Victim of roofing scam
YOUNGSTOWN -- A 92-year-old East Lucius Avenue woman was the victim of a roofing scam by two men in their 30s, police said. The victim said the men told her they were from a local company and had done work for her before. While one man stayed in the house, the other went up on the roof. About an hour later, the victim was told she owed $2,700. She said she couldn't pay that much and the suspects settled for $1,500 and left with a check. The victim could not recall to whom the check was made payable to. The crime took place Tuesday and was reported Thursday.
Carjacking in Boardman
BOARDMAN -- There was a carjacking on Market Street just after 7 p.m. Thursday. According to police reports, a 41-year-old Struthers man was in a parking lot at 3900 Market St. when a man with a gun demanded his 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix. Reports say the car also contained $60 in cash. Later in Youngstown, a 2002 Grand Prix stolen during an armed robbery in Boardman was spotted by city police and pursued to an East Ravenwood Avenue driveway. The driver, Havert Minor, 20, of Mahoning Avenue and his passenger, Earl K. Watson, 23, of Parkwood Avenue were charged with receiving stolen property, reports show. Minor faces an additional charge of possession of marijuana.
Dog missing after burglary
GREENFORD -- A female tan Sharpei, valued at $800, was discovered missing after a burglary Thursday night at a house in the 5200 block of Salem-Unity Road, the Mahoning County Sheriff's Department said. The dog's owner told a deputy that someone entered the house through an unlocked door, used lipstick to write an obscenity on the TV, scattered items in the living room and dumped a bottle of beer on a chair.
Halloween dance planned
YOUNGSTOWN -- Youngstown Pride Center will hold a Halloween dance from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday at the Unitarian Church, 1105 Elm St. Donations will be accepted, and there will be food, music and prizes. For information call (330) 747-7433.
Road rage escalates
MERCER, Pa. -- Pennsylvania State Police said road rage ended with aggravated assault charges against a Brookfield Township man. Police said Dennis B. Clark was apparently angered by the driving of Mark Kwiecinski of Hubbard as their vehicles traveled along U.S. Route 62 in East Lackawannock Township around 12:20 p.m. Thursday.
Clark followed Kwiecinski into the Flynn's Tire and Service Center parking lot and started a verbal dispute that escalated when Clark returned to his truck and got a shotgun, police said. Clark threatened Kwiecinski, who struggled with him for control of the shotgun, police said. Clark fled but was stopped and arrested.
Report of sex assault
AUSTINTOWN -- Police are investigating a report that a girl was sexually assaulted at a Cumberland Drive day-care business when she was 4 years old. The girl, now 6, is the seventh child to say she was assaulted there.
Brian Dudek, 16, of Cumberland Drive, was arrested in September, charged with 12 counts of gross sexual imposition in connection with sexual assaults at the business, owned by Dudek's mother. His trial is pending.
The 6-year-old's mother told police she removed her children from the day care in 2001 after they said they had been hit by the day-care owner's children. The mother recently learned about the other cases at the day care and asked a school counselor to speak with her daughter.
Vandalism spree probed
AUSTINTOWN -- Police are investigating a report that three teens went on a vandalism spree in the Georgetown Place neighborhood Thursday, damaging several vehicles with paint balls and pumpkins. About six cars were damaged, police said.
Dave Nelson, Mahoning County humane officer, told police he was outside of his Georgetown Place home about 9:15 p.m. when his car was hit by a pumpkin. Nelson then saw several people who appeared to be carrying guns in a car driving away. He followed them to a home on Fairview Avenue in Canfield.
Police arrived and searched the car, finding paint-ball guns, a BB gun, pumpkins and beer. Three teens were in the car: a 17-year-old Alderwood Drive, Canfield, boy; a 16-year-old Aldrich Road boy; and a 16-year-old South Raccoon Road boy. The teens were released to their parents.