Wednesday, June 20, 2018


Published: 12/13/12 @ 12:00


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


Dec. 1

Criminal damaging: A portion of a home in the 2700 block of Poland Village Boulevard sustained damage.

Dec. 3

Identity theft: A Highland Avenue woman learned her identity had been compromised.

Breaking and entering: Someone broke into Stanley’s Automotive Inc., 5400 Center Road, through a side door and stole four rims and tires as well as 10 aluminum rims.

Dec. 5

Burglary: To a residence in the 6000 block of Pawnee Place through a window.


Dec. 5

Criminal damaging: An Argyle Avenue woman alleged her grandson had punched her vehicle, leaving a large dent on its passenger side.

Theft: A man stole clothing, toilet paper and hygiene products from Dollar General, 5953 South Ave.

Theft: A $64 Bluetooth headset was removed from a vehicle at a Market Street business.

Identity fraud: A Pioneer Drive woman noticed two fraudulent charges to her debit card totaling $326.

Fraud: A Wolosyn Circle woman reported at least six personal checks were used without permission and that her account had been drained.

Theft: A 16-year-old Youngstown boy was charged after a $15 leather wallet was taken from the J.C. Penney store in the Southern Park Mall.

Criminal damaging: A worker for a Doral Drive grocery store saw several scratches near his car’s front fender and on both driver’s-side doors.

Burglary: To a garage in the 1800 block of Woodlawn Avenue by unknown means. Among items stolen were a 32-channel digital mixer and a music-production center.

Misuse of a credit card: A West Boulevard woman found an unauthorized $48 charge to her checking account.

Theft: William S. Burns, 25, of 5049 Aravesta Ave., Boardman, was charged with stealing a $6 bag of coffee from Dunkin Donuts, 7635 Market St.

Theft: Police charged 25-year-old Shacole Slocum, 63 Brooklyn Ave., Youngstown, with theft and obstructing official business after $55 worth of merchandise was stolen from Family Dollar, 4030 Market St. Slocum, who also was wanted on a warrant from Trumbull County, provided a false name and Social Security number, police said.

Theft: A Lemans Drive woman discovered a United Parcel Service package containing a $300 video-game system had been stolen from near her front door.

Dec. 6

Criminal damaging: A window to a building in the 6000 block of Market Street was damaged.

Arrest: Authorities answered a 911 call from a West Boulevard residence, where they took into custody Jonathan I. Dietrich, 45, of 6752 West Blvd., Boardman, on charges of domestic violence, obstructing official business and operating a vehicle impaired after his girlfriend alleged that during an argument, Dietrich choked her and slammed her hand into a bathroom door. The OVI charge was upgraded to a felony because of six such convictions in Ohio within the last 20 years, police said.

Robbery: Tavia M. Sinkfield, 27, of 315 E. Avondale Ave., Youngstown, faced two counts of robbery and one each of assault, obstructing official business and child endangerment after $91 worth of clothing had been stolen from Kmart, 1209 Boardman-Poland Road. Sinkfield, who also had her child during the theft, intentionally pushed a shopping cart and struck a customer before striking one employee in the groin with her knee and hitting another in the mouth, police said.

Theft: Police booked 58-year-old Walter S. Reynolds, 402 W. Delason Ave., Youngstown, after $249 worth of merchandise had been stolen from Walmart, 1300 Doral Drive.

Criminal damaging: Someone in the 4200 block of Hopkins Road damaged three mailboxes.

Theft: Emanuel J. Johnson, 19, of 533 E. Florida Ave., Youngstown, was given a summons after a $12 stocking cap had been stolen from the J.C. Penney store.

Theft: A $57 cellphone case was stolen from Walmart.

Menacing: An Alliance woman visiting her brother-in-law, of Tippecanoe Road, reported someone to whom she had served an eviction notice threatened to decapitate the accuser and harm her family, also causing the Boardman man to fear for his safety.

Theft: A women reported two baby strollers and a box spring and mattress stolen from outside of her West Boulevard apartment.

Theft: Pashun U. Murphy, 21, of 2615 Taft Ave., Youngstown, was charged in the theft of $78 worth of clothing from Target, 417 Boardman-Poland Road.

Theft: A $340 electronic device was missing from a car in the 900 block of East Western Reserve Road.

Fraud: A Southern Boulevard man told officers he wired nine money orders to someone in Nigeria in an effort to receive a $25,000 personal loan, but never got the loan and lost $1,479.

Assault: A manager with a Boardman-Poland Road big-box store told police a Lowellville woman smashed her computer on the floor, then pushed and knocked the accuser backward after becoming upset about the estimated cost of a computer repair.

Theft: A man in the 900 block of East Western Reserve Road reported having found his lost wallet, though with $150 missing.

Aggravated menacing: An Oakridge Drive man reported a caller, apparently angry after saying the man had stolen a watch from him, told the accuser he should die.

Theft: A woman in her 40s stole three packages of frozen shrimp from Cochran’s Sparkle Market, 4121 South Ave.

Dec. 7

Theft: A worker for a California Avenue restaurant realized $100 and her driver’s license had been removed from her purse.

