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


Feb. 2

Burglary: To a residence in the 8600 block of Van Drive through the garage. A wedding band was among numerous pieces of jewelry stolen.

Feb. 3

Identity theft: A Struthers Road woman discovered her debit card had been used for $400 worth of unauthorized activity.


Feb. 1

Menacing: A woman at a Boardman tanning salon reported another woman threatened her as part of ongoing problems between them.

Theft: Members of the U.S. Marshals Task Force arrested 41-year-old Butler Johnson IV at his residence, 43 Kenmore Ave., Youngstown, on a felony-theft charge after an employee with Smoker Friendly, 4927 Market St., reported a man had stolen a cigarette case containing her driver’s license and other personal documents.

Animal cruelty: Police received a complaint about a dog’s continual barking in the 400 block of Brookfield Avenue, where the animal was reportedly found outdoors in 17-degree temperatures without adequate insulation in the doghouse and lacking food and water. This was the latest in a series of such calls to the residence, a report showed.

Theft: An Urgnano, Italy, man reported the theft of a $1,000 laptop computer from his room at a Tiffany Boulevard motel.

Menacing: A worker for a Boardman-Canfield Road bank told officers an irate customer twice lunged toward him after the customer had directed offensive language at a drive-through teller regarding a check.

Theft: A woman at a business in the 5200 block of Market Street discovered her hip pack stolen.

Burglary: To an apartment in the 20 block of Carter Circle after someone had pried open the front door. Stolen were a Sony PlayStation 3 system, 25 PlayStation games, a laptop computer and other items.

Stolen property: Dana R. Carano of 4655 E. South Range Road, New Middletown, surrendered on a misdemeanor charge of receiving stolen property. The 21-year-old Carano was accused of selling property to Buy Back Center, 813 Boardman-Poland Road, that had been stolen during a burglary.

Drugs: Police arrested Sara H. Loth, 26, and Joshua S. Essad, 27, both of 1635 South Heights Ave., Youngstown, on felony charges of deception to obtain dangerous drugs after a Salem man discovered someone had filled half of his prescription for Valium at Walgreen’s Pharmacy, 7295 Market St., without authorization.

Burglary: Took place at a foreclosed residence in the 4600 block of New England Boulevard, from which all the copper piping was removed.

Employee theft: Jermaine A. Tillis, 18, of 391 Mathews Road, Boardman, faced a felony charge after being accused of making more than $10,000 worth of fraudulent returns while employed with the J.C. Penney store in the Southern Park Mall. Tillis selected and scanned merchandise before improperly processing it as returns, a report said.

Theft: Matthew M. Molnar, 33, of 145 Renee Drive, Struthers, was charged in the theft of a $35 cellphone case from Sam’s Club, 6361 South Ave.

Theft: A New Middletown girl reported a pair of women’s boots stolen while at a McClurg Road business.

Feb. 2

Harassment: A man reportedly called a Market Street preschool and made a harassing statement when an employee refused to allow him to drop off his children there.

Breaking and entering: Someone entered an apartment in the 800 block of Moyer Avenue through a rear window, though police found no signs of forced entry.

Robbery: Authorities charged 34-year-old Daniel L. Todd II with two counts of carrying a concealed weapon and one each of robbery, and drug possession after a shoplifting situation at Kmart, 1209 Boardman-Poland Road. Todd, of 44629 state Route 558, Columbiana, had a loaded .22-caliber revolver, several knives and a container with 42 prescription pills, police said.

Misuse of a credit card: A township man noticed his credit card had been used to make an unauthorized $15.58 charge at a Market Street restaurant.

Harassment: A Leighton Avenue man said a former tenant sent threatening text messages to him.

Feb. 3

Theft: Police at the Stark County jail in Canton picked up 45-year-old Jack J. Gentile, 126 Mistletoe Road, Niles, who was accused of stealing a $130 hard drive to a video-game system from Target, 417 Boardman-Poland Road.

Theft: Two people shopping at a Boardman-Poland Road store discovered a wallet and several debit cards missing.

Arrest: A traffic stop on Indianola Road resulted in the arrest of 20-year-old Shawndale Q. Ray, 235 Hamilton Ave., Campbell. Ray was wanted on a warrant accusing him of violating a court order.

Theft: A Slippery Rock, Pa., woman reported her cellphone stolen while at the Southern Park Mall.

Breaking and entering: Someone broke into a vacant residence in the 100 block of Clifton Drive before stealing copper piping.

Theft: A Poland man reported his $250 cellphone missing at a McClurg Road business.

Robbery: A manager for Best Buy, 561 Boardman-Poland Road, told police two men threatened to use a stun gun when three employees tried to detain them after two iPhones had been stolen. The men fled in a maroon-colored vehicle.

Feb. 4

Arrest: Joseph M. White, no age given, of 7059 West Blvd., Boardman, was charged with operating a vehicle impaired during a traffic stop near the Southern Park Mall.

Arrest: Officers answered a loud-noise complaint at a Mathews Road home, where they charged 36-year-old Juan J. Wolfe, 321 Mathews, Boardman, with resisting arrest and obstructing official business. Wolfe also was wanted on a warrant from Campbell, police said.

Theft: Police booked 31-year-old Jill E. Hoolahan, 630 Gibson Ave., Youngstown, after $20 worth of groceries was stolen from Modarelli’s Sparkle Market, 4121 South Ave.

Domestic violence: Desmond J. Marrow, 25, of 1100 Boardman-Canfield Road, Boardman, surrendered and was charged with the crime after his girlfriend alleged Marrow had repeatedly struck her head during an argument about their moving from the residence.

Assault: A man trying to sell an item reported that the potential buyer punched him after becoming upset about the item while the two met in the 1300 block of Doral Drive.

Possible theft: A dealer license plate was lost or stolen from a vehicle at a Market Street dealership.

Breaking and entering: One hundred 4-foot aluminum extrusions were stolen from a fenced-in area in the 500 block of Bev Road.

Arrest: Authorities near Simon Road pulled over Heather D. Carver of 455 Mathews Road, Boardman, and charged her with operating a vehicle impaired and child endangerment after saying Carver, 35, had two minors in her car during the arrest.

Robbery: Police in Trumbull County picked up 24-year-old Britanee M. Pete, 55 N. Osborn Ave., Youngstown, on a township warrant charging her with robbery related to a December situation at Kmart in which three shoplifters reportedly assaulted an employee who tried to detain them after 23 toys were stolen.

Theft: A Sony PlayStation system and related accessories were stolen from a home in the 700 block of Forest Ridge Drive.

Theft: Brandi J. Wheaton, 31, of Aliquippa, Pa., and Tyler S. Netherland, 24, of Fombell, Pa., were charged with stealing $139 worth of merchandise from Walmart, 1300 Doral Drive. Wheaton also was wanted on a felony warrant from Butler County, Pa.

Domestic violence/theft: A domestic-violence charge was pending against a man after a Cook Avenue woman alleged he had pushed her and slammed her head into a wall during an argument about an income-tax return and before taking her cellphone.

Theft: Norma J. Ruess, 39, of 37 Stewart St., Struthers, was charged, accused of taking two video games and an income-tax software package from Sam’s Club.

Criminal damaging: Two flags were damaged on a vehicle in the 7600 block of Glenwood Avenue.

Theft: A Green Bay Drive man reported a debit card stolen from his wallet.

Employee theft: A worker with Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar, 6691 South Ave., reportedly stole an undisclosed sum of money.

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