STRUTHERS -- Judge James R. Lanzo fined a Hillsville, Pa., woman $100 plus court costs and sentenced her to one year's reporting probation on a criminal trespassing charge stemming from an incident in June that resulted in the delay of four fully loaded trains.
Police say Kimberly A. Sheehan, 41, was the passenger on a four-wheel all-terrain vehicle that got caught on CSX railroad tracks June 23 and caused the conductors of two trains to activate their emergency brakes; two other trains behind those also stopped.
John N. Armeni, 30, of North Lima Road, Poland, was operating the ATV. He was sentenced Sept. 11 to $50 plus court costs, 30 days in jail, suspended, and one year's reporting probation on a criminal trespassing charge, and $50 plus court costs on a criminal damaging charge.
COITSVILLE -- A Youngstown police officer was injured during training exercises designed to help local emergency workers practice ways of responding to chemical attacks, city police say.
Lt. Robin Lees, a member of the tactical response team, was hit with a blank round from an assault rifle on Tuesday as he climbed into an open-ceiling room at Victory Assembly of God church on U.S. Route 422. The round was fired point-blank by a volunteer who had been instructed to fire the weapon into the air as officers entered the room. She told police she had never used such a weapon before.
Officers said they climbed into the room because a door was locked. Lees suffered an arm injury and was treated at St. Elizabeth Health Center.
YOUNGSTOWN -- A gunman wearing a scarf over his face stole $103 from a man and woman as they left a parked car in the rear lot of the woman's Fifth Avenue residence, police reports show.
The man, 80, of Dutton, Pa., and the woman, no age given, said the gunman came from behind a truck at about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday and demanded money.
Girl nearly hit
YOUNGSTOWN -- A 15-year-old Woodrow Wilson High School ninth-grader was nearly hit by a red pickup truck as she walked home from school on the South Side, city police reports show.
The teen told officers she was walking near the Forest City Food Mart on West Indianola Avenue at about 4 p.m. Wednesday when the driver of the truck tried to hit her, turned around and tried to hit her again.
The store owner said a man had come into the store saying his brakes had gone out and he swerved to miss a vehicle pulling out of the store lot.
YOUNGSTOWN -- A 46-year-old woman has reported to city police that her ex-boyfriend entered her North Side home, beat her face and upper body and choked her until she passed out because he is angry that she refused to marry him two years ago.
The woman filed the police report on Wednesday. She said the man, 48, who has a key to her Belmont Avenue residence, entered about 7:30 p.m. Sunday in a fit of rage. She said she awoke to find that he was gone and a baseball bat was lying next to her. The woman told police the man refuses to return her key.
Federal drug charge
CLEVELAND -- A Youngstown man is facing a federal narcotics charge. Sammy Anderson, 29, of Fernwood Avenue, is charged with attempted possession with intent to distribute cocaine.
If convicted, he will serve a mandatory minimum of five years in prison, says the U.S. attorney's office in Cleveland.
CLEVELAND -- James Albert Williams Jr., 39, of East Lucius Street, Youngstown, has been indicted by a federal grand jury on a charge of violating federal firearms laws, said Emily M. Sweeney, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.
The indictment alleges that Williams possessed a firearm while having a previous felony conviction. If convicted, he could face up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
The matter is being investigated as part of the "Project Safe Neighborhoods" crime-control program administered by Sweeney's office, the city of Youngstown, the Youngstown Police Department, the Mahoning County Prosecutor's Office, the U.S. Department of Justice and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.