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New Middletown officer crashes car


A New Middletown police officer crashed his cruiser into a guard rail and cement barriers on Loveland Road Thursday afternoon, according to Vindicator broadcast partner, 21 WFMJ-TV.

Detective Phillip Schaper was hospitalized after the accident, which New Middletown Police Chief Vincent D’Egidio said was caused by low blood sugar. D’Egidio said Schaper is diabetic.

He noted that Schaper’s condition was upgraded from critical to stable.

No other vehicles were involved in the crash.

Coroner’s report on man shot by police


The man shot and killed by Boardman police July 3 died from two gunshot wounds, one to the neck and another to the head, according to the Mahoning County Coroner’s office. Daniel Fitton, Jr., 30, of Boardman shot at officers in a standoff at his 817 Cook Ave. apartment where he lived with his girlfriend, according to a report. The two officers are on paid administrative leave, and their names have not been released.

The coroner’s office is awaiting toxicology results, and a ruling to the manner of his death will not be determined until all investigations and lab studies are complete.

NC man arrested


Police say a North Carolina man was arrested about 11 p.m. Wednesday after threatening several patrons at a Market Street restaurant.

Beaver Township Police Chief Carl Frost said James Spaulding, 46, was asked to leave the restaurant because he was drunk, and he pulled a knife as he walked out and threatened several people. When police arrived, Spaulding ran away and was arrested at a nearby hotel with help from officers in Boardman and Springfield. He is in the Mahoning County jail and faces three counts of aggravated menacing, resisting arrest and obstructing official business.

Man sentenced


A man who police said broke into an East Side home and shot a man in January was sentenced to six years in prison Thursday by Judge R. Scott Krichbaum of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court.

Emanuel Johnson, 20, of East Florida Avenue, was sentenced on a charge of aggravated burglary with a specification that a firearm was used to commit the crime. Johnson was accused of shooting a man with a shotgun inside a Plazaview Court apartment Jan. 15.

Another man who was charged with being with Johnson has yet to be sentenced. He entered a guilty plea to the charges May 10.

Strawberry festival July 20 in Cortland


The Trumbull County Farm Bureau has set its annual Strawberries and Cream Festival for July 20 at the Trumbull County Agriculture & Family Education Center, 520 W. Main St., from 6:30 p.m. until dusk. Dinner will be provided along with beverages, ice cream and strawberries. Bring your favorite cake or cookies to share. The event is for Trumbull County Farm Bureau members. RSVP by calling 800- 410-4613 or emailing

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