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2 men killed on North Side

Published: Sun, August 7, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m.

Police seek public’s help in investigating city’s 10th, 11th homicides of 2011

By Denise Dick



Two men, age 56 and 19, became the city’s 10th and 11th homicide victims of 2011 Saturday.

Police were called about 3:45 a.m. to Wirt Street and Alameda Avenue on the North Side for a report of gunfire coming from a white house where people had fled and a red sport-utility vehicle had left the driveway.

When they arrived, they found the front door open at 1091 Wirt and two people lying on the floor inside.

Jasmon Reeder, 19, of Superior Street, was found dead, lying on his side with a gunshot to the head.

Oscar Teague, 56, who lived at the Wirt Street home, had been shot in the back. He was taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center where he later died.

Police found no witnesses.

“There are some things that we’re working on and trying to run down,” said Capt. Rod Foley, chief of the detective division.

The Wirt Street house was known for drug activity, he said.

“There are two people who are possible witnesses that we’re trying to track down,” Foley said. “As of right now, there’s not a lot to work on.”

Anyone with information is asked to call 330-746-CLUE (2583).

“They can stay anonymous and be eligible for a reward if information leads to an arrest,” the captain said.

Both victims had previous run-ins with the law.

Mahoning County court records show that Reeder was sentenced in March to three years’ probation after pleading guilty and being convicted of receiving stolen property and cocaine possession.

The records show that Teague’s criminal history dates to the early 1990s, and in 2006 he was sentenced to a year in prison for complicity to breaking and entering.

The deaths mark the city’s second and third homicides in two days and the 10th and 11th for the year.

Early Friday, Doris Wellington, 44, was strangled to death in her Knapp Avenue home on the East Side. Her husband, Daniel Wellington, 55, is charged with voluntary manslaughter and is in Mahoning County jail.

By this time last year, Youngstown had 15 homicides.


1palbubba(746 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

Aren't we proud that Jay and Jimmy are reducing crime. Jay even got promoted to Washington and Jimmy is about to take his boatload of taxpayer money and run. Leaving us with the same mess we always have. Imagine shootings at a "KNOWN" drug house. While the police did nothing to stop it, I'm guessing their new approach is maybe if they leave them alone maybe they will kill each other off. If there is some colateral damage, so what.

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2lee(544 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

Wow drugs in Ytown I'm shocked

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3fcb(417 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

Ah!! Another weekend in "Y" Town

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4redvert(2199 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

Southside, listen up, you are starting to get some competition from north of the river. Better pick up the pace a bit!

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5andrew1967(36 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

looks like CHANGE is working well,

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6Fred(131 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

The people have been abandoned by the city leaders and have nowhere to turn for guidance.The leaders of the city are too concerned about themselves and have little time to alleviate the plight of the people.Their numerous deaths bring no compassion.

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7Max(92 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

Yeah, Fred, it's the governments responsibility to teach them that it's wrong to kill each other. I guess they didn't know that...

This is exactly the problem ... they think that the government (and the rest of us) are responsible for all their problems, instead of taking the responsibility for their own actions. AND THEY HAVE A HUGE SENSE OF ENTITLEMENT THAT THE GOVERNMENT CONTINUES TO ENABLE by handing them everything on the backs of those of us who ARE responsible!!!!


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8luvlove(9 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

Nobody is curious about how the drugs come and go here?

Do we have an ATF working here? I wonder sometimes.

What the real shocker is that the people turn a blindeye out of fear. Why is that?

So by turning a blindeye at the problem they put themselves and others in harms way.

Unfreaking unbelieveable!

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9mzfeefee(22 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

Name one mayor and police chief that did not have crime/murder occur? None. When the mob was killing off each other was that Jay and Jimmy's fault? I think not. There was crime in the city before the white people moved out. You seem to have selective memory. Regardless of who was killed and how they were killed there is family left to mourn them. How do you know what the government did or did not give them? How do you know their parents were missing? This is all speculation about the tragic ending of life. They probably contributed to their deaths but it is still the lost of life regardless and pain for the family members left behind. Your comments are inane and do nothing to end the problem. If all you have to offer is blame without substance or an attempt at solution shut up.

