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Poland teacher charged in robbery

Published: Fri, October 4, 2013 @ 12:01 a.m.




A Poland Middle School teacher, who has been with the district for 13 years, was arraigned in Boardman court Thursday evening on felony charges of complicity to robbery and fleeing and eluding police.

Irene Consiglio, 46, of Canfield, a special-education teacher for Poland schools and a track coach, is accused of being the driver in the robbery occurring outside the Market Street Sandwich Factory on Wednesday.

Schools Superintendent David Janofa said Consiglio has not been in the building for the past couple of weeks, was not in the building Thursday and will not be in the building today. Janofa, who became superintendent this year, said the situation is very unfortunate.

“I don’t know what her past history is, but I don’t believe this is the type of performance that we are accustomed to,” he said.

At 6:45 p.m., Boardman police responded to the robbery. The victim, a 67-year-old Columbiana woman, told police she was just getting into her car when a white man approached her and grabbed her purse, forcing her to the ground, according to the report.

The victim suffered minor injuries to her head, elbow and hands and said she did not see the man leave the scene with her purse. The victim had $900 cash, two checks issued to her for $1,500 and $60, and debit and credit cards in her purse.

Multiple witnesses saw parts of the crime take place. One witness ran after the man, but could not catch him before he got into a gray vehicle with a temporary tag.

Within minutes, police spotted the vehicle traveling west on U.S. Route 224 near West Boulevard. Boardman police stopped a silver Hyundai with a temporary tag, which matched the description of the vehicle.

The vehicle was pulled over on Route 224, but the driver fled in the car as the officer moved to step out of his cruiser to approach.

The driver, identified as Consiglio, was chased by police until she pulled over into the Blue Wolf Tavern banquet center lot on Lockwood Boulevard.

The officer had believed there was only one person in the car, but as both vehicles stopped, a man jumped out of the Hyundai and ran into the woods by the banquet center.

Officers chased him into the woods, yelling at him to stop. Police were still looking for him Thursday evening. Police tracked him as far as the Oakwood condominiums and found a hat and jacket.

Consiglio, placed under arrest, faces two felony offenses: fleeing and eluding and complicity to robbery.

Witnesses who came to the Blue Wolf scene identified the vehicle Consiglio was driving as the getaway car.

One witness also identified Consiglio as the driver of the vehicle, the police report says.

The victim’s purse was recovered from under the driver’s seat.

Consiglio gave police the name of the male suspect. Police wouldn’t say what relation the 25- to 30-year-old man has with Consiglio.

Consiglio has no criminal history, but has been involved in civil actions, including a foreclosure from 2012. Consiglio’s pay at Poland Local Schools is being garnished for an unpaid debt she owed to The Villas at Lookout Point, a condominium company in Canfield.

Consiglio has a preliminary hearing scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday in Boardman court.


1RoyH(38 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

I am sure the union will fight for her job.

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2Ypublius(21 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

This has "drug addict" written all over it. Normal adults dont do things like this unless they have a drug addiction. Very sad.

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3redvert(2239 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Sorry there parlay but I received a nice paycheck for 30 years where I worked without any union involvement. Yes, a couple unions did try over the years to get their slimy little hands into the workforce but soon learned that these were employees that preferred to think for themselves. They wanted to advance based on their own merits rather than only after bubba who had one day more seniority kicked the bucket.

Yes, unions were good back in the day when they were needed but now they just bleed the workers and fill the pockets of the union leaders. That is why membership has dropped.

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4CongressWatcher(225 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

This senseless act should open up a teaching job for a deserving young education graduate. Hurry and send your resume into the Poland schools....

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5Millerh113(217 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

“I don’t know what her past history is, but I don’t believe this is the type of performance that we are accustomed to" What the hell does this mean? This superintendent must have been absent the day they taught simple, English prose in school. I'll bet he is an ex-football coach. All superintendents are, you know.

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6Silence_Dogood(1675 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Only a LOWLIFE strong arms a 67 year old lady, robs her and shoves her to the ground. Lock this scum up.

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7lefty83(313 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

I thought people in poland did not do this kinda stuff,love it.

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8Mudflower46(1 comment)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

There are two tragedies here. This family is addicted to drugs. They need help so they don't continue to harm themselves and others. They also should suffer the consequences by spending time in prison. The second is that this poor lady was pulled to the ground screaming loudly when her purse was snatched from her arm. She was injured and extremely upset.

The good news is one witness ran after the getaway car and got the licence plate. If it weren't for him, they may have gotten away. There were a few witnesses who could identify the suspect. The Boardman police were able to get enough information to apprehend the suspects who were caught in less than an hour. They did a super job.

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9southsidedave(5198 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

school teacher.....what a disgrace

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10playmaker(4 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

I know for sure her Husband been on drugs for at least 8 yrs. He stole my wife wedding ring while doing some work around my house

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