traficant, a Poland Democrat, guilty on 10 felony counts ruled that the congressman had to surrender $96,000 based on his racketeering conviction.
Jurors deliberate infelonious assault case
YOUNGSTOWN -- Jurors were to resume deliberating today in the Mahoning County Common Pleas Court trial of Alan J. Christian, 35, of East Maryland Avenue, Sebring, who is charged with felonious assault. Prosecutors say he pulled a .45-caliber handgun on a Sebring policeman who was trying to arrest him after a domestic fight in January. Jurors deliberated about an hour Thursday before being sent home by Judge Robert Lisotto.
Assaulted and robbed
CAMPBELL -- A 47-year-old Jackson Street woman was struck in the head with a handgun and robbed of $560 around 4:45 p.m. Wednesday as she was walking along her street. The woman told police she was walking up Jackson from Murray Avenue when a 26-year-old man she knows approached her and asked for $5. She told him she didn't have $5 and walked away. According to police reports, the man then struck the woman in the back of the head with a handgun. When she turned around he struck her again, hitting her in the forehead with the gun and knocking her down. He then grabbed her by her shirt, she said, discovered she had cash in her front shirt pocket, grabbed the money and fled.
AUSTINTOWN -- A warrant has been issued for an Akron woman who didn't show for a court appearance here in March. Danielle Moore, 35, of 569 W. Exchange St., was expected to appear in Mahoning County Court on March 28 to face charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and trespassing. The warrant was issued April 11. Police found a suspected crack pipe in Moore's purse in March in the parking lot of the Rebel Lounge on Seventy-Six Drive. She had been warned to stay away from the parking lot in the past.
Charges bound over
BOARDMAN -- Felony charges of robbery against James Standford, 34, of Brookline Drive have been bound over to a grand jury. Standford is accused in the Dec. 24, 2001, robbery of a township Dairy Mart store. Police said he and two other men stole $60 worth of goods and merchandise and fled in a stolen car. The two other men already have been found guilty of misdemeanor charges.
Complaint about chief
CRAIG BEACH -- A Redwood Drive woman called the Mahoning County Sheriff's Department Wednesday morning to complain about the behavior of village Police Chief Rick Watson. The woman said Watson came to her house around 10 a.m. after a dispute with her neighbor. She said Watson cursed at her and refused to call the sheriff's office.
CAMPBELL -- Police are investigating more than $1,000 in unauthorized long-distance charges billed to a calling card belonging to American Painting Co., 287 Park Drive. An employee of American Paint brought copies of long-distance bills to the police department this week, listing dozens of unauthorized calls made between Jan. 13 and Feb. 12. The calls were made to and from various numbers in Kentucky. The company's calling cards have since been canceled.