Women accused of assaulting cops

Staff report


Two women accused of assaulting Boardman police officers are expected in court this week.

Jennifer Neill, 23, of Scottsdale, Ariz., faces charges of obstructing official business, resisting arrest, operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and felony assault on a police officer after her arrest at about 3 a.m. Saturday.

Police were called to U.S. Route 224 and Lockwood Boulevard for a possible intoxicated driver and eventually pulled over Neill at Hopkins Road and Sylvia Lane after seeing her cross the center lane.

Police took Neill to the Market Street police station for sobriety tests because snow prevented standard field tests, according to reports.

While in booking, police said Neill was uncooperative and refused to take a breath test. After Neill had spoken to attorneys by phone multiple times, she continued to reach for the phone and when police tried to handcuff her, she kicked an officer in the thigh and tried to scratch and bite officers, officers said.

She will appear in Mahoning County Area Court here Thursday for arraignment.

Meanwhile, Shaquala Harmon, 19, of Youngstown, is expected to be arraigned Wednesday in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court on two counts of assault on a police officer and one count of obstructing official business.

Harmon was indicted last week on the charges stemming from a theft at the Southern Park Mall on Black Friday. She is accused of stealing merchandise from a mall store, trying to take money from a cash register, assaulting a store employee and kicking two police officers, according to Vindicator files.

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