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Youngstown police probe weekend violence

Published: Tue, August 23, 2011 @ 12:03 a.m.

By John W. Goodwin Jr.



City police are investigating several acts of weekend violence including one incident that left a U.S. postal carrier shaken after being beaten and robbed.

The 63-year-old postal carrier reportedly was delivering mail in the 700 block of Kendis Circle on Saturday when a man wearing a bandanna over his face put the carrier in a headlock. Another man, also wearing a bandanna, punched the man in the face three times, knocking off his glasses.

The carrier told police the two unidentified thieves took his cellphone and a wallet containing several credit cards, $8 and a driver’s license.

The carrier did not require medical attention and was able to give a statement to police. He said the assailants appeared to be black teenagers.

Police also are investigating the reported shooting of a 26-year-old South Side woman during a home invasion late Sunday. The woman was listed in stable condition at St. Elizabeth Health Center.

The woman told police she heard loud banging on her door and called her boyfriend’s cellphone, then hid the phone so he could hear what was happening in the home. She told police two men appeared pointing guns at her. One man held her to a bed while the other ransacked her home demanding money and jewelry.

Reports say the armed thieves were still inside the house when the boyfriend arrived and began ramming his car into a garage in an attempt to scare the men. The thieves ran off, but began shooting into the house as they ran, striking the woman in the hip.

The thieves stole miscellaneous jewelry.

A 50-year-old South Side man also was beaten and robbed on Edwards Street just after 7:30 p.m. Friday. Witnesses said the man was working in the garden of his Edwards Street home when the 16-year-old suspect ran into the yard and attacked the man, taking cash and a checkbook.

Police found the victim severely beaten with lacerations to his face, missing teeth and swollen eyes. Police caught the teen running on Orange Street away from the scene of the attack.

A 20-year-old man was shot in the back while walking on the East Side just after 2 a.m. Friday. The man told police he was walking along Woodcrest Avenue when he heard a gunshot and felt a sharp pain in his back. He said he was able to make it to a home in the 700 block of Bennington Avenue before collapsing.

The man was taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center where he was listed in stable condition.

A 39-year-old Dryden Avenue man told police he narrowly escaped armed thieves just after 10 p.m. Friday when two black males wearing red scarves on their faces pointed guns at him and demanded money. The man said he was able to run into his home through an automatic garage door as it was closing.


1MFC997(261 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

Ahhh ... Youngstown in the summer ... nuthin' like it ...

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2whitesabbath(738 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

I urge you good people of the FREE WORLD.
Take up arms against these thugs.
If you are over 18, take a weapons training course.
You must grow with the times.
Train your wife, weapons are easily bought at swap meets, You are never too old to learn to protect yourself or protect your loved ones.

These self defense laws have got to be addressed !!!!!!!!!!!

The punks know the cops cant be everywhere.

A small caliber pistol would of stopped this punk in his tracks to the guy working in his garden.

A shot gun blast would of leveled them 2 guys breaking in.

The friggen criminals have more rights it seems then law abiding, honest, hardworking people.

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3author50(1121 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

Imagine what Youngstown is going to look like when the London type riots come here - and they are coming here.

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4Photoman(1246 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

Our government is working with the U.N. in an effort to control firearms worldwide. They state, in typical form (lies) that this will not impact gun ownership for our citizens. This, too, is a lie. They are coming to take our guns away and, soon, only government and criminals will have guns and we will be caught, unarmed, in the middle. Government (itself criminal in many ways) will not be able to protect the unarmed citizens. How do you plan to protect yourself and your loved ones? Plan now!!!

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5Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

ANIMALS pure and simple. Useless waste of human flesh. They are nothing but pitiful cockroaches that need to be exterminated. It's going to be a better world when the innocent victims blow away these sorry a@# wanna b gangstas! The day will come and hopefully soon.
They have no morals, no feelings and no respect for human life. Animals.


"Imagine what Youngstown is going to look like when the London type riots come here - and they are coming here."

And it's just a matter of time before it does and not to mention when these useless parasites start with the "flash" mob fad. Be nice for a shop owner to blow everyone away if they start one. Just pick them off one by one as they come in the door.

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6Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in Youngstown . In the face of the city's failure to create jobs for them these resourceful folks are taking matters into their own hands . They are self employed collecting a hood tax . With every successful collection their confidence will be reinforced . Soon they will be going for the big bucks and soliciting from major sources of money .

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7dominoman777(57 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

it,s time for genocide

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8southsidedave(5189 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

Beating & robbing is a way of life for uneducated addicts.

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9republicanRick(1716 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

Get guns, your government can't save you anymore.
You must take the fight to the animals before they destroy you.

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10Silence_Dogood(1670 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

"He said the assailants appeared to be black teenagers."
Who would have guessed.
" two black males wearing red scarves on their faces pointed guns at him and demanded money"
I can't believe that they would do such a thing.
The others are not mentioned by color but we all know the answer to that now don't we. What is wrong with this town, with these people?

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