A summary of recent criminal activity in Girard and Liberty:


Jan. 6

Menacing: A North St. Clair Avenue woman reported a neighbor used a device, possibly a laser pointer, to track her movements as she left for work.

Menacing: Two Morris Avenue women said a neighbor made an implied threat against them after the neighbor had inadvertently been locked out of her apartment.

Jan. 7

Harassment: A Plymouth Avenue woman told police her former boyfriend has sent her about six weeks’ worth of harassing, vulgar and threatening text messages.

Jan. 8

Harassment: A Washington Avenue man said a family member unfairly accused him of taking a jewelry box that belonged to his late mother.

Arrest: Police charged Nancy J. Smith, 50, of 733 E. Kline St., Girard, with disorderly conduct and having an open container of alcohol after saying Smith brought a water bottle containing about 3 ounces of an alcoholic beverage, presumably vodka, to her court appearance at Girard Municipal Court, 100 N. Market St.

Trespassing: John M. Biviano, 20, of 46 W. Liberty St., Girard, faced a criminal-trespassing charge after police said Biviano was on Girard Post Office property after the facility had closed. He then led officers on a brief foot chase, they said.


Jan. 4

Weapons: Police conducting a traffic stop on Belmont Avenue said they found in the vehicle two switchblade knives and an expandable baton, though no charges had been filed at the time of the report.

Possible fraud: An Arbor Circle woman who examined her elderly mother’s bank records discovered 21 suspicious transactions that totaled about $5,078.

Breaking and entering: Someone entered an Applegate Drive home via a side door, though police found no signs of forced entry. Stolen were four heavy-duty logging chains.

Drugs: Township police assisted U.S. Marshals Task Force members serving a warrant at a Belmont Avenue motel, where authorities arrested 40-year-old Saud A. Cochrane, 4250 Belmont, Liberty. Two drug-related charges were pending when, officers said, two bags of a white powder thought to be suspected crack cocaine and a digital scale were in Cochrane’s room.

Recovered property: A wallet belonging to a Buffalo, N.Y., woman was found in a night-deposit box at Chase Bank, 3999 Belmont Ave.

Jan. 5

Drugs: A traffic stop on state Route 193 led to a minor-misdemeanor summons against 35-year-old David D. Morgan, 400 Dearborn St., Girard, on a drug-abuse charge. A police dog revealed a suspected marijuana cigarette, a report said.

Fraud: An Overlook Avenue woman reported her stolen debit card was used to make two unauthorized $52 transactions.

Arrest: Authorities near Gypsy Lane pulled over 48-year-old Edgardo Alfaro and took him into custody. Alfaro, of 8 Walnut St., Hubbard, was wanted on a felony warrant from Lancaster, Pa.

Jan. 6

Theft: An employee with a Goldie Road store reported the theft of a $600 cellphone while at work.

Jan. 7

Arrest: Officers responded to a report of two shoplifters at Walmart, 200 Goldie Road, where they took into custody 27-year-old Joshua M. Scofinsky, 40 Bouquet Ave., Youngstown, on a warrant accusing him of driving under suspension. Theft charges were pending against Scofinsky and another man.

Jan. 8

Theft: An official with National College, 3487 Belmont Ave., told authorities a Youngstown man who’s a former student stole 12 English textbooks from the school.

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