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Fire by vandalism



Published: Tue, July 30, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



Fire by vandalism

YOUNGSTOWN -- A 36-year-old North Side woman was awakened today after a mattress in her children's bedroom was set on fire by a vandal, city police reports show. The children said they were in the Cordova Avenue home, listening to music in their bedroom around 5:20 a.m., when they heard a noise outside a window and a bottle was thrown through it. Youngstown Fire Department personnel put out the fire and an arson investigator is looking into it. No one was hurt.

South Side carjacking

YOUNGSTOWN -- A 22-year-old Deerfield man who stopped at a South Side drive-through was carjacked by a man who held a gun to his chest. The man told city police he was standing beside his car in the parking lot of Big A's on Glenwood Avenue when he was approached by the man, who asked how much he had paid for the car and its 18-inch chrome rims.

When the car owner got into his car, the robber pulled the gun, ordering him to get out and leave his wallet and keys behind, police reports show. When the driver hesitated, the robber said, "What do you think, I'm playing with you?" Besides the driver, two male passengers, both of Boardman, exited the car.

Teen burglary suspects

CAMPBELL -- Police arrested two 14-year-old boys and are investigating another juvenile in a series of recent burglaries. According to reports, police arrested an Andrews Avenue boy around 1:35 p.m. Saturday in the Fatima Drive area after a neighbor reported seeing two juveniles who aroused suspicion.

The boy told police that two other boys had broken into several homes while he was with them but that he did not go inside any of the homes. One of the boys, from Reed Avenue, was arrested around 4:15 p.m. Saturday near the homes. The third boy has not been arrested.

Shot on West Side

YOUNGSTOWN -- After being shot in the ear as he drove on Midland Avenue and crashing into a car on North Belle Vista Avenue, Anthony Virola went to a bar on Mahoning Avenue. From there, an ambulance took the 19-year-old South Hazelwood Avenue man to St. Elizabeth Health Center for treatment. At the hospital, Virola told city police that he saw two men staring at him as he drove on the West Side around 11:11 p.m. Monday, turning onto Midland from Steel Street. He then heard a gunshot as his rear window shattered. Fleeing from that area, he crashed on Belle Vista.

Shooting injures 2 men

YOUNGSTOWN -- About 30 to 50 gunshots were fired on the South Side from a car sitting at a phone booth at Glenwood Avenue and Lake Drive. Two men reported to city police that they were struck by bullets as they were stopped in a car in the intersection around 11:40 p.m. Monday. Keelan McKelley, 23, of Garfield Avenue, suffered a gunshot to the right arm and ran to a friend's home on Mineral Springs Avenue. Wilson Taylor, 21, of Clearmount Drive, was hit in the right leg and ran to a nearby drive-through store. Others drove the men to St. Elizabeth Health Center, where Taylor told police he may have been shot at because his parents had bought him a new car.

Less than two hours earlier, city police had responded to Taylor's home, where he said he was backing the car into his driveway when he and his 15-year-old brother, who was with him, were shot at from a car that drove by with its lights off. A 26-year-old neighbor reported that she was lying on a couch in her home when she heard seven to eight gunshots. An upper-level window was shot out, and siding on the home was damaged. Also at the home was a 45-year-old woman.

Officers collected seven shell casings from the area.

House is shot up

YOUNGSTOWN -- The South Side home of a 44-year-old woman was shot up overnight, city police reports show. Officers said the woman was sleeping in an upper-level bedroom in the West Myrtle Avenue home when she heard gunfire. Three bullets hit siding, and several struck glass in a door.

Guns stolen from trunk

CAMPBELL -- A Seventh Street man told police two High Point automatic pistols were stolen from the trunk of his car between July 21 and July 27. Reports state the man placed the guns in the trunk of his car for safekeeping but discovered them missing around noon Saturday.




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