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Drive-by shooting menaces neighborhood



Published: Tue, August 2, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



Drive-by shootingmenaces neighborhood

YOUNGSTOWN -- A 30-year-old man who lives in the 500 block of East Lucius Avenue told police he was sitting on his couch at 3:30 a.m. Monday when he heard 20 to 30 gunshots coming from a vehicle.

He said he ducked and heard glass breaking, then realized his front window had been hit. He said the bullet lodged in a wall above his head.

Police retrieved a bullet fragment from the wall. No casings were found.

A neighbor told police he thought the shots were fired at his house but it wasn't struck. The neighbor said he'd received a threatening phone call earlier in the evening after being jumped by unidentified men near Ravenwood Avenue.

Woman suffers woundfrom metal object

YOUNGSTOWN -- A 24-year-old Saranac Avenue woman was treated at St. Elizabeth Health Center around 1:45 a.m. Monday for a head wound she told police was inflicted by her boyfriend outside her home.

Police, though, were given the identity of another man as the assailant by one of the woman's young sons. Police said the man is the father of one of the woman's children. No arrest was made.

The woman was hit with a metal object on the right side of her head and also cut on her right arm, reports show.

Search for burglar

AUSTINTOWN -- Police continue looking for a person who burglarized an Austintown home, stealing a purse, a wallet and a jewelry box.

A police report says a 44-year-old South Meridian Road woman reported that an unidentified person entered her home while she was sleeping between 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Friday. The burglar entered the home through an unlocked back door.

The victim's purse, containing currency and a driver's license, was stolen from a foyer in the rear of the house. Her son's wallet with money and a driver's license was stolen from his bedroom, and a jewelry box with assorted jewelry was stolen from another bedroom in the home.

Multiple break-insat apartments reported

BOARDMAN -- A resident of a Glenwood Avenue apartment awoke early Saturday to see a man climbing into her bedroom window. The woman said the man was wearing khaki shorts and no shirt.

Another resident reported seeing a man run through the parking lot but couldn't provide a description.

Police checked the area but didn't find a suspect.

On Friday, four tenants of an Appleridge Circle fourplex reported money and credit cards taken when their individual apartments were broken into. Police said that exterior doors to the complex aren't locked and the units don't have deadbolts.

Four more residents on Mathews Road, Homestead Drive and Washington and West boulevards reported burglaries of their homes.

All of the burglaries occurred sometime Saturday.

Officer injured in crash

WARREN -- Police Officer Chris O'Rourke was hospitalized Sunday evening after a crash involving a stolen vehicle.

Police reports say a 15-year-old was arrested for receiving stolen property, fleeing and eluding, and resisting arrest at the 100 block of Oregon Street NW.

Police officials said other charges may follow because of the injuries to the officer.

Suspect agrees to X-rays

WARREN -- A 53-year-old man charged with theft possibly swallowed jewelry after a robbery Friday at Thom Duma Fine Jewelers, 115 W. Market St.

Police said the man, identified as Robert E. Davis of Palmyra Road, grabbed a tray of jewelry and left the store.

An off-duty police officer from Greenville, Pa., tackled the man in a downtown parking deck after hearing shouts of "stop that man" and held him in a chair until police arrived.

Ten pairs of earrings, valued at $8,396.38, were recovered at the scene; four pairs, valued at $1,772.20, were missing.

The man agreed to undergo X-rays to determine if he had swallowed the jewelry.




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