METRO DIGEST || Saggy pants did not cause man’s death

Saggy pants did not cause man’s death


Saggy pants did not cause a man who fell back and hit his head at a South Side home last week to die, according to the Mahoning County Coroner’s office.

Dr. Joseph Ohr, a forensic pathologist, said Savar Hendrix, 30, died from brain injuries and a skull fracture from a fall.

Police had speculated that Hendrix may have lost his balance and fell off a porch and hit his head because he was wearing saggy pants, which were around his ankles when he was found by friends who were helping to install a swimming pool at a home at 356 E. Judson Ave. on July 30. Hendrix died at St. Elizabeth Health Center the next day.

An autopsy also showed no evidence that Hendrix had been assaulted in any way before he died. Toxicology tests are still pending. At the time of his death, police said preliminary tests showed that Hendrix was legally drunk.

Donnell Ford thefts


Donnell Ford on Market Street had a vehicle stolen and a programmer and radio system from a truck taken in the past couple of months, according to police reports.

The car dealership did not realize until Tuesday that a 2010 dark green Ford Fusion was no longer on the lot after a car inventory was taken. The last time the Fusion was confirmed to be on the lot was June 25. The vehicle is worth approximately $16,500.

The programmer and radio system of a black Ford F-250 were also taken between Aug. 1 and Aug. 6. Both items together are valued at $2,700.

Audit targets officer of Kinsman library


Toys ’R Us gift cards, an iPod Shuffle, movies and video games are among the more than $46,000 in personal purchases made by the former Kinsman Free Public Library fiscal officer, a state audit found.

Sharon VanKanegan has pleaded guilty to one count of theft in office, four counts of forgery and one count of misuse of a credit card. She was sentenced on June 26 to 30 days in jail and five years’ community control for each count of her conviction, which will run concurrently. Her bonding company, Auto Owners Mutual Insurance, has repaid the findings.

Auditors determined that VanKanegan destroyed cash summary sheets, and as a result, collections could not be identified as deposited or recorded into the accounting system. She also wrote herself additional paychecks at the end of the 2010 and 2011 calendar years, the state auditor’s office said.

City police witness attempted stabbing


Police arrested a man they say tried to stab another man in front of a passing police officer about 8:35 p.m. Wednesday at Hazel and West Federal streets downtown.

An officer driving by said in a report he saw 52-year-old Lee Kimble of Youngstown arguing with another man and take out a knife and swing but miss. He tried to stab the man several other times as the officer pulled over and got out of his cruiser. He was ordered to drop the knife, which he did, and a rock of crack cocaine also fell out of his shirt, reports said.

The man Kimble is accused of attacking said that they were arguing over a woman that Kimble used to date. He faces a charge of carrying a concealed weapon and other charges.

Produce giveaway


In conjunction with Second Harvest Food Bank, the Warren Family Mission will have a free produce giveaway its 361 Elm Road NE location from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. or until the produce lasts today. All recipients must show a driver’s license as proof of identification.

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