A summary of recent criminal activity in Poland and Boardman townships:


Nov. 27

Possible animal cruelty: Police were dispatched to Coit and New Castle roads to investigate what appeared to be such a case. The Mahoning County Humane Society assisted.

Dec. 1

Criminal damaging: A man reported damage to a portion of his Poland Village Drive residence.


Nov. 29

Harassment: A Lealand Avenue woman reported getting a series of unwanted calls.

Theft: Police charged Brandon L. Casanova, 23, of 24 N. Dunlap Ave., Youngstown, with stealing a $398 flat-screen TV from Walmart, 1300 Doral Drive.

Arrest: Police near Southern Boulevard pulled over 30-year-old Andrea N. Bush, who listed addresses in Warren and Austintown, and who was wanted on a bench warrant from Warren accusing her of failing to appear in court. Bush also was cited on a charge of having fictitious license plates.

Aggravated menacing: A man at a Boardman bowling alley alleged a fellow bowler threatened to kill him after thinking the accuser had intentionally stolen a piece of bowling equipment from him.

Theft: A Glenwood Avenue man discovered a package containing cologne was missing from his apartment.

Drugs: A traffic stop near Overhill Drive led to 29-year-old Christopher W. Jones Jr.’s arrest. Jones, of 3734 Choice Court, Youngstown, was wanted on a felony heroin- possession warrant.

Theft: Someone stole $40 and a cup holder from a car parked in the 300 block of Argyle Avenue.

Theft: Two 17-year-old township boys were charged in the theft of a $40 sweat shirt from the J.C. Penney store in Southern Park Mall.

Assault: A man told police five males deliberately stood in the road as he approached his residence near Mathews Road, then followed the accuser to his home, where two of the males punched the back of his head and jaw before the group fled.

Harassment: A Romaine Avenue girl said she received a series of such text messages.

Nov. 30

Theft: A man reported $60,000 worth of property stolen from a building he owns in the 700 block of Boardman-Poland Road.

Arrest: While responding to threats in the 300 block of Mathews Road, officers took into custody Trevor Murphy, 36, of 321 Mathews. He was accused of failing to appear in court on a charge of operating a vehicle impaired.

Theft: Police accused a 13-year-old Youngstown boy of stealing a $22 Cleveland Browns knit cap from Kohl’s, 383 Boardman-Poland Road.

Citations: Police responded to a three-car accident on Clifton Drive, then cited 30-year-old Joseph J. Hardy, 19 W. Glenaven Ave., Youngstown, on charges of having an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle, operating a vehicle impaired and marijuana possession.

Theft: Two 14-year-old boys, one each from Warren and Youngstown, were charged with taking four video games from Walmart. The Warren boy also faced one count of obstructing official business when, police said, he provided a false name.

Theft: A $200 cellphone was taken from a car parked in the 400 block of Melrose Avenue.

Burglary: To a residence in the 600 block of Forest Ridge Drive through an unlocked front door. A TV was disturbed and kitchen cabinets were opened, though the report did not indicate anything was stolen.

Theft: Police charged Stacey C. Steward, 21, of 1627 Salt Springs Road, Youngstown, and a 17-year-old Boardman male with the theft of four DVD box sets and a Sony PlayStation game from Walmart.

Assault: A man working at a construction site in the 300 block of Boardman-Poland Road told officers another man shoved him in the chest, though the accuser was not injured.

Theft: A wallet, money and an iPod device were among items taken from two cars parked in the 400 block of Tudor Lane.

Theft/criminal damaging: Police at the Mahoning County jail picked up 33-year-old Joseph A. Shura Jr., 1608 Market St., Youngstown, on township warrants charging him with theft and criminal damaging. A Washington Boulevard man had reported his car’s dashboard damaged and stereo equipment stolen.

Breaking and entering: Someone entered property in the 1200 block of Shields Road and stole copper piping and six ceiling light fixtures though police found no signs of forced entry. Officers also received a similar complaint in the 30 block of Overhill Road.

Theft: A purse and a gym bag with clothing were stolen from two vehicles parked in the 4900 block of Grover Drive.

Theft: A $280 handgun was stolen from a car parked in the 400 block of Melrose Avenue.

