Fires at 2 houses

Fires at 2 houses


Firefighters battled blazes at two vacant houses late Thursday and early Friday.

Crews were called to 16 Zents Ave. about 10:55 p.m. and found a fire in the second-floor ceiling, reports said. Damage is listed at $1,000. Reports noted a demolition form for the house was filled out last year.

Just before 4 a.m., crews were called to 1801 McGuffey Road, where they found a heavy fire on the first floor. Firefighters were deployed to protect surrounding properties because the home already was severely damaged, reports said.

Damage there is listed at $3,800. There were no injuries.

Cause of fire probed


Investigators are looking for the cause of a fire that resulted in $6,100 damage to a 240 Hilton Ave. home just before 7 a.m. Friday.

A woman who lives there told firefighters she left for work with her boyfriend at 4:30 a.m., and when she returned, she saw smoke when she unlocked the door and found a back window broken out, reports said.

She got her dog out of the basement and called 911, reports said. Reports said her boyfriend told firefighters his television was missing, but he refused to speak to police who were called to the scene. No one was injured.

Bullet hits house


Police reports say a bullet struck a 529 Lee Ave. house about 9:25 p.m. Thursday as a man was watching television.

The man said in police reports he heard two gunshots and then a bullet came through a wall.

Police found a bullet inside the home, reports said. No one was injured.

Threatening calls


An employee of a township pizza business was threatened by angry customers because of slow delivery.

Police arrived at Italian Village, 440 Boardman-Poland Road, at 7:20 p.m. Thursday. According to a report, the delivery driver was diverted because of a traffic accident on U.S. Route 224.

After the delivery on West Boulevard, the business received the first of three harassing phone calls, including one from a man who reportedly said, “I’m going to come down there and kill you.”

All three calls came from the same number. Police are investigating.

Boy, 17, arrested


Police arrested a 17-year-old male resident of the 100 block of Courtland Avenue for criminal trespass at Campbell Memorial High School on Sixth Street.

Shortly after 2 p.m. Thursday, officers en route to the high school in reference to an issue there spotted the boy walking around and on school property. Both officers were familiar with him due to numerous documented criminal and school-related incidents, according to the police report. They later confirmed he had been expelled and was not permitted on school property.

The boy was released to his mother’s custody. The Martin P. Joyce Juvenile Justice Center will handle his case and will set up an initial court appearance.

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