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


July 2

Criminal mischief: An Alverne Drive woman noticed minor damage to her vehicle.

July 4

Burglary: To a home in the 8400 block of Hilltop Drive, from which a jar containing about $100 was stolen.

Criminal damaging: A residence and a car sustained damage in the 8300 block of Morningside Drive.

Drugs: Sarai Rivera, 26, of Buckeye Court, Youngstown, was arrested after police investigated a suspicious vehicle on Cobblers Run Drive, then faced one felony drug-abuse count and a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. Authorities seized a device commonly used to grind marijuana, six suspected marijuana cigarettes and a tin container with a bag of suspected cocaine from Rivera, who also was wanted on a warrant, a report showed.

July 5

Harassment: An Elmland Avenue woman said she has been harassed.


July 3

Theft: An employee with a Market Street doctor’s office discovered her purse missing while at work.

Theft: An Enon Valley, Pa., man at a Doral Drive store noticed a $700 iPhone missing from his shopping cart.

Domestic violence: Lucretia O. Ifft, 36, of Westview Drive, Boardman, was taken into custody at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown on two domestic-violence warrants after her husband alleged that during a June altercation, Ifft had punched, kicked and threatened him with a knife.

Theft: A $700 iPhone was removed from a shopping cart at a Doral Drive big-box store.

Theft: A man took a $200 pair of sunglasses from Lens Crafters, 265 Boardman-Poland Road.

Harassment: A Country Club Avenue woman said she received at least 15 such calls.

Theft: A man took a $150 bow-release item from Fin, Feather and Fur Outfitters, 1138 Boardman-Poland Road.

Theft: A woman at a South Avenue gas station noticed discrepancies, evidently over a six-month period, on her discount card, apparently after it had been used without authorization.

Citation: Police investigated a vehicular crash on U.S. Route 224, where they charged 20-year-old Devon R. Sowers of Willow Drive, Boardman, with operating a vehicle impaired.

Theft: A 16-year-old Youngstown boy was accused of stealing a $30 pair of shorts from the J.C. Penney store in Southern Park Mall and released to the custody of his mother.

Theft: A Campbell woman reported her purse missing while at a Boardman-Poland Road big-box store.

Arrest: A vehicle check near Oakridge Drive led to 34-year-old Elijah J. Taylor’s arrest. Taylor, of Mistletoe Avenue, Youngstown, was wanted on a Columbiana County warrant charging failure to appear in court.

Theft: Sierra M. Whitney, 28, of Miller Street, Youngstown, was charged with stealing a $5 earring package from Walmart, 1300 Doral Drive.

Theft: Authorities took into custody 44-year-old Robert J. Judy at his Edenridge Drive home on a felony-theft charge before handing the Boardman man to Poland Township authorities.

Theft: A man discovered a $500 iPhone missing from his car after leaving a Boardman-Canfield Road fast-food restaurant.

July 4

Arrest: Police arrested Trelevi Braxton-Johnson, 20, at the Southern Park Mall on a Liberty Township warrant accusing the Columbus man of failing to appear in court on a theft count.

Citation: Police cited Thomas Soich, 50, of Glendale Avenue, Boardman, on a charge of operating a vehicle impaired after police pulled him over near Market Street.

Criminal mischief: Someone tossed eggs at cars and a home in the 400 block of Rockland Drive.

Criminal mischief: A woman returned to her Shields Road residence and realized someone had intentionally turned on all of the burners on her gas grill.

Drugs/weapon: A traffic stop near Firnley Avenue led to the arrest of 28-year-old Michael J. Rosa of Portland, Ore., on felony charges of trafficking in drugs and being a convicted felon with a firearm, as well as misdemeanor charges of possession of drug-abuse instruments and drug paraphernalia when, authorities alleged, 52 grams of suspected heroin, an unloaded .38-caliber firearm, 13 rounds of ammunition and a digital scale were found. Also, the U.S. Marshals Service had issued a warrant charging Rosa with selling heroin that resulted in a death, a first-degree felony.

Theft: Two women stole seven pairs of shoes valued at $205 from Payless Shoesource, 48 Boardman-Poland Road.

Theft: A man with a prosthetic leg and a woman stole 34 items, including a hair-trimming kit, from Dollar General, 5953 South Ave.

Menacing: A Lordstown man who owns a home in the 7500 block of Huntington Drive reported having received a threatening text message.

July 5

Drugs: Police on Market Street pulled over and took into custody 40-year-old Donald W. Brown of Summit Avenue, Niles, who faced one felony and misdemeanor count each, respectively, of cocaine possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. Brown had a tin container with two small bags of a white powder thought to be cocaine, as well as a straw with suspected drug residue, a report said.

Theft: A woman around age 20 stole 20 articles of men’s clothing valued at $6,000 from the J.C. Penney store.

Unauthorized use of a vehicle: A Leighton Avenue woman said her former boyfriend took her 2000 Ford Expedition but failed to return it.

Theft: A set of keys was removed from a car in the 5000 block of Aravesta Avenue.

Theft: A man stole two pairs of sweatpants from the J.C. Penney store.

July 6

Aggravated menacing: A man told officers he received threatening text messages while at a Market Street restaurant.

Arrest: The Ohio State Highway Patrol handed to township authorities 20-year-old Joseph R. Murphy of Center Street, East Liverpool, who was wanted on a charge of unlawful restraint, a third-degree misdemeanor. Murphy’s former girlfriend alleged that on March 1, she was forced to stay at a Mathews Road residence against her will.

Breaking and entering: Someone pried open a front door and entered Kingdomites Biblical Dance Studio, 715 E. Midlothian Blvd., and removed a laptop computer and a 32-inch flat-screen TV.

Citation: A traffic stop on Glenwood Avenue resulted in a minor-misdemeanor citation charging Kayla A. Winner, 18, of Norquest Boulevard, Austintown, with marijuana possession.

Criminal damaging: Numerous flowers were found damaged on a piece of property in the 5600 block of Glenwood Avenue.

Drugs: Lonnie L. Roth, 35, was charged with possession of heroin, drug paraphernalia and drug-abuse instruments after police stopped her vehicle near Market Street. Roth, of Chattanooga Avenue, Youngstown, had a napkin in which was a piece of paper containing 2.6 grams of suspected heroin, a spoon with burn marks typical in drug use and a hypodermic needle, a report stated.

Domestic violence: A township boy, 15, was charged with the crime after his mother alleged that during an argument related to discipline issues, the teen had grabbed her arms, shook the accuser and threatened to kill her.

Drugs: Astraea S. Dunlap of Katherine Street, Struthers, was handed a minor-misdemeanor citation charging drug abuse (marijuana) after having been pulled over near Arlene Avenue. The 34-year-old Dunlap had three suspected marijuana cigarettes, police said.

Theft: A man fled from Walmart after reportedly stealing miscellaneous clothing.

Extortion: A Ewing Road man told police that a woman he had met via an online dating service threatened to press charges against him regarding an altercation unless he paid her money.

Theft: Two men were seen on a surveillance camera taking three Nintendo Wii remote-control devices from Walmart.

Harassment: A worker for a Boardman-Canfield Road health-care facility reported getting such calls, including one that was sexual in nature.

Theft: Damian E. St. John, 35, of Whitney Avenue, Youngstown, was charged in the theft of $342 worth of merchandise from Walmart.

Theft: A rifle was stolen from a home in the 400 block of Green Garden Drive.

Criminal damaging: Three garden plants sustained damage in the 1000 block of Westport Drive.

Vandalism: Someone shot at and damaged part of a residence in the 100 block of Shadyside Drive. Four bullet holes were found in a section of wooden siding.

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