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10YSU_Alumna(56 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

My deepest sympathies to the families of the victims.... I went to high school with Oscar and have fond memories of him. I am so sorry he is gone, regardless of any police records.

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11mzfeefee(22 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

So the people who bring the drugs into this country with boats and planes are welfare recipients? LOL. The major profiteers who are American citizens are welfare recipients? LOL Drug operations are funded from private business men ( usually white, suburbanites). The disenfranchised are prey and victimized by their desire to have mone and the trappings of money. These are the children and grandchildren of the folks who worked in the multitude of mills and plants that surrounded this community. Their families worked hard and in dangerous places. The familes paid taxes and didn't collect. The jobs dried up and went across the boarders to fill the pockets of the already rich. Sad.

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12Lifes2Short(3879 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago


"The people have been abandoned by the city leaders and have nowhere to turn for guidance."

You can't be serious?????

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13crimelander(122 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago


I said drugs were the link to this case, that both victims had cocaine ties.

Now the media confirms just what I said.

Here's the deal, people are doing these drugs and drug sales on their own. I don't see someone forcing these people to sell drugs instead of going to work.

Sure, it is hard for a CONVICTED FELON, who happens to BLACK and lives in YOUNGSTOWN to find a JOB. But so what? If these guys are good enough to hussle drugs they could go hussle something legal.

Have where's ex-Mayor Jay? He opened his big flapper two weeks ago about murder rate being so low. Now look what we have, three homicides in two weeks. Or did I miss some others?

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14crimelander(122 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

Politics isn't the solution to local problems. Clearly, politicians continue to maintain the status quo of failure, disinvestment and hopelessness within Youngstown. No, it's a not a Ytown only problem.

The solutions are many and most are simple and really cheap to implement.

Creating databases for the community and law enforcement to see and track problem properties would go far. This includes crime, code enforcement and youth problems.

Similarly create a database the public can view actively of all police calls, nature of the calls, gauge the call density, etc.

Institute a zero tolerance for crime program for those on all public welfare benefits. Sell drugs, commit crime, no more welfare in this county ever.

Give real sentences for real crime.

Hold landlords liable for the filth many continue to rent to.

Proceed with active asset forfeiture actions against crime offenders, slum housing owners, etc.

If we take the toys and tools away from these clowns and cut off the free money they'll move out. They'll go somewhere else that isn't Mahoning County.

As it is, this County is doing nothing to deter crime. Instead, we appear to be incubating crime. Let's export it.

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15Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

If you play your cards right as mayor it will launch you into DC and you won't have to worry about your voters being disgruntled over your lack of performance .

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16ThewayIseeit(31 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

mzfeefee, So the people who bring the drugs into this country with boats and planes are welfare recipients? LOL. The major profiteers who are American citizens are welfare recipients? LOL Drug operations are funded from private business men ( usually white, suburbanites).

They dont want to hear that Sir..... But as the economy falls so will their community. Its only a matter of time. Then maybe something will be done. The ware on drugs starts at the top!

The original "Boys in the Hood" (Klan) love these type of articles. Pay attention to who makes all the comments..... Its people who live in suburbia (Drug Capitols of the US).

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17steelwagon(284 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

wmd's -The war on drugs starts at the Welfare office. Get a Grip !

I totaly support that idea !!!
Before I was hired at my job I had to undergo urine,blood and a hair test to prove I was clean.

From time to time I'm called into the office,handed a cup to provide a sample.
Where I work anyone caught with street dope or unprescribed medication in there system is fired on the spot !!

My paycheck is taxed to help support the welfare system and if the system is used in the manner in which it is intended I don't have a problem with that.

To be sure I want to see my tax dollars used to train people so they're employable and no longer a burden on society.
The fact is you can not teach or train those who are high and have no intention of ever working.

It seems to me the system as it is now has a serious lack of oversight and accountability for those recieving benefits.
I feel that if I have to be tested to keep my job to pay taxes into the welfare system the least those who benefit from my hard work and time can do is be clean and sober enough to get some kind of training to hold a job !!!

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