2 teens held in thefts
STRUTHERS -- Police arrested an 18-year-old Sexton Street man and a 16-year-old runaway around 2:30 p.m. Monday, accusing them of breaking into several cars parked along Yellow Creek Circle and stealing a cement saw and two cellular phones.
According to police reports, the teens dropped the saw near the side of the road. When they returned to get it a short time later, one of the victims spotted the car and pointed it out to police.
Police stopped the suspects' vehicle near the intersection of Poland Avenue and Terrace Street.
The runaway, an Iroquois Street boy, was reported missing the day before. According to police, this was not the first time the boy has run away.
2 cars hit building
YOUNGSTOWN -- Two cars rammed into an apartment building at 3027 Canfield Road on Tuesday afternoon, causing extensive damage, according to reports. James M. Hamrock, 86, who lives at the West Side complex, told police that his shoe got stuck between the gas and brake pedals of his 1993 Ford, which sent it forward. As it lurched ahead, the Ford pushed the second car, a 2000 Pontiac, into the building, police said. Hamrock was treated at Forum Beeghly Medical Park.
Gunman robs store
CAMPBELL -- Police are searching for a gunman who robbed a McCartney Road video store Monday, the second time the store's been robbed in less than two weeks.
According to police reports, a man described as short and Hispanic with a heavy Spanish accent entered Video Update, 675 McCartney Road, around 11:40 p.m., forced two employees into a back room and ordered them to open the safe.
The man had a black shirt over his face and a small, black handgun. Store employees told police he took $700 to $800.
The store was robbed in a similar manner May 17. The robber, also brandishing a handgun and using a black shirt to cover his face, stole $800 to $900.
2 loaded guns stolen
CAMPBELL -- Two loaded guns were among items stolen from a Walters Street home Friday.
According to police reports, the 27-year-old resident discovered the rear door to his basement had been forced open around 4:40 p.m. A Jennings .22-caliber handgun that had been under the bed in an upstairs bedroom and a .40-caliber handgun that had been in a drawer in a downstairs room were among the items missing.
The owner told police both guns were loaded and that the robbery could have occurred anytime after 12:30 a.m.
Mayor wants a listfor blight battle
ERIE, Pa. (AP) -- The mayor has asked that at least five properties be placed on a list each month to determine whether they meet the criteria for blight before they are destroyed.
Mayor Rick Filippi's request is part of his urban development plan focusing on inner-city neighborhoods.
The list of homes will be submitted to the city Vacant Property Review Commission to determine if the properties are a hazard to the community.
"We've got over 200 vacant properties in the city, so at five a month, this could take us a while," said Rich Bertges, who heads the Bureau of Property Maintenance.
Property owners have 30 days to respond once they are notified by the Property Review Committee.
Jewelry store robbed
BOARDMAN -- Two men made away with more than $5,000 from a jewelry store at Southern Park Mall on Market Street, township police said. A 23-year-old employee of International Jewelry told police that the men, in their 20s, were trying on jewelry about 3:30 p.m. Friday when they fled without paying. Among the items stolen were a charm of Christ's face, a bracelet, a necklace and a ring.
Meat, cheese stolen
BOARDMAN -- Someone stole several cases of meat and cheese from the Subway sandwich shop at 5052 Youngstown-Poland Road, township police said. The owner of the shop said he was doing inventory Monday when he discovered cases of roast beef, ham, turkey, cold cuts and provolone cheese missing. The items were valued at about $850.