Drugs: Police observed a suspicious vehicle on Market Street before charging 25-year-old William J. Burns, 5049 Aravesta Ave., Boardman, with possession of drug-abuse instruments. A syringe and a broken hypodermic needle were found, a report showed.

Burglary: To a residence in the 200 block of Mathews Road, apparently by prying open the front door. Stolen was a $550 refrigerator.

Vandalism: A vehicle in the 4000 block of Hillman Way was found with extensive damage totaling more than $6,000, including damage to four windows and most of the body.

Theft: A Stratmore Avenue woman noticed $50 and two credit cards missing from her wallet.

Arrest: Police on U.S. Route 224 pulled over 38-year-old Audra H. Masters and charged her with operating a vehicle impaired and improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle after saying the Ravenna woman had a loaded firearm in her purse.

Drugs: A traffic stop on Market Street resulted in the arrest of 29-year-old Natalie A. Leahy of Gibsonia, Pa., on one count each of possession of heroin and drug-abuse instruments. Leahy, who also faced charges of drug abuse and operating a vehicle impaired, had four bindles of suspected heroin, 18 syringes, a charred spoon and a bag of blue pills, police said.

Theft: Nichole R. Poulos, 39, of 376 Mathews Road, Boardman, was charged, accused of stealing jewelry, an Xbox game and two surge protectors from Walmart.

Arrest: Police took custody of 31-year-old Stephanie S. Waychoff, who was wanted on a felony charge of misuse of a credit card. A Boardman man alleged that in October, Waychoff, of 4055 South Ave., Boardman, had stolen his automated-teller-machine card and used it to withdraw $589 from his account.

Theft: Shaquala A. Harmon, 19, of 1434 Willow Court, Youngstown, faced charges of theft, criminal trespassing and menacing after $39 worth of merchandise was stolen from Glitter, a store in the Southern Park Mall. Harmon also violated a criminal-trespassing warning to stay off mall property because of an earlier incident, and threatened to harm an employee, a report said.

Unauthorized use of a vehicle: A Pennsylvania woman reportedly rented but failed to return a 2012 Nissan Quest vehicle to Enterprise Rent-a-Car, 7880 Market St., by the agreed-upon date.

Theft: An Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper handed to township police 47-year-old Marge Acevedo, 275 Hilton Ave., Youngstown, who was accused of stealing about $291 worth of merchandise last month from Walmart.

Citation: Officers on South Avenue cited Matthew B. Crnarich, 22, of 120 Renee Drive, Struthers, on a charge of having an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle.

Harassment: John D. Brandt Jr., 18, of 470 Annawan Lane, Boardman, surrendered on a telecommunications- harassment charge after a 17-year-old township girl alleged Brandt had sent her a series of unwanted and harassing text messages despite the accuser’s having asked him not to contact her.

Theft: Brooks M. Cartwright, 31, of 1331 Garfield Ave., Salem, was charged with taking 10 DVDs from Walmart.

Theft/aggravated menacing: A woman and a man in their 20s stole a $50 pair of shoes from Shoe Carnival, 550 Boardman-Poland Road, before the man reportedly threatened to shoot an employee who tried to stop them.

Theft: A $100 Christmas angel decoration was stolen from a tree in the 500 block of Oakridge Drive.

Dec. 8

Theft: A $79 Christmas lawn decoration was stolen in the 700 block of Oakridge Drive.

Arrest: Smith Township police handed 22-year-old Marc A. Sheely, 742 W. Wilson St., Salem, to Boardman authorities. He was wanted on a misdemeanor falsification charge.

Identity fraud: An Erskine Avenue man accused a company in India of improperly withdrawing $673 from his account via his debit card.

Theft: A Christmas reindeer ornament was taken from a yard in the 800 block of Mapleridge Drive.

Arrest: A traffic stop near Lockwood Boulevard led to 52-year-old Dannie R. Hawthorne’s arrest. Hawthorne, of 3733 Indian Run Drive, Canfield, was wanted on a warrant from Columbiana County accusing her of failing to appear in court.

Dec. 9

Assault: A Salem woman reported a man struck her left cheek at a Market Street business regarding a cellphone.

Domestic violence: Dustin P. Rivera, 28, of 7352 West Blvd., Boardman, was charged with domestic violence and obstructing official business after his wife alleged an intoxicated Rivera had thrown her into a wall and to the floor during an argument. He also refused numerous times to cooperate with authorities, they said.

Arrests: During an investigation at a Market Street motel, police filed a felony charge of obstructing justice against 30-year-old Jonathan M. Zalk of Short Hills, N.J., after saying he had claimed several times not to know the whereabouts of a woman they were looking to arrest yet found hiding in their room. The woman, Lisa M. Wright, no age given, of 27 E. Boston Ave., Youngstown, was wanted by Columbiana County authorities on a charge of failing to appear in court on a burglary count.

Theft: John M. Allen Jr., 36, of 1424 Fifth Ave., Youngstown, was charged with taking two pairs of children’s jeans from the J.C. Penney store.

Theft: A 6-foot Christmas tree was stolen in the 6200 block of Appleridge Drive.

Theft of services: Someone without permission placed garbage in a trash bin in the 6200 block of Market Street.

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