YOUNGSTOWN -- A 31-year-old woman arrested by city police during an East Side break-in escaped from the back seat of a cruiser, where officers had left her handcuffed while they searched the home.
Police responded to the break-in on North Truesdale Avenue at about 8 p.m. Thursday to see the woman leaving with a bulge under her coat. When she lifted her arms, several items fell from beneath her coat, including a Sony PlayStation, police said. They think the woman climbed through a sliding-glass window that separates the cruiser's back seat from the front and escaped through a front door.
Several officers searched the area for the woman but she was not found.
Teacher reportedly hit
YOUNGSTOWN -- A West Elementary School sixth-grader was arrested after he hit a teacher in the back, city police reports show. Pupils were entering the North Hazelwood school from buses at about 9 a.m. Thursday when the pupil hit the teacher.
The pupil told officers he had swung at a pupil who had hit him on the bus, missed and inadvertently hit the teacher. The teacher had returned to work Tuesday after recovering from a back injury she suffered when she was hit by another pupil in a prior assault.
The boy, 11, was taken to the Mahoning County Juvenile Justice Center on a charge of assault on a teacher.
It is the third time in a week in which city school officials have reported assaults by pupils. A 16-year-old girl was arrested at the Youngstown Alternative School last Friday after being accused of punching a school administrator. On Wednesday, a police officer on security at Sheridan Elementary School reported that a 9-year-old boy had hit two teachers there.
Arrest at store
YOUNGSTOWN -- City police arrested a West Side man who was begging at the Sparkle Market on Mahoning Avenue after he swore at store employees who asked him to leave, threatened them and fought with them.
When police arrived at about 8:20 p.m. Thursday, the 44-year-old man was on the ground with two employees. He was arrested after a brief struggle.
Investigation at center
YOUNGSTOWN -- City and sheriff's department police are investigating alleged corruption of a minor by an adult student at the Choffin Career Center, police reports show.
A student at the school told a deputy and a city officer Wednesday that the 20-year-old woman had sexual contact with two 15-year-old boys. At least one of the boys is a student at the center's alternative school, reports say.
Fight ends in arrest
YOUNGSTOWN -- Police arrested a 35-year-old North Side man on drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest charges after a seven-minute fight during which officers used pepper spray and struck the man several times.
Two officers saw the man carrying a bottle of alcohol in a Griffith Street courtyard about 7:30 p.m. Thursday and were citing him for carrying an open container when they began to search him.
The man ran at one of the officers and was wrestled to the ground, where he refused to remove his hand from his pockets and began kicking at the officers. Once he was handcuffed, police searched the man and found a suspected crack pipe in his jacket pocket.
Woman misses hearing
AUSTINTOWN -- A North Raccoon Road woman charged with child endangerment missed her scheduled hearing Thursday morning.
Neda Brimhall, 22, was supposed to inform Mahoning County Juvenile Court officials of the progress of her parenting classes and treatment for alcoholism.
She has until Monday to contact the court and explain her absence. If she does not, a warrant will be issued for her arrest.
Police found Brimhall's 1-year-old son playing unsupervised on North Raccoon Road at 2:30 a.m. Sept. 9. They also found her 2-year-old daughter unattended on the road Oct. 11. Both children were said to be playing unsupervised on the road Nov. 25.
Theft at middle school
CANFIELD -- Police report that $112 was stolen from the purse of a Canfield Middle School teacher Wednesday afternoon.
The police report says the money was taken between 1 and 3:30 p.m. from a purse stored in the teacher's desk drawer. Nothing else appeared to be missing.
Two other school employees reported similar thefts Jan. 24. A purse was taken from under one employee's desk and a wallet was taken from the purse of another. The purse and wallet were later recovered in an upstairs restroom but had been emptied of cash.