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Footprints in snow lead to suspects



Published: Mon, February 4, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



Footprints in snowlead to suspects

AUSTINTOWN -- Police said they followed footprints in the snow to two teens who are accused of stealing beef jerky and cigarettes early Saturday from One Stop Shop on Mahoning Avenue.

The teens, 17 and 15, both of state Route 46, will be charged by police with breaking and entering and violating curfew.

Police went to the store in response to an alarm at 3 a.m. The front window had been shattered, and beef jerky and cigarettes were missing. Footprints were found heading away from the store in the snow.

The footprints led police to the teens, who were walking through the parking lot of Austintown Community Church on state Route 46. Police later found beef jerky in the seat of the cruiser where one of the teens was sitting, and cigarettes were found on the other teen.

A witness identified the 17-year-old as one of two teens she saw break the store window.

Student arrested

YOUNGSTOWN -- A 16-year-old student at the Youngstown Alternative School on West Wood Street, in the downtown area, was arrested at about 10:30 a.m. Friday, accused of punching a school administrator, knocking him to the ground.

The girl, a 10th-grader from the South Side, was being disciplined when she punched the man in the forehead, breaking the skin and knocking him down, causing a bruise to his elbow, according to a report.

Upon arrest, the girl threatened to assault police and used vulgar language, reports say.

Scholar to speak

YOUNGSTOWN -- Dr. Peter Levine, research scholar at the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy at the University of Maryland, will speak at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in Kilcawley Center's Chestnut Room at Youngstown State University.

Levine's topic is "Building the Electronic Commons -- the Internet and Civil Society." Levine is working under a Ford Foundation grant to plan and advocate a new public space on the Internet.

His speech is free, and the presentation is part of YSU's Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies' Albert J. Shipka Lecture Series.

Sports complex event

MINERAL RIDGE-- A fund-raising committee for Weathersfield School District's Joe Lane Sports Complex will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the superintendent's office in the middle school.

Mineral Ridge meeting

MINERAL RIDGE -- The final meeting of the board of education to review revisions to the student code of conduct will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the superintendent's office.

Armed robbery attempt

HUBBARD -- Two men attempted an armed robbery of Eastern Trumbull Credit Union, 6813 Commerce Drive, at about 9:20 this morning.

Hubbard Township police and Trumbull County deputy sheriffs were sent to the credit union after a phone call from an employee, a dispatcher at the Trumbull County 911 Center said.

The employee told dispatchers that one man entered the credit union with a gun while an accomplice waited outside in a large blue American-made car. Deputies were pursuing the car on state Route 82, he said.

None of the credit union employees was injured, he said.

Payday robbed

NILES -- A man armed with a small chrome handgun robbed a Payday Cash Advance on Youngstown-Warren Road, forcing employees to open a back-room safe, police reports say.

Niles police responded to the holdup alarm at 6:40 p.m. Friday, after the man had fled with $8,800, reports say.

Salem break-in

SALEM -- A downtown business reported a weekend breaking and entering, police said. Town & amp; Suburban Realty, 1048 E. State St., notified police of the crime Saturday, saying they thought it had occurred overnight. Two cameras were taken.




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