Gunshots cut power
YOUNGSTOWN -- Shots fired at an Ohio Edison substation on Gibson Street at 10:27 p.m. Thursday left 2,055 South Side residents without power, an OE spokesman said. Power was restored in 16 minutes for 660 customers, including the waste treatment plant. The balance of the customers had power restored by 2:18 a.m. today.
The shots damaged a 23,000-volt transmission line, which fell into and damaged a 4,000-volt transmission line, the spokesman said.
Casings were found at the scene.
AUSTINTOWN -- The Mahoning County Sheriff's Department will conduct a speed, seat-belt and DUI blitz from 9 tonight to 4 a.m. Saturday on state Route 18 (Mahoning Avenue). The enforcement effort will include Mahoning Avenue into Jackson Township.
Charged in assault
CAMPBELL-- Bond was set at $100,000 this morning in municipal court for a man charged with felonious assault. Police said Ryan Walter, 24, of Fitch Avenue, fired 15 rounds from an assault rifle early Wednesday, injuring an 18-year-old female passenger in a vehicle outside of his home. Walter told police he did not see the vehicle when he began firing the weapon.
Fireworks show is late
YOUNGSTOWN -- The much-anticipated fireworks display in the city was more than an hour and a half behind schedule Thursday night because those responsible for shooting off the display arrived late, said Fire Chief John J. O'Neill Jr.
O'Neill said the fireworks were scheduled for about 9:50 p.m., just after dark. O'Neill said one of the two inspectors at the downtown event called at 11 p.m. to say that the two men entrusted with the display were running late.
The display went off about 11:30.
Damage to vehicle
AUSTINTOWN -- A township maintenance vehicle was damaged Wednesday morning when a Rhode Island Drive woman smashed her head into the vehicle's hood, police said. Police found three dents in the hood.
The vehicle was in a parking lot on Woodhurst Drive where the woman, 28, was charged by police with disorderly conduct at about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday. Police said the woman had a loud argument with a friend in the parking lot and refused to leave.
The woman smashed her head into the vehicle while she was being searched for weapons, police said.
Man strikes street sign
BOARDMAN -- A Euclid Avenue man is in critical condition at St. Elizabeth Health Center today after he fell from an innertube attached to the back of a vehicle.
Police said Charles Hamilton, 27, was riding in an innertube pulled down the street by a vehicle when he went around a corner and struck a street sign.
AUSTINTOWN -- A Poland man accused of dragging his ex-wife from the back of a motorcycle on South Meridian Road is charged with domestic violence.
The man, 52, of Matthews Road, is to be arraigned Monday in Mahoning County Court.
The ex-wife told police the man spotted her at about 10:30 p.m. Thursday at Stix Lounge on South Meridian and angrily ordered her to get onto his motorcycle. The two then drove to the intersection of South Meridian and Canfield roads, where they stopped at a red light and the woman tried to get off. The man then drove forward, dragging the woman a short distance.
A witness called police.
The woman refused treatment.
Facing drug charges
YOUNGSTOWN -- Three men face drug charges in municipal court that resulted from two raids conducted Wednesday by members of the police department vice squad.
At 451 W. Ravenwood Ave., police arrested Travis Jackson, 22, of Parkview Avenue on charges of aggravated trafficking in marijuana, aggravated trafficking in crack and having illegal possession of a weapon. Aside from drugs, police seized $1,000, a scale and a .45-caliber handgun.
At 972 Campbell St., police arrested Billy English and Edward Smith. English, 41, of Silliman Street is charged with possession of crack and carrying a concealed weapon. The drugs and a .22-caliber handgun were found inside his baseball cap, police said. Smith, 41, also of Silliman, is charged with possession of crack and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Police arrest teenager
YOUNGSTOWN -- A 17-year-old boy was arrested on the sidewalk outside his house in the 400 block of North Garland Avenue Thursday afternoon when Deputy Willie Seay found 13 packs of suspected heroin in the boy's clothing.
Seay was sent to the East Side neighborhood about 4 p.m. in response to complaints about a boy dressed in a blue shirt and blue shoes flagging down cars and selling drugs.