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Arrested in store thefts



Published: Sun, September 1, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



Arrested in store thefts

AUSTINTOWN -- Suspects in a rash of thefts of convenience stores rammed a township police car early Saturday before being caught.

About 5:50 a.m., a theft was reported from the BP gas station on Mahoning Avenue. The description of the car involved was the same as the car used in two other thefts Friday evening, at the Sheetz station on Mahoning Avenue and the Save-A-Step shop on North Canfield-Niles Road.

Police saw the car near Interstate 680 and Meridian Road. The driver refused to stop and rammed the police car. The officer wasn't hurt.

Eventually the car made its way into Youngstown and hit a truck at Andrews Avenue and Scott Street. That driver wasn't hurt, either.

The suspects were arrested and were in stable condition at St. Elizabeth Health Center, police said. Police said the suspects, whose names they didn't release, will face several charges.

Arrested in slaying

YOUNGSTOWN -- Police arrested a 25-year-old woman they say shot a man to death Tuesday.

Danielle Joy Wilson, of Cohassett Drive, was arrested about noon Friday at an apartment in Austintown. She faces an aggravated murder charge. Police say she shot Jonathan Ragsdale, 78, at 2717 Idlewood Ave.

A witness told police he heard a woman yelling at Ragsdale. As the woman backed out of the house toward the front door, she fired one shot at Ragsdale as he tried to run down the hallway, the witness said.

Charged with assault

YOUNGSTOWN -- Joshua Hansen, 19, of Niles was charged with felonious assault after a man was hit over the head with a beer bottle at a party on Ohio Avenue.

Police were sent to 818 Ohio about 2 a.m. Saturday after fights had started outside. Witnesses told police that Hansen came up behind the victim, a 20-year-old Youngstown man, and smashed the bottle over his head, cutting him on the shoulder. Hansen cut his hand. Both were treated at hospitals.

MetroParks fall festival

CANFIELD -- Mill Creek MetroParks' fall festival, Sunset at the Farm, will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 14 at the MetroParks Farm. This free program is sponsored by Farmers National Bank. The MetroParks Farm is on U.S. Route 46 across from the Canfield Fairgrounds.

Visitors will be treated to hayrides on wagons pulled by draft horses, campfire entertainment and freshly made apple butter. Kids will enjoy a visit with farm animals, a marshmallow roast, a search for toys in a haystack and a trip through a cornfield maze.

The festivities include a sack race and an egg toss. The Agventure Barn will be open, and the Western Reserve Modular Railroad Club will stage a giant train display. Stargazing with YSU is set for 8 p.m.




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