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Puppy abuse charges


A Trumbull County grand jury indicted Collin J. Macaulay, 19, of Gates Street, Cortland, on two counts of intimidation and one count of prohibitions concerning companion animals. The companion-animals charge, known as “Goddard’s Law,” was approved by the Ohio Legislature earlier this year. The law makes it a felony to knowingly cause serious physical harm to a companion animal.

Cortland police said they were called to Macaulay’s home in November after neighbors reported hearing what sounded like animal abuse involving Macaulay’s pit bull puppy, which was 6 months old. The Animal Welfare League of Trumbull County later diagnosed the dog with face trauma, two fractured teeth, a swollen abrasion on its muzzle and a possible sinus and eye-socket fracture.

McCaulay is also charged with threatening two people who reported the abuse.

Domestic assault


Jeff A. McGraw, 48, of Porter Street Northeast was charged with felonious assault Saturday after his wife said he swung a shovel at her head but missed, leaving a hole in the wall behind her. McGraw was due for an arraignment Monday in Warren Municipal Court, but the arraignment was re-set to 1:30 p.m. Thursday so a mental-health evaluation can be conducted on him.

When police arrived at the home at 4:12 p.m., a 44-year-old man, who also lives there, said the shovel “barely missed [the woman] because she ducked out of the way.” Officers said McGraw was taken into custody without incident but was intoxicated. The woman told police McGraw had been acting violent and smashing things that day.

Bomb threat arrest


Police arrested an 11-year-old student last week in the presence of the child’s parent after being identified as the person who wrote a bomb threat on a middle-school bathroom wall, police said. The student was released to a parent ,pending the possibility of school sanctions and criminal charges, police Chief Eugene Fixler said Tuesday.

Fixler said he doesn’t know the dates of the arrest or the bomb threat, but there have been about three in the past three weeks. Police say there was a bomb threat at 10:34 a.m. Friday at the school complex on Milton Boulevard. In all the cases, the school was evacuated, and bomb-sniffing dogs were used. Multiple law-enforcement agencies helped, and nothing was found. The police department worked with school officials, staff members and students to identify the 11-year-old, Fixler said, adding there are likely to be additional arrests in the coming days for the other bomb threats.

Gun assault


Mykaal Parker, 22, of Kenwood Drive Southwest, was arraigned Tuesday in Warren Municipal Court on two counts of felonious assault and one count of receiving stolen property, charged with assaulting a woman, 36, with a gun at a home on Red Fox Run Northwest, causing her to lose a lot of blood. The victim said Parker also kicked her in the face and fired the gun a couple times inside the house, but the shots didn’t hit anything. The woman called 911 at 7:20 p.m. Monday. A judge entered a not-guilty plea for Parker. He is in the Trumbull County Jail without eligibility to make bond.

Police found Parker a short distance from the home. They also found what they believe was the gun used in the crime in a yard on Greenfield Street Northwest. Four children were in the home at the time. The woman refused medical attention.

West Branch meeting


West Branch school board will have a special meeting in executive session at 4:30 p.m. today in the high school conference room, to consider employment of a public employee.

Poland meeting


Poland Township trustees will meet at 6 p.m. today at the township government center.

Business theft


Township police are investigating a weekend report of breaking and entering from two adjacent buildings belonging to a construction business in the 5000 block of West Liberty Street. Owners told police Saturday that someone had entered the building overnight and taken about $35,100 in items, including tools, cellphones, tablets and a laptop. The business’ owners suspect an ex-employee or employees because a key pad code was necessary to enter one of the buildings.

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