Identity fraud: A Boardman-Canfield Road woman at her Hillman Way bank learned someone had fraudulently removed $856 from her account.

Theft: A man’s $650 cellphone and a book bag were stolen from his vehicle that was parked in the 7700 block of Glenwood Avenue.

Dec. 1

Theft: Youngstown police transferred custody of 26-year-old Branden W. Andrews, 41553 state Route 39, Wellsville, to township authorities. Andrews faced two theft counts, accused of having stolen an Xbox 360 device from Target, 417 Boardman-Poland Road, and a $75 MP3 player from Walmart.

Assault/menacing: Officers dealt with a fight in the 7100 block of Tiffany Boulevard, where an Austintown woman reported having been spit on and threatened with bodily harm in what began as a verbal altercation.

Theft: A 3-foot lighted snowman decoration was removed from a yard in the 4000 block of Baymar Drive.

Drugs: A traffic stop near Lake Park Road resulted in the arrest of Sarah C. Dragovich, 26, of 1811 Mathews Road, Poland, and James J. Malie III, 31, of 4410 Euclid Blvd., Boardman, on charges of possession of drug-abuse instruments. Found were three syringes and a small piece of folded paper that appeared to have been used to store narcotics, police said.

Possible theft: A woman said her wallet was lost or stolen in a Shops at Boardman Park store.

Criminal damaging: Someone in the 80 block of Willow Drive spray-painted a vehicle and kicked its passenger-side door, leaving a small dent.

Criminal mischief: Someone wrote an obscene remark on a vehicle in the 7300 block of Eisenhower Drive.

Possible theft: A Columbiana man reported his wallet lost or stolen at a business in the 800 block of Boardman-Poland Road.

Theft: An employee with Preston Hyundai, 7554 Market St., reported seeing two males steal a $75 car stereo from a vehicle.

Vandalism: A vending machine sustained $600 in damage at a South Avenue car wash.

Dec. 2

Drugs: Authorities responded to an unwanted person at a Tiffany Boulevard motel before charging 29-year-old Timothy L. Holloway with possession of heroin and drug-abuse instruments after saying Holloway had a sock with 18 hypodermic needles as well as a needle filled with a fluid that tested positive for heroin. Holloway, of 38770 Adams St., Lisbon, also was wanted by Columbiana County authorities on one count each of domestic violence, driving under suspension and failing to appear at a child-support hearing.

Attempted burglary: Someone tried unsuccessfully to enter an apartment in the 7100 block of Glendale Avenue, but damaged a window.

Arrest: A disturbance on Prestwick Drive led to Melissa R. Mills’ arrest. The 23-year-old Mills, of 54 Prestwick, Boardman, was wanted on a warrant from Trumbull County charging her with failure to appear in court.

Breaking and entering: A snow blower, a toolbox, change and a garage-door opener were removed from a garage and a vehicle in the 1900 block of Country Club Avenue.

Theft: A woman reported her purse stolen at a Market Street eatery.

Recovered property: A woman told police she found a 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser in the 1900 block of Palo Verde Drive after the vehicle had been reported stolen.

Theft: Devann Bryner, 20, of 1827 S. Raccoon Road, Austintown, and Shayna A. Beck, 21, of 2555 Walnut St., Girard, were charged after two sweaters were stolen from the J.C. Penney store.

Drug paraphernalia: Police assisted township firefighters with a possible drug overdose in the 7100 block of Trenholm Road and said they found a spoon with drug residue and a syringe. Firefighters found a woman who apparently had overdosed on heroin, a police report showed.

Theft: A man noticed an MP3 player and a diamond ring missing from his Market Street motel room.

Harassment: A Brookwood Drive woman reported receiving six such calls in a short time.

Aggravated menacing: A man at a red light near Indianola Road told police the driver of a white work van pulled up and made a hand gesture to simulate shooting the accuser.

Domestic violence: Brian E. Tubbs, 28, of 812 Moyer Ave., Boardman, was charged with the crime after a woman alleged that following a fight, Tubbs threw water and flour on her, the latter of which got into her eyes, then grabbed and wrestled her to the ground.

Dec. 3

Menacing: A Meadow Lane man reported getting threatening voice-mail messages and seeing a suspicious vehicle drive by his home